Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Final Death of Osama Bin Laden? 9/11 Mystery Continues


In an unprecedented move, former CIA agent and once blue-eyed of USA, Osama Bin Laden, is claimed to be killed by US special commandos, in a small city Abbottabad, Pakistan, somewhat 50 KM away from the capital Islamabad. The most wanted terrorist, was killed in a very controversial manner, during the 40-minute raid, when OBL was fatally shot in the head. After intelligence searches of the compound were conducted, his body was taken into custody at which point genetic and facial recognition tests were performed. After positive identification, and within 24 hours of his death, as claimed by Americans, Bin Laden's body was taken out to sea for burial. The ‘Operation Geronimo’, is ended in a mystery. The most wanted fugitive, even after his death, wearing a veil of ambiguity as happened in 9/11 attacks, when various stories unearthed, which created a controversy syndrome.

Reportedly, US intelligence officials discovered the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden by tracking one of his top couriers. Information was collected from Guantánamo Bay detainees, who gave US intelligence officers the courier's pseudonym and said that he was a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In 2007, US officials discovered the courier's real name, Maulawi Abd al-Khaliq Jan, and, in 2009, that he lived in Abbottābad, Pakistan. OBL location was identified through one of his courier man. As Bin Laden was believed not have let any of Al-Qaeda foot soldier or top commander know his whereabouts. CIA interrogation at Guantanomo Bay revealed the identity of the courier man as Abu Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti. Later when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured, he too confirmed details of al-Kuwaiti, but denied he had anything to do with al-Qaeda. Further lead-up to the courier man were found after the arrest of top Al-Qaeda operative Hiassan Ghul in Iraq. Hassan told CIA interrogators that he courier was close to Faraj al-Libi. Later the courier real name was identified as Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. However, no information about Ahmed was available. It was only through a telephone conversation that Ahmed had with another operative whom the CIA was monitoring that the CIA managed to track Ahmed and therefore in Aug 2010, Ahmed unknowingly led authorities to the compound in Abbottabad.

The credibility of the information which CIA furnished to the US ‘controlled’ media , raised many questions; How the helicopters reached Abbotabad, from Afghanistan,; Pakistan’s national Security System or Radar system was jammed by US ‘Technocrats’, Why one helicopter was shot down by American themselves ? Why Osama Bin Laden was residing in that Compound, where CIA and ISI conducted a mutual raid in the similar compound few years back to capture Abu Farjj, a top Al-Qaida aide? Why the dead body of Osama Bin Laden is not exposed to Media yet?? What makes USA authorities to bury the dead body in a sea?? And which sea?? And why?? While , when Saddam Hussain was captured , his video was immediately resurfaced, even his capital punishment was telecasted at all international TV Channels?? President Obama who watches the operation, live ,spoke to world, immediately after that :

“ Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound, in Abbottābad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.””

There is a visible twist in the speeches of Obama’s top aides and that of Obama himself. President Obama recognized the efforts of Pakistan (ISI), while delivering his nationwide speech on TV, he says, "Over the years, I've repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we've done. But it's important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people”.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the U.S. State Department stated that "cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound in which he was hiding". The most damaging statement is that of CIA Chief Leon Panetta, who tells TIME “ U.S. officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets”. Long before Panetta ordered Vice Admiral William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command, to undertake the mission at 1:22 p.m. on Friday, the CIA had been gaming out how to structure the raid. Months prior, the U.S. had considered expanding the assault to include coordination with other countries, notably Pakistan. But the CIA ruled out participating with its nominal South Asian ally early on because “it was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” Panetta says.

It is not the first time that Osama Bin Laden is claimed to be dead. The Hunt expedition for Osama is not the first time venture, it happened to be taken place, even before 9/11 , when the then President Clinton had signed a directive, authorizing the CIA (and specifically their elite Special Activities Division) to apprehend Bin Laden and bring him to the United States to stand trial after the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Africa; if taking Bin Laden alive was deemed impossible, then deadly force was authorized. On August 20, 1998, 66 cruise missiles launched by United States Navy ships in the Arabian Sea struck bin Laden's training camps near Khost in Afghanistan, narrowly missing him by a few hours. In 1999 the CIA, together with Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence, had prepared a team of approximately 60 Pakistani commandos to infiltrate Afghanistan to capture or kill Bin Laden, but the plan was aborted by the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état; in 2000, foreign operatives working on behalf of the CIA had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of vehicles in which Bin Laden was traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan, hitting one of the vehicles but not the one in which bin Laden was riding.

