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Lone Courier Led The U.S. To Bin Laden’s Hiding Place

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The U.S. was able to take down one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Osama bin Laden .

The CIA will brief lawmakers on how it all happened, but new details of the capture have already leaked out.

Andrea Fujii reports the Navy SEALS’ operation was one of the most covert in U.S. history.

In the end, President Barack Obama got confirmation that bin Laden was dead with just one word “Geronimo.”

The president is receiving praise from both Republicans and Democrats on bin Laden’s death.

It took nearly 10 years, but in the end bin Laden was hiding in plain sight.

The president watched the military operation unfold in real time, with his closest advisers huddled around him in the Situation Room.

A lone courier apparently led U.S. forces to bin Laden’s hiding place in the million dollar Pakistani home.

“What we see in this compound is different from anything that we’ve ever seen before,” said John Brennan, White House adviser.

Officials tracked the courier’s cell phone, but he didn’t make it easy. He would turn it off and remove the battery every time he got near the complex.

Eventually, officials zeroed in on the location and bin Laden was shot twice in the head.

“I want to again recognize the heroes who carried out this incredibly dangerous mission, as well as all the military and counterterrorism professionals who made the mission possible,” said Obama.

After the mission, bin Laden’s body was buried at sea, consistent with Islamic tradition.

His identity has been confirmed with DNA matching.

“There will be mounting pressure to release more proof since there is no body,” said Juan Zarate, CBS news security analyst.

Still, experts say the fight against terror isn’t over.

“It was important to get bin Laden, it will have an effect. It is not the time to spike the football and do one of those celebratory dances in the end zone. This war is still on,” said General Michael Hayden, former CIA director.

Officials say they discovered a significant amount of data inside the compound. Intelligence officials are now digging through those documents, looking for any new information.

Photos were taken of bin Laden’s body before it was buried at sea.  The Obama administration is still deciding whether or not to release those photos to the public.

Click here for a slideshow of how the world reacted to news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

Comments

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  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    THIS IS THE WORK OF 10YRS BY OUR INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY AND OUR BRAVE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. DON’T CONFUSE THAT THE FACTS. THIS PRESIDENT WHO NOW PRESIDES HAD LITTLE OR NOTHING WITH THE DEATH OF THIS ANIMAL BIN LADEN. THIS IS PROPAGANDA THAT WILL BE USED WHEN ELECTION TIME ROLLS AROUND. ASK YOURSELF DOES THIS AMOUNT TO A HILL OF BEANS? NO, GAS IS STILL OVER $4 GAL., UNEMPLOYMENT IS STILL RAMPENT, NO JOBS, BUDGET DEFICET AND THE LIKE. SO DOES THIS MAKE YOUR WALLET ANY FATTER? ARE PEOPLE STILL LOOKING FOR WORK, WHERE ARE ALL THESE JOBS,? IF YOU VOTED FOR HIM LAST TIME YOU CAN HAVE HIM. THIS DOES NOT CHANGE MY OPINION NOR WILL IT SWAY MY VOTE AGAINST THE PRESENT INDIVIDUAL SITTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE OVAL OFFICE. WHERE’S THE BODY?

    1. Mike S. says:

      I agree. People have short term memories when it comes to these kinds of things. It will be used for the election bid. The men in the trenches did this. Their hard work and diligence is how it was accomplished. It was not Obama who did this. It was not Bush who did this. It was the American soldier. They deserve the credit. Hopefully people will be able to see that come election time and ignore the adds saying Obama was the reason he is dead.

      1. Jack Pollack says:

        Mike, you and Micelli must be suffering with this news during the Obama administration. We knew it was coming because that’s the way you anti-Obama fools work. You crawled out of the woodwork when a black man was elected, and you have done everything you could to discredit him. SHORT MEMORIES?? Perhaps you and Micelli forget who started this whole business. Bush and Chaney and the neo-cons.

        MY ADVICE TO OBAMA: Take full credit for this along with the Navy Seals. Bush couldn’t do it…Cheney couldn’t do it. Your did it, Obama! WELL DONE!!

      2. jm says:

        THAT’S TELLING THEM JACK! Hate carry these people a long, long ways.

