Death of Osama Bin Laden.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 16th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Osama Bin Laden is dead and gone, but a new controversy about his death has started and is likely to gain more traction with the passage of time.

Death and its aftermath


In a recent sensational revelation, Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, has given an account totally at variance with the details of the operation put out by the White House. Since he is a renowned writer, his story gained wide publicity and the Pakistan Army felt happy about it.

However, Michael Morell, the then deputy director of the CIA, in an article published in the Wall Street Journal rubbished the story put out by Hersh in its entirety. Michael Morell claims he was involved in the operation right from the conceptual stage to the final execution, and the article of Hersh was all fiction and far from the truth.
He claims he was there for every meeting that followed. and worked through the evidence to establish the presence of Bin Laden in the Abbottabad compound Pakistan.

He gives evidence to prove that every statement made by Hersh from a Pakistani officer walking into the American embassy to exchange information about Bin laden for $25 million to the last detail about the disposal of the body of the dreaded terrorist was all wrong in every aspect.

The most important point is about the involvement of the Pakistan Army in the operation. Michael Morell stated unequivocally that the decision not to tell the Pakistanis was made early in the discussions of the operations because the Pakistani system could not be trusted it would not tip off Bin laden. He also asserts that he was present during all these discussions when it was resolved not to inform them until after the fact.

He dismisses most of the points raised by Hersh as an 'account full of the laughable dialogue'. He also asserts 'the president's statement read from the East room of the White House on may 2011 was 'quickly crafted but…accurate'. It was also vetted to ensure that it didn't reveal any classified information that needed to be kept secret.
About Bin Laden's death, he asserts with equal firmness, the president gave the order, Laden was given a burial at sea and he had seen a video of it.

He summarises at the end that Hersh's article is 'one of the most badly flawed documents ever produced by a Pulitzer Prize winning writer'. Of course, he concludes he is absolutely certain of what he wrote.

Now these conflicting statements baffle us, the general public and put us in a quandary. It's hard to doubt even an iota of what Michael Morell wrote, but it is equally hard to dismiss Hersh's account as pure fiction. A writer with credentials as his would not write unless he is also certain of his facts in a case as sensitive and sensational as this. Also, the facts of the case suggest the operation couldn't have been carried out without knowledge and cooperation of the Pakistan army.

It's easy in such cases to conclude perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between. However, this case involving two governments and high ranking officials does not offer that option. I would like to know what do you guys think?

Source: Article by Michael Morell in Wall Street Journal.

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I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar M G Singh
17th May 2015 (#)

Nice post, but Hersh has his facts and figures all wrong

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th May 2015 (#)

My dear Madan,
VMT for your visit and comment.

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author avatar vandana7
18th May 2015 (#)

I think there are always some theories, that seem realistic enough. There are truths that are adulterated truths, and other seemingly truths that are possibilities, but not truths. Since every truth cannot be personally verified, going overboard in believing them is also not good. Attempt will also be made by a person or party harmed to justify his actions, like they were saying destruction of world trade center was inside job. Such things should be questioned. Why would anybody want to do that? Killing so many people, and then going on war...so much property loss for going in pursuit of one man? Does not seem logical to me. So that story too did not hold water as this one with me.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th May 2015 (#)

My dear vandana7,
Precisely. The two stories presented in this piece are at such variance It is impossible for people to belioeve either of them.

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author avatar vandana7
23rd Jul 2015 (#)

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that Pak Army was not involved, or at the best it was a situation in which they could do nothing.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Interesting article. Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

My dear Kingwell,
Good to see you read three of my posts in one day.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Jul 2015 (#)

My dear Vandana,
Thanks for your comment. IT COULD BE ANYTHING.

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author avatar vandana7
23rd Jul 2015 (#)

Yes of course, but I would think Pak army was in conflict with Parvez Musharraf. Such conflict of interest may have prompted some senior armed force personnel to provide safe passage to Bin Laden. Why then would they join hands with the US for killing him. As to accepting that amount, it would be rather difficult for the person to survive, would it not, considering that Taliban is not technologically inferior. I would think not. The very fact that this man managed to live for such a long time in Abottabad itself proves that he had the blessings for armed forces as well as local law enforcers. If their names are not out, the person revealing secrets about Bin Laden's presence would obviously have more to fear since he would not know whom to fear and whom not to fear.

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