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Bin Laden Compound Yields ‘Mother Lode of Intelligence’

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Posted on May 3, 2011
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The U.S. special ops team that took out Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan scooped up an assortment of computer equipment, which the intelligence community is now analyzing. Bin Laden had lived at the compound in Abbottabad for five years, staying in contact with other al-Qaida leaders throughout, said White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan. —KDG

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“They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

U.S. officials are about to find out. The material is being examined at a secret location in Afghanistan.

“Hundreds of people are going through it now,” an official said, adding that intelligence operatives back in Washington are very excited to find out what they have.

“It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” the official said.

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By Robert Atkins, May 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment
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There will be no pilgrimages to his grave, no drawn-out trials in all the countries that could try him for the slaughter of their citizens.
You kill OBL as you would shoot an intruder in your home - dead men tell no tales. And no ugly lawsuits if they survive, either. Alive, OBL would have the world’s attention for years, and the capacity to use the Islamic Mind Meld to influence jurors and judges.
Hats off to the SEALS, their Unit, their CIC and his advisers.
And yeah, some of that intel will be actionable, but we won’t see it on TV. That’s the way it is w. SEALS.

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By TDoff, May 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

We will never know what the treasure trove of intelligence materials found with Osama bin Laden reveals. All we will be told is what our powers that be want us to believe, which will bear no relation to the reality of what exists. And will serve only to further their interests, which bear no relation to the interests of We, the People, of the US.

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By gerard, May 3, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

“‘It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it (the trove of information) is actionable,’ the official said.”

“Actionable?” meaning basis for continuing the wars? continuing the fear-mongering?  Useful as anti-Muslim propaganda? 

I agree with the previous preference for capture and trial.  So much more in accord with law and order, and so much more revealing of the truth about what happened and why during the last decade.

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By c.hanna, May 3, 2011 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

I think the Powers blew it. This was their chance to haul Bin Laden in and put him on trial, publicly. This would have dismissed all the “rumors” of 9/11 Truthers. It would have dismissed once and for all the notion that Obama died back in the winter of 01-02.

Imagine all the “intelligence” they could have interrogated out of him! Knowing his location, and a bit more educated planning, they could have got him alive!! They could have taken him to the Hague. The masses could have celebrated knowing that there would be a slow death and that their bloodlust would have been satisfied.

What in the world were they thinking? They said they were observing the Muslim laws on 24 hour burials?

My goodness, I didn’t realize they were so compassionate and thoughtful. Maybe they were right all along, all those little children blown apart from our bombs were “collateral damage” and that’s just the way it has to be; after all “its worth it”.
No disrespect intended towards the Muslims Laws when we sent our drones over their skies. But at least they have respected the quick “burial” practices.

Sadly, nobody can confirm what these humanitarians are telling us, now. I’m sure they are right, after all they are Americans and Obama is a “progressive” leader, so he is a hero.

But what in the world were they thinking…this was the chance to prove, irrefutably, that Osama bin Laden has been alive and well and to put an end to all these “conspiracy theories”.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I like the idea of Innocent until proven guilty, even for people like Osama, Obama, and Bush. I like the idea that people need irrefutable proof, because otherwise we become like the nazis and the masses of Germans that blindly followed and believed the propaganda.

Absolute proof. That is all I want for any of this. Over a Million are dead and it looks more and more like the ‘spontaneous’ uprisings in the ME have not been so spontaneous after all. We need to demand Proof and we need to demand open trials.

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By Samson, May 3, 2011 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

Osama lived in one place for five years.  Really?

And, here’s the punch line.  Osama was stupid enough to
live in one place for five years, and it took our
multi-billion dollar intelligence community five years
to find him.

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