Pakistan’s bin Laden Report: What You Need to Know

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A leaked Pakistani report on the May 1, 2011, U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound provides a firsthand view into the dysfunctions of a Pakistani government that both managed to play host to the world’s most wanted man and then failed to react to the U.S. operation that had to breach Pakistani sovereignty in order to kill him.

The Pakistani government established the Abbottabad Commission a month after the raid to investigate what was then a source of profound national humiliation. Led by the senior judge of Pakistan’s Supreme Court and comprising three retired military and police officers, the commission had a mandate to report on government lapses and propose recommendations.

From the outset, the report notes, the commission faced concerns that the government would suppress the report. “Accordingly, the commission respectfully insists that in the national interest the government of Pakistan discharge its obligation to make this report and its findings and recommendations public in both English and Urdu languages without delay,” the report says.

But the report was not released to the public until al-Jazeera published it today.

Here’s a roundup of five takeaways from the scathing report:

1. The Pakistani government was incompetent.

“The whole episode of the U.S. assassination mission of May 2, 2011, and the Pakistan government’s response before, during and after appears in large part to be a story of complacency, ignorance, negligence, incompetence, irresponsibility and possibly worse at various levels inside and outside the government.”

2. Bin Laden moved freely throughout Pakistan and continued coordinating al-Qaeda attacks.

Bin Laden entered Pakistan in early 2002 and remained almost entirely unmolested for nearly a decade in which time he remained active in planning al-Qaeda’s future attacks.

Once, bin Laden’s car was stopped for speeding. Ibrahim al-Kuwaiti, his guard and courier, “quickly settled the matter,” and bin Laden drove off.

In 2005, bin Laden and his entourage of family members, al-Kuwaiti and his family too moved to their newly constructed compound in Abbottabad, which was equipped with four electrical meters to conceal excessive energy use from the single compound by the large group. Bin Laden lived upstairs, often wearing a “cowboy hat” to avoid aerial detection when he moved about the compound.

Another time, al-Kuwaiti’s young daughter recognized on television her “Poor Uncle” — the name for the man who lived upstairs and never left the house. Al-Kuwaiti subsequently banned any of the women in the compound from watching television.

Lieut. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, then Director General of Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), told the commission that bin Laden “was to a degree actively planning al-Qaeda’s future operations.” While he cut off personal contact with al-Qaeda operatives following the joint ISI-CIA capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed in 2003, bin Laden still electronically communicated with operatives.

3. Pakistan failed to protect its borders because U.S. capabilities are just too good, among other reasons.

The Pakistani Director General of Military Operations told the commission that the U.S. operation succeeded because:

“a) Stealth technology, i.e., low-radar signatures which minimized the chances of detection deep inside Pakistani territory.

b) Highly developed skills of U.S. pilots in nighttime and low-level valley flying using night-vision goggles.

c) Standby cargo helicopter with refueling capability, i.e., quick refueling at night at a preselected isolated site.

d) Availability of latest three-dimensional digital map displays like hyper-spectral digital maps. This allowed accurate mission planning of the route and landing site, besides enabling the pilots to fly at higher speeds with minimum stress.”

The commission also notes that the Pakistani air force had not deployed low-altitude radars in the hilly region between Abbottabad and the border, and that the Pakistani military had not considered the threat of American incursions. From a Pakistani perspective, except for the border with India, “the world stood still for almost a decade.”

4. The commission cannot rule out the possibility that someone in the government was complicit in hiding bin Laden.

“Given the length of stay and the changes of residence of [bin Laden] and his family in Pakistan … the possibility of some such direct or indirect and ‘plausibly deniable’ support cannot be ruled out, at least, at some level outside formal structures of the intelligence establishment.”

5. Those sources of support likely existed in the country’s notorious military intelligence apparatus, the ISI, which is known for its ties to militant groups in the region.

“A workable mechanism for intelligence sharing needs to be created, such as the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. … Unless [reform] happens, relations between the intelligence community and the people will remain adversarial and counterproductive. Instead of Pakistan making the transition from a dysfunctional security state to a functioning development state it will run the risk of becoming further degraded to an intelligence and police state.”

“In the premier intelligence institution, religiosity replaced accountability.”

118 comments
practicalscull
practicalscull

How Pakistan can safeguard nuclear arsenal if it is so incompetent.

