—Obama DIDN’T see Bin Laden being killed
—Live feed from Navy Seals helmet cameras was cut off as they entered compound
—Iconic image of President Obama and national security aides may not have been them watching mission unfold
May 5, 2011—The director of the CIA has today revealed there was a 25 minute video blackout during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Leon Panetta admitted the live feed from helmet-mounted cameras worn by the Navy Seal team was cut off as they stormed the buildings in Abbottabad. A photograph of U.S. President Barack Obama, defence staff and aides in the situation room was released by the White House, appearing to show them anxiously watching as the mission unfolded. But in reality they knew little of what was taking place in the fortified compound during the 38 minutes it took the Navy Seals to complete Operation Geronimo.
—The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the U.S. version of events.
May 4, 2011—Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off. A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
May 5, 2011—Only one of four principal targets shot dead by U.S. commandos in the raid which killed Osama bin Laden was involved in any hostile fire, a person familiar with the latest U.S. government reporting on the raid told Reuters on Thursday. The account of Monday’s 40-minute raid has new descriptions of the event, including that Navy SEALs shot an occupant of the compound who they thought was armed, but apparently was not. It confirms that bin Laden was not armed when he was shot dead, nor are there indications that he directly threatened his attackers, according to the first source and a second U.S. government source who is familiar with briefings on the raid.
—None of the men looked like bin Laden.
May 4, 2011—Photographs acquired by Reuters and taken about an hour after the U.S. assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan show three dead men lying in pools of blood, but no weapons. The photos, taken by a Pakistani security official who entered the compound after the early morning raid on Monday, show two men dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and one in a T-shirt, with blood streaming from their ears, noses, and mouths.
—“It’s another attempt to label Native Americans as terrorists,” says Sioux member
May 4, 2011—Native Americans are objecting to the U.S. military’s use of the code name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. After bin Laden was killed, the military sent a message back to the White House: “Geronimo EKIA”—enemy killed in action. News about the code name spread quickly across Indian Country and on social network sites, resulting in a groundswell of criticism against the government.
May 5, 2011—Radical Muslims are already calling the site of Osama bin Laden’s ocean burial the “Martyr”s Sea’, according to one of Britain’s leading Islamic scholars. The U.S. said the decision to drop bin Laden’s body into the North Arabian Sea was taken to avoid creating a shrine for the slain Al Qaeda chief. But Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at Cambridge University, claimed yesterday that the move could backfire on the Americans. Speaking on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ program, he said it was ‘disappointing’ that bin Laden wasn’t taken into custody. “By tipping him into the sea, the Americans may have created a kind of shrine. Some radicals are already calling the Arabian Sea the Martyr’s Sea,” he said.
May 5, 2011—Britain’s most senior police officer has warned that a terror attack on the U.K. is highly likely and could occur at any time. Sir Paul Stephenson said communities must remain “vigilant…” The Metropolitan Police commissioner said the “severe” threat from international terrorism was “not a bureaucratic description, but rather a factual assessment of the reality of the threat we face. To be blunt it means that an attack is highly likely and could occur without warning at any time,” he added.
May 5, 2011—A horrifying email sent to an undercover reporter posing as an extremist has revealed a terror chief’s instructions to commit an atrocity in Britain. The chilling exchange between the reporter and Anwar al-Awlaki—widely tipped to succeed Osama bin Laden as Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader—outlines the various options open to extremists who want to launch an attack on British soil. In the correspondence, al-Awlaki allegedly advises “pipe bombs, assassinations or using a firearm at a location crowded with enemies”.
—“We probably will add people to the watch list.”
May 4, 2011—Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that teams of federal officials gathered from across the government are reviewing the cache of information seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound that authorities hope will offer fresh leads about new plots and the whereabouts of surviving terror operatives. Holder, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he fully expected that the information—contained in a mix of documents, computer hard-drives, and discs—would yield new names that will expand the nation’s terror watch list.
—Records seized in bin Laden raid show anniversary plot under consideration
May 5, 2011—Al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] considered attacking U.S. trains on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, according to an initial look at DVDs, computers and other documents seized at the raid on Osama bin Laden’s home, NBC News reported Thursday. However, U.S. officials told NBC News that they have no recent intelligence indicating such a plot is active. The information about a possible train plot is the first intelligence revealed from the trove of material found in the attack on bin Laden’s compound. [Translation: The TSA wants to take pat-downs to the rail system.]
