An interesting analysis of the half-lies and deceptions surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden can be found in an article in Counterpunch by the famed journalist Alexander Cockburn. After deconstructing the contradictory streams of misinformation that flowed from the US Government in the days after the assassination, Cockburn analyses the sequence of events that led to the operation being scheduled at that time.
His conclusions are that ;
- the USA and Pakistan had been aware of the compound for years
In fact, specific knowledge by US intelligence of the compound and its likely possible prime denizen goes back to 2005.
The three-storey house has been a well-known feature of Abbottabad. Shaukat Qadir, a well-connected Pakistan Army officer, reported to CounterPunch from Pakistan: “For the record, this house has been under ISI surveillance while it was under construction. It was first raided in 2003, and the ISI just missed capturing al-Libi (he was later captured by the ISI close to Mardan in K-P Province). It has been raided on numerous occasions since.”
- OBL was killed as a result of ‘entrapment’
Cockburn quotes Shaukut Qadir;
“The house where Osama had sought refuge belonged to two brothers from Mardan (a Pashtun dominated region of K-P) . . . neither one has been identified among the dead. If Osama was followed to this house by constant tracking of his courier who, according to CIA reports, shouldn’t one, if not both brothers . . . have been present . . .? But they weren’t. Of the seven bodies left behind (a female, a child and five men of ages ranging from mid-twenties to mid-thirties), none have been identified as being either brother…. “ Inference: “Osama was sold out. The operation was the result of entrapment. An entrapment organized through one or more of his most trusted aides…”
- The operation was carried out to pre-empt a Wikileaks release of unredacted intelligence that had been gained through torture at Guantánamo Bay Concentration Camp.
The raid was organised because information about the capture and torture of the aide who revealed the whereabouts of the compound was about to be revealed through the parallel releases of Wikileaks information. One version of the files were being put out in the Guardian and New York Times; they had received / bought them from an ex-Wikileaks employee and in this narrative, allowed the security services to redact any names or information deemed ‘unacceptable’ to be in the public domain. A comparison to the Wikileaks’ unredacted release of the same files immediately reveals the names that they had been most anxious to hide.
As Cockburn continues;
We can conclude, from this narrative, that when the unredacted WikiLeaks files surfaced, US intelligence concluded that Osama’s associates would soon figure out that the Americans had made the appropriate connections and conjectures and there the associates urged him to move on with all due haste. So Obama decided to send in the Seals.
Cockburn then suggests that targeted assassination has become both an accepted military aim and a political tool.
He points to the attack in Libya on April 30th;
Saturday, April 30 was reserved for the attempted assassination of Colonel Gaddafi, with the dropping of precision-guided bombs on the house of his son Saif, who died along with three grandchildren. Saif, then four, was in the Gaddafi family compound on April 15, 1986 when bombs ordered up by Ronald Reagan were dropped from F-111s, killing his 15-month old sister, adopted by Gaddafi 11 months earlier. Thus have Reagan and Obama shared a target. ‘Decapitation’ – going for the enemy’s top guy – is now standard Nato strategy.
Would Obama have been briefed on the plan, or have signed off on a program of targeted assassination of Gaddafi? It seems a sure thing.
And as Cockburn concludes;
But Gaddafi survived. So Obama only had one bloodied feather in his cap when he gave one of the most morally repellent speeches I have ever heard delivered from the White House. Bush at least had the crude brio of a semi-literate jock when he vaunted America’s prowess. Obama’s “we nailed him” paragraphs of mendacity concluded with Dickensian Heepishness: “Tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history.”
To which we can add – yup! and the end of just about everyone else’s . . .