      3. Mike S. says:

        I love how no matter what is said Obama supporters like Jack, try to discredit comments by acting like you are an Obama basher. I do not support any party. Read carefully before you make assumptions. I’m just trying to say people are missing the point that the soldiers did the job not the politicians, but the politicians will be the ones taking the credit. Bush and Cheney didn’t start this. The guy with two extra eye holes that is now fish food did. He tried when Clinton was in office and succeeded with Bush in office. Neither President was at fault. Either party would do the same thing come election time.

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      5. Julz says:

        STOP HATING ON OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN IM TIRED OF ALL U RACIST FOOLS, LEAVE OBAMA ALONE! HE HAD ALOT TO DO WITH THIS AND DESERVES SUM CREDIT!!!! DAMN U PPL MAKE ME SO F’N MAD!

  2. Jogar says:

    Burial At see IS NOT consistent with Isl;amic tradition.Whoever wrote this is stupid.Islamic tradition calls for burial in a grave with the head facing Mecca.Do your homework,get your facts straight BEFORE you rush to publish an article.

  3. Bunky says:

    WHO CARES!!! The guy was a KILLER of THOUSANDS!!! Shoulld have let the vultures and worms have him—They gotta eat, same as man. (Clint Eastwood)

  4. whatnow says:

    I am so happy Bin Laden is fish food! I know there is another waiting to take his place, but I am going to take some time to enjoy this moment.

  5. JOJO DANCER says:

    The deather are begining to come out.

  6. bmoregyrl says:

    Well the president has to approve of it and he did and the rest was up to the Navy Seals and they did their job. So lets give credit to all involved. Just be careful because now that he is dead his followers will try to get back at the U.S. So I will give everyone credit and that does include the president because if he said no Osama will still be alive

    1. Jethro Hooper says:

      I didn’t vote for the President and am not a big fan. However, bmoregyrl is right on the money when she said he had to approve it. There is, among many in leadership positions, especially in the government, a paralysis when it comes time to finally making a decision, and taking the responsibility, and pulling the trigger. My view is that W suffered from this when Bin Laden was close to the end in Bora Bora, and W couldn’t make the decision to end it. We’ve seen lots of Presidental Paralysis over the years. President Obama IS the “decider; he made the call. He does, in fact, deserve the credit for that..

  7. Leah C says:

    Jogar, what the article meant to say (and of course, omitted) was that he was buried at sea WITHIN 24 HOURS after death- in accordance with Islamic tradition. Other articles have said that. Also, his own home country of Saudi Arabia didn’t want his body for burial- they didn’t want to deal with him.

  8. PAT says:

    WELL IT WASN’T DONE ON GEORGE BUSHS WATCH AND WHO DIED AND ANY OF YOU JUDGES JUST WORRY HOW THWE LORD JUDGES YOU WITH YOUR ROTTEN BONES IN THE CLOSET.

  9. Fed Up says:

    Mr. Obama had nothing to do with this. Our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces are behind this capture and kill. Does anyone REALLY think if Obama had said No, that the Seals wouldn’t have gone in anyway. Don’t fool yourselves. I agree that Obama is using this as PROPAGANDA for 2012.

    Congrats to the US Military! You are the best!

    1. Delusional One says:

      LOL @the Seals would have gone in if the President didn’t give the command. Delusional much? LOL Dude you’re just making stuff up.The President is the Commander-in-Cheif of US forces. Osama was killed under his command and watch. The military doesnt take action without the President’s approval. It’s something called protocol.

    2. Ram Pillai says:

      That is not right. Men in uniform take orders and without strategy, planning an d timing besides leadership, such an operation cannot be carried out. Difference between brains and brawn. The entire defgence department and the commander in chief gets the credit.

  10. sheriff says:

    Fed up, U are an A……hole. A country as great as the U.S. is because of a sense of discipline & a code of honor & ethics. If O man had said no, it would have been NO. Now what part of No do you not understand.?

  11. Somebody says:

    For the people who are believeing that this is all OBAMA,He did not take office until Jan 20th 2009, This operation started in 2007, it says in every article. So Obama had no doings with this mission other than to collect to glory for his re-election.

    1. Stop Whining says:

      The President and his administration accomplished what his last two predecessors did not. PERIOD. No one cares when the operation it started. The OUTCOME is all that matters.

      1. whatnow says:

        You are very shortsighted. The world is a far more complicated place then you seem capable of grasping.

    2. sheriff says:

      Somebody, F…..K you. Bushie had his opportunity & blew it, his dumb ass father was worse & that clown was head of the CIA at one time. Heaven help us all. Thank you Mr. OBama as all orders come from the top & he is our commander in chief.