HamzahAhmad
HamzahAhmad

one thing that everyone is complaining about is America and its foreign involvement. Any one who has a little bit of information knows that there are two theories, one is that Osama died long ago, which have been approved by many, and that he died in 2011 in Abbottabad.

Well first off you need to make your self clear that, Pakistan is doing everything it can to help Americans, Americans would have been some where else if it would have withdrawn. It was never Pakistan's war, it was purely American, they were dragged into this. Pakistan is suffering alot from this war, they are the most effected nation in the world by this war, no matter what, fighting with the Terrorism would have come naturally if not intentionally.

Osama bin Laden was never liked by anyone, if according to America he was alive till 2011, then many of the Muslims have suffered because of him. Had it been early that he was captured, many of the Muslims life would be saved. Because of his own survival many Muslims died. But yes there are theories that Osama died before, so there are some contradiction.

We should not brag on all the Pakistani's and the Muslims for this mess, everyone participated in the same amount, here in the east America is believed to be Hitler's reincarnation and the same way Americans believe Osama is Hitler's reincarnation. This war is never heading in one direction, everyone have different theories, we should have one way to look at this war and we should act in one way too, or else we cannot win this war. 


Muslims have suffered the most in this war and we should think twice before even bragging about them for this war. When you love and look at your children, and play with them, send them to school, just think for a second about the kid in Pakistan who's father died right before his eyes, how could he ever know that his loving father, who went outside to work, to earn money for his children, died in a second and came back home with no life, but you just sit there, and shout on Pakistan and Muslims calling them terrorists.

brettochampion
brettochampion

I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to anyone who actually believes that the ISI wasn't complicit in hiding Bin Laden during the whole time he was in Pakistan.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. http://imgur.com/d4R87sJ

The Osama bin Laden Myth

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/11/26/the-osama-bin-laden-myth-2/

Although only a few Americans are aware of the September 28, 2001 interview in which bin Laden states his non-involvement with the 9/11 attacks, many Americans have seen post-2001 videos in which a person alleged to be bin Laden takes credit for the attacks. There are two problems with these videos. Experts have examined them and found them to be fakes, and all of the videos appeared after bin Laden was reported by the Pakistan Observer, the Egyptian press, and Fox News to have died in mid-December, 2001, from lung disease. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html See also http://www.legitgov.org/News-Bin-Ladens-Death-and-Funeral-December-2001

Bin Laden also suffered from kidney disease. According to a CBS news report on January 28, 2002, Osama bin Laden was hospitalized for dialysis treatment in the Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi on September 10, 2001, the day before 9/11. http://www.globalresearch.ca/where-was-osama-on-september-11-2001/3194

Obviously, a man suffering from terminal lung and kidney disease did not survive for another decade to be murdered by a US Navy SEAL team in Abbottabad. A Pakistani TV interview with the neighbor of the alleged “bin Laden compound” exposed the assassination hoax. This sensational interview also went unreported by america’s “free press.” I had the interview translated, and it is available here:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/pakistan-tv-report-contradicts-us-claim-of-bin-laden-s-death/25915 See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13329078

Hans Gamma
Hans Gamma

Das alles berechtigt nicht, einen Mann in einem fremden Land ohne Urteil zu töten. Die Drohnen-Politik gehört dazu.

Glen Roberts
Glen Roberts

America seem to create a most wanted man every week. They are really becoming a joke who really cares what a

Ana Nasution
Ana Nasution

It's not gonna be annoying if America gets out from middle east Middle east will be okay if America get away from there. Where America stays there must be a war.

Rodney Rogan
Rodney Rogan

Its because of Pakistan's complete lack of desire and help to rid the world of terrorism that drone strikes are and will continue to happen, they harbor terrorists , train terrorists, refuse to close madrases that condone terrorism, They even say they are too scared to go into the northern tribal regions, just look at their track record here is a country that was given to them by India and they are still not happy, it is the epicenter of terrorism, stop all aid to Pakistan immediately they are the last country on earth that deserves aid !

John Low
John Low

Im sure he still is.Im sure hes paying the salaries of every politician and banker there is.

