CIA had safe house in Abbottabad, spied on Bin Laden for months

posted at 5:34 pm on May 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Much to Americans’ amazement, CIA appears to be competent.”

Kidding aside, this is the first evidence thus far that the Pakistani government wasn’t hiding Osama. If they knew the CIA team was in town and continued to let them operate, then either they were actively cooperating with us or they were double-dealing on Bin Laden by looking the other way at our spies. If they didn’t know the CIA team was in town, then it’s more plausible that they’re honest-to-goodness imbeciles who might have missed the fact that the world’s most wanted terrorist had been there for, um, five years. (If they were hiding him, wouldn’t they have been closely scrutinizing new arrivals in the neighborhood for fear that they were CIA?) Given the embarrassment OBL’s location has caused Pakistan, I assume there’s no way they would have willingly allowed us to take him out at the compound. Once they knew the CIA was there, either they would have spirited him away to a new location or they would have grabbed him and handed him over on the condition that we would say publicly that he was caught in the tribal areas, not a few blocks away from the national military academy.

Realistically, then, there’s no way that they knew the CIA was there. (In fact, according to a U.S. official, they’re reportedly “stunned” by the CIA’s penetration.) Which makes it slightly, but only slightly, more likely that they didn’t know Bin Laden was there either.

The C.I.A. surveillance team in the rented house near Bin Laden’s hide-out took pains to avoid detection not only by the suspected Qaeda operatives they were watching but by Pakistani intelligence and the local police.

Observing from behind mirrored glass, C.I.A. officers used cameras with telephoto lenses and infrared imaging equipment to study the compound, and they used sensitive eavesdropping equipment to try to pick up voices from inside the house and to intercept cellphone calls. A satellite used radar to search for possible escape tunnels.

Still, the spying operation had its limits: the American surveillance team would see a man take regular walks through the compound’s courtyard — they called him “the pacer” — but they were never able to confirm the man was Bin Laden.

Bin Laden took great care to conceal himself on the premises — another small point in the case for exculpating the Pakistanis — with his wife allegedly claiming that he didn’t leave the upstairs bedroom in five years. I doubt that’s true, though, as it contradicts the detail in the NYT story about “the pacer” strolling in the backyard. More likely is that it’s the wife herself who never left the upper floors, kept like a slave in a cell while Bin Laden, under de facto house arrest, at least got to stroll the courtyard for a few hours a day. It’s curious to me, though, why he wanted his wives and multiple kids with him given that it increased the risk of attracting attention. Maybe he thought they were insurance against a U.S. drone strike or bombing run: If we blew the house to smithereens, an option Obama once considered but ruled out in part due to fear of civilian casualties, the Pakistanis would find plenty of dead children in the rubble to use as anti-American propaganda.

Read WaPo’s piece on the CIA safe house too, at it explains how Abbottabad was risky for Bin Laden insofar as it’s a tourist town where strangers can assimilate more easily than they can in a jihadi stronghold. A tantalizing detail buried several paragraphs in:

U.S. officials provided new details on bin Laden’s final moments, saying the al-Qaeda leader was first spotted by U.S. forces in the doorway of his room on the compound’s third floor. Bin Laden then turned and retreated into the room before being shot twice — in the head and in the chest. U.S. commandos later found an AK-47 and a pistol in the room.

“He was retreating,” a move that was regarded as resistance, a U.S. official briefed on the operation said. “You don’t know why he’s retreating, what he’s doing when he goes back in there. Is he getting a weapon? Does he have a [suicide] vest?”

