Happy bin Laden Day! CIA ‘Live Tweets’ bin Laden Killing To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

Hey everyone, Happy bin Laden Day! It was five years ago May 2 that “we” got bin Laden. How did you celebrate?

For the CIA, marking the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden was as simple as fake live tweeting the raid by SEAL Team Six on the Al-Qaeda founder’s compound in Pakistan. Using the hashtag #UBLRaid, the CIA blasted out updates of the May 2011 strike as if it was unfolding in real time, all so we could savor the sweet, sweet taste of revenge which brought back to life everyone killed on 9/11.

Tweets included the now famous picture of President Barack Obama and other high-ranking U.S. officials watching matters unfold from the White House’s Situation Room.

1:51 pm EDT – Helicopters depart from Afghanistan for compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, read one tweet.

3:30 PM EDT – 2 helicopters descend on compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 1 crashes, but assault continues without delay or injury, read another.

That was followed just minutes later by: 3:39 PM EDT – Usama Bin Ladin found on third floor and killed.

Think about how much has changed since that momentous day. In 2011 the US was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, facing the threat of a vicious global terror organization that had already killed Americans. Oh, wait, that looks just like 2016, only now we are also at war in Syria, too, still at war in Afghanistan (16 years in!) and back at war in Iraq. And al Qaeda is known as ISIS, and the Homeland remains a jittery mess on the verge of electing either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, both of whom have enthusiastically endorsed lots more war in the Middle East.

It’s as if Nothing. Has. Changed.

Anyway, the CIA’s anniversary tweets open up the idea of live tweeting other American victories. How about a minute-by-minute live tweet of a waterboarding session? Or maybe, for a really special date, a live tweet on August 6 of the Hiroshima bombing?

BONUS: Proving we have learned absolutely nothing, amid the bin Laden tweetstorm, CIA chief John Brennan said Sunday that taking out the head of Islamic State would have a “great impact.”

“If we got Baghdadi, I think it would have a great impact on the organization. And it will be felt by them,” he said.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

3 thoughts on “Happy bin Laden Day! CIA ‘Live Tweets’ bin Laden Killing To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary”

  1. Yes, let us all rejoice in the heroism of shooting an old cripple in the dark.
    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

    They ought-ta call it Happy Seymour Hersh Day! After all America’s last great investigative journalist was the one who blew the lid off that f**king choreographed lie.

    1. Another blatant lie swallowed hook, line and sinker by the brain-dead clueless American sheeple! Bin Laden died in December 2001 and who should really care WHEN he died since he DIDN’T do 911! The first clue that should cause doubt about the government’ version of this alleged hit on OBL should be the hit itself- you have supposedly the number one terrorist in the world and you are not going to interrogate and debrief him? Anyone who accepts this is a total moron!

      1. They whacked him because he knew too much and he was essentially a prisoner of Pakistani intelligence for the last eight years of his life. He had no more use as a living asset. The only thing he was good for was propaganda. So they killed him and made an action movie.

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