The helicopter carrying Navy SEALs malfunctioned as it approached Osama bin Laden’s compound at about 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, stalling as it hovered. The pilot set it down gently inside the walls, then couldn’t get it going again.
It was a heart-stopping moment for President Barack Obama, who had been monitoring the raid in the White House Situation Room since 1 p.m., surrounded by members of his war cabinet.
“Obviously, everyone was thinking about Black Hawk Down and Desert One,” a senior administration official recalled.
The SEALs disembarked.
“The assault team went ahead and raided the compound, even though they didn’t know if they would have a ride home,” an official said.
The special forces put bombs on the crippled chopper and blew it up, then lifted off in a reinforcement craft just before 4:15 p.m., capping an astounding 40 minutes that gave the United States a tectonic victory in the 10-year war on terror touched off by 9/11.
“The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden,” Obama said at the White House Monday.
The sick chopper turned out to be a tiny wrinkle in an astounding military and intelligence triumph. Bin Laden was shot in the face by the SEALs during a firefight after resisting capture.
Bin Laden’s body was taken to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, and he was buried at sea overnight — less than 12 hours after the raid, officials said. DNA from the remains provided certain confirmation that bin Laden was dead. He was 54. ...
Disposing of the body fast, that was smart. No further questions possible about the identity of the corpse. And quite frankly, after kicking around for ten years, it was not in good shape.
Now the repercussions. More antagonism to the US in the Islamic world. More buggering you about at the airport, obviously. And some huge new atrocity?
Right on time, fake British terrorist Anjem Choudary is promising another Islamic terror bombing in Britain. Lucky for Britain, these Islamic terrorists are too dumb to think of blowing up the Prime Minister and Cabinet or the City of London, as the IRA did. No, they only think of blowing up some common folks on the tube. Funny thing, that just reinforces public support for the war on terror.
Paul Craig Roberts: Osama Bin Laden's Second Death
If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.
Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering from kidney disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?
Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating bin Laden’s death, that "bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending ‘holy warriors’ to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia." That’s a lot of activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden’s? Was he carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?
This morning’s headline has the odor of a staged event. ...
Beyond the Bin Laden Stunt
By Tony Cartalucci
The dire implications of this latest surreal ploy
Bangkok, Thailand May 2, 2011 - It has already been illustrated that the corporate-financier oligarchs have committed themselves to an irreversible global confrontation by planning and executing the "Arab Spring" which is now quickly escalating into a regional military campaign. Concurrently, the West is stabbing at both Russia's peripheries in Eastern Europe as well as China's "String of Pearls" resting along Southeast Asia, Central Asia and into the Middle East.
|OBL at Oxford (right)|
THE BIN LADEN FAMILY
In 1931, Osama bin Laden's father, Mohammed, set up the the BinLaden Group. The group deals in publishing, banking, construction, property and transport and is worth several billions.
The bin Ladens have connections to top people, including several US presidents. ( Bin Laden family gave $1 million to Carter )
According to French intelligence, during the 1980's, Salem bin Laden helped the Reagan Administration when it secretly arranged for an estimated thirty-four million dollars to be funnelled through Saudi Arabia to the Contras, in Nicaragua. ( Meet The Bin Ladens: Osama's Road to Riches and Terror ... )
Reportedly, in 1979, Osama bin Laden's tutor, Prince Turki al Fayçal al Saud (director of Saudi Arabia secret services from 1977 to August 2001), asked Osama to direct and financially manage the CIA secret operations in Afghanistan. (The Hidden Financial Ties between the Bush and the Bin Laden ...) ...
Osama Bin Laden Bio
|OBL with Zbigniew Bzrezinski?|
1. Osama bin Laden and the Jewish Mafia
The newspaper Scotland on Sunday reported 16/9/ 2001 that Osama bin Laden made his fortune in part by working with Jewish-Russian mafia operations in Qatar and Cyprus.
2. Osama bin Laden and the Caymen Islands
Michael Rupert (Osama Bin Laden - A CIA Creation and It's Blowback) has reported on possible links between Caymen banks and Osama bin Laden.
Deutsche Bank (allegedly one of the banks used by bin Laden and inside traders at the CIA) reportedly has an interest in Safron Partners, which is part of a corporate network on the Cayman Islands that is allegedly run by Bin Laden's half brother, Hassan.
Osama Bin Laden and the CIA and a Mr Hekmatyar are reputed to have been involved in the Afghan heroin business.
Bin-Laden allegedly established branches of his business in the Cayman Islands; and he allegedly employed law firms and consultants connected to Langley, Virginia and the CIA.
3. Osama and British Intelligence
The French Internet publication, Indigo, reported that Osama bin-Laden was a guest of British Intelligence in London in 1996. ( Bin Laden - A CIA Creation and It's Blowback )
4. Bush and the bin Ladens
One of George W Bush early backers was James Bath, who was "the bin Laden family's representative in Texas" (Bush Money) ...