As for Bin Laden’s support network in Abbottabad, the Pakistanis have already arrested more than 200 people who knew Bin Laden’s courier. I wonder if that’s designed to start them talking to Pakistani authorities about Osama or to stop them from talking to third parties about Osama’s relationship with those same authorities. (Bin Laden’s wife remains in custody, likely for the same reason.) Either way, there are plenty of scapegoats coming; in fact, even the head of the ISI is rumored to be on his way out, maybe because he failed to detect Bin Laden or maybe because he didn’t do a good enough job in preventing Bin Laden’s detection. Pakistani officials have also ginned up some spin to downplay Bin Laden’s significance by claiming that he’d been sidelined years ago by Zawahiri. U.S. officials say that’s nonsense, though — and in fact, according to data recovered from his computer, he was much more active in directing plots against the west than counterterror experts had previously believed. “He wasn’t just a figurehead,” one official told the Times. “He continued to plot and plan, to come up with ideas about targets and to communicate those ideas to other senior Qaeda leaders.”

Exit question: If Bin Laden really was deeply in cahoots with ISI, how likely is it as of today that they have access to nuclear material?

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Change you can believe in…

Obama DID NOT order Osama hit!!!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

But the CIA got it wrong on WMD in Iraq? Sure….

joejm65 on May 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why that shack is valued at $1M. Anyone?

angryed on May 6, 2011 at 5:39 PM

But the CIA got it wrong on WMD in Iraq? Sure….

joejm65 on May 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Wrong President, wrong party.

Imagine the mother lode of WMD found had Obama been there!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Wow, those in the know, those that need to know, and those who didn’t know.

There’s seems to be quite a few in the know.

Kini on May 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

“Much to Americans’ amazement, CIA appears to be competent.”

gotta admit this bumps them up a bit in my book.

MeatHeadinCA on May 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“…claiming that he didn’t leave the upstairs bedroom in five years.”

Osama bin channeling Howard Hughes

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Alternate headline: “Much to Americans’ amazement, CIA appears to be competent.”

I was hoping this exact thing a few weeks back.

I was reading an editorial about the Libyan and Syrian uprisings. The writer mentioned that, once again, the U.S. intel communities seemed to be caught completely by surprise.

I thought, “I hope they just pretend to be incompetent and clueless to get our enemies to lower their guard. I hope they really aren’t always dropping the ball.”

Given recent events, my wishes may have been answered. Of course, if our enemies ask, please let them go on believing we’re incompetent.

JadeNYU on May 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I don’t care for this story, I’ll wait for tomorrows story.

BL@KBIRD on May 6, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Of course, if our enemies ask, please let them go on believing we’re incompetent.

JadeNYU on May 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Barack Obama for President

Sheer genius!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why that shack is valued at $1M. Anyone?

Location, location, location…

SteveMG on May 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM

BL@KBIRD on May 6, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Perfect way to be because there will be one.

ORconservative on May 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

“…— with his wife allegedly claiming that he didn’t leave the upstairs bedroom in five years.”

Sssstinky…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Change you can believe in…

Obama DID NOT order Osama hit!!!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM
.
How soon does he or Panetta throw Jarrett under the bus ???

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

first spotted by U.S. forces in the doorway of his room on the compound’s third floor. Bin Laden then turned and retreated into the room before being shot twice — in the head and in the chest.

I don’t know how he could be observed in the doorway, then he turns around meaning the observers would be observing his back but he was shot in the head and chest.

fourdeucer on May 6, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Change you can believe in…

Obama DID NOT order Osama hit!!!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Wow. I don’t know anything about this site, so it could all be a bunch of fluff. But if this story is true, then it’s enough to bring down Obama as far as I’m concerned. What a scathing indictment of his leadership (or lack thereof). Part of me doesn’t want to believe any of it, because I’d hate to think that Obama is really this bad.

joejm65 on May 6, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Why would it be amazing that Pakistan didn’t know about this CIA hideout? There are spies operating in the US we don’t know about. It is not likely that the CIA would send a white guy in a 3 piece suit to Abbottabad. They used locals who probably built up a trustworthy relationship with us prior to embedding them.

NotCoach on May 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Wow, those in the know, those that need to know, and those who didn’t know.

There’s seems to be quite a few in the know.

