Obama and Osama-May Day Pay Day

03May11

“People have been referring to this as hiding in plain sight…” John Brennan, US President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser.

May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day  or Labour Day, a day of political celebrations organised by communists, anarchists, socialists and trade unionists.

It was a bold call by President Barack Obama to Seal Osama bin Laden’s fate in a 1 May attack on a purpose built two-storey urban cave 1.6 kilometres from a Pakistani military academy and only two hours drive from the capital of Islamabad.  After nearly a decade  he could have put the whole thing in the Jihad basket.

Brennan said the president and his national security team had monitored the raid from the White House Situation Room. A live video feed was apparently made available through Helmetcam – Seals have video cameras attached to their helmets. It may be some time before we see on YouTube what the Commander in Chief and Vice President Joe Biden, plus top aides, were staring at so intently off camera in the press photo, but it was obviously laden with import.

The Entebbe-type raid came less than five months before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States which led the US into war in Afghanistan, where the Taleban had hosted Osama-stepping up the War on Terror. This was  followed by the invasion of Iraq- more the War in Error after Saddam Hussein’s  non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” provided useful diplomatic and military instruction.  

It seems that CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons extracted the first threads of information that put intelligence sleuths on the trail of bin Laden’s most trusted al Qaeda courier and thus to the Most Wanted Man himself, despite conspiracy theories that he was already dead.* 

It will be a good debate: were the draconian interrogations by the Americans and their allies, at Guantanemo Bay and elsewhere (including Afghanistan, after a controversial New Zealand SAS willie-away involving Afghani civilian prisoners) justified by this outcome?

The speedy watery “burial” of bin Laden’s remains was done “in strict conformance with Islamist precepts and practices”after the body was identified through facial recognition technology and by swift DNA matching*.  

Wait for Donald to trumpet that it’s not Obama’s birth certificate which is the issue now, it’s Osama’s death certificate.

*BLINKS

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/osama-bin-laden/4955193/Osama-bin-Ladens-burial-criticised 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73GqDq3DVUg  BBC Conspiracy Files: Osama Bin Laden Dead or Alive?  10 January 2010
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yhX1NNSnh4 Osama Bin Laden Dead: Inside the Top Secret Operation 2 May 2011

 #Lyall Lukey 3 May 2011
http://www.lukey.co.nz/  http://www.smartnet.co.nz
http://lukeytraining.wordpress.com/ My other (bit more serious) blog 

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