Yesterday the story was clear. It was repeated around the world by every major news organisation because an American official stated clearly that Osama Bin Laden was killed after he had used his wife as a human shield and fired a weapon. In the absence of photographic evidence and eye witness accounts the narrative was transmitted as a given truth. Because it came from ‘official sources’, no less grand than the Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan.
Today however it is a different story that is emerging from yet more ‘official sources’, as Politico.com reports:
The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.
Officials also retreated from claims that one of bin Laden’s wives was killed in the raid and that bin Laden was using her as a human shield before she was shot by U.S. forces.
It turns out (apparently) the woman killed was not Bin Laden’s wife at all (‘A different guy’s wife was killed’ according to yet more sources) and Bin Laden himself was not armed when he was killed, yet they maintain he was offering ‘resistance’. Perhaps he was throwing Qur’ans at the SEAL team? The question now is can we believe this revision? Will this story change in the future?
Update: It didn’t take long. Within moments of posting this yet another version of events has surfaced via MSNBC.
The most amusing part of all this will be the reaction of those people who wrongly assert I am now an ‘OBL denier’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’ for doubting some of the details we have been told. I haven’t said Bin Laden hasn’t been killed, I merely question the ‘facts’ that have been presented to us by ‘official sources’ because they don’t all add up. All I wanted to do is reserve judgement until I have seen reliable evidence. And within hours that reluctance to accept everything we have been told as gospel truth has been vindicated.
Like the t-shirt above the truth is black and white. So, what else will change in the coming days, weeks and months?