• Is Osama bin Laden alive and well in the Philippines?


    Not even as a joke.  To the best of our knowledge, Osama was killed by a group of US Navy Seals during a raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. He was buried at the North Arabian sea from on board the USS Carl Vinson, a supercarrier which visited Manila on May 14-15, 2011, and which President B. S. Aquino 3rd and key Cabinet members boarded and toured before it entered Manila Bay.

    Now, four years later, comes a 10,356-word investigative report by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh of The New York Times saying, on the basis of corroborating interviews with authoritative official and other sources, that except for the fact that US President Barack Obama had ordered the strike at Abbottabad, and that the Navy Seals had killed Osama, everything else that has been said about the killing was a lie—a hoax.


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    Hersh was the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968, which helped turn the tide of American public opinion against the US military involvement in Vietnam.  His credentials are beyond reproach. The White House has rejected his report, but he has stood by it.  Between his word and that of the White House, one must take that of the journalist.  He has no reason to lie, whereas the White House has more than enough reasons to do so. As Hersh himself observes, the killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his reelection; it was meant to burnish his image.

    First hoax:  The operation  was an “all-American affair, and the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told in advance.”

    President B. S. Aquino 3rd used this line  to cut out the secretary of the interior and the chief of the Philippine National Police from the PNP chain-of-command during the ill-starred Operation Exodus against some high-value targets in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which resulted in the massacre of 44 Special Action Force police commandos. He said  that not even the Pakistanis were  informed about the US operation against Osama at Abbottabad.

    The truth, according to Hersh:  Osama  had been a prisoner  of the ISI at the Abbotabad compound since 2006. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI, knew of the raid in advance, and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms. They had to make sure that Pakistan’s army and air defense command would not track or engage with the US helicopters used on the mission.  They were assured that their participation in the mission would never be made public, and enormous  effort was exerted on both sides to make it appear that Pakistan did not know of the Seals’ mission.

    Why was this?  Pasha explained it to CIA Director Leon Panetta at CIA headquarters in April. “We needed a hostage to keep tabs on al-Qaida and the Taliban.  The ISI was using bin Laden as leverage against Taliban and al-Qaida activities inside Afghanistan and Pakistan. They let the Taliban and al-Qaida leadership know that if they ran operations that clashed with the interests of the ISI, they would turn bin Laden over to us. So if it became known that the Pakistanis had worked with us to get bin Laden at Abbottabad, there would be hell to pay.”

    Second hoax:  The CIA learned of bin Laden’s whereabouts by tracking a network of
    couriers handling his continuing flow of operational orders to the al-Qaida.  A team of specially assembled CIA and NSA operatives had traced the courier known to be close to bin Laden to a highly secure million-dollar compound in Abbottabad. After months of observation, the American intelligence community had “high confidence” that a high-value target was living in the compound, and it was “assessed that there was a strong possibility that it was Osama bin Laden.”

    The truth, according to Hersh: At this point, bin Laden was already under detention by the ISI. So the story about a courier network was pure junk. The information about his whereabouts was supplied in August 2010 directly by a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer, in return for much of the $25 million reward offered by the US in 2001.  He approached the CIA station chief in Islamabad, Anthony Bank, who dealt with him, as with all walk-ins, with an abundance of caution.  Bank had to fly in a polygraph team to find out whether he was credible.

    The walk-in told Bank that bin Laden had lived undetected from 2001 to 2006 with some of his wives and children in the Hindu Kush mountains, and that the ISI got to him by paying some of the local tribal people to betray him. He described bin Laden as very ill, an invalid, and that in the early stage of his confinement at Abbottabad, the ISI had ordered Amir Aziz, a doctor and a major in the Pakistani army, to move nearby to provide treatment.

    After the walk-in passed the test, the CIA put the Osama compound under satellite surveillance. They also rented a house in Abbottabad as a forward observation base, and contact point with the ISI.  Then the CIA moved  the informant and his family to the US where he now serves as  a CIA consultant.

    Third hoax: Osama was killed in a firefight. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” said Obama.  According to a White House briefing, the US assault team ran into a firefight upon entering the compound. The next day John Brennan, then Obama’s senior adviser for counterterrorism, said Osama bin Laden tried to use one of his wives as a shield.

    The truth, according to Hersh:  At the Abbottabad compound ISI guards were posted around the clock to keep watch over bin Laden and his wives and children. They were under orders to leave as soon as they heard the rotors of the US helicopters…The Seals had been warned by the Pakistanis that heavy steel doors blocked the stairwell on the first and second-floor landings; bin Laden’s rooms were on the third floor. The Seals squad used explosives to blow the doors open, without injuring anyone. Knowing where the target was, they went straight to the third floor, second door on the right.  As Obama retreated into the bedroom, two shooters followed him and opened up. The White House’s first impulse was to say  that the Seals had shot bin Laden in self-defense. Six of the Seals’ finest, most experienced NCOs, faced with an unarmed elderly civilian, had to kill him in self-defense?

