Disclosure: In case you wonder, I am not now nor have I ever been a supporter, sympathizer or rationalizer of bin Laden’s violent Jihad. The fact that I feel I have to even write this should give readers insight into the climate of permissable discussion. I am not unhappy to see UBL moving on to the next world. even as some belive he really died long ago. I agree: Good Riddance, but we need to analyze this event more closely. Will it help end the war or will “our success” convince the Pentagon it needs to be expanded? The issues of the raid’s legality need to be discussed. Video Blackout Reported CLG: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound –The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events. Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off. A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound. NYTimes Rationalizes/ Explains/ Defends Administrations “mistakes” “In the view of officials from past and present presidencies, it was a classic collision of a White House desire to promote a stunning national security triumph — and feed a ravenous media — while collecting facts from a chaotic military operation on the other side of the world. At the same time, White House officials worked hard to use the facts of the raid to diminish Bin Laden’s legacy. “There has never been any intent to deceive or dramatize,” a military official said Thursday, asking that he not be named because of ground rules imposed by the Department of Defense. “Everything we put out we really believed to be true at the time.” Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said that as more and more members of the 79‐member assault team were debriefed after the raid, revisions inevitably occurred.” INITIAL ACCOUNT OF WHAT THEY FOUND NYT: After reviewing computer files and documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, American intelligence analysts have concluded that the chief of Al Qaeda played a direct role for years in plotting terror attacks from his hide‐out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, United States officials said Thursday. With Bin Laden’s whereabouts and activities a mystery in recent years, many intelligence analysts and terror experts had concluded that he had been relegated to an inspirational figure with little role in current and future Qaeda operations.
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Published on Jun 22, 2011