Kini on May 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I know…

… Who knew?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Way to go, CIA!

Hey, Holder. F*** off!

ted c on May 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM

How soon does he or Panetta throw Jarrett under the bus ???

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

The reason I believe this narrative is Obama showed us how “decisive” he was when oil was spewing into the Gulf and he waited, when the economy was tanking and he was playing golf, when people were dying in Egypt (and elsewhere) and France became leader of the free world…

I can SEE Hillary ordering a hit.

I can SEE Panetta ordering a hit…

I can SEE GEN Petraeus ordering a hit….

I can SEE Obama taking a hit of anti-depressants while Valerie Jarret tells him what to do.

Great link:
http://socyberty.com/issues/white-house-insider-obama-hesitated-panetta-issued-order-to-kill-osama-bin-laden

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM

A humorous aside from Taranto at “Best of the Web” re the Osama “mansion”:

There Goes the Neighborhood
Maybe his presence brought down property values, maybe he got hit by the real estate bubble, or maybe he just overpaid. Whatever the case, London’s Guardian reports Osama bin Laden’s house isn’t worth as much as had been advertised:

After Sunday night’s dramatic raid by US Navy Seals, a senior Obama administration official told reporters that the property, an “extraordinarily unique compound” in an “affluent suburb,” was valued at around $1m.
But two property professionals in Abbottabad–a quiet, military-dominated town–said that much of that was incorrect. Based on the size of the plot and the house, which was built in 2005, and using recent property sales as a guide, they estimated that it would fetch no more than $250,000 on the current market.

Assuming bin Laden made the customary 20% down payment and took out a mortgage for $800,000 in 2005, he’s going to be underwater for a long time.

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Assuming bin Laden made the customary 20% down payment and took out a mortgage for $800,000 in 2005, he’s going to be underwater for a long time.

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Lol. Underwater….

joejm65 on May 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

It’s possible, simultaneously, for some Pakistanis to know, and some others to not know. ISI allies and ISI jihadis can actually keep things away from one another.

Anyhow, on to Dr. Z.

Christien on May 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I see above that we droned a bunch more Pakistanis today. Obama has become quite the hawk….

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Hiding in plain sight. Remember Abu Nidal? He was the guy who supposedly killed himself by shooting himself in the head three times..in Baghdad, not long before the invasion. He had been missing for about 20 years. hmm. does make you wonder.

Terrye on May 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Of course, if our enemies ask, please let them go on believing we’re incompetent.

JadeNYU on May 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Does spilling the beans about everything they found in the compound make them look incompetent or competent, I really don’t know. It doesn’t keep our enemies guessing about anything. It used to be we had no idea what the CIA found when they conducted a mission. Now it’s all over the internet. Is there a possibility that they may not have found anything at all but are putting all this info out as a ruse? Who knows anymore what is truth and what is fiction.

scalleywag on May 6, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I don’t think that we will have a definitive answer to how effective the CIA is until Nancy Pelosi weighs in.
/s

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Espionage photography.

Sweet. As long as they used canon.

blatantblue on May 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Nope. Just a politician.

kingsjester on May 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Not Pakistanis, Yemenis.

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

A little off-topic, I just heard Obama has visited those Seals and awarded them the Presidential Unit Citation. They deserve more than that.

fourdeucer on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Drudge says Pakistanis,15.

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Change you can believe in…

Obama DID NOT order Osama hit!!!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Because sites with headlines about alien abductions should be taken seriously when they claim to have interviewed a White House insider. Give me a break, Socyberty makes WorldNetDaily seem like the Wall Street Journal

Raisedbywolves on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I’m so jaded by this administration and the MSM that I don’t know what to believe anymore.

We know the details of this were leaked from the White House, and surely Panetta is none too happy about it. Given drama queen Brennan’s description of events and the subsequent retreat, this could just be another over story. Why would the White House drop operational secrets like this about the CIA?

