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What Really Happened?

By The Reverend Published: May 5, 2011

Pictures from the Sunday night raid of Bin Laden's compound. Parental guidance advised.

Nine photos were taken by a Pakistani security official, then sold to Reuters.

Only eyewitness so far...

Osama bin Laden's young daughter has told Pakistani officials that she saw her father shot and killed by armed Americans when they raided a house here early Monday, an official with Pakistan's spy agency said Tuesday.

"We have no independent confirmation of Osama bin Laden being there or dying there except what we got from the daughter," said the official, a member of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

What the daughter claims she saw....

The daughter has claimed that she watched as her father was captured alive and shot before being dragged to a US military helicopter, Arabic news network al-Arabiya quoted Pakistani officials as saying.

Salon's Justin Elliott compares the Bin Laden daughter's claim to the words of President Obama Sunday night....

But last night, as Americans learned that the United States had carried out an operation that resulted in the capture and death of Osama bin Laden, we -- (applause) -- you know, I think we experienced the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.

Probably just word choice coincidence.

And, of course our national beacon of truthfulness, the CIA "categorically" denies that Bin Laden was captured first and then assassinated.

Claims about the alleged firefight....

Similarly, according to information Pakistani officials collected from detained persons, Osama was neither armed nor did inmates at the compound fire at the US choppers or commandos.

Not a single bullet was fired from the compound at the US forces and their choppers. Their chopper developed some technical fault and crashed and the wreckage was left on the spot,” a well-informed official explained.

Number of people at Bin Laden compound, whose bodies were taken, in dispute...

Besides recovering four bullet-riddled bodies from the compound, Pakistani security agencies also arrested two women and six children, aged between 2 and 12 years, after American forces flew toward Afghanistan. Some reports suggest 16 people, including women and children, were arrested from the house, most of them Arab nationals.

According to sources, Bin Laden was staying on the ground floor of the house and was dragged on the floor to the helicopter after being shot dead by US commandos.

There were conflicting reports about the second person the US forces took along with them. Some Pakistani officials say it was one of Bin Laden’s sons injured by the US commandos and thrown onto a separate military chopper; others say he was killed in the operation and it was only his dead body that they took along.

Pakistani authorities are all over the map on whether they cooperated in the operation.

....senior Pakistani official, Salman Bashir, told the BBC that “Pakistan has played a pivotal role” in the hunt for Bin Laden and that it had even drawn the attention of American intelligence agencies in 2009 to suspicions about the compound where Bin Laden was killed.

Yet, Bashir claimed that Pakistani officials weren't informed about the raid ahead of time.....

Bashir responded to allegations that the intelligence agencies failed to detect US helicopters in Pakistani airspace by saying that Pakistan has “adequate capacity” to protect itself and that the CIA-led operation was covert.

“The helicopters managed to evade our radars. The first information we received was when a helicopter crashed. Then we immediately reacted,” he said.

The further removed from the story in time we get, the harder it will be to know the truth. I don't doubt that Bin Laden is dead....even though I do not buy for one second President Obama's argument for deciding to not release photos....

"It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," said the president.

"We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Mr. Obama added. "The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received."

"we don't need to spike the football." He said that "given the graphic nature of these photos it would create a national security risk."

Finally....on that "deserving of the justice that he received" I mentioned yesterday.....not everyone agrees assassination equals justice...

Claus Kress, an international law professor at the University of Cologne, argues that achieving retributive justice for crimes, difficult as that may be, is "not achieved through summary executions, but through a punishment that is meted out at the end of a trial." Kress says the normal way of handling a man who is sought globally for commissioning murder would be to arrest him, put him on trial and ultimately convict him.



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