So far my view of this whole situation has gotten me nothing but anger from others. But, and I am being quite serious here, I don't get it. I remember how people felt when the Muslim countries were rejoicing about the Twin Towers. I remember how people kept saying they were nothing but godless heathens that didn't care about anyone, because they were rejoicing at the deaths of others.
Could someone please tell me what makes us any different if we are rejoicing as they did? Please don't get me wrong. I am not defending anything the man did but how can those that are rejoicing explain how they are not being hypocritical or just as the Muslims were when the Towers came down?
Bin Laden raid years in the making, minutes in execution
Interesting that the compound was not in the caves and the hills, but inside a suburban city close to Islamabad.
I am appaled at things like collage kids breaking beer bottles on the street and cheering.
What that says about me, I don't know.
Thanks to George W. Bush, the information that led to this hiding place came from prisoner interrogations at Guantanamo Bay.
“This was a no kidding, CIA and military operation,” said the U.S. official.
“The raid was the culmination of intense and tireless effort on the part of many dedicated agency officers over many years,” Panetta said in a message to CIA employees. “Our men and women designed highly complex, innovative, and forward-leaning clandestine operations that led us to bin Laden. One operation would yield intelligence that was carefully analyzed and then used to drive further operations.
The compound was uncovered after years of effort in which the CIA gathered leads on individuals in bin Laden's inner circle, including his couriers. Some of their names were provided by al Qaida members captured by the U.S.
"One courier in particular had our constant attention," said a second senior administration official, who declined to release his name, but described him as a "protege" of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003 and is in U.S. custody at Guantanamo.
The CIA positively identified the courier four years ago and two years ago identified areas of Pakistan where the courier and his brother were operating. But because they employed such tight operations security, the agency was unable to pinpoint their residence until last August.
The captured al Qaida members only knew the courier's nom de guerre, but they told U.S. intelligence officers that he was "one of the few . . . trusted by bin Laden," and that the pair might be living together, he continued.
The courier and his brother were tracked to a massive, palatial compound built in 2005 at the end of a dirt road in an isolated and "affluent" suburb of Abbottabad favored by retired Pakistani military officers, said the second senior administration official, who added that it was believed that the residence was constructed specifically for bin Laden.
"We were shocked by what we saw," he said, describing the compound as being eight times larger than any of the area's other homes, surrounded by 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire. Different sections of the structure were walled off from each other.
The "extraordinary security measures" also included two electrified security gates. Trash was burned before being taken out for disposal, he said.
The compound was built at a cost of $1 million — a great deal for a residence in impoverished Pakistan — yet it had no telephone or Internet connections, and the third floor was surrounded by a "seven-foot privacy wall" for its occupants.
The courier and his brother, meanwhile, "had no explainable source of income," said the second administration official, who added that "we soon learned that more people were living at the compound" than just the two men and their families.
CIA analysts, working with the eavesdroppers of the National Security Agency and experts at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which analyzes satellite imagery, concluded "with strong probability" that a third family — bin Laden, his youngest wife and several family members — also were living there, he said.
The compound's massive security, its isolated location and its size "was consistent with what our experts had expected bin Laden's hideout would look like," he continued. "No other candidate fit the bill as well as bin Laden did."
Quote:Thanks to George W. Bush, the information that led to this hiding place came from prisoner interrogations at Guantanamo Bay.
I don't think we know that yet.
it's Mission Accomplished 8 years later to the day no matter how the irrational left spins it.
You are right- the word I am looking for is ENTHRALLED.
I hope that there are a heap of great Osama jokes. EVeryone is taking this like 9/11 was a trifle?
Its times like this that Id wish that there really were a hell and this guy would be on the fast track to the deepest level reserved for evil popes.
Interesting that the compound was not in the caves and the hills,