—A Day May Come When You’ll Be Patted Down Going Into Stores
May 3, 2011—Counter terrorism experts say a retaliation attack for Osama bin Laden’s death is inevitable. Terrorists are expected to aim for more vulnerable soft targets like shopping malls or museums. Counter terrorism expert Juval Aviv said terrorists seeking revenge for Osama bin Laden’s death will turn to attacks less dramatic than the destruction on Sept. 11—focusing instead on soft targets like hotels, places of worship, and mass transit hubs. Security consultant David Boehm said the future could include security check points entering all soft targets — like your local department store.
May 3, 2011—While Mayor Bloomberg says there’s no specific threat against the Big Apple after the death of Osama bin Laden, the NYPD was taking no chances. Bomb-sniffing dogs and officers carrying automatic rifles were patrolling transit hubs across the city. An intelligence source told CBS News that law enforcement officials were concerned terror operatives may be directed to come to the U.S. to carry out a plot, or that a so-called “lone wolf” with no official terrorist group affiliation may carry out an attack without direction against the sheer number of available targets in our region, from train terminals, to tunnels, bridges, and our water supply, just to avenge bin Laden’s death.
May 5, 2011—In a poignant visit to the site that has come to symbolize both the trauma and triumphs arising from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Obama placed a wreath at the fallen World Trade Center on Thursday and said the killing of Osama bin Laden upheld America’s vow to “never forget” victims’ suffering. A cluster of invited guests, most of them relatives of those killed on Sept. 11, stood nearby, at the center of a plaza flanked by buildings in various states of construction and by cranes soaring hundreds of feet into the air but frozen for the presidential visit.
May 5, 2011—Pakistan’s military threatened to halt its co-operation with the U.S. if there was a repeat of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden this week… A statement released by the Pakistan army after General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the chief of staff, met his senior commanders for the first time on Thursday since U.S. navy Seals killed bin Laden said: “The chief of army staff made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence co-operation with the United States”.
May 4, 2011—The Taliban say they have attacked a heavily-fortified U.S. base near the Afghan capital of Kabul as foreign forces are experiencing their deadliest days in the country. A Taliban spokesman says the group has fired five rockets at Bagram airbase in Parwan province. The militants claim a number of foreign soldiers have been killed in the rocket attack and that the U.S. airbase has been severely damaged.
May 5, 2011—A bomb attack has claimed the life of a U.S.-led soldier in southern Afghanistan as foreign forces face a climbing number of deadly attacks in the war-ravaged country. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that the explosion took place on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent reports.
May 4, 2011—A NATO raid in Afghanistan has killed an Afghan woman and injured eleven others amid growing public discontent over such attacks. Afghan officials say the overnight raid targeted civilians in Paktia Province and most of the injured were women and children. The raid reportedly took place as NATO forces conducted a search operation to find militants holed up in the area.
—Dozens are injured.
May 5, 2011—A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in southern Iraq on Thursday as the country braced for attacks from ’Al Qaeda’ in Iraq in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden. The car bomber blew up his vehicle at a police headquarters in the mainly Shiite Muslim city of Hillah before 7 a.m. as the police switched from overnight to day shift. It was the second major attack in Iraq since bin Laden was killed early Monday.
May 3, 2011—Radioactive leakage from fuel rods at a nuclear power plant in the city of Tsuruga in Fukui prefecture on Honshu island of Japan are believed to be the cause of a surge in the density of toxic substances detected in coolant water, the prefectural government said Monday. Japan Atomic Power Company, owner and operator of the potentially faulty nuclear plant, has said it will attempt to manually override the plant‘s No. 2 reactor’s system in an effort to contain the leak and conduct further investigation into its critical cooling systems.
May 6, 2011—The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits surged last week to the highest level in eight months, a troubling sign a day ahead of the government’s report on April employment. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications rose 43,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 474,000. But that was largely the result of unusual factors, including a high number of school systems in New York that closed for spring break, the department said.
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