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  • SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

    05/12/2011 5:14:48 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 46 replies
    cbs ^ | 12 may 2011 | David Martin
    A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs. Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden's couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned...
  • Inhofe: ‘Gruesome’ photos reveal bin Laden in nothing but his underwear when shot

    05/12/2011 10:41:54 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/12/11 | Jeff Poor
    There has been a lot of speculation as to what the post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden, that the Obama administration has refused to release, show. Member of Congress, however, are being allowed to view them at CIA Headquarters. The first member of Congress to view them according to “Fox Report” anchor Shepard Smith was Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe. Inhofe appeared on Smith’s show and told him that the photos are “gruesome.” “They are gruesome, of course, because it was taken right after the incident,” he said. “And so, of the 12, three of them were older pictures so...
  • Osama Bin Laden Killed By Navy Seals in Firefight

    05/01/2011 10:59:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 280 replies · 1+ views
    *snip* Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with a seven-foot wall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone or television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone. According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin...
  • ISI: 2 People Taken From Bin Laden Compound (Not Just OBL)

    05/04/2011 7:26:34 PM PDT · by harwood · 134 replies
    Just on Greta; reporter from Pak stated that ISI officials claim another person was taken alive by the US team; on another note, he stated that there were 'several minutes' of conversation with OBL before he was shot
  • OBL: Mission to kill al-Qaeda leader was so secret I didn't even tell Michelle, reveals Obama

    05/10/2011 12:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Edinburgh Daily Record ^ | May 10, 2011 | Andrew Gregory
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama was so keen to ensure the mission to nab Osama bin Laden was successful he even kept it secret from his wife. The al-Qaeda chief was shot dead in his bedroom at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last week. Obama, 49, said: "I didn't tell most people here in the White House. I didn't tell my own family. "It was that important for us to maintain operational security." The president kept the plan secret from wife Michelle, 47, and spent the weekend before the raid visiting tornado victims, speaking at a space shuttle launch and attending the...
  • White House struggles to get story right on raid

    05/03/2011 5:30:17 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    WASHINGTON – Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story — and another, and another. Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president's press secretary called the "fog of combat" and produce an accurate account. Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that officials were trying to get information out as quickly as possible about the complex...
  • Officials: SEALs thought bin Laden went for weapon

    05/04/2011 4:50:15 PM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 48 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5/4/2011 |
    "The terrorist leader was killed by American commandos who burst into his room and feared he was reaching for a nearby weapon, U.S. officials said." ... "The officials who gave the latest details said a U.S. commando grabbed a woman who charged toward the SEALs inside the room. They said the raiders were concerned that she might be wearing a suicide vest." ... Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress the operation was "entirely lawful and consistent with our values" and justified as "an action of national self-defense." Noting that bin Laden had admitted his involvement in the events of nearly...
  • The Reluctant Assassination of Osama

    05/09/2011 2:19:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 8, 2011 | Roger L. Simon
    Did Barack Obama want to assassinate Osama bin Laden? He may have at some point, because he gave the ultimate order, or allowed it to happen. But I suspect the president was deeply ambivalent. It’s not just his postmodern worldview that suggests this reluctance. It is the discombobulated aftermath of the killing, the weirdly botched reportage featuring such events as cabinet members in the situation room supposedly watching a (we learned) non-existent streaming video of the action and the statement that bin Laden — who had been under surveillance for months from a CIA safe house — was living in...

    05/03/2011 7:28:11 AM PDT · by wilco200 · 317 replies
    Siren only
  • Official: Obama OK'd raid based on '50-50'chance bin Laden was there

    05/08/2011 2:14:52 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for U.S. forces to raid a northern Pakistan housing compound based on "what was probably a 50-50 chance that Osama bin Laden was there," his national security adviser said. "At the end of last year, we assessed that al Qaeda had been diminished ... to its weakest since 2001," said the security adviser... On April 28, Obama attended the last of several National Security Council meetings focused on finding and going after the al Qaeda leader. During that meeting, some advocated for the commando raid while others advised against it, Donilon said, given there...
  • USA beats UBL in Sudden Death Overtime…Now Please Explain That Last Play (vanity)

