The Bin Laden story is changing already

And some people wonder why on earth we would ever doubt ‘the official line’…

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?

7 Responses to “The Bin Laden story is changing already”


  1. 1 Martin Brumby 03/05/2011 at 8:26 pm

    Is this what all the spin doctors get paid for?

    They allegedly kill the ‘most wanted terrorist in the world’, spirit it out of Pakistan, bury it at sea but they still haven’t agreed on a story?

    And then they wonder that they get submerged in conspiracy theories?

    Do they WANT people to believe the ‘official’ version when they can’t sort out what that version should be?

    How difficult can it be?

    I really, genuinely, wholeheartedly hope that (a) he’s dead and (b) that the US special forces killed him.

    But if they go off now like a bunch of thirteen year old schoolgirls trying to explain what happened to a missing bag of doughnuts, they can’t complain when every nitwit Mullah is crying foul and pointing out the obvious inconsistencies.

  2. 2 FaustiesBlog 03/05/2011 at 10:02 pm

    It is more sane to critically pore over ‘facts’ than to accept them blindly.

    It is rather idiotic to simply believe whatever politicians tell you, particularly when the ‘facts’ conflict.

    Don’t let the b*ggers get you down – continue to question and probe.

  3. 3 Barry 03/05/2011 at 10:27 pm

    In a rush to say something some will say *anything*.

    I will draw a comparison to the ‘news’ reported in the initial hours after John Charles de Menezes was killed. It was not news but premature official comments and speculation reported as news.

    There are also operational similarities with the death of Linda Norgrove. Things like helmet cameras allow for a retrospective marriage of reports by the operatives with the recorded footage. It took until the footage had been reviewed for enough details to be gleaned about the unfortunate mistake but an initial story had already been released.

    This operation, with what I would guess will turn out to be multiple sources of video and a very confused initial picture will eventually crystalise into something more definitive.

    I wonder… if the White House does release photos of the corpse will those newspapers that refrained from printing religious cartoons for fear of enraging native muslim sentiment show similar restraint with this?

  4. 4 Martin Brumby 04/05/2011 at 8:26 am

    OK, lets just assume (just for the sake of argument) that everyone born in the UK and US without exception believes, (just like devout Catholics and Papal utterences), that no US President ever has, nor could be imagined to be capable of telling a lie. Or even capable of being misinformed.

    (OK, that’s a real tough one. Keep with it!)

    But I venture to suggest that they are, for some reason, wanting to actively promote conspiracy theories in muslim communities and other countries that have an axe to grind with the West.

    It is either that, or their organisational and PR skills suggest that they couldn’t run a whelk stall.

    Oh, wait……

  5. 5 WitteringWitney 04/05/2011 at 9:41 am

    Of course AM, there is now another question. If OBL was unarmed why was it necessary to shoot him? Why could he not have been apprehended and brought out to stand trial? Perhaps too many inconvenient details of political involvement would have been exposed during such a trial.

    As with anything in which politicians are involved, the entire episode stinks!

  6. 6 Poll about Bin Laden's death 04/05/2011 at 2:03 pm

    – POLL ABOUT THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN –
    “Are you convinced that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in May 2011?”
    VOTE HERE:
    http://tinyurl.com/binladenpoll

  7. 7 Barry 04/05/2011 at 2:05 pm

    WitteringWitney: “If OBL was unarmed why was it necessary to shoot him? Why could he not have been apprehended and brought out to stand trial?”

    Might it have been instinctive, rather than intended, on the part of the Special Forces? A hectic and confused situation in which only after the shooting is it discovered Osama was unarmed.

    We are hearing a babbled story that keeps changing and are being given little indication to the chronology of when pertinent things were learned.


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