GCL1
GCL1

Muslims (and now, Latin America nations, as well) have figured it out: "America and Americans can never be reasoned with rationally. The best way to deal with the Americans is through firearms, bombs, and explosives. You have to hit Americans hard and hit them in such a manner that their vital interests and national spirit are permanently damaged. Violence, aggression, and terrorism are the only languages that make an impact on the dull, self-satisfied American mind. In the fight against America and American interests, there are no "innocents""

Don't blame the Muslims, America. You yourself are responsible for the mess you find yourself in. There is a reason why every Muslim - whether or not they make their feelings known publicly - rejoices when a terrorist strikes against you or a natural calamity befalls you or economic disaster overwhelms you.

Vanessa Pointejour
Vanessa Pointejour

Not everyone worships the North West apparently...lol it's going down

Vanessa Pointejour
Vanessa Pointejour

Not everyone worship the North West apparently...lol it's going down

Demi Cardinale
Demi Cardinale

And that he wore a cowboy hat in order to avoid detection from satellites!!!!

Amanda Gibboney
Amanda Gibboney

I have an idea! Let's send Pakistan economic aid and neglect struggling Americans at home ;)

Awais Zia
Awais Zia

Well it's the planned assignment only against Muslims there is no dbout at All.

Frederick Sidney Cook
Frederick Sidney Cook

And not only did he holiday in Florida for a month but visited Isreal as well.

Markus Liberty
Markus Liberty

I think it's obvious whos brains have been washed here. The amount of conspiracy theorists from the middle east is becoming really annoying

Martin Martino
Martin Martino

The strange one is the story about the policeman who stopped him for speeding, knew it was him but did nothing about it.

Ana Nasution
Ana Nasution

I think he said that , this news is a crafty game from US for changing our mindset

Ana Nasution
Ana Nasution

Osama Bin Laden is a good guy a firm guy we should support him but he was die , a troublemaker of this world like America and Israel killed him cruelly. every news which comes from west is just wash our brain about his image.

Jahangir Ellahi
Jahangir Ellahi

need to keep tight vigil on his successors, he is gone but, .......complete eradicate, hope you understand what I mean?

Rafiullah Khan
Rafiullah Khan

in pakistan there alot of cia, mosad and black water agents if osama was moving freely in pakistan he should have been cought before.

SalMan
SalMan

Americans.. You gotta digest it... PAkistani ISI, made a bitch out of you... infront of the whole WORLD. ;) 
hahahahaha....

Maya Naji
Maya Naji

he might have been walking freely inside the white house too

Anglophile
Anglophile

@HamzahAhmad  It's not Pakistan as a nation or the Muslims as a community who are responsible for 'the war'.Like people from all communities, even they want a peaceful life within the four walls of their houses. I have hundreds of Kashmiris among my friends who love peace and harmony and are averse to violence  like any other community. It's the political establishment at the national and international level who fuel the violence and later ascribe it to one particular community in order to confuse the world. The genesis of the problem is rooted in American and the  USSR's greed and highhandedness. We  are paying for their sins.  What is the way out? Better education for the masses will help them see through these games and think beyond their own communities and boundaries... Even the Taliban or 'militants' comprises  youth deprived of education and vocation and brought up under the shade of violence. They live by the gun because they have not known any other way of life and they have no chance to lead normal life. The warlords and the fanatic clergymen are also hand in gloves with these political powers because they earn their living through them. They want money and  so they don't want the system to change.  Let's unite against all these perpetrators to ensure that our grandchildren inherit a relatively better world. Le's fight them with intellect and not guns. 

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@Frederick Sidney Cook 

 he also went to disney world, the moon, and had dinner with my grandma. yep. because those totally happened too

morph2020
morph2020

@Zainab Ahmad The power is undeniable.  How many high-tech weapons does Allah have?

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Markus Liberty 

If your official version, not friends with common sense - it gives rise to conspiracy theories in the United States, and expert assessments abroad. It's always been. If your government is not able to tell the truth, the truth will come from other sources.  If it annoy you, then drink a depressant.

morph2020
morph2020

@Martin Martino Yes, and then in another place the story claimed he never left the house.

morph2020
morph2020

@Ana Nasution Some brains require only a drop of water for proper washing.

AndrewKlein
AndrewKlein

@Rafiullah Khan Considering that Blackwater USA has been closed for years... you could stand to get some education. And, considering that Al Jazeera, you know... al Qaeda's propaganda arm, published this first.... get a life.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@SalMan  

...how so? we embarrassed your entire government by not getting permission to come kill bin laden.  looks like we made you the bitch in front of the world