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Journalist: Media is Protecting Obama Admin and CIA Brass on Bin Laden Death Story

“The media is protecting the Obama Administration and the CIA brass in regard to the integrity of their account” says investigative journalist Gareth Porter while taking about a story that is creating a lot of controversy.  That story by journalist Seymour Hersh is scathing report which aims to debunk the entire official story of how the Obama Administration killed Osama bin Laden.

Remember this famous image from the White House Situation Room as high level members of the Obama Administration watched in “real time” the killing of bin Laden?  Of course, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later admitted that the feed being watched here wasn’t actually a live feed at all.  That there were no live images actually fed from inside the bin Laden compound.


1280px-Obama_and_Biden_await_updates_on_bin_Laden Hillary Clinton later went on record saying that she wasn’t gasping in the photo, rather she was holding back a cough.

Now, the Hersh report, provided by anonymous sources claims that more than just that photo was embellished.  The main takeaways from Hersh’s story which ran in the London Review of Books:

1.  US officials say they found bin Laden by tracking his trusted courier, Hersh says they discovered his whereabouts from a former Pakistani intelligence officer who wanted the $25 million reward the US was offering.

2.  The U.S. government claimed bin Laden was hiding out, but Hersh says the Pakistani intelligence agency had actually been holding him captive since 2006 to use him as leverage against Taliban and Al Qaeda activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

3.  While the White House has said it would have taken bin Laden alive if it could have and that he was killed in a firefight, Hersh says that wasn’t the case. “There was no firefight as they moved into the compound; the ISI guards had gone,”

4.  As for the claim that bin Laden was secretly buried at sea, Hersh claims “The remains, including his head, which had only a few bullet holes in it, were thrown into a body bag and, during a helicopter flight some body parts were tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains.”

To see RT America’s full interview with Seymour Hersh, watch here:

Of course the biggest problem with Hersh’s story is that there is no smoking gun.  No direct evidence that his claims provided by several sources are true.  As for the White House, they are as you would expect calling the report “baseless and inaccurate”.

White House national security spokesman Ned Price said that Hersh’s report contained “too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions” to fact check.  It is worth mentioning that he doesn’t bother to fact check ANY of them.

VOX’S  Max Fisher critiques Hersh’s report, commenting on the “tissue-thin sourcing, its leaps of logic, and its internal contradictions.”

CNN’S  Peter Bergen reports on how the account is easily contradicted by “a multitude of eyewitness accounts, inconvenient facts and simple common sense.”

Jack Shafer also criticizes Hersh’s piece, noting that it offers “little of substance” for those who may wish to corroborate the claims.

Of course, for media to attack a reporter like Hersh is nothing new and that may be the biggest problem.  In contrast to these criticisms, The Intercept reports that “R.J. Hillhouse, a former professor, Fulbright fellow and novelist whose writing on intelligence and military outsourcing has appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times, made the same main assertions in 2011 about the death of Osama bin Laden as Seymour Hersh’s new story in the London Review of Books — apparently based on different sources than those used by Hersh.”

But as investigative journalist Gareth Porter tells Ben Swann that he believes the Hersh story is correct on some points but incorrect on others.  Porter has himself investigated the killing of bin Laden says that while some of the details of the Hersh report may be incorrect “the essential point that (the Obama Administration) told a massive lie about how they arrived at the Abbottabad compound and focused on it, that is absolutely true that that was a lie” says Porter.

You can view the full interview with Gareth Porter here:




Senate Intelligence Committee: CIA Misled Public, Government About Interrogation Program

A 6,300-page report by the Senate Intelligence Committee suggests that the CIA misled the government as well as the public concerning its interrogation program and its effectiveness. The report is based on interviews with various U.S. officials and chronologies of many detainees suspected of terrorism.

“The CIA conflated what was gotten when, which led them to misrepresent the effectiveness of the program,” said one official.

Also included in the report are cases in which the CIA ordered harsh interrogation procedures for detained terrorist suspects despite being told by experts that the detainees had no new information to reveal.

There were techniques being used that had not been authorized by the Justice Department, such as repeated dunking of a suspect in ice water in Afghanistan. In one incident, CIA employees left their jobs at a secret prison in Thailand because they were troubled by the interrogation practices occurring there.

The report also alleges that “enhanced interrogation techniques” had very little to do with finding and killing Osama bin Laden, and that a great deal of information had been collected from suspects by officials before using tactics such as waterboarding. “The CIA described [the program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one official. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.”

This report was finished in 2012 but remains classified. Senate Intelligence Committee lawmakers are to vote on sending a 500-page executive summary to President Obama for declassification.

Obama Was Playing Cards During Bin Laden Raid, Says Top Aid

Obama’s “Body Man” and personal aid, Reggie Love, claimed that Obama was playing cards with him during the bin Laden raid.

He made this bold claim during a forum in Los Angeles during May 2011. Love was invited to the forum to speak about his experiences as Obama’s aid.

“We must have played 15 rounds,” said Love.

His statement comes as a shock to many.

Obama has always maintained that he watched the raid in the Situation Room in real time. There is a photo that appears to be Obama with his national security team watching the raid. The president said, “This was the longest 40 minutes of my life,” speaking of the Navy SEALs’ efforts after entering bin Laden’s compound.

But Love tells a different story. He said, “Most people were like down in the Situation Room and President Obama was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing.'”

It is unclear which parts of the Situation Room activities Obama skipped out on.

 32-year-old Love was Obama’s longtime assistant and close friend. While he was on the campaign trail in 2008, he said, “If we’re not at a campaign event, no politics talk.”

 Love left the White House in 2011 to complete his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania.