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New Real-Life Role Playing Game: Kill Bin Laden

Only in the USA folks, courtesy of ABC News:
Osama bin Laden has been dead for more than a year, but dozens of  people are shelling out big bucks to kill him again in a real-life, role-play game in Minnesota. Sealed Mindset Firearms Studio, which teaches firearms and personal safety in New Hope, Minn., is offering a special, limited-time exercise in which people can enact a SEAL-type mission and kill a fake bin Laden. Billed as a “Navy SEAL Adventure,” the session simulates an actual SEAL operation. A description on the company’s website says the two-hour operation begins with a briefing in which participants will learn their target is named “Geronimo.” Geronimo was the code name for the operation that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011....
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Role-Playing Service Allows Americans To Act Out The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

The 9/11 mastermind is dying a thousand deaths, in Minnesota, strangely. Via Oddity Central:

Retired Navy SEAL Larry Yacht opened Sealed Mindset, a 10,000-square-feet gun-safety and defense instruction center in New Hope, Minnesota, where he hosts a high-end role-playing game that offers people the chance to shoot and kill terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

Since its inauguration in April, 137 people have signed up to take out the Al-qaida leader in a re-enactment of the famous Pakistan raid. A man wearing a white robe and fake beard plays the dreaded terrorist and the would-be SEALS led by Yacht himself have to infiltrate his hideout, reach his room and finally take him out with a few paintball rounds.

The experience of taking out Osama bin Laden in the re-enactment of the famous SEALS raid costs $325, and according to the testimonies of previous participants, it’s totally worth the price.

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Has A California Treasure Hunter Found Osama’s Body?

Osama bin LadenThe most shocking discovery to come this year? An ideal plotline for Weekend at Bernie’s 3? Or all of the above? The Week on the most sought-after treasure on Earth, Osama bin Laden’s corpse:

Last spring, days after a team of Navy SEALs shot and killed Osama bin Laden, helicoptered his body to a Navy warship, then dumped it somewhere in the Arabian Sea, California undersea treasure hunter Bill Warren decided to go find it.

A year later, Warren [claims] that he’s nailed down the spot where the Navy heaved the body overboard, and will mount an expedition this summer to drag bin Laden’s corpse up from its watery grave, photograph it, and take DNA samples. Warren says he discerned the location from satellite images shared by a Pentagon source. The images purportedly show exactly where the body was thrown overboard last May. Of course, Warren won’t divulge the location, but [says] that it’s about “200 miles west of the Indian city of Surat.”

Who exactly is Bill Warren?

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The Bin Laden Papers

So that's what he was thinking! Pam Benson and Joe Sterling report on the release of Osama's seized papers for CNN:
The United States published several documents online Thursday that it seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year.
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Osama bin Laden’s Personal Notes and Letters To Be Declassified on Thursday

Combating Terrorism CenterThis will be interesting to check out Thursday (but I guess the press has already gotten wind of what is in the documents). Osama bin Laden reads like a troubled CEO who was frustrated by the lack of new talent and struggling with a failing brand. Brian Bennett writes in the LA Times:

Osama bin Laden’s personal notes and letters, which were seized a year ago in the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan, show a leader removed from day-to-day operations of the terrorist organization he founded and increasingly frustrated with the new generation of managers who were rising in the ranks.

A declassified selection of the vast trove of material — large enough, officials say, to fill a college library — will be published online Thursday by the Combating Terrorism Center, a think tank at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In correspondence with his senior leaders, Bin Laden lamented the inexperience and poor judgment shown by the rising crop of Al Qaeda leaders.

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White House Releases Death Of Bin Laden Trailer

Barack Obama is the president, but more importantly, he's the star of the Barack Obama movie. You may not have been aware that his first term was being turned into an officially sanctioned documentary as it happened -- here's the minute-long teaser clip released by his reelection campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden:
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WikiLeaked Stratfor Emails: Osama Bin Laden Wasn’t Buried At Sea

osama-bin-ladenAmong the bounty unearthed by WikiLeaks, the global intelligence agency Stratfor believes that the CIA has bin Laden’s body here in the United States, Business Insider reports. No word on what they might be doing with it:

Stratfor analysts did not believe that Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, according to Stratfor emails. At 5:26 a.m. on May 2…Stratfor CEO George Friedman sent an email with the subject “[alpha] OBL” that said: “Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank goodness.” Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president for intelligence, followed that up at 5:51 a.m. with an email titled “[alpha] Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane.”

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Osama Bin Laden Compound Being Demolished in Pakistan

Osama Bin Laden Compound

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Via BBC News:

Pakistan is more than half way through its demolition of the compound where US forces killed Osama Bin Laden, in the north-western city of Abbottabad. Work began late on Saturday and bulldozers and pneumatic machinery could be heard through the night.

The al-Qaeda leader was shot dead at the compound in the garrison town on 2 May 2011. He had been hiding there for several years. No official reason for the demolition has been given.

Residents around the three-storey compound have speculated that the authorities do not want it turned into a shrine. But it is more likely that the demolition is part of a process by the government to put the whole embarrassing episode behind them, says the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Abbottabad.

Journalists and residents were prevented from getting too close to the compound by a ring of several hundred police and soldiers as work got under way…

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The Attraction Of Conspiracy Theories

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Via ScienceDaily:

Distrust and paranoia about government has a long history, and the feeling that there is a conspiracy of elites can lead to suspicion for authorities and the claims they make. For some, the attraction of conspiracy theories is so strong that it leads them to endorse entirely contradictory beliefs, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science (published by SAGE).

People who endorse conspiracy theories see authorities as fundamentally deceptive. The conviction that the “official story” is untrue can lead people to believe several alternative theories-despite contradictions among them. “Any conspiracy theory that stands in opposition to the official narrative will gain some degree of endorsement from someone who holds a conpiracist worldview,” according to Michael Wood, Karen Douglas and Robbie Sutton of the University of Kent.

To see if conspiracy views were strong enough to lead to inconsistencies, the researchers asked 137 college students about the death of Princess Diana.

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What The Government Told Gizmodo About Osama Bin Laden’s Body

Amazing read. Sam Biddle writes on Gizmodo:
Months ago, I asked the Pentagon for its visual records of Osama bin Laden's sea burial under the Freedom of Information Act. Today, I received a thick packet of No— a complete denial that any records exist. Read it. The core of the response is this: the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Special Operations Command, and the Department of the Navy all had their records searched. Nothing. Admiral Mike Mullen's email was scanned. Nothing. The Pentagon claims not a single person aboard the USS Carl Vinson, where Bin Laden's remains were disposed of, took a single picture. Not a single email from the ship makes reference to photo or video. Essentially: nobody in the military has evidence. So did these things ever exist? If so, they're in a filing cabinet at the CIA, where they'll be safe for the rest of time.
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