Pentagon Admits to Not Having a Death Cert., Autopsy Report or DNA ID Test Result for Bin Laden

Newly released heavily redacted emails obtained by the Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act has shed new light on the May 1, 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The internal emails sent among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson witnessed Bin Laden’s burial at sea and that only a small group of the ship’s leadership was even informed of the event.

“Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,” a May 2nd email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. “The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.”

The Obama administration promised to be one of, if not the most transparent administration ever but when it comes to details surrounding the killing of Bin Laden they have been incredibly secretive. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or any pictures or video showing Bin Laden’s body. It also said it could not find any images of Bin Laden’s body on the Vinson. Meanwhile the Pentagon says it can not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for Bin Laden, or even any pre-raid materials discussing government plans to dispose of Bin Laden’s body if he were killed.

The CIA, which ran the Bin Laden raid and has special legal authority to keep information from ever being made public, has not responded to the AP’s request for records about the mission.

So if you have any questions as to how the government could conduct a military assault on a secret compound, kill and bury at sea the most wanted terrorist on earth without any video or pictures taken during the raid or any pictures or video of his dead body being dumped in the ocean or any death certificate, autopsy report or evidence of DNA identification please keep them to yourself. Just trust your government. They would never lie to you, would they!?

 

Navy SEALs Slam Obama for taking Credit for Bin Laden Killing

Serving and former US Navy SEALs are speaking out against President Obama for basking in the glory of the killing of Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as a political tool for his re-election campaign.

The SEALs spoke out to http://www.dailymail.co.uk after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’ a few months back.

 

In addition to the ad, the White House marked the first anniversary of the raid that killed bin Laden with a series of briefings in addition to an NBC interview in the Situation Room to highlight the “gutsy call” made by the President. A news conference was also used to imply that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would have let bin Laden live.

“I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,” Obama said. “If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”

in 2008 Romney expressed reservations about sending troops into Pakistan.

Ryan Zinke, a Republican state senator in Montana who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: “The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call. I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.”

Mr Zinke added that Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid.

“The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.”

The president has even faced criticism from those on the left. Arianna Huffington, a liberal who runs the left-leaning Huffington Post website, roundly condemned it.

She told CBS: ‘We should celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It’s one thing to have an NBC special from the Situation Room… all that to me is perfectly legitimate, but to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.’

A serving SEAL Team member said: “Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart, But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.”

Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: “In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.”

Senior military figures have said that Admiral William McRaven, a former SEAL who was then head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the decision to take bin Laden out. Tactical decisions were delegated even further down the chain of command.

A former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said that the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape.

 

Former Senator Says Classified Documents Contradict FBI on Post-9/11 Probe of Saudis

Former Florida Senator and co-chair of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sen. Bob Graham, says he has seen two classified FBI documents that contradict the bureau’s public statement that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis living in Sarasota, Fla, at the time. 

“There are significant inconsistencies between the public statements of the FBI in September and what I read in the classified documents,” Graham said.

“One document adds to the evidence that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI,” he added. “An important investigative lead was not pursued and unsubstantiated statements were accepted as truth.”

One unanswered question surrounding the 9/11 attacks is whether the hijackers had support within the U.S. The final 28 pages of Congress’s bipartisan inquiry released in July 2003 regarding possible foreign support for the terrorists, were censored in it’s entirety, on President George W. Bush’s instructions.

Graham said the two classified FBI documents that he saw, dated 2002 and 2003, were prepared by an agent who participated in the Sarasota investigation. He said the agent suggested that another federal agency be asked to join the investigation, but that the idea was “rejected.”

Graham attempted in recent weeks to contact the agent, he said, but the agent had been instructed by his superiors not to talk.

The FBI investigated Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife, Anoud a decade ago. They moved out of their home in the upscale, gated community of Prestancia, near Sarasota, and left the country weeks before 9/11. The couple left numerous personal belongings, such as furnishings, clothes, medicine, food and cars according to law enforcement records. After the 9/11 attacks, a concerned neighbor contacted the FBI. 

Prestancia gatehouse visitor logs and photographs of license tags show that several of the 9/11 hijackers visited the al-Hijji home, according to a counterterrorism officer and former Prestancia administrator Larry Berberich.

Al-Hijji, who now lives in London, recently called 9/11 “a crime against the USA and all humankind” and said he was “saddened and oppressed by these false allegations.” He also said it was “not true” that Mohamed Atta and other 9/11 hijackers visited him at his Sarasota home.

The FBI, after initially declining to comment, confirmed that it did investigate but found nothing sinister. Agents, however, have refused to answer reporters’ specific questions about its investigation or its findings about the Prestancia gate records.

The FBI reiterated its position in a Feb. 7 letter that denied a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records from its Sarasota probe. The denial said their release “could constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

“At no time during the course of its investigation of the attacks, known as the PENTTBOM investigation, did the FBI develop credible evidence that connected the address at 4224 Escondito Circle, Sarasota, Florida, to any of the 9/11 hijackers,” wrote records section chief David M. Hardy.

According to newly released Florida law enforcement documents an informant told the FBI in 2004 that al-Hijji considered Osama bin Laden a “hero” and may have known some of the hijackers. The informant, Wissam Hammoud, also said al-Hijji introduced him to Adnan El Shukrijumah, an ex-Broward County resident and suspected al-Qaida operative.

Last September, FBI spokesmen also disputed Graham’s assertion that Congress was never told about the Sarasota investigation.

