When the most finely trained military/intelligence team in America finally killed Osama bin Laden, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell sent an embarrassingly misspelled tweet that informed the world, “Obama shot and killed.” However, MSNBC inadvertently allowed some truth to slip through its reporting of the assassination. The left-wing network quoted “a senior official in the Obama administration” admitting the chain of events that culminated with Osama bobbing on the waves of the North Arabian Sea began under President George W. Bush, came about because of interrogation techniques Barack Obama opposed, at a facility (Guantanamo Bay) he continually threatens to close, and would likely have never occurred if Obama had enacted policies he continued to advance even while announcing Osama’s death.
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During a briefing about how agents finally found the world’s most wanted man, MSNBC reveals the official said:
After the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “detainees gave us information on couriers. One courier in particular had our constant attention. Detainees gave us his nom de guerre, his pseudonym, and also identified this man as one of the few couriers trusted by bin Laden.”
In 2007, the U.S. learned the man’s name.
Two years later, they tracked this courier down to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, valued at $1 million – a cavernous, windowless structure that is eight times larger than other structures in the area, surrounded by a 15-feet-high security walls – which he shared with another courier, Osama bin Laden, and the terror mastermind’s youngest wife.
Al-Jazeera reported, “US spies have been monitoring many of those couriers for years, the CIA said on Sunday.”
The Washington Post quotes “senior U.S. officials who detailed the operation under the condition of anonymity,” one of whom told them intelligence agents had “been working this target for years, years, years. They finally found the guy who led to the guy who led to the guy who led to the guy, and this is it.”
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Insiders told Fox News the courier’s pseudonym was disclosed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who was the subject of “extreme interrogation methods” at Guantanamo Bay. It was confirmed by Abu Farraj al-Libbi, another Gitmo detainee.
After learning the real name of this trusted al-Qaeda insider and finding his hideout, intelligence agents verified that it housed bin Laden himself. Obama deserves credit for withholding the military’s plans from any foreign nation, including Pakistan, which has been at best ambivalent and at worse treacherous in its dealings with the United States.
Not content with his due of being the beneficiary of years of anti-terror investigations, Obama claimed much more credit, and the media are happily obliging.
In his speech Sunday night Obama claimed with a straight face, “shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda.” It wasn’t before? Come on, Barry.
He made sure to say the operation went forward “at my direction.”
He closed with what sounded like steel-spined resolve:
The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice…Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are.
Only Obama could use such tough-sounding rhetoric to mask surrender and self-castration.