UPDATE: Judicial Watch has filed a FOIA request for the Osama raid photos and video. The Defense Department has 20 days to legally respond.
It is always better to tell the truth because you don’t have to work at keeping your story straight. The Obama administration just can’t get its story straight about the purported killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
As reported by Josh Gerstein of Politico, May 2, 2011:
“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…. At a Pentagon briefing earlier in the day, a senior defense official said bin Laden used a woman as a human shield so he could fire shots. ‘He was firing behind her,’ the official said.
In another background briefing early Monday morning, a senior administration official also said bin Laden put up a fight. ‘He did resist the assault force. And he was killed in a firefight,’ the official said. However, during a background, off-camera briefing for television reporters later Monday, a senior White House official said bin Laden was not armed when he was killed, apparently by the U.S. raid team.”
Today, the story changed again.
First, we are told by The New York Times that no shots were fired on the SEALs from inside the house at Osama’s compound. This is a version entirely different from the Pentagon’s description on Tuesday, and read by the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, which said the SEAL members “were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation.”
Then, Steven Winford reports for The Telegraph that:
“The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events. Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off. A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.
In an interview with PBS, Mr Panetta said: ‘Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information. We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.’ Mr Panetta also told the network that the US Navy Seals made the final decision to kill bin Laden rather than the president.”
Since there was no live feed, what were Obama and his White House team watching in this photo?
Enter Fellowship’s caption contest for this photo, here!
H/t our gal, LTG!
P.S. The very very latest is that Hillary’s hand-over-her-mouth look in the photo was not from shock or anguish at seeing the Osama takedown unfold, but rather it’s her Spring allergies.