      1. Heidi McGahan says:

        @sheriff
        I love a good argument but I find it even more challenging if no four letter words or name calling has to be used. You seem to have some knowledge why not use it in a positive way?

  12. iLoveMyPresident says:

    Pres. Obama had everything to do with this operation because if he would’ve said no, then Osama would still be alive. Pres. Clinton had three chances where he could’ve killed Osama but didn’t (because of political reasons). One of the reasons was that he was with a prince and Pres. Clinton didn’t want to kill him by accident so he didn’t ok it. So thank you President Obama.

  13. JOJO DANCER says:

    Fed up, we are a nation of rules and regulation period. In the Military you follower orders or you will paid the price. Yes, the Seals did a bang up job, but they were only following orders from our Commander in Chief. Give credit where credit is due and the President is due the respected for the way he handle this mission. No cowboy shoots them style. It was a well thought out plan that ending in success, and no American life lost. Job well done MR. PRESIDENT.

  14. Joyce Kauders says:

    I agree, Paul. Intelligence surely started gathering back in 2001. The present occupant of 1600 PA Ave. is not responsible for bin Laden’s death. God bless our Navy Seals for an outstanding job!

  15. Lourdes says:

    Propaganda or NOT. Let’s not take away from the VICTORY. GO NAVY SEALS!!!!!!!!!!! I just have one questions. There was a hugh reward on Bin Laden’s head. DO the Navy Seals get it? They sure deserve it.

  16. Somebody says:

    The reward went to someone who volunteered, some loop hole keeps the seals from collecting the award. Bogus to me, I’d say they deserve it.

  17. Somebody says:

    Let me clear that up, The award would’ve went to someone who volunteered their time who is not a gov’t offical. The seals are concidered Black operatives, but yet are still paid by the Gov’t. There is no records or files of any SEAL team member. So theoretically they don’t exsist, that is until they show up and mess your day up. SO yeah they should get something IMO.

  18. T says:

    As the first posted stated, let’s not forget about the many, many civilians in the intelligence community work worked tirelessly on this effort. Most Americans will never know what these civilians do, and will continue to do, for efforts such as this. This was a TEAM effort and a TEAM victory.

    1. whatnow says:

      Finally, an intelligent post.

  19. Somebody says:

    Agreed T. TEAM AMERICA F. YEAH

  20. Jeff says:

    It’s sad when our country kills a mastermind terrorist and the people of this country can only bash the President and say he shouldn’t take credit. Who cares. He’s the President of the United States of America. If we can’t even stand behind our President after such a glorious moment, then that says a lot about our country and the people in it. People can’t put politics aside for something bigger than themselves for even a moment to stand behind our President as he authorizes the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It should be a wonderful day for Americans, but it’s just sad and petty that people can’t put politics aside. That’s what’s wrong with Congress, guess their just representing the people.

  21. Jeff says:

    1 more thing. If the raid had been botched and slipped through as he had many times before, who would these people saying the President shouldn’t take credit blame. You know they would blame Obama. The military wanted to do an airstrike, but Obama shot that down because he wanted a confirmed kill and he wanted the body. He had more to do with the decision than people give him credit for.

  22. Dave says:

    The Defense Department as a whole should be receiving the credit for this. President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama all deserve credit. Lots of intelligence was gathered during their presidency’s building the foundation of what happened over the weekend. They didn’t find him just because President Obama is the current President. It took years and years of painstaking intelligence to find the courier (through a Guantanamo detainee tip). All of the Presidents were doing what they could to get him. It was all about timing and President Obama just happened to be the current President.

    I applaud all of the Presidents for their tireless efforts. But most of all, I applaud the intelligence services that had a decade worth of painful work in order to find the location. In addition, I applaud our hero’s from Seal Team 6 who performed the heroics of taking him out. True heroes!

    If you think that the reason he was caught is because President Obama did something different then the other Presidents then you should do some more research. Not true at all. But I’m sure President Obama will utilize this bigtime in the next campaign. Either way, the world is much safer without that guy on the planet. God bless the USA!

    1. whatnow says:

      Well said, wonderful post.

    2. Heidi McGahan says:

      Well said, Dave

  23. Somebody says:

    Well Said Dave, I agree 100%

  24. sheriff says:

    Platitudes Dave will get you everywhere.

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