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May 4th, 2011
Accounts of OBL Raid Change Almost Daily

This situation has more twists, turns and storylines than a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

Is OBL actually Dead?
Senior military officials confirmed to CNN there were three sets of pictures of Bin Laden.
The first set was taken during the raid itself, and is thought to show two dead brothers, and Bin Laden's dead teenage son.
The second, and most 'identifiable' set of pictures were taken of his mutilated body at an Afghan airbase.
These are the most troubling set of images as they show 'massive open head wounds' - but are the most clear pictures of Bin Laden's face.
The third set were taken aboard the USS Carl Vinson, and show a washed and shrouded Bin Laden being lowered into his watery grave.

But the Muslims aren't buying it...
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said: ‘This news is only coming from one side, from Obama’s office, and America has not shown any evidence or proof to support this claim.
‘On the other side, our sources close to Osama bin Laden have not confirmed or denied the news. Therefore the Islamic Emirate consider any assertion premature.’ 

How can you kill a man that's already dead??

The internet is abuzz with claims that Bin Laden died long ago – perhaps of liver or kidney failure, perhaps killed in the allied assault on the Afghan Tora Bora mountains in 2001, perhaps assassinated at some other time.
The argument goes that his body was kept hidden, and his death a secret, so that America could justify the continuation of the War on Terror, along with billions in military expenditure.

Only now, some suggest, has America decided it is time to announce his death, along with an elaborate cover-story.  Maybe to divert attention from issues Obama is having with winning over the American public's full support.

Certain circumstances within the tale of the raid seem to be flexible, interchangable, and at some points all together forgotten.

- Bin Laden's widow, 27-year-old Amal Al-Sadah, who was shot in the leg, also helped to identify the body.As well as the Al Qaeda commander, one of his adult sons - possibly 19-year-old Hamza bin Laden - the courier who led the CIA to Bin Laden and the courier's brother were also killed.

-  Pentagon official said that when SEALs stormed the room he was in, he used a woman as a human shield so he could fire shots. 'He was firing behind her,' the official said.

-  The woman was further identified as Bin Laden's wife at a separate, off-camera briefing and was said to have died in the ensuing 'fire fight'.

All three claims have now been retracted, by a rather sheepish Jay Carney "confirmed":

-  The Al Qaeda leader did not in fact have a weapon, but 'resisted' capture.

-  It also emerged it was not Bin Laden's wife who died, but the wife of another compound member. 

-  Lastly, Bin Laden's wife had not been grabbed as a human shield but was instead shot in the thigh as she rushed towards the SEALs when they entered his room.


--> In another discrepancy, it was said it was actually Bin Laden's son Khalid who was killed in the attack.
This was contradicted by the official White House transcript saying it was another son, Hamza, who perished in the raid.


Let's try to follow the story, shall we?

Early Monday:

John Brennan: 'He [Bin Laden] was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area'

Late Monday:
White House official: 'I'm not aware of him [Bin Laden] having a weapon'

Early Monday:

John Brennan: Bin Laden was: 'Hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield'

Late Monday:
Pentagon official: 'He was firing behind her'-referring to Bin Laden using his 'wife' as a human shield

Early Monday:

John Brennan: 'Osama died with...the courier and his son Khalid'

Late Monday:
White House transcript: Said Hamza, not Khalid who was killed


To further satisfy any and all doubt in what actually happend; Mr. Carney had this to offer:

'What is true is that we provided a great deal of information with great haste.  Even I'm getting confused.'






What...Me Worry?? - 2011-05-04
And we were fretful Obama would gain re-election from this epic event!!!
by Chris

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