The Assassination has Exposed…
by Steven Shamrak
1. That target-killing of
terrorists is an effective and acceptable way to deal with terrorists and state
enemies. (Despite of the fact that
”The authority here was to kill bin Laden” - CIA Director Leon Panetta
That covert military operations on a sovereign country can produce
desired results and be met with overwhelming international support and cheers.
(As long as it is not
That it is OK not to inform an ally,
4. That harsh interrogation techniques used by . (The CIA had used , slapping, nudity, water dousing and other coercive techniques) at a secret prison in early 2004 provided a clue to finding
"The debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches, I think, is always going to be an open question" - Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.
5. That it is permitted to
make a decision to conduct a serious military operation on a gut feeling, even
if there was no 100% guarantee that the target, Osama bin Laden, resided in the
compound. Concern for ‘collateral’ damage was also brushed aside. (
“Well, the problem was we were never really certain about whether or not bin Laden was there… we just did not know whether in fact he was there.” - Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.
That it is acceptable to lie or manipulate information presented
to the international community about details of the operation without any shame
or fear of international rebuke. (This is definitely a big “No” for
a) Osama bin Ladin offered armed resistance
b) CIA was certain that he was residing in a compound
c) A woman was used as a human shield.
“A woman killed during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death” – Reuters
d) President Obama watched live feed of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound.
"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.” - Leon Panetta, director of the CIA.
That it is OK to give 3 billion dollars a year of foreign ‘aid’ to
the enemy, Pakistan, pretending it is a friend, without any scrutiny and having
no disproportional ‘public’ outrage. (In contrast,