New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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wanted terrorist, the SEAL team in just minutes quickly swept bin I Aden’s compound for useful intelligence, making off with a cache of computer equipment and documents. The CIA was hurriedly setting up a task force to review the material from the highest level of al-Qaida’s leadership. SEALs are U.S. Navy commandos.
The documents provide a rare opportunity for U.S. intelligence. When a midlevel terrorist is captured, his bosses know exactly what information might be compromised and can change plans. When the boss is taken, everything might be compromised but nobody knows for sure.
Panetta said bin Laden didn’t have time to speak to the SEALs who killed him.
"I don’t think he had a lot of time to say anything," Panetta said in an interview with PBS NewsHour. "It was a firefight going up that compound. ... I think it—this was all split-second action on the part of the SEALs.”
Panetta said that bin Laden made "some threatening moves that were made that clearly represented a clear threat to our guys. And that’s the reason they fired.”
Full authority to kill
The question of how to present bin Laden's death to the world is a difficult balancing act for the White House. President Barack Obama told Americans that justice had been done, but the White House also assured the world that bin Laden’s body was treated respectfully and sent to rest in a somber ceremony at sea.
Panetta underscored on Tuesday that Obama had given permission to kill the terror leader.
“The authority here was to kill bin Laden,” he said. “And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact
“1 don’t think (Osama bin Laden) had a lot of time to say anything. It was a firefight going up (in) that compound.... This was all split-second action on the part of the SEALs.”
LEON PANETTA, CIA director
thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn’t appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him.”
For the long-term legacy of the most successful counterterrorism operation in U.S. history, the fact that bin Laden was unarmed is unlikely to matter much to the Americans he declared war against. President George W. Bush famously said he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive,” and the CIA’s top counterterrorism official once promised to bring bin Laden's head back on a stake.
Yet just 24 hours before the White House acknowledged that bin Laden had been unarmed, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, john Brennan, said: “If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn’t present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that.”
Will it matter around the world? Some may try to make much of it in Pakistan and elsewhere.
“This country has gone through a lot of trauma in terms of violence, and whether or not he was armed is not going to make a difference to people who were happy to see the back of him,” said Mosharraf Zaidi, a political analyst in Pakistan. “The majority have a mistrust of America and this will reinforce their mistrust of America.”
Others may not even believe it.
“I think he was definitely armed and he was firing on U.S. commandos,” said Hamid Mir, an anchor for Geo
Television. “Osama told me many times that he will not surrender; he claimed that he will fight and I think he was fighting.”
In Washington, the issue will become part of the political debate over Obama’s terror policies. His national security team had offered differing accounts of what would happen if the U.S. ever had a chance to kill or capture bin Laden. And Republicans have criticized the president for shutting down the CIAs controversial network of overseas prisons and trying to close Guantanamo Bay, moves they say have left the U.S. with few options for interrogating terrorists.
On Monday, the White House said bin Laden was involved in a firefight, which is why the SEALs killed rather than captured him. On Tlies-day, however, White House press secretary Jay Carney said bin Laden did not fire on the SEALs. He said bin Laden resisted but offered no specifics. Bin Laden’s wife rushed the SEALs when they stormed the room, Carney said, and was shot in the calf.
“Bin Laden was then shot and killed,” Carney said. “He was not armed.”
That was one of many official details that have changed in the two days since bin Laden was killed. The White House misidentified which of bin Laden’s sons was killed—it was Hamza, not Khalid. Officials incorrectly said bin Laden’s wife died in gunfire while serving as his human shield. That was actually bin Laden’s aide’s wife, and she was just caught in cross fire, the White House saidTliesday.
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