I don’t know. I don’t trust any of them. This could all be image-building.

BKeyser on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

“Much to Americans’ amazement, CIA appears to be competent.”

I have been watching Panetta a little more. Yes, I did read the Ulsterman story and I don’t know if they guy is a create story teller… as in, the insider is like a character in from a novel… or if he has a source, but key to that story is Panetta.

When Panetta was put in charge of the CIA I was surprized he always seems so squirrely! But he did defend the CIA against Pelosi’s lies, so then I decided he was on our side.

So I have been noticing something. He lies really really well. He just spouted the line about the mysterious blank in the video that covers the only part of the raid that could be picked a part. I think that is smart of him if he wants it to not make it to the media, but if they have any video at all they have that!

Also, the timing is that Obama annouces he is moving Panetta to defense and so the CIA takes out Osama before Panetta is gone.

petunia on May 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

joejm65 on May 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM

You’ve heard of the new Osama drink: two shots and a splash.

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Assuming bin Laden made the customary 20% down payment and took out a mortgage for $800,000 in 2005, he’s going to be underwater for a long time.

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM

The place sure didn’t have any curb appeal.

scalleywag on May 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM

The Democrats clearly think Americans will be foolish enough to ignore all other news, and their memories of the past two years, while they marvel at the brilliance of their beloved President. That would not be true of any President. Even if the SEAL who actually capped Osama reveals his identity and runs for President next year, I’m afraid I’m going to have to hear his positions on the debt ceiling, job creation, and domestic oil production before I can support him. Trust me – I would really want to like those positions, but I won’t like them automatically.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Not Pakistanis, Yemenis.

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

No, there was a drone strike in NW Pakistan too.

lexhamfox on May 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Drudge says Pakistanis,15.

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

He’s on a roll.

the_nile on May 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Read this for perspective.

And this, for delicious details on ineptness.

72 virgins transitioned to 72 versions, yet to evolve into 1001 versions, at least.

Fumble of the Century!

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

this is the first evidence thus far that the Pakistani government wasn’t hiding Osama.

Nope. Some elements knew he was there, most didn’t.

there’s no way that they knew the CIA was there.

Nope. Again, some knew, most didn’t.

Christien on May 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Change you can believe in…

Obama DID NOT order Osama hit!!!

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

This site looks completely made up.

WisCon on May 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

“this is the first evidence thus far that the Pakistani government wasn’t hiding Osama.”

Even if this dubious assumption is correct (which I rather doubt)-could there be any doubt that OBL win by a landslide in Pakistan (and every other Muslim nation except possibly Iraq)?

If you did a public opinion poll in Pakista-whom do do you trust the most the US or Osama? OBL would win 98% to 2.

If Pakistanis did help the CIA-they were bribed millions and even now are living lives of luxury under assumed identities.

MaiDee on May 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I see above that we droned a bunch more Pakistanis today. Obama has become quite the hawk….

sandee on May 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Little Bammie will turn hawk in a second if he thinks that’s what it takes to get reelected. His socialist revolution in our country is top priority, and he will be flexible on anything else in the short term outside of that objective.

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

For all we know, it was a RAW “safehouse” that CIA outsourced.

Christien on May 6, 2011 at 6:19 PM

War with Paaaakistan, next.

China with Pakistan.

India with the U.S.

Russia?

Iran with Pakistan

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2011 at 6:22 PM

So Valerie Jarret orders Panetta out of CIA and in at DOD…

Easier to keep tabs on what he’s doing perhaps?

I still don’t see Obama making any “command decisions”. Just like I don’t see liberals suddenly becoming patriotic.

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Little Bammie will turn hawk in a second if he thinks that’s what it takes to get reelected. His socialist revolution in our country is top priority, and he will be flexible on anything else in the short term outside of that objective.

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Yes.

the_nile on May 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM

A bit of Monday speculation was that teh Won was forced to act because too many people knew of Osama’s whereabouts.

