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What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death?

There’s the official narrative of the death of Osama bin Laden and then there’s a plethora of alternative narratives, notably from Seymour Hersh. Jonathan Mahler tries to make sense of the competing stories for the New York Times Magazine:

…[Mark Bowden’s] book, “The Finish,” was published in the fall of 2012, and the story it tells is one that is by now familiar. The C.I.A., working in the shadows for many years, had identified a courier whom agency officers eventually traced to a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Osama bin Laden compound. Photo by Sajjad Ali Qureshi (CC)


Agents studied this compound for months via distant satellite cameras but couldn’t be certain that bin Laden was inside. If he was — a 55/45 percent proposition, Obama said later — the president did not want to let him slip away. The safe play was to reduce the compound to dust with a bomb or missiles, but this would risk civilian casualties and also make it impossible to verify the kill with any certainty.

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UK Labour Leader Corbyn Says 9/11 Was ‘Manipulated’

The UK’s Labour Party recently took a big swing to the left with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. Corbyn’s now revealed himself as something of a 9/11 Truther, per the Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Garry Knight (CC)

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Garry Knight (CC)


In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war.

In a series of further articles, Mr Corbyn also appears to endorse controversial conspiracy theories about a “New World Order”…

Mr Corbyn was heavily criticised in the days before winning the Labour leadership after suggesting that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a “tragedy”.

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Seymour Hersh, Bin Laden, and Conspiracy Theories

As anyone who watched any kind of news outlet last week already knows, the big story was Seymour Hersh’s article alleging that the Obama administration’s story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden was a calculated lie. The theory has its critics and defenders in the mainstream media – okay, mostly critics.

But to me, the most interesting revelation raised by Hersh’s reporting, which his vociferous critics have written off as a crazy “conspiracy theory,” was not the surface level issues it raised about Middle East policy and torture. It was that the report revealed a fundamental truth about why we as humans, living under the rule of massive and impersonal governmental structures, are so fervently interested in conspiracy theories.

First of all, a bit of a breakdown of Hersh’s report is necessary.… Read the rest

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Secrets of Osama Bin Laden’s Bookshelf

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI – yet another of the alphabet soup of US intelligence agencies) has released what they are calling “a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin.”


ODNI’s stylized graphic for their media release.

CNN‘s Peter Bergen gives us his take:

In his final years hiding in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was a man who at once showed great love and interest in his own family while he coldly drew up quixotic plans for mass casualty attacks on Americans, according to documents seized by Navy SEALs the night he was killed.

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an unprecedented number of documents from what U.S. officials have described as the treasure-trove picked up by the SEALs at bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011.

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They’re Really Mad at Seymour Hersh Now

liar liarSeymour Hersh’s investigation into the real events surrounding bin Laden’s death not only makes the government look bad, it also shows-up the news media who have been its patsy for years. Accordingly, their response to Hersh has been eerily reminiscent of what was portrayed in the 2014 film Kill the Messenger. This from the Columbia Journalism Review:

Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story, or to disprove his assertions with additional reporting, journalists have largely attempted to tear down the messenger.

Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims—even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration has repeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident.… Read the rest

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Seymour Hersh Eviscerates Obama’s Story of the Killing of Osama bin Laden

One of the best and most informed journalists covering America’s various wars has long been Seymour Hersh. His new essay for the London Review of Books absolutely eviscerates the official Obama administration version of the killing of Osama bin Laden, writing that “it might have been written by Lewis Carroll”:

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations?

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Nicolas Cage to Star in Osama Bin Laden Satire

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Nicolas Cage by Georges Biard (CC)

This should go down well in certain quarters, one would think. The Hollywood Reporter reports on Hollywood’s latest provocation:

Borat director Larry Charles is back in action with Army of One, a satirical comedy from Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment starring Nicolas Cage as a regular guy who goes on a hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

In a coup for the producers, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a preemptive deal for North American rights to the project via their new TWC-Dimension label, designed to be a home for more commercially minded fare that both brothers believe in.

Army of One is loosely based on Chris Heath’s GQ magazine article recounting the real-life misadventures of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.

Charles, whose other big-screen credits include The Dictator and Bruno, is set to begin shooting Army of One by the end of March, with an eye to releasing the film at the end of the year…

[continues at the Hollywood Reporter]

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