    05/08/2011 6:44:57 PM PDT · by Battle of Tours · 6 replies
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m still cheering for Team USA in the daring Mayday raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. And it was the President that first used a football analogy, when comparing a release of UBL’S death photos to “spiking the football.” (Did a coach that called a winning play ever spike a football?). But this whole operation needs more explanation, and so far, we’ve only heard from had the Gang That Couldn’t Spin Straight. The whole thing brings to mind the double-reverse, “flea-flicker” play used on September 24, 1978, by the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers against the undefeated (and...
  • Obama: No sleep lost over bin Laden killing

    05/08/2011 5:28:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Obama: No sleep lost over bin Laden killing By Michael O'Brien - 05/08/11 07:15 PM ET President Obama said he didn't lose any sleep over Osama bin Laden's killing. The president said he had no hesitation over ordering bin Laden's death, though he admitted to nervousness about sending U.S. special forces troops into Pakistan or the dangerous -- but ultimately successful -- mission. "As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn't lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin Laden out. Justice was done," Obama said Sunday on "60 Minutes" on CBS. "And...
  • Obama, Osama, and the Fog of History -- with a look back to Easter

    05/08/2011 7:26:18 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-08-2011 | grey_whiskers
    Here are just a few of the contradictions which have come out in the last week or so regarding Osama bin LadenÂ’s death. misidentifying which of bin LadenÂ’s sons was killedclaiming bin LadenÂ’s wife killed by gunfire / shot in the legclaiming bin LadenÂ’s wife was used by bin Laden as a human shieldclaiming bin LadenÂ’s wife jumped in front of him in an attempt to save himclaiming bin Laden was unarmed vs. holding a gun vs. reaching for a gun vs. resistingclaiming that Obama and advisors were watching the raid liveclaiming that they had about 25 minutes where they...
  • Proof of bin Laden’s Demise Not Needed Says Prez

    05/08/2011 2:21:00 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Declaring that “we must not make the mortal remains of a worthy adversary into some sort of ‘big game trophy,’” President Barack Obama declined to provide any material proof to verify that al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was the person killed by US forces in a raid on his “safe-house” in Pakistan on May 1. “The President of the United Stateshas assured the world that Osama bin Laden is the person we killed,” said Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney. “To demand more than his word is an insult of enormous magnitude. Besides, it’s easy to doctor photos, falsify documents,...
  • The Bin Laden killing's link with the Arab Revolt

    05/07/2011 9:27:56 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 12 replies
    Debka ^ | May 2, 2011 | Debka file
    The photos released of the fortified villa in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden died on Sunday night, May 2, show a satellite dish as well as cables and wires snaking along the outer and inner walls. Smashed computers appear in shots of the interior rooms. Far from dispensing with electronic devices and Internet connections as widely reported, the fortress that was the al Qaeda leader's last haven proves to have been equipped with both. All this up-to-date electronic technology would have opened the six-year old building wide to outside intelligence penetration and surveillance. Bin Laden additionally suffered from a...
  • Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid Video

    05/07/2011 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 154 replies
    Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid Video Ian Yarett Fri May 6, 10:20 pm ET NEW YORK – Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid VideoObama and officials in the White House Situation Room were able to watch the raid against bin Laden live, the Washington Post confirms. Ian Yarett on how helmet-cam combat video works. Plus, full coverage of bin Laden. It was a picture that caught everyone’s attention. Sitting in the White House situation room, President Obama and his team appear to be breathlessly monitoring the raid that located and killed Osama bin...
  • Death of Osama bin Laden: Phone call pointed U.S. to compound — and to ‘the pacer’

    05/07/2011 1:13:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies · 3+ views ^ | May 7 2011 | Bob Woodward
    It seemed an innocuous, catch-up phone call. Last year Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the pseudonym for a Pakistani known to U.S. intelligence as the main courier for Osama bin Laden, took a call from an old friend. Where have you been? inquired the friend. We’ve missed you. What’s going on in your life? And what are you doing now?
  • Bin Laden Killing: How the White House, Pentagon and CIA Botched the Storyline

    05/06/2011 5:28:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/6/2011 | James Rosen
    From the very first moment the world learned that American forces had killed Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, even the tiniest details from the momentous event have captivated the nation. Every single nugget of data has been the stuff of breaking news, handheld "alerts" and watercooler discussion, in a way the country has never previously witnessed. No landmark event of the 20th century, from World Wars I and II to the Cuban missile crisis, from the moon landing to the fall of the Soviet Union – not even the attacks of September 11, 2001 -- have been as widely...
  • Shifting US story (on Bin Laden kill) invites disbelief

