The New Yorker has
published a story planted on Nicholas Schmidle by unidentified sources who claim
to be familiar with the alleged operation that murdered Osama bin Laden.
There is no useful
information in the story. Its purpose seems simply to explain away or cover up
holes in the original story, principally why did the Seals murder an unarmed,
unresisting Osama bin Laden whose capture would have resulted in a goldmine of
terrorist information and whose show trial would have rescued the government's
crumbling 9/11 story?
The gullible Schmidle
tells us: ""There was never any question of detaining or capturing him -- it
wasn't a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,' the special-operations
officer told me." In other words, the SEALs murdered bin Laden because the US
government did not want detainees, not because trigger-happy stupid SEALs
destroyed a font of terrorist information.
Why did the SEALS
dump bin Laden's body in the ocean instead of producing the evidence to a
skeptical world? No real explanation, just that SEALS had done the same
thing to other victims. Schmidle writes: "All along, the SEALs had
planned to dump bin Laden's corpse into the sea -- a blunt way of ending
the bin Laden myth." But before they did so, the US checked with an
unidentified Saudi intelligence
operative, who allegedly replied, "Your plan sounds like a good
After all of Sy Hersh's New Yorker revelations of US government
lies and plots, one can understand the pressure that might have been
applied to the New Yorker to publish this fairy tale. But what is
extraordinary is that there was a real story that Schmidle and the New
Yorker could have investigated.
In the immediate aftermath of bin Laden's alleged murder by the SEALs, Pakistani TV interviewed
the next door neighbor to bin Laden's alleged compound. Someone supplied the
video with an English translation running at the bottom of the video.
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According to the
translation, the next door neighbor, Mr. Bashir, said that he watched
the entire operation from the roof of his house. There were three
helicopters. Only one landed. About a dozen men got out and entered the
house. They shortly returned and boarded the
helicopter. When the helicopter lifted off it exploded, killing all
Mr.Bashir reports seeing bodies and pieces of bodies all over.
The US government
acknowledges that it lost a helicopter, but claims no one was hurt.
Obviously, as there were no further landings, if everyone was killed as
Mr. Bashir reports, there
was no body to be dumped into the ocean.
A real investigation
would begin with Mr. Bashir's interview. Was he actually saying what the
English translation reported? I have not been able to find the
interview with the English translation, but I believe this is the interview
that I saw.
Surely there is a qualified interpreter who can tell us what Mr.
Bashir is saying. If the English
translation that I saw is not a hoax, then we are presented with a story
totally different from the one the government told us and repeated
again through Mr. Schmidle.
If the English
translation of Mr. Bashir's interview is correct, one would think that
would be some interest on the part of US news organizations and on the
part of the intelligence committees in Congress to question Mr. Bashir
and his neighbors, many of whom are also interviewed on Pakistani TV
saying that they have lived in Abbottabad all their lives and are absolutely certain
that Osama bin Laden was not among them.
Mr. Schmidle goes to
lengths to describe the SEALs' weapons, although his story makes it clear that
no weapons were needed as bin Laden is described as "unarmed" and undefended.
The "startled" bin Laden didn't even hear the helicopters or all the SEALs
coming up the stairs. In addition to all his fatal illnesses which most experts
believe killed him a decade ago, bin Laden must have been deaf as neighbors
report that the sound of the helicopters was "intense."
When Pakistanis on
the scene in Abbottabad report a totally different story from the one that
reaches us second- and third-hand from unidentified operatives speaking to
reporters in the US who have never been to Abbottabad, shouldn't someone
qualified look into the story?
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)