The above CIA house, I submit, is verification.

Caststeel on May 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I wish folks wouldn’t cite that socyberty.com site. Yeah, it sounds plausible, but it has a fishy smell. After the hoaxes that smeared Bush and Palin, I don’t trust it without more corroboration.

juliesa on May 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Like I said before, the way the WH is handling the aftermath of this operation…I fully expect them to hand over the details of their operation before executing it. Just think of all the bragging they can do then, “take a look at what we are going to do to you, sucka’s. See that? That right there is going to spike my poll numbers by 10 points, babeee”.

I mean, where’s the fun in waiting until their dead to gloat? If they are still alive, it would be so IN. THEIR. FACE.

ramrants on May 6, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Osama was Balerie Jarret’s uncle

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The single shakiest assumption here is that there’s a single Pakistani government – or at least, that there’s a single Pakistani state – where one hand always knows and approves of what the other is doing. Exhibit A: at the moment generalissimo and ex-president Musharraf is wanted for treason and for assassinating Benazir Bhutto. (At the time of her death Bhutto was the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party; now her widower is leader of the PPP and president of the country.) So it seems perfectly possible that, say for example, the ISI (or some faction in the ISI or the Pakistani military) had been hiding bin Laden from the Pakistani government in Abbottabad too.

anonymous irishman on May 6, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Valerie vice Balerie.

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Which seems more plausible:

1. Obama made a Presidential decision to kill OBL using an elite special ops unit?

2. Hillary made a Presidential decision to kill OBL using an elite special ops unit?

Gee! Who knew Obama had it in him? He hid it well.

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I’m sure he heard all the shooting an commotion downstairs. I’m surprised Osama did not have his gun in his hand.

Tasha on May 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

onlineanalyst on May 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Funny! Thanks.

davidk on May 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

The FUBAR “message” coming out of this administration indicates Valerie Jarret is not in control.

Roy Rogers on May 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

fourdeucer on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

My unit received 3 of them. It was a pretty big deal for us, fwiw.

dogsoldier on May 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

A little off-topic, I just heard Obama has visited those Seals and awarded them the Presidential Unit Citation. They deserve more than that.

fourdeucer on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

What is a Presidential Unit Citation? Is it a medal you can wear on your formal uniform? How does that rank as opposed to a silver star, etc?

karenhasfreedom on May 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Everyone keeps talking about the Paki’s as if they are “homogenous” …

“The Pakis knew he was there”

“The Pakis didn’t know he was there”

But the answer is more complicated.

Pakistan, it’s government and security forces – are divided. There are many who support the Islamofascists – but many also support US. So it is entirely possible that radical elements of the Paki government and security forces knew UBL was there and even helped to hide him. It’s also possible that the moderate elements of the Pakistan government helped our CIA folks get in there to observe and stay hidden and …

It is ALMOST CERTAIN that moderate elements of the Pakistani leadership aided US forces in the raid that killed UBL by keeping Pakistani security forces away from the compound until we wer clear of it.

We would not have conducted this op had there been even a remote possibility of a firefight with Pakistani forces. Someone kept them away – and that “someone” was a Pakistani.

HondaV65 on May 6, 2011 at 8:35 PM

What is a Presidential Unit Citation? Is it a medal you can wear on your formal uniform? How does that rank as opposed to a silver star, etc?

karenhasfreedom on May 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM

It’s a Unit Medal – given to a unit – not an individual. However – all members of the unit can wear it.

Additionally – all members are still eligible for higher (personal) awards.

There is nothing sinister in what he did in awarding this medal. This is a medal he can award – and he did so.