    05/06/2011 12:31:31 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 52 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 6, 2011 | Greg Sheridan
    IT just doesn't add up. The official American explanation for the operation against Osama bin Laden keeps changing every day. But at every point it requires such a leap of faith into the extraordinarily unlikely that it has a disturbing ring of contrivance about it. There is no doubt the Americans conducted an operation and killed bin Laden on Monday, but the surrounding detail and overall narrative is difficult to swallow.
  • Killing Osama (Oliver North)

    05/05/2011 6:54:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 6, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — It took nine years, seven months and 21 days to pinpoint the man who plotted, paid for and perpetrated the terror attacks of 9-11-01. When a U.S. Navy SEAL team finally found Osama bin Laden in the third-floor bedroom of a comfortable house in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, they killed him. Last Sunday's complex and highly successful operation validates Ronald Reagan's maxim for terrorists after U.S. Navy SEALs captured the murderous hijackers of the Achille Lauro in October 1985: "You can run, but you can't hide." Afterward, one of the participants penned a corollary: "Don't...
  • Major Garrett condemns ‘ham-handed’ way White House told OBL mission story

    05/06/2011 6:13:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/6/2011 | Jeff Poor
    The ever-changing “narrative” from the White House about the U.S. mission to kill Osama bin Laden has shed some doubt on the events that took place that historic day, and that’s not the way the government should have handled such a historic moment argues National Journal’s Major Garrett. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Garrett explained how the White House went wrong in the days after President Barack Obama’s late Sunday night announcement. “One quick point about that,” Garrett said. “I believe the administration should be justifiably criticized for the ham-handed nature of telling this story. This...
  • Source: Only 1 killed in bin Laden raid was armed (Obama's Version 48 of events?)

    05/05/2011 8:24:10 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 62 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 05/05/11 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON – Only one of the five people killed in the raid that got Osama bin Laden was armed and fired a shot, a senior defense official said Thursday, acknowledging the new account differs greatly from original administration portrayals of a chaotic, intense and prolonged firefight. The sole shooter in the al-Qaida leader's Pakistani compound was quickly killed in the early minutes of the commando operation, details that have become clearer now that the Navy SEAL assault team has been debriefed, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.
  • (Pruden:) The insult to the American soldier

    05/06/2011 3:25:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 1+ views
    e-mail | 5/6/2011 | Wes Pruden
    <p>The president, revealing himself to be Barack Obungle, has done what nobody else could have done, not even the spectacularly hapless original New York Mets, who drove Casey Stengel to his famous cry of terminal frustration.</p> <p>The White House converted a picture-perfect military operation into a public-relations disaster that will be cited as what not to do and how not to do it in flackery textbooks for a hundred years. Days after the raid on Osama bin Laden’s “mansion” they still can’t get the “fact pattern,” in the language of the White House, even close to straight.</p>
  • US: Only single bin Laden defender shot at SEALs

    05/05/2011 8:07:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 141 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS and PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Americans who raided Osama bin Laden's lair met far less resistance than the Obama administration described in the aftermath. The commandos encountered gunshots from only one man, whom they quickly killed, before sweeping the house and shooting others, who were unarmed, a senior defense official said in the latest account. In Thursday's revised telling, the Navy SEALs mounted a precision, floor-by-floor operation to find the al-Qaida leader and his protectors - but without the prolonged and intense firefight that officials had described for several days.
  • Sources: Bin Laden Acted 'Cowardly,' Confused in Final Moments

    05/05/2011 2:17:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 60 replies ^ | 5/5/11 | Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel and Catherine Herridge
    Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted "scared" and "completely confused" in his final moments, "shoving his wife" at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him. The information helps clarify the conflicting details about what exactly happened toward the end of the 40-minute raid on bin Laden's northern Pakistan compound. Sources who were part of the mission said bin Laden acted in a "cowardly manner" when confronted. Fox News has also learned that while bin Laden was unarmed, he was standing near the door within reach of two weapons...
  • <Sen) Saxby Chambliss: First shot at Osama bin Laden was a miss

    05/05/2011 1:37:06 PM PDT · by rawhide · 37 replies ^ | 5-5-11 | Jim Galloway
    U.S. commandos missed with their first shot at Osama bin Laden, when the world’s most wanted man poked his head out of a third-floor room to see what was headed his way, according to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Bin Laden ducked back in, and the Navy SEALS quickly followed and finished the job, Chambliss said in a telephone interview this afternoon. The missed shot was a new detail in the emerging story of the 40-minute raid on the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. Chambliss also said commandos found a pistol and AK-47 in...
  • CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house

    05/05/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies ^ | May 5, 2011
    The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said. The secret CIA facility was used as a base of operations for one of the most delicate human intelligence gathering missions in recent CIA history, one that relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a “pattern of life” portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin...
  • Did Obama ‘Snub’ 9/11 Families? (Invites Were Addressed "Dear 9/11 family member" - IMPEACH!!!)

