Skip to comments.Bin Ladenís Secret Life in a Diminished, Dark World
Posted on 05/07/2011 11:32:01 PM PDT by GVnana
Videos seized from Bin Ladens compound and released by the Obama administration on Saturday showed him wrapped in an old blanket watching himself on TV, like an aging actor imagining a comeback. A senior intelligence official said other videos showed him practicing and flubbing his lines in front of a camera. He was interested enough in his image, the official said, to dye his white beard black for the recordings.
His once-large entourage of Arab bodyguards was down to one trusted Pakistani courier and the couriers brother, who also had the job of buying goats, sheep and Coca-Cola for the household.
Abbottabad, a scenic hill cantonment for the British Raj and later home to the elite military academy that is Pakistans West Point, became the Bin Laden family base in late 2005. Their large compound, in a new neighborhood on the outskirts of town, is now the most photographed house in the country, with stories spilling forth from astonished neighbors. Bin Laden, who was the tall man C.I.A. officers watched pacing the courtyard from a surveillance post nearby, never went out. The neighbors knew the family as Arshad Khan and Tariq Khan, the aliases of the trusted courier and his brother. The courier also went by the name Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.
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From Wikipedia: The town of Abbottabad, in British Raj, was the headquarters of the Hazara district during British rule of India. It was named after Major James Abbott who founded the town and district in January 1853 after the annexation of Punjab. He remained the first Deputy Commissioner of the Hazara district from 1849 until April 1853. Major Abbott is noted for having written a poem titled "Abbottabad", before he went back to Britain, in which he wrote of his fondness for the town and his sadness at having to leave it.
Osama shoulda called Obama for advice on using a teleprompter.
And Obama could have learned from Osama how enjoyable it is to watch videos of yourself.
I would think that a lot of people would have a fondness for a town named after themselves.
Goes without saying. Just part of the weirdness of it all. Wake me when it's over.
I wonder if Osama ever caught an episode of Jersey Shore?
That is a rather weird name for a town and I wonder why the supposedly rabidly Islamic Pakistan kept it.
I guess Pepsi-Cola doesn’t hit the spot for too many Moose.
‘Videos seized from Bin Ladens compound and released by the Obama administration on Saturday showed him wrapped in an old blanket watching himself on TV, like an aging actor imagining a comeback. A senior intelligence official said other videos showed him practicing and flubbing his lines in front of a camera. He was interested enough in his image, the official said, to dye his white beard black for the recordings.’
The first paragraph is quite interesting, if factual. Like a has-been actor, who once strutted on the world stage, bin Laden apparently wanted his glory days back.
To paraphrase Norma Desmond, “ ‘And I promise you I’ll never desert you again because after ‘September 11’ we’ll make another attack and another attack. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.’ “
Is it any wonder?
Makes you wonder, with this and the pacing, whether he was getting dementia!
This should show all would be moose limb terrorists that IF they terrorize America even if you are the number one terrorist you will be forced to live like one of Michael Vicks dogs for years. Afraid of your own shadow.
It seems the NY Slimes missed the White House memo that this was a command and control center for Al Qaeda, that Bin Laden was firmly in command of the day-to-day operations and that Bin Laden was only days away from killing us all had it not been for our heroic president.
I’m sure he had an acute case of cabin fever if nothing else. I’m not too sure about dementia, but perhaps a slowly insidious creeping insanity (much like my Norma Desmond ‘Sunset Boulevard’ reference).
But, if this report is accurate, it shows OBL had nothing else. He was a faded jihadi, and had nothing left but the memories of his earlier days, when he could come and go at will, when he was the “talk of the town”, so to speak. If he was dying his beard as well, it points to a vain streak in the man as well. A narcissitic personality.
A forenisc psychological report on the man, based on his life on the run, would certainly be interesting reading.
Seems Bumiller hasn’t changed from the days when she said she’d give bubba a bj in exchange for keeping abortion legal.
Abad sounds awfully close to abode. Indo-European in derivation? I should just get a dictionary...
OMG, it’s the same broad isn’t it? I forgot about that.
She’s on O’s list..........of reliable whores.
Cue Springsteen’s “Glory Days”.
Well, there wasn’t any 40 minute blazing gun battle with this doddering old man. He was probably sleeping in his Barcalounger.
Its what enraged muslim mobs chant every Friday - "abottabadabottabadabottabad". It makes sense that they would keep it for this town's name.
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He was simply suffering from a fear of a hellfire missile flying up his ass if he ever stepped out into plain sight.
Heh. I’ve got a vision in my head of OBL kicking back in his La-Z-Boy last Sunday, remote in one hand, Coca-Cola in the other, a bowl of popcorn on the floor in front of him, watching an old video of an interview he did with CNN back in 1997, and saying, “What the hell is up with all that racket outside?! I’m watching TV, dammit!”
But then again, I could be wrong about the La-Z-Boy; that’d be seriously upscale for his digs.
ROFL!!! THanks for that.. :-)
I am beginning to buy into the theory that Al Zawahiri flipped him to move up in the Al Qaeda hierarchy. Bin Laden was living with two couriers, a bunch of wives, goats and kids. Doesn’t sound too daunting for the Seals or too gutsy for our fearless leader.
He's coming to get you: The day Osama Bin Laden sat glued watching TV of Barack Obama, the man who had him killed
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384573/Osama-Bin-Laden-sat-glued-watching-TV-pictures-Barack-Obama.html#ixzz1LmZOGugi
A title that doesn't match the original content of the article at all. Then the posting was pulled from FR without explanation. Weird.
So the CIA couldn't hire an out of work sniper?
True, but how would they get a positive ID?