HondaV65 on May 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

HondaV65:

I tend to agree. You should avoid that P-moniker though: it’s a Grade A fighting word in Britain and elsewhere.

anonymous irishman on May 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM

My view is the Pakistanis had to be cooperating with us or we would have dead seals in the streets. How could helicopters and an assault teams attack this compound for a period exceeding 40 minutes without a police or military response? If the Pakistanis were not cooperating then Obama sent in a team of lightly armed men to attach a defended compound with close proximity to a Pakistani military base (jets, tanks, heavy machine guns, missiles, and lots of soldiers). No commander that I know of would ever have sent in this team unless the fix was in with the Pakistanis standing down. Now….if the fix was in….then the decision to attack was not gutsy as portrayed. If we did indeed pressure the Pakistanis into cooperating, this was a great move by our leaders. I just don’t like putting our men in harm’s way and going public to use this success to politically help Obama. The entire operation should have been conducted in SECRET and revealed only at the best opportune time.

Rodger on May 6, 2011 at 9:16 PM

How tall would the CIA building have to be in order to get a clear view over a 12-15 foot wall in order to be able to see this enclosed patio and “the pacer”? And max distance with telephoto lens ?

Was just glancing through photos and- a) there aren’t many tall buildings around and the design of the compound already pushes people away from it, and there are quite a few trees that would be a hindrance to a clear view.

journeyintothewhirlwind on May 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

If the SEALS didn’t get the people in OBL’s compound this month, all the x-rays that the CIA was pumping into that house would have killed them eventually.

Imagine an airport scanner that can do an entire house.

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM

The admission that we had a safe house suggests we had an asset inside the Bin Laden house itself, as Michael Ledeen has posited.

Why disclose the safe house, unless you want to draw attention from someone else?

NCC on May 6, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why that shack is valued at $1M. Anyone?

Location, location, location…

SteveMG on May 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny!

+1

phineas on May 7, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Some useful Pakistan coverage from the BBC. It seems no-one in Pakistan believes that the military didn’t know where bin Laden was.

anonymous irishman on May 7, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Exit question: If Bin Laden really was deeply in cahoots with ISI, how likely is it as of today that they have access to nuclear material?

That is really the question.

AshleyTKing on May 7, 2011 at 2:36 AM

If they didn’t know the CIA team was in town, then it’s more plausible that they’re honest-to-goodness imbeciles who might have missed the fact that the world’s most wanted terrorist had been there for, um, five years.

If they are imbeciles then those imbeciles have atomic bombs. (Large shudder)

Herb on May 7, 2011 at 8:36 AM

So, what you are saying is that a single sniper team could have rid of us Binny-boy and, since they are US snipers hitting stuff from a mile away, couldn’t even have been found? Don’t even have to hit him in the open, just ID the room he is in, say during bed-time frivolities, and throw in some Raufoss rounds…. it wouldn’t be awe-inspiring in the same way… but more so as finding the team as they made their egress would be done with only one compound in an uproar…

Use a back-up team at an far oblique to throw in a bit more mayhem, but by then the demoralization factor of not being able to see who is even firing at you and picking off people starts to set in. At night. No lights. No helicopters. And one or two upstairs rooms turned into a charnel house. And plausible deniability is still retained. Yeah you don’t get to see the body… and if the guy survives he now knows he can be found anywhere when he least expects it.

ajacksonian on May 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Maybe he thought they were insurance against a U.S. drone strike or bombing run:

Or maybe he was just selfish and wanted his family with him, even if it put them in danger?

I know Osama is blinded by ideological hatred, but that doesn’t mean he tortures rabbits, and drinks babies blood whenever he has the chance.

V-rod on May 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I don’t know how the house he was living in was transformed by the media into a ‘mansion’. It looks to me like a house that would belong to a middle income bureaucrat in that part of the world. High wall and barbed wire are ubiquitous. There are a lot of thieves.

Secondly; this administration just can’t bring itself to shut the hell up. Just put out one release and tell the media to pound sand if they keep bugging you.

For an administration that is so beloved by the news media, it sure can’t seem to handle them.

schmuck281 on May 9, 2011 at 2:25 AM