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Monday, May 2, 2011

What is the US Government Telling Us?

When the news of Osama Bin Laden's death broke late last night, I had the feeling, along with the rest of the country, of some sort of closure.  Not that the war on terror is over, not that Americans should be content, but a feeling of happiness for the families of those who were lost on September 11, 2001. 

Later it was revealed that Bin Laden was at a huge estate, a compound with reinforced walls, barbed wire and fewer than normal windows for security purposes.  This came after years of hearing that Bin Laden was definitely hiding in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.  All along the intelligence community was saying that Bin Laden was hard to track because of his suspected remote location and lack of use of electronic devices that give off a location. 

If the military knew where Bin Laden was holed up, is it good that they didn't make that news public?  Is it acceptable that not even the Pakistani government knew what was going on in Abbottabad that night?  Considering for the past 10 years, the Pakistani government said they were equally intent on searching for and finding Bin Laden, hearing the news that Bin Laden's compound was 2.5 km from the city center and 1.3 km from a military training center, it doesn't sound like the Pakistanis were being too vigilant in their searches. 

 
On one hand it is probably good that the US conducts secret missions throughout the world, this most recent case being a proponent of this side of the argument.  On the other hand, the US has their secret prisons in some countries, where prisoners are taken without anyone's knowledge.  This is where the worst of the worst are taken, to get them out of their comfort zone, without bringing them to US soil. 

With good comes bad.  Every coin has two sides.  Since the US has basically been given the role of "World Police" by default, the good seems to be outweighing the bad, in terms of secrets of the military.

5 comments:

  1. First off.. That's a photoshopped picture of the Osama.

    Other than that, I agree about the closure for the friends & families lost in the traumatic events of September 11th, 2001. I for one feel closure even though I had no direct relationships with those who were lost, aside from being an American.

    Also, I feel that some secrets need to stay secret. If word of this covert operation was leaked out to the general public, then that would compromise the mission. Either Osama would of relocated, or our navy seals would of been ambushed.

    All in all, it was good day in world history.

    And here is a "Did You Know?"... Did you know that Hitler's death (suicide by gunshot) was 66 years ago to yesterday? (4/30/1945)

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  2. Wasn't yesterday 5/1/2001. So that would be 66 years and one day ago yesterday.

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  3. I do agree with all you said, but unless they bring our troops home, this changes nothing.

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  4. Close enough.... haha.

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  5. It is right in the middle of that and the anniversary of W's mission accomplished speech.

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