According to US Media, the American government concluded that Osama Bin Laden was present during the Battle of Tora Bora, Afghanistan in late 2001, and according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge, failure by the US to commit enough US ground troops to hunt him led to his escape and was the gravest failure by the US in the war against al Qaeda. Intelligence officials have assembled what they believe to be decisive evidence, from contemporary and subsequent interrogations and intercepted communications, that bin Laden began the battle of Tora Bora inside the cave complex along Afghanistan's mountainous eastern border.

The Washington Post reported that the CIA unit composed of their special operations paramilitary forces dedicated to capturing Osama was shut down in late 2005. US and Afghanistan forces raided the mountain caves in Tora Bora between August 14–16, 2007. The military was drawn to the area after receiving intelligence of a pre-Ramadan meeting held by al Qaeda members. After killing dozens of al Qaeda and Taliban members, they did not find either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, George W bush and US government officials named bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization as the prime suspects and offered a reward of $25 million for information leading to his capture or death. On July 13, 2007, this figure was doubled to $50 million. Reportedly, US expert used satellite photos and intelligence reports, the CIA surmised the inhabitants of the mansion to which the courier was traveling. In September, the CIA concluded that the compound was "custom-built to hide someone of significance" and that Bin Laden's residence there was very likely. Officials surmised that he was living there with his youngest wife, a Yemeni by origion , whose passport is also recovered by agencies .
The compound was built in 2005, the million-dollar three-story mansion was located "at the end of a narrow dirt road" 2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the city center. Eight times larger than nearby houses, it was surrounded by 12-to-18-foot concrete walls topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates and the third-floor balcony had a seven-foot-high (2.1 m) privacy wall. There was no Internet or telephone service connected to the compound. Its residents burned their trash, unlike their neighbors, who simply set it out for collection. The mansion was known as Waziristan Haveli by the local residents, and owned by a transporter from Tangi, Charsada.

According to Media reports, ‘a Pakistani intelligence official said ; raw phone-tap data had been transferred to the United States without being analyzed by Pakistan. While the U.S. "was concentrating on this" information since September 2010, information regarding bin Laden and the compound's inhabitants had "slipped from" Pakistan's "radar" over the months. Bin Laden left "an invisible footprint" and he had not been contacting other militant networks. It was noted that much focus had been placed on a courier entering and leaving the compound. The transfer of intelligence to the U.S. was a regular occurrence according to the official, who also stated regarding the raid that "I think they came in undetected and went out the same day", and Pakistan did not believe that U.S. personnel were present in the area before the special operation occurred.


Pakistani high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, maintained that, Pakistan had prior knowledge that an operation would happen. Pakistan was "in the know of certain things" and "what happened it happened with our consent. Americans got to know him—where he was first—and that's why they struck it and struck it precisely." Husain Haqqani, Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., had said that Pakistan would have pursued bin Laden had the intelligence of his location existed with them and Pakistan was "very glad that our American partners did. They had superior intelligence, superior technology, and we are grateful to them."

Another Pakistani official stated that Pakistan "assisted only in terms of authorization of the helicopter flights in our airspace" and the operation was conducted by the United States. He also said that “in any event, we did not want anything to do with such an operation in case something went wrong.”

There are numerous allegations made that; the government of Pakistan was involved in shielding and patronizing Bin Laden. Aspects of the incident that have fueled the allegations include the proximity of Osama Bin Laden's heavily fortified compound to the Pakistan Military Academy, that the United States did not notify the Pakistani authorities before the operation, and the alleged double standards of Pakistan regarding the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Pakistani-born British MP Khalid Mahmood stated that he was "flabbergasted and shocked" after he learned that Bin Laden was living in a city with thousands of Pakistani troops, reviving questions about alleged links between al-Qaeda and elements in Pakistan's security forces. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham questioned, "How could [bin Laden] be in such a compound without being noticed?", raising suspicions that Pakistan was either uncommitted in the fight against Islamist militants or was actively sheltering them while pledging to fight them. A Pakistani intelligence official said that they had passed on raw phone tap data to U.S. that led to the operation but had failed to analyze this data themselves.
U.S. government files leaked by Wikileaks disclosed that American diplomats were told that Pakistani security services were tipping off bin Laden every time U.S. forces approached. Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) also helped smuggle al-Qaeda militants into Afghanistan to fight NATO troops. According to the leaked files, in December 2009, the government of Tajikistan had told U.S. officials that many in Pakistan were aware of bin Laden's whereabouts.
U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said "This is going to be a time of real pressure on Pakistan to basically prove to us that they didn’t know that bin Laden was there" John O. Brennan, the chief counterterrorism advisor to Obama, stated that it was inconceivable that bin Laden did not have support from within Pakistan. He further stated "People have been referring to this as hiding in plain sight. We are looking right how he was able to hide out there for so long." Senator Dianne Feinstein stated that "it's hard for me to understand how the Pakistanis ... would not know what was going on inside the compound." and said that top Pakistan officials may be "walking both sides of the street."

