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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama related stuff

Obviously the whole world's been going crazy with all this Osama stuff.

Here are a few tidbits:

Oh hai!
It's Osama's compound on Google Maps!
(via The Huff)

And there are some awesome reviews about the place. (The reviews themselves are awesome... the compound itself is only averaging 3 stars).

Oh, and we found out what took Obama so long to produce his birth certificate:


CNN report on the raid:


ABC News' video inside the compound after the raid:

Rashard Mendenall doesn't hold back
"Rashard Mendenhall has created a stir with comments made on his official Twitter page regarding Osama bin Laden's death.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back on Monday tweeted: "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side..."

Mendenhall didn't hold back, even making a reference to the Sept. 11 attacks.

"We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."

A few more tweets:

We haven't heard Osama's side of the story! Maybe it's all just a bit misunderstanding!
(via Barstool)

Speaking of twitter...
Dozens Of People On Twitter Ask "Who Is Osama Bin Laden?"

"This seems to be for real. Dozens of people on Twitter, most of them apparently Americans, are genuinely asking "Who is Osama Bin Laden?"

Were they so young on 9/11? (Incidentally, are we that old?) Do they never watch the news? Don't they have Google?

Writer Ned Hepburn has been collecting them on Twitter.

Here's a sample:
Ouch... My head hurts from trying to comprehend the ignorance and stupidity...
(via Business Insider)

Interview with CIA chief, Leon Panetta, regarding the raid:

CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured

Particularly interesting is his explanation on why the Pakistanis were not notified:

"In his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, CIA chief Leon Panetta tells TIME that U.S. officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets. Long before Panetta ordered Vice Admiral William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command, to undertake the mission at 1:22 p.m. on Friday, the CIA had been gaming out how to structure the raid. Months prior, the U.S. had considered expanding the assault to include coordination with other countries, notably Pakistan. But the CIA ruled out participating with its nominal South Asian ally early on because “it was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” Panetta says.

The U.S. also considered running a high-altitude bombing raid from B-2 bombers or launching a “direct shot” with cruise missiles but ruled out those options because of the possibility of “too much collateral,” Panetta says. The direct-shot option was still on the table as late as last Thursday as the CIA and then the White House grappled with how much risk to take on the mission. Waiting for more intelligence also remained a possibility.
Read the rest!

And considering this was the case (below), I'm pretty glad we didn't tell them.

Pakistan intelligence agency admits failures

"Pakistan's main intelligence agency, the ISI, has said it is embarrassed by its failures on al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

An ISI official told the BBC the compound in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was killed by US forces on Sunday had been raided several years ago.

But the compound "was not on our radar" since then, the official said.

The government of Pakistan has categorically denied any knowledge of the raid before it took place.

And finally...

This photo was found in the archives:
(via The Daily What)

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