The President’s announcement: Bin Laden Dead
Just for posterity … here’s his entire address to the nation that came at about 11:30. The President gives “W” a few props. That’s change. Congrats to the Navy Seals and all of our service people who laid the ground work.
Here you go …
And lest I forget, congrats to the intelligence effort that began at …. wait for it … GITMO.
In September 2010, the CIA presented Obama with a set of assessments that indicated bin Laden could be hiding in a compound in northwest Pakistan. Starting in mid-March, the president convened at least nine National Security Council meetings to discuss the intelligence suggesting bin Laden may be hiding out virtually in plain sight.
The CIA developed their theory through leads from individuals in bin Laden’s inner circle and other captured fighters following Sept. 11. Intelligence officials were repeatedly told about one courier working for bin Laden, as someone that America’s Most Wanted Man deeply trusted.
The detainees provided U.S. officials the courier’s nickname, and identified him as protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a trusted assistant of Abu Faraj al Libbi, once al-Qaida’s third highest ranking official. (He was captured in 2005).
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