    More sober minds found this absurd, so the line was scrapped. The Pentagon had to issue a series of clarifying  statements. No, bin Laden was not armed when he was shot and killed. No, bin Laden did not use one of his wives as a shield.  Bottom line, there was no firefight. But the White House legal office drafted a non-disclosure form to be signed by the Seals after they returned to their base.  It promised civil penalties and a lawsuit for anyone who discussed the Abbottabad mission, in public or private.

    Fourth hoax:  bin Laden’s mortal remains were flown by the Seals to a military airfield in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and then straight to the USS Carl Vinson, which buried them at the north Arabian sea.

    The truth, according to Hersh:  At the outset even the White House press corps was skeptical  about this report.  At John Brennan’s press briefing, the questions were short, to the point, and rarely answered. “When was the decision made that he would be buried at sea if killed?” “Was this part of the plan all along?” “Can you just tell us why that was a good idea?” “John, did you consult a Muslim expert on that?” “Is there a visual recording of that burial?” When this last question was asked, Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, came to Brennan’s rescue: “We’ve got to give other people a chance here.”

    Brennan said “appropriate specialists and experts” were consulted, and that the US military was fully capable of carrying out the burial “consistent with Islamic law.” But he failed to mention that Muslim law calls for the burial service to be conducted in the presence of an imam, and there was no suggestion that one happened to be on board the Carl Vinson. A Vanity Fair writer wrote, quoting sources, that bin Laden’s body was cleaned and photographed at Jalalabad, and that on board the carrier it was washed again and wrapped in a white shroud.  This prompted requests for access to the photographs, under the Freedom of Information Act. To these, the Pentagon responded that a search of all available records had found no evidence that any photograph had been taken of the burial. Not even the log of Carl Vinson, which showed the sequence of all activities on board, could be accessed, because all records on the raid had been ordered deleted from the military computers and moved to the CIA, where they would be shielded from FOI requests by the agency’s “operational exemption.”

    There wasn’t any gossip about a burial among Carl Vinson’s sailors either. The carrier concluded its six-month deployment in June 2011.  When the ship docked at its home base in Coronado, California, Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, commander of the Carl Vinson carrier strike group, told reporters that the crew had been ordered not to talk about the burial. Captain Bruce Lindsey, skipper of the Carl Vinson, told reporters he was unable to discuss it.  Cameron Short, one of the crew of Carl Vinson, told the Commercial-News of Danville, Illinois, that the crew had not been told anything about the burial. “All he knows is what he’s seen on the news,” the newspaper reported.

    From the Pentagon, Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette told the Associated Press in an email that none of the sailors on board had been permitted to observe the proceedings. But there was no indication of who washed and wrapped the body, or of which Arabic speaker conducted the service. Within weeks of the raid,  two longtime consultants to Special Operations Command, with access to current intelligence, told Hersh that the funeral aboard the Carl Vinson didn’t take place.

    At the same time some members of the Seals team had bragged to colleagues and others that they had torn bin Laden’s body with rifle fire. The remains, including his head, which had a few bullet holes in it, were thrown into a body bag, and, during the helicopter flight back to Jalalabad, some body parts were tossed out over the Hindu Kush mountains—or so the Seals claimed.


    The above has shown that for the last four years the world may have been ruled by a cruel lie as far as the bin laden story is concerned.

    We cannot allow ourselves to be similarly ensnared. We must not suffer the lies being peddled by our government about what happened to our 44 PNP-SAF commandos and the  international terrorists they were supposed to seize from the hands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. We must not allow the government to feed us with lies about the Bangsamoro Basic Bill, or any other thing that would punish our own people and reward their enemies.

    For once in our lives, we must show the world that what big lies the big powers will stand for,  we cannot and will no longer tolerate.



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    1. We had better use Msconfig or ask help from Windows optimization. It is necessary to wisely choose carpets to be
      placed in a room so that they can add color, style and
      warmth. Many of the Earthships have propane tanks for cooking and a backup hot water supply;
      these are the only utility bills.

    2. I cannot believe the stupidity of the replies to this article. We have an article here that tells us, on the one hand, not to blindly accept what people in power tell us at face value. On the other hand, the article offers idle speculation (at best) and sheer fantasy (most of the time) to support its thesis. How can you all be such mindless sheep?

      I am not suggesting for a moment that the U.S. government or that of the Phillipines is above reproach (we are told, however, that Hersh, the author’s primary source, IS above reproach–no, nobody is above reproach); however, accepting baseless accusations from this author simply because we *want* to believe what he is saying is not any more acceptable than blindly buying into the lies our governments are peddling.

