By Dave Lindorff
Osama's secrets get another kind of water-boarding treatment
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According to the brief announcement made by President Barack Obama last night, the operation in Pakistan by US Navy SEAL special forces was a well-planned hit job.
"They took care to avoid civilian casualties," the president said of the top-secret night-time raid by helicopter on a highly secure compound near a military base in Abbottadad, a city only about an hour's drive drive from, Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city. He added, "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
Not for long though. After "double-tapping" bin Laden--that is a military term for the illegal process of executing a wounded person--or insuring that a person is truly dead--that involves firing not one but two bullets into the head--his body was taken out of Pakistan by the departing SEAL raiding party, and reportedly buried (dumped) at sea.
According to the Washington Post, the US wanted to "prevent the creation of a shrine" to the late leader of Al Qaeda and alleged mastermind of the 9-11 attacks. "We don't want a bunch of people going to the shrine forever," the Post quoted one unidentified official as saying.
This is supposed to be "closure"?
Think about it a moment. The US had the living Osama bin Ladin in their hands last night! After almost 10 years, they had successfully captured the guy who allegedly managed to mastermind the biggest, most disastrous attack on the US in the modern history of the country--perhaps of all time--a coordinated aerial assault on the financial and military hearts of the world's most powerful country, carried with nothing but box cutters--an attack which managed to neutralize the mightiest air defense system in the world! And instead of bundling him into an orange jump suit, putting a bag over his head and bringing him in for interrogation, like they've done to hundreds of other lesser captives in the so-called decade-long "War on Terror," they "double-tapped" him on the spot?
What were they thinking?...
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