    05/05/2011 3:02:44 PM PDT · by library user · 37 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 5, 2011 | by Alana Goodman
    He placed a wreath at Ground Zero, met with 9/11 firefighters and vowed that, “when we say ‘we will never forgot,’ we mean what we say.” But it seems like the president did overlook one detail — putting names on the invitations to 9/11 families. The administration apparently sent out form-letter invites to 50 hand-picked relatives of 9/11 victims, which began “Dear 9/11 family member.” At least one family has turned down the request, saying that they felt the letter was impersonal. “If this form letter was the invitation, it was kinda lame,” said John Vigiano, who lost two heroic...

    05/04/2011 10:34:25 AM PDT · by library user · 432 replies · 1+ views!/chucktodd ^ | May 4, 2011 | White House / Chuck Todd
    Pres. Obama has decided NOT to release any photos. - Chuck Todd, NBC
  • How the bin Laden Announcement Leaked Out

    05/02/2011 12:08:34 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 123 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-1-11 | Brian Stelter
    The terse announcement came just after 9:45 p.m. Sunday from Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “POTUS to address the nation tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern Time,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing the same message that had just been transmitted to the White House press corps. According to Brian Williams, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor, some journalists received a three-word e-mail that simply read, “Get to work.” *snip* That speculation was not aired out on television immediately, but it did erupt on Twitter and other social networking sites. Wishful thinking about bin Laden’s death ricocheted across the Web —...
  • The Gang That Could Shoot Straight — But Not Much Else

    05/04/2011 12:33:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Vodka Pundit ^ | May 4,2011 | Stephen Green
    First, there was that weird burial at sea “in accordance with Islamic tradition.” There, the White House managed to annoy most everyone. There are those like me, who thought Bin Laden’s corpse was treated with too much respect, to those in the Islamic world now inflamed because it wasn’t really done properly after all. Then there was the president’s oddly bloodless speech Sunday night. For almost ten years we’d been trying to get the guy who murdered 3,000 Americans, attacked our military HQ, and ripped the heart out of the New York City skyline. The effort spanned two continents, four...
  • White House holds off on releasing Osama bin Laden death photos

    05/03/2011 1:24:19 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 50 replies
    LATTE Times ^ | Today | By James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro
    By James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro May 3, 2011, 11:33 a.m. The White House on Tuesday continued to refuse to make public gruesome photos affirming Osama bin Laden’s death, despite calls from some corners among politicians, the families of 9/11 victims and some skeptics for it to do so. "There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, who added that the photos of Bin Laden's corpse "could be inflammatory."
  • Snatching defeat from the jaws of the WH is totally blowing the Bin Laden event

    05/03/2011 12:28:40 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 122 replies
    one man's opinion...
    I turned FOX on at 2PM..caught the WH press briefing, and then the first few minutes of Shep Smith's program. The presser was a disaster. Unmitigated. Here's a fearless predicition..within one or two more news cycles, we will hear that the SEALS killed an unarmed Bin Laden who was trying to surrender. Several journalists tiptoed around the question, and Shep actually "wondered" aloud how an "old man" could have resisted SEALS. And as I type, he actually asked if this operation was "illegal."
  • If bin Laden Was Unarmed, Why Was He Shot?(Did Seals take ANY fire?)

    05/03/2011 5:18:12 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 167 replies
    Time/Swampland ^ | 3 May 2011 | Michael Crowley
    A major question lingers unanswered at the center of this story: Why was bin Laden killed? Michael Scherer has reported that the Navy Seals who landed at Osama bin Laden’s safehouse were not given orders specifically to kill, but were on a “kill or capture” mission. That implies they were prepared to accept bin Laden’s surrender. It didn’t work out that way. But despite earlier reports to the contrary, including from White House counter-terror adviser John Brennan, Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that bin Laden was in fact unarmed. (“Resistance does not require a firearm,” he said.) So,...