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paulbalcerak / week in review

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I have sought further information from the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and they confirm for me that, in fact, the best intelligence gained from a CIA detainee — information describing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s real role in Al-Qaeda and his true relationship to Osama bin Laden — was obtained through standard, non-coercive means, not through any ‘enhanced interrogation technique.’

In short, it was not torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden. I hope former Attorney General Mukasey will correct his misstatement. It’s important that he do so because we are again engaged in this important debate, with much at stake for America’s security and reputation. Each side should make its own case, but do so without making up its own facts.

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— 2 years ago with 1 note
#John McCain  #Osama bin Laden  #torture 
"The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week’s raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned.

"The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials." (via Osama bin Laden mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by US and Pakistan | World news | The Guardian)

"The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week’s raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned.

"The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials." (via Osama bin Laden mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by US and Pakistan | World news | The Guardian)

— 2 years ago
#Osama bin Laden  #Pakistan  #George W. Bush  #Pervez Musharraf 
What’s worse: That a German TV station mistook a fan-made patch of Star Trek’s Maquis rebels for the U.S. SEAL Team Six emblem, or that the idea of putting a skull, laser gun and three battle’ths on a military seal seemed to a German TV station like a plausible thing that Americans would do?
(via German TV Fail: Star Trek’s Maquis NOT Involved In Bin Laden Mission | TrekMovie.com)

What’s worse: That a German TV station mistook a fan-made patch of Star Trek’s Maquis rebels for the U.S. SEAL Team Six emblem, or that the idea of putting a skull, laser gun and three battle’ths on a military seal seemed to a German TV station like a plausible thing that Americans would do?

(via German TV Fail: Star Trek’s Maquis NOT Involved In Bin Laden Mission | TrekMovie.com)

— 2 years ago with 16 notes
#Star Trek  #Maqius  #Osama bin Laden  #SEAL Team Six 
Ha. Hadn’t seen this headline till today.

Ha. Hadn’t seen this headline till today.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Osama bin Laden  #The Stranger 
"One of the things we all have to be careful about is the idea that you can suddenly rush to transparency and understanding in a matter of minutes or hours on the first day of an event like this."

People who aren’t in newsrooms don’t understand how much this is true. It is insanely difficult to sort out the details of things that happen, especially chaotic things like police raids/shootings. It really is like trying to put together a puzzle — you often know, basically, what the picture looks like, but connecting each little piece is a massive undertaking that sometimes involves accidentally trying to snap together two pieces that don’t actually fit.

White House struggles to get story right on raid

— 2 years ago with 7 notes
#Osama bin Laden  #reporting  #transparency 
"I’ve had it described to me and it does sound very gruesome. Remember, bin Laden was shot twice at close range, once in the chest and once in the head, right above his left eye, and that bullet opened his skull, exposing the brain, and it also blew out his eye. So these are not going to be pictures for the squeamish."

I can’t ever recall “the news” being this graphic in their description of things. All for it, for what it’s worth.

Martin: Bin Laden pictures not for the squeamish

— 2 years ago
#Osama bin Laden 
"Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, a 1977 UT journalism alumnus, commands the unit that planned and executed the raid that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday."

A journalism degree: Still somewhat useful.

UT alumnus commanded unit that killed mastermind of 9/11

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Osama bin Laden  #journalism 
"It was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, probably a highly modified version of an H-60 Blackhawk. Photos published in the Daily Mail and on the Secret Projects board show that the helicopter’s tail features stealth-configured shapes on the boom and tip fairings, swept stabilizers and a “dishpan” cover over a non-standard five-or-six-blade tail rotor. It has a silver-loaded infra-red suppression finish similar to that seen on some V-22s."
— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Osama bin Laden  #U.S. stealth helicopter  #aviation 

Where Was Katie Couric During The Bin Laden News?

Broadcasting & Cable:How was talent picked, where was Katie?
CBS News President David Rhodes:Russ [Mitchell] is the weekend anchor and was on the shortest string, so he had been in, he was suited up, so to speak. Events unfolded very fast. What the real strength last night for us was the Washington and national security coverage. We had Lara Logan, Bob Orr, Juan Zerate all part of the coverage because they were the ones pursuing this. It was basically a very tight timetable and we were able to get on the field with a very, very good team, I thought that worked out fine and Katie was really in good shape to bring in some more reporting to support a longer program today.
B&C:Was she still traveling back from London at that point, or she just wasn't able to get in in time?
Rhodes:It doesn't really matter if she was able to get in or not able to get in. The thing that we were most concerned with as an organization was having the reporting that we had in there last night. If you look back from 10:45 up until the president did speak later in the 11 p.m. hour, we had more people on the story and more information about what was happening out there than anybody else.
— 2 years ago
#Katie Couric  #CBS News  #Osama Bin Laden 
Pres. Obama et. al. watch an update on the mission that resulted in Osama Bin Laden’s death.
P050111PS-0210 (by The White House)

Pres. Obama et. al. watch an update on the mission that resulted in Osama Bin Laden’s death.

P050111PS-0210 (by The White House)

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Osama Bin Laden  #White House  #Barack Obama  #Hillary Clinton  #Joe Biden 
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that the killing of Osama bin Laden offered a clear message to al Qaeda’s Taliban allies in Afghanistan: “You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda and participate in a peaceful, political process.”"
— 2 years ago with 1 note
#Osama Bin Laden  #al Qaeda  #Hillary Clinton  #Taliban 
"The DNA match was made by comparing physical evidence from bin Laden’s sister. According to the Telegraph, after she died of brain cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital years earlier, the FBI immediately subpoenaed her body so that it could later be used to identify him if he was caught. Her brain was preserved, and blood and tissue samples were taken and used to compile a DNA profile, reports ABC News."
— 2 years ago
#Osama Bin Laden 
"Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
— 2 years ago
#Osama Bin Laden  #Twitter  #liveblogging 
"Our military wanted to go in there and just scorch the earth…but President Obama single-handedly understood what was at stake here. He alone understood the need to get DNA to prove the death…it was President Obama single-handedly and alone who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama bin Laden," he said, adding, "thank God for President Obama."
— 2 years ago
#Osama Bin Laden  #Barack Obama  #Rush Limbaugh