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May 5, 2011 by Government Integrity No Comments

The Confusion

Osama was engaged in a firefight with the SEAL’s; he was engaged in the firefight and was killed

Monday, May 2, 2011; John Brennan elaborating on the announcement by President Obama regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden the day before: “[Osama bin Laden] was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in; whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don’t know … The president put a premium on making sure that our personnel were protected and we were not going to give Bin Laden or any of his cohorts the opportunity to carry out lethal fire on our forces. He was engaged and he was killed in the process.”

“The concern was that Bin Laden would oppose any type of capture operation. Indeed he did. It was a firefight. He, therefore, was killed in that firefight.”

CIA Chief Leon Panetta had reported that the men were “engaged in a firefight throughout the operation.”

Osama used a female as a shield from incoming fire – the woman was killed

“There was family at that compound and there was a female who was in fact in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield Bin Laden from the incoming fire.” He added: “I think it really just speaks to just how false his narrative has been over the years.”

Asked if the woman was bin Laden’s wife, Brennan replied: “That’s my understanding. It was one of them … She served as a shield … when there was the opportunity to get to Bin Laden she was positioned in a way that indicated that she was being used as a shield – whether or not Bin Laden or the son, or whatever, put her there, or she put herself there.”

At an off the record Pentagon briefing reporters were told by a senior defense official that Bin Laden and some other male combatants “certainly did use women as shields”.

Brennan told reporters on Monday: “Bin Laden died, the two al-Qaida facilitators – the brothers, who were the courier and his brother in the compound; Bin Laden’s son Khalid; and the woman, presumed to be his wife, who was shielding Bin Laden.”

“The woman who bin Laden tried to use as a human shield was killed in the U.S. raid,” Brennan said.

Tim Carney Obama’s Press Secretary said at a White House briefing on Tuesday , “On the first floor of Bin Laden’s building two al-Qaida couriers were killed, along with a woman who was killed in crossfire. Bin Laden’s wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed.”

No, wait, Osama didn’t ACTUALLY use a female as a shield – the woman wasn’t ACTUALLY killed

Later the official said the woman who was with Bin Laden was injured and not killed. The woman who ended up being killed had been used as a shield by “a military age male” who was firing from behind her, they said.

Osama’s son Khalid was killed in the raid

Brennan told reporters on Monday: “Bin Laden died, the two al-Qaida facilitators – the brothers, who were the courier and his brother in the compound; Bin Laden’s son Khalid; and the woman, presumed to be his wife, who was shielding Bin Laden.”

No, wait, Osama’s son Khalid wasn’t killed in the raid - it was ACTUALLY HIS OTHER son, Hamza

The name of the son was changed to Hamza in the transcript.

No, wait, wait, Osama wasn’t ACTUALLY armed

Tim Carney Obama’s Press Secretary said at a White House briefing on Tuesday that Bin Laden had not been armed. “On the first floor of Bin Laden’s building two al-Qaida couriers were killed, along with a woman who was killed in crossfire.”

“Bin Laden and his family were found on the second and third floor of the building. There was concern that Bin Laden would oppose the capture operation – operation rather, and indeed he did resist. In the room with Bin Laden, a woman – Bin Laden’s – a woman, rather, Bin Laden’s wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed.”

But – HE DID RESIST!

When pressed on the nature of Bin Laden’s resistance Carney said: “I think resistance does not require a firearm.”

No, wait, there wasn’t ACTUALLY a firefight in Osama’s house

Wednesday May 4, 2011; Tim Carney Obama’s Press Secretary was asked, “Is the fact of a firefight solid?”, Carney said: “You heard the account that I read yesterday, and that is information that I provided. And I’m not – I’m just simply saying I’m not going further than that.”

No resistance shots were fired once the SEAL’s got inside the house.

Osama was living in a $million mansion!

Defense officials briefed reporters on Monday that Bin Laden’s compound was worth $1m and was in stark contrast to the “much more dire conditions” endured by his “terrorist colleagues” and speculated on what they might be thinking “when they see that their leader was living, relatively speaking, high on the hog”.

No; wait, it wasn’t ACTUALLY a mansion, it was a dump worth about $250,000

However, news reports now say local estimates suggest the house is worth $250,000. Footage from inside the compound shows little sign of luxury. Cooking equipment was shown on the floor, the decor seemed shabby, medicines were left on a shelf with no cabinet and the pantry seemed rudimentary. The paint was peeling outside the building and there was no sign of airconditioning

The whole 40 minute operation was watched by President Obama’s security team in the White House IN REAL TIME!

“The U.S. team was on the ground for only 40 minutes, much of the time spent scrubbing the compound for information about al Qaeda and its future plans.”

Brennan said on Monday: “We were able to monitor in a real-time basis the progress of the operation from its commencement to its time on target to the extraction of the remains and to then the egress off of the target… we were able to monitor the situation in real time and were able to have regular updates and to ensure that we had real-time visibility into the progress of the operation. I’m not going to go into details about what type of visuals we had or what type of feeds that were there, but it was – it gave us the ability to actually track it on an ongoing basis.”

Carney said on Tuesday the updates were “minute-by-minute” and “they were looking at and listening to those updates.”

No, wait, ACTUALLY once the commandos went into the compound transmission was lost for 25 minutes of the 40 minute operation

CIA director Leon Panetta told PBS on Tuesday: “Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on.”

Secretary of State Clinton said it was the most intense 38 minutes of her life!

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “I will not go into detail about the operation but I can say that it was the most intense 38 minutes of my life.” A blank screen is, like, way intense. This must have been more intense than her being under fire in Bosnia!

The Explanation For The Confusion

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder was testifying before the U.S. Senate stating clearly that the position of the Obama administration is that any terrorist captured is to be treated like a criminal who is a U.S. Citizen: Miranda warnings, arrest, charges filed, followed by a trial in a U.S. Federal Court. Watch the video here.

So we have the president Obama sending SEAL’s into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, but feel it necessary to make it look like he resisted to it was his own fault that he was killed. The practice is to kill terrorists on the spot; but policy remains that captured terrorists will be arrested, given Miranda rights; and trials in U.S. courts with ACLU attorneys providing their defense.

If you can think of any other reasons for the stupidity on display from the White House over the past few days, please comment and let me know what you think their ‘reasoning’ is.

My Suggestions About How It Should Have Been Handled

  • Send in the SEAL’s and capture bin Laden
  • Do not announce his capture
  • Do not announce anything about computers, storage devices, phone numbers at all
  • Take him to a secure place for interrogation and get all the information possible
  • Begin to act on that information until you have done all that can be done
  • Try him in a military court in camera
  • Dispose of him in the ocean
  • Announce the whole thing when you have wrapped up as much information as possible; celebrate and take credit at that time