    3. According to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury, there was no Bin Laden at all at Abbottabad. Here are links to his two write ups. One was published in Global Research on 7 Nov 2014 while the second one dated 11 May 2015, which is directly in response to Seymour Hersh’s detailed article, appeared on his own website. (1) http://www.globalresearch.ca/another-fake-bin-laden-story/5412575 (2) http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/05/11/seymour-hersh-succumbs-disinformation-paul-craig-roberts/

    4. Diversion?

      Sharing the knowledge that Hersh told the American people of the lies of the US Government and the CIA about how Osama bin Laden was killed is a diversion? They claimed that bin Laden put up a fight. In fact he was a detainee of the Pakistan police and military authorities who just let the Navy Seals in to kill him.

    5. anakngpating on

      I wonder who it was who decided to SAVE THE BBL instead of making an effort to SAVE THE 44 SAF COMMANDOS?
      It was PNoy. Haven’t you read the reports of the several groups that investigated the tragedy?

    6. This is a good account of what is thought to be what really happened and what was told to the world. It is believable. The Aquino gang is certainly not telling the whole truth about what happened that is certain. What happened and why is certain to come out with time passing.

    7. Buntong Hininga on

      No wonder 2 years ago the plane that was carrying the Seal Six that killed Osama Bin Laden crashed in Afghanistan. The plane must have been shot on order of Barak.

    8. Amnata Pundit on

      The world is so convoluted today it is hard to ferret out the truth from the lies.Sometimes they are deliberately mixed together to further confuse people. We don’t really know if Seymour Hersh wasn’t fed this story for disinformation purposes. Perhaps the anti-Obama faction in the US government want to discredit him but at the same time perpetuate the “myth” that it was really Osama bin Laden that was killed in that raid. In the first place, why did they bury him at sea without showing his body like what they did to the sons of Saddam Hussein? Many people including Benazir Bhutto said bin Laden was dead. He was a diabetic who needed dialysis and did not survive a life on the run in the mountains of Afghanistan/Pakistan borders. Whatever really happened in Abbottabad I will never trust the propaganda machine of the American powers-that-be called the New York Times.

    9. And this is why one has to know Aramaic and Greek, and obtain the original documents. Things get lost in the translation, and many times, distortions if not outright lies get inserted.

    10. Jose A. Oliveros on

      In the same way that the between the word of the White House and that of journalist Hersh, in so far as the Bin Laden case is concerned, the word of the latter is more credible, the reports of Manila Times reporters on anomalies in the PeNoy administration are more credible than the denial of PeNoy’s spokespersons.

    11. Dominador D. Canastra on

      BS Aquino and his gang is probably emboldened to be such a LIAR in everything he says and does by the success of the US in convincing the whole world of BIG lies like this one about bin Laden.

    12. Samuel Santos on

      Could it be that Mr. Tatad had too much coffee when he wrote this article?

      REPLY: Sir, did you read the article or only the headline?
      Did you read that he was only retelling what has been a big thing in the United States–the revelation by Hersh about the misinformation that the US government and the CIA published t fool the whole world abut the circumstances of the killing of Osama bin Laden? \You should be thankful to Mr. Tatad that your ignorance and being fooled is being corrected, sir, Mr. Santos.
      Or are you a paid hack of the Aquino group who is paid to summarily dismiss people who are sharing the TRUTH?

    13. Informed Citizen on


      REPLY: Sir, did you read the article or only the headline?
      Did you see that Mr Tatad was retelling the big expose in the United States by prize-winning journalist Hersh? This is about the revelation by Hersh of the misinformation that the US government and the CIA published to fool the whole world about the circumstances of the killing of Osama bin Laden. You should be thankful to Mr. Tatad that your ignorance and being fooled is being corrected, sir. LOL indeed.
      Or are you a paid hack of the Aquino group who is paid to summarily dismiss people who are sharing the TRUTH?

    14. I wish you will aspire to run for senator this coming May 2016 political exercise Mr. Tatad!

    15. I have always believed that 9/11 was a false flag operation. And if the official story about Osama’s death is to be believed, it violates the Law of Armed Conflict to which all U.S. soldiers must abide.

    16. Rogelio C. Lim on

      Sobra na talaga ang pagsisinungaling ni Noynoy. Halos araw araw sa loob ng limang taon ay nagsisinungaling siya.

      • jesus nazario on

        Because WE, the Filipino People, do not really seriously and in number TRY to stop him all these past five years ! Only a few NEVER SAY DIEs do so futilely because..read the first sentence again. A lie begets another lie ad infinitum until effectively stopped.

      • anakngpating on

        I call him PNoycchio for his claims that he never issued a Stand Down Order in Mamasapano. But I believe that he chose to SAVE THE BBL RATHER THAN SAVE THE 44 SAF COMMANDOS.

    17. This world is full of lies, myths, and tales indeed. You don’t have to look somewhere to find them. This country is thriving on lies and deception everyday. Worse, it is the government who is leading way in fooling the people, themselves are so gullible they do not think beyond what they hear. Effect: bad leaders, bad government, and miserable country. Election time is coming. We will hear those lies and believe them again. And the same cycle will be repeated again and again…. poor Filipinos.