Gulf News reported that the compound where bin Laden was killed had previously been used as a safe house by ISI, but was no longer being used for this purpose. The US claims of “ vehement and blatant” violation of Air Space has exposed the credibility of our national security and Defense mechanism against the enemy. What is the national agenda of USA, as CIA is pursuing ? To defame the top intelligence agency ISI, which collaborated against the “ War against the Terror”, . CIA is always skeptical about the role of ISI in war against Taaliban. They will definitely find a reason to further denigrate ISI and Pakistani Security Forces and get an international approval stamp for Drone attacks, now inside Pakistan, whenever and wherever they believe so. Military Establishment and security agencies cut a sorry figure when they have no answer to the blatant air violation and operation against the most valuable target. Earlier, Air Chief Marshal Suleman Qamar maintained that if Government of Pakistan can allow us the they can hit any Drone. Even top scientist Samar Mubarak Mand have the similar assertion. CIA , on the other hand claimed itself to deceive ISI or its counterparts, while DG ISI General Pasha , who played a pivotal role, in releasing CIA Spy Raymond Davis to win the “ minor perks’ and ‘goodwill gestures’, did face the severe criticism by Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly.

The Military Establishment got a severe setback in the eyes of common citizens , the later felt insecurity with the air-raid announcement of US authorities. Pakistani Nation did not like continuation of collaboration of ISI with CIA from the very beginning of Afghan Jehad, as Kalashnikov Culture, Heroin and Terrorism came to Pakistan from Afghanistan, and spread like a Cancer in the society. It is now generally believed, that whole Nation is forced to face the humiliation due to ISI-CIA nexus. What is next? CIA will try to prove that ISI was the chief patronizer of Osama Bin Laden? Drone attacks will be multiplied? US Targeted Operations will be conducted, wherever and whenever US desires, as a preemptive measure? The more radical General David Petraeus is taking over CIA as its chief , one can expect the multiplication of ‘Do- More Policy’ with more Drone Attacks . Unfortunately , Pakistan Government is totally failed to come up with the expectations of the citizens. PM Gillani left for France without explaining what really happened in that fateful night ? Can we expect more suicidal attacks at vulnerable installations, security forces and public? Can we expect more intrusion of hostile agencies in Balochistan? Or CIA will find a way to withdraw the majority forces from Afghanistan, due to growing pressure of US citizens and keep tactical forces only? How USA will bring changes in political set-ups of Pakistan and Afghanistan, as to get the desired contracts of reserves of mineral and natural resources, USA needs installation of more weak governments ? The ghost of Osama Bin Laden will now give tip offs of his aides, where ever US authorities like to unearth?

It is the dire need of the time, to immediately convene a national security conference, to be attended by all stake-holders under all political and military leadership, to take a unanimous decision or consensus about, now a questionable, Defense and Security mechanism and to quit the policy of keeping silence or allowing Drone Attacks secretly. The Nation has to be taken into confidence , how robust our nuclear and missile systems are? Only Indian war planes can be hit or any plane which illegally or unlawfully enter into the Pak-Space is supposed to be shot down? It is believed that another fake picture or series of pictures of Osama Bin Laden will be surfaced shortly , but who will check the veracity of the pictures or ‘operation film’ of the ‘drowned Pharaoh’, once ruled on the hearts of Americans of Capitol Hill. Operation Geronimo’ was not only just show that Osama Bin laden was killed but it will have far-reaching affects on geo-political situation of the region . A National Security Policy, must be envisaged if government of Pakistan wants to come out of this fiasco. Secondly, the begging ‘ repute’ must be finished now… No country can be run on aids and grants only, until her economy and tax system is improved indigenously. The weak Pakistani government has installed another army of ministers in the Cabinet, which may further levy a new burden on the already shattering economy, in the given scenario?? Hostile agencies always play games of destabilization, in such given scenarios.

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