White House Contradictions on bin Laden Killing Continues
The White House continues to release contradictory information about the Navy seal raid. During this period after the bin Laden killing we have seen a Keystone Cops version of events be cited, corrected, contradicted, reconstructed, spun, politicized and made into a ballad of how Obama almost did it single-handedly. Important contradictions abound.
Here we see on May 4:
By Steven Swinford10:25PM BST 04 May 2011
A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.
“We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.”
Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals, rather than Mr Obama, made the final decision to kill bin Laden.
Now on May 12 we see:
SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes
it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all
recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs.
Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate
version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the
guest house, where one of bin Laden’s couriers opened fire and was quickly
gunned down. No one in the main building got off a shot or was even armed,
although there were weapons nearby.
The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing.
They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through
the door grabbed bin Laden’s daughters and pulled them aside.
When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden’s wife rushed forward at him — or
perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in
the chest. A third seal shot him in the head.