Seymour M. Hersh, writer for the New Yorker Magazine, 5 time time Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winning author for International Reporting has published an article in which he claims Obama lied about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Hersh says that he used information given to him by an anonymous source who was a former US intelligence officer, who was involved in the search for bin Laden. Hersh also spoke to security sources in Pakistan and found out about their involvement in the raid. Hersh said he was able to corroborate the information from his anonymous source from two former security officers who worked for the Special Operations Command.
Hersh said probably the biggest lie about the raid was that General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI were never notified of the US raid on Osama’s Abbottabad compound. ISI stands for Inter-Services Intelligence agency, a Pakistani intelligence organization. Hersh says that since 2006, Osama bin Laden was under ISI control and had been receiving money for support from Saudi Arabia because they didn’t want Saudi involvement with Al Qaeda to become known. This makes sense since Obama has refused to turn over a 24 page report detailing Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack to congressional investigators.
Another lie perpetrated by the Obama administration is that bin Laden was located by endless following of couriers to and from the compound. Hersh says the actual way the US located him was that a Pakistani intelligence officer walked into CIA HQ in Pakistan and told the head of the CIA in Pakistan, Jonathon Bank, looking to collect on the US offer of 25 million for the location of bin Laden. They flew a crack polygraph team from the US who determined that the man was absolutely telling the truth. The CIA spirited the man out of Pakistan and relocated him to the Washington D.C. area, where he is now a consultant to the CIA.
The US did not notify Pakistani officials that they knew where bin Laden was hiding for fear that the ISI would move him to a new location. To further give credence to the fact that the compound was under ISI control is the fact that Team 6 of the Navy SEALs did not have to deal with machine gun armed guards when they landed in the compound. Had bin Laden been in control, he would have had security present to keep his enemies from capturing or killing him.
Later, they did inform them but used blackmail in order to guaranty their cooperation. The CIA had supplied high profile Pakistanis with bulletproof cars and other forms of personal protection, which is vital in a country where assassinations can be an everyday occurrence and even presidents have been the victim of these extremists.
Hersh spoke to Asad Durrani, who was a former general and had led the ISI in the 1990s. Hersh says that Durrani had confirmed that high ranking Pakistanis had been aware of the raid before it was launched:
“When your version comes out – if you do it – people in Pakistan will be tremendously grateful. For a long time people have stopped trusting what comes out about bin Laden from the official mouths. There will be some negative political comment and some anger, but people like to be told the truth, and what you’ve told me is essentially what I have heard from former colleagues who have been on a fact-finding mission since this episode.’ As a former ISI head, he said, he had been told shortly after the raid by ‘people in the “strategic community” who would know’ that there had been an informant who had alerted the US to bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, and that after his killing the US’s betrayed promises left Kayani and Pasha exposed.
Obama broke his promise to allies? Say it ain’t so.
One other main revelations in Hersh’s piece is the fact that at the time of his death, bin Laden was very sick and in fact was an invalid it’s unlikely he would have been able to go for a machine gun at the time of his death but it is still possible.
Hersh contends that the facts of the case were distorted to put Obama in a better light at a time when he was running for reelection.
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