Bin Laden Raid Had Help From Space, Secret Budget Documents Show

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This is a satellite image of the former Osama Bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan

A fleet of satellites played a vital role in the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to intelligence documents obtained by the Washington Post from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The so-called “black budget” documents, which detail spending on spying, revealed the role of satellites in collecting masses of electronic and communications intelligence from Pakistan during the daring raid. Satellites were also used to collect hundreds of images of bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound beforehand.

The same budget documents show that after bin Laden had been killed, U.S. intelligence agencies spent $2.5 million analyzing computer files and other evidence seized at bin Laden’s compound.

[Washington Post]

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Linda Witte Melick
Linda Witte Melick

Given Bin Laden’s documented kidney problems and consequent need for dialysis, government officials, heads of state and counterterrorism experts have repeatedly opined that Osama Bin Laden has in fact been dead for some time. These assertions are based on Bin Laden’s failing health in late 2001 and visible signs of his deteriorating condition, as well as actual reports of his death from the same time frame. On November 2, 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto told Al-Jazeera’s David Frost that Omar Sheikh had killed Osama Bin Laden. The reports from Washington are a lie. there are many sites that confirm this here's one: http://www.corbettreport.com/osama-bin-laden-pronounced-dead-for-the-ninth-time/

Jamus
Jamus

I still cannot figure out why sensitive information is being published. In case any of the major publishers, such as Time... haven't realized, America is at war with terrorists; think World Trade Towers. Every little bit of ops that is published can be and most likely is used by those who would take us down. There is no prize for scooping a story that increases danger to America.

ChazPacific
ChazPacific

ja its called google earth....pretty cheap to use.

Abdelaziem-Lotfi K. Gabr
Abdelaziem-Lotfi K. Gabr

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StephenSwain
StephenSwain

Does that mean that we have any really significant ideas where Mr. Assad's supplies of poisons may be located?  Perhaps we could hit those from space, too, and say it was something like "a wardrobe malfunction".  All these gizmos are nice, but they are not exactly a substitute for good, current, accurate human intelligence.  And guess what:  Assad runs a very nasty police state, still.  That said, we still need to stay out of there.  It's a massive tar pit.

Adonis Syrian
Adonis Syrian

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Leandro Anjos
Leandro Anjos

I stay imagining, the guy who kille Osama bin Laden, how did him feel!

Abek Sr RoLando
Abek Sr RoLando

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Mohammad Hamza
Mohammad Hamza

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Agustin Ucab
Agustin Ucab

that might be true or the truist because they can monitor how the operation has been done...

Majed SyRian
Majed SyRian

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المصرى الغاضب
المصرى الغاضب

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Nil Azbak
Nil Azbak

well how many times u.s killed osama...? n how many times it is expected...?

Justin Blurblur
Justin Blurblur

Al Qaeda doesn't need Osama now when they can make use of Obama as a proxy to make use of American soldiers to fight their jihad war. With Obama in charge, Jihadists can get USA to fire 200 Tomahawks to depose secular Gadaffi and Obama's support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt despite the fact that Muhammad Atta was a member of Muslim Brotherhood. Soon Sunni's version of Sharia law will be implemented in the Middle East with the help of Obama of course.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

If America goes into Syria: 1. Stop infighting between Government and rebel forces. 1A. Drones can be used to stop the infighting. 2. The goal should be help rebuild and improve Syria's civilian infrastructure utilizing only their own means. 3. Let the Syrians decide their government and terms of elections. 4. They can make a new currency, peg it to the US Dollar, and start fresh. In short: Broker peace, help rebuild, get out. After that, it's all Syria's problem. Withdrawal Contingencies: A. 450 US Service Members are lost. B. Syria has a stable banking system with an inflation rate lower than 5%. Which ever comes first. (Pi + Pi^2)/Pi = 1 + Pi (e + e^2)/e = 1 + e In general: (x + x^2)/x = 1 + x Why not listen to a Math Genius?

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

If America goes into Syria: 1. Stop infighting between Government and rebel forces. 1A. Drones can be used to stop the infighting. 2. The goal should be help rebuild and improve Syria's civilian infrastructure utilizing only their own means. 3. Let the Syrians decide their government and terms of elections. 4. They can make a new currency, peg it to the US Dollar, and start fresh. In short: Broker peace, help rebuild, get out. After that, it's all Syria's problem. Withdrawal Contingencies: A. 450 US Service Members are lost. B. Syria has a stable banking system with an inflation rate lower than 5%. Which ever comes first.

Ben Lim
Ben Lim

There are people believe that he is still alive :)

Karen Dabaghyan
Karen Dabaghyan

Time magazine, it is sad to watch how you are trying to shift the public's attention))))

Brian Starr
Brian Starr

If that lessens collateral damage I'm all for it .

rodwick1
rodwick1

If this is new information then the author of this article has been hiding in a cave for 40 years.

4dfischer
4dfischer

Timely but pathetic "news" piece.  Thanks CNN.  

The real news is that we're spending 52 billion on NSA, CIA secret spying budgets. Meanwhile vast swaths across the globe are dying for less than $1/day from starvation, malaria, diarrhea, and simple illnesses.  But yeah, 50 billion on the satellite that executed Bin Laden. Wow, so cool.  

And all the while, people's Honeywell, Raytheon, and General Dynamics stocks are thru the roof on this Syria war talk. Keep it up! Big War is Big Business.

US War Budget: 700 Billion!!!!

CHINA: 166b

RUSSIA: 90b

UK: 60b

JAPAN: 59b

FRANCE: 58b

SAUDIS: 56b

MattAnderson1
MattAnderson1

really?  this is news?  no kidding they used satellites and other data collection devices, id be upset if they didnt use the Trillion's of dollars worth of equipment they have.  

Mark
Mark

Man, I guess I don't need to see Zero Dark Thirty now. Thanks for the spoiler warning.

AndrewPalfreyman
AndrewPalfreyman

Daring, using space tech? They crashed a maximum-tech helicopter, they shot women, they ran in trigger happy and shot everything that moved. Pathetic.

rohit57
rohit57

@Jamus I still cannot figure out why you are so paranoid.  Frankly when I think of how many non-Americans have been killed by America, and how few Americans have been killed by terroritsts,  America is acting like a doberman terrified of chihuahua.

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

@Ben Lim There a people who believe that Elvis is still alive, but that doesn't make it a true fact.  Some people are just gullible enough to believe just about whatever spices up their fantasy lives, Mr. Lim.

wm1122
wm1122

@AndrewPalfreyman  

Just out of curiosity what is a maximum tech helicopter?  Do you mean high tech?  Never heard of a maximum tech helicopter before. Please let us know what that is?  

AsianBob
AsianBob

@AndrewPalfreyman I'm sure they didn't crash the helicopter on purpose. Since the modifications were unusual to maximize stealth, who knows what kind of controls issues might have happened.

They shot women that picked up weapons and pointed them. How would you react? It's unfortunate, but it's kill or be killed.

Weren't there people alive in the compound after they left? If they "ran in trigger happy and shot everything that moved" then how are there people alive after they left?

billtabcde
billtabcde

@AndrewPalfreyman Let us know next time one of your relatives is forced to jump from a high-rise building because it is on fire after a plane hits it.

billtabcde
billtabcde

@rodwick1 @billtabcde @AndrewPalfreyman Rodwick1, I just went and looked up the meaning of "straw-man type" and it looks to me like what I always thought it to mean. That means either I am still not understanding what it means, or you don't. Or possibly you mistook whose comment I was replying to which was to AndrewPalfreyman.