Graham asked the FBI for assistance in locating the Sarasota related files in National Archives that were allegedly turned over to Congress. He says there were two months in which the FBI was “either unwilling or unable” to help find the records, than the bureau turned over two documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which Graham once headed and where he still has access. It is those documents that Graham has said are inconsistent with the FBI denials.

Graham shared this development with the Obama White House, and a meeting between Graham and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce was arraigned.

In December, Graham said, the scheduled meeting was abruptly canceled and he was told he would be allowed no further access to FBI information about Sarasota.

Graham says the information emerging about Sarasota is ominously similar to discoveries his inquiry made in California. Leads there indicated that the first two hijackers to reach the U.S., Saudis Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, received help first from a diplomat at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles and then from two other Saudis, one of whom helped al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi find a place to live.

Multiple sources told investigators they believed both the latter Saudis had been Saudi government agents.

In late December, the U.S. announced a new $30 billion defense deal with the Saudis.

Graham said he was taken aback by that announcement.

“I think that in the period immediately after 9/11 the FBI was under instructions from the Bush White House not to discuss anything that could be embarrassing to the Saudis,” he said. “It is more inexplicable why the Obama administration has been reticent to pursue the question of Saudi involvement. For both administrations, there was and continues to be an obligation to inform the American people through truthful information.”

Muslims angry over 9/11 children’s coloring book…

We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom has been published by Missouri-based “Really Big Coloring Books”. The coloring book according to them is “designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11”. Depicting scenes from 9/11 for children to color in and telling the story of the attacks and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, “the book was created with honesty, integrity, reverence, respect and does not shy away from the truth”, according to the publisher, which says that it has sold out of its first print run of 10,000 copies.

Obviously The Council on American-Islamic Relations has condemned the book as “disgusting”, that it characterises all Muslims as linked to extremism, terrorism and radicalism, which could lead children reading the book to believe that all Muslims are responsible for 9/11, and that followers of the Islamic faith are their enemies.

Publisher Wayne Bell told American television that the book does not portray Muslims “in a negative light at all. That is incorrect. This is about 19 terrorist hijackers that came over here under the leadership of a devil worshipper, Osama bin Laden, to murder our people,” Bell said. “He [Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR] calls the book disgusting … but he should call the people in the book, the 19 terrorists, Osama bin Laden, he should call him disgusting. This is history. It is absolutely factual.”

But Walid said that “given the fact that this is a very emotional and sensitive topic and that there were Muslims who were victims in 9/11 [and] who were first responders, we think it would have been more responsible if the language would not have been such that every time Muslim was used it’s radical, extremist, terrorist … All these characters are painted to the mind of a young person that perhaps all Muslims may be somewhat responsible for 9/11 or that Muslims are an enemy.”

Really Big Coloring Books, which also published a colouring book teaching children about the Tea Party last year, has said that it will donate a portion of its proceeds from sales of the book to Bridges for Peace, “a Jerusalem-based, Bible-believing Christian organisation supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews worldwide through education and practical deeds expressing God’s love and mercy”.

One page of the $6.99 book, which has been given a PG rating, shows Bin Laden hiding behind a hijab-wearing woman as he is shot by a Navy SEAL. “Being the elusive character that he was, and after hiding out with his terrorist buddies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, American soldiers finally locate the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden,” runs the text accompanying the picture. “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.”

 

Senator McCain says torture did not lead to the location of Bin Laden

According to Senator John McCain waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques did not lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the Arizona Republican said former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and other Bush Administration supporters of harsh interrogation techniques were wrong to claim that waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, provided information that led to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Sen. McCain, spent 5½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and also said that torture is not an acceptable tool for the U.S. to use in the fight against terrorism.

Senator McCain said that according to the facts provided to him by CIA Director Leon Panetta, the hunt for bin Laden did not begin with fresh information from Mohammed, and that the name of bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, came from a detainee held in another country.

“Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, it actually produced false and misleading information,” McCain said. He called on Mukasey and others to correct their misstatements.

McCain also said “Ultimately, this is about morality. What is at stake here is the very idea of America — the America whose values have inspired the world and instilled in the hearts of its citizens the certainty that, no matter how hard we fight, no matter how dangerous our adversary, in the course of vanquishing our enemies we do not compromise our deepest values,”..”We are America, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. That is what is really at stake.”

Pentagon releases home videos of Osama Bin Laden seized in raid…

Pentagon officials have released five video clips that the Navy SEALS seized from Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound in the raid that ended the Al Qaeda leader’s life. One of the videos is a complete unreleased statement dated sometime between October 9 to Nov. 5, 2010. Officials say that it contains the usual rhetoric of condemnation of America. Three of them are practice runs of planned messages, while one is a bizarre recording of the terror chief sitting on the floor in his compound watching a news segment about himself. It also appears that beyond killing “infidels” and trying to bring down the U.S., Bin Laden was concerned enough about his looks to dye his gray beard black before recording his statement videos.

Below you will find all five videos via YouTube user “Starnews”. There is no audio as the Pentagon believed whatever Bin Laden was saying constitutes a risk to security.

Al Qaida confirms Osama Bin Laden’s death…

The world’s most notorious terrorist organization released a statement about the death of their infamous leader. The statement, dated May 3, was the first by the group since Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will no go in vain,” the statement said. “We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries..Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness, their blood will be mingled with their tears.”

The statement also called on the people of Pakistan “where Sheik Osama was killed” to rise up in revolt against its leaders.

The authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed, but was posted on websites where the group traditionally puts its messages. Bin Laden’s successor has not been named but many experts believe his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri will likely take his place.

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