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Bin Laden Compound Was Raided In 2003

Some more surprising information, practically buried by the Associated Press:

Pakistan criticizes US raid on bin Laden

By Nahal Toosi And Zarar Khan, Associated Press Tue May 3, 2011

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an "unauthorized unilateral action," laying bare the strains the operation has put on an already rocky alliance…

However, within Pakistan criticism has been focused on the U.S. breaching the country’s sovereignty. The Obama administration has said it did not inform the Pakistanis in advance of the operation against bin Laden, for fear they would tip off the targets.

When has the Obama administration said that? It is probably true, but we have never heard them admit it.

A strongly worded Pakistani government statement warned the U.S. not to launch similar operations in the future. It rejected suggestions that officials knew where bin Laden was.

Of course. They want to keep the billions from the US flowing.

Still, there were other revelations that pointed to prior knowledge that the compound was linked to al-Qaida.

Pakistani intelligence agencies hunting for a top al-Qaida operative raided the house in 2003, according to a senior officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the spy agency’s policy.

The house was just being built at the time of the raid by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, and Abu Faraj al-Libi, al-Qaida’s No. 3, was not there, said the officer.

Is this "senior officer" with the ISI?

U.S. officials have said al-Libi once lived in the house and that information from him played a role in tracking the al-Qaida chief down. Al-Libi was arrested by Pakistani police after a shootout in 2005 and he was later handed over to U.S. authorities.

Lest we forget, Mr. Al Libi effectively replaced Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as Al Qaeda’s number three man.

(Also, for the record, the Pakistanis only captured Al Libi after US agents intercepted a mobile phone call he made and tipped off the Pakistan authorities. The Pakistani agents ambushed him — while wearing burkas.)

Meanwhile, nobody — not the Pakistani or US intelligences agencies – or even the local authorities — nobody was monitoring a compound that was built for a top figure in Al Qaeda? Even though the ISI had previously raided it? How very peculiar.

By the way, we have been previously told that the compound was built for Bin Laden, using his own money.

The Pakistani officer said he didn’t know why bin Laden would choose a house that already had been compromised.

It actually sounds pretty clever to us. They do it in the movies all the time.

He also insisted the ISI would have captured bin Laden if it had known he was there, and pushed back at international criticism of the agency.

"Look at our track record given the issues we have faced, the lack of funds. We have killed or captured hundreds" of extremists) [sic], said the officer. "All of a sudden one failure makes us incompetent and 10 years of effort is overlooked." …

Yes, we must send them even more money so that they can keep up their great detective work.

The Pakistani government said that since 2009 the ISI has shared information about the compound with the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies, and that intelligence indicating foreigners were in the Abbottabad area continued until mid-April

In a statement, the Pakistani government said "this event of unauthorized unilateral action cannot be taken as a rule."

"The government of Pakistan further affirms that such an event shall not serve as a future precedent for any state, including the U.S.," it said, calling such actions a "threat to international peace and security."

They sure are not lacking in gall.

The Pakistani government should be apologizing. And sending us a refund of some of the billions we have sent them over the years.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Bin Laden Compound Was Raided In 2003”

  1. River0 says:

    What do we expect for a measly $1.5 billion a year in aid? That’s only $1,500,000,000,.00. There are 170,000,000 people living in Pakistan. That’s less than $1,000 per person! Pikers! That’s what we are!

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Foreign aid is like any other gov’t program. The gov’t dumps tons of money into it because that’s how they’ve always done it.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I say … let India sort out Pakistan.

    • Right of the People says:


      I agree however if it escalates to the nuclear option which it might, I’m worried about what will happen to Microsoft’s tech support. Who will we call when we have problems with our computers if New Delhi is glowing in the dark?

    • jobeth says:

      Jack….ummm that could be a crisis.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    “When has the Obama administration said that? It is probably true, but we have never heard them admit it.”

    “it was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/03/panetta-we-didnt-tell-pakistan-about-the-raid-because-we-thought-theyd-warn-bin-laden/

    Leon Panetta appears to have really gone off the reservation there momentarily for who knows why. Perhaps he’s just upset that a President who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a self-executing plan went out and took sole credit. As we already noted though, he’s getting his bump to Defense, so..?

    I’m starting to wonder just how much of a secret it was that he was there. I don’t just mean the Pakistanis but US.

    Maybe somebody slipped ol’ OBL a DVD burn of “Jersey Shore” and a Lady Gaga track to groove to while smoking a joint and he became dumb and complacent out of the sense that he’d already won (plus the obvious stench and odd harping sounds of a succubus). Doh!

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