White House Changes Story Of How bin Laden Was Taken Down

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember all those stories about bin Laden posing an armed threat and hiding behind a woman leaving the SEALs no other choice but to shoot him? Turns out they were not quite correct. Politico 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...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." At this point one wonders, as noted yesterday, just how much of the official story spun by the administration will continue to unravel.

More from Politico:

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.

Another White House official familiar with the TV briefing confirmed the change to POLITICO, adding, “I’m not aware of him having a weapon.”

“The bottom line is the team that entered that room was met with resistance and took appropriate action,” said a third American official.

The White House on Monday night declined to elaborate on the nature of the resistance bin Laden allegedly put up. However, an official confirmed that the Al Qaeda founder was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest.

At the Monday evening briefing for TV reporters, a senior official also corrected what Brennan described earlier as “my understanding” that the woman who acted as a shield for bin Laden was one of his wives and was killed.

“A different guy’s wife was killed,” a different official familiar with the briefing for TV reporters said Monday night. Bin Laden’s wife was “injured but not killed,” the official said.

Another official familiar with the operation said it did not appear that any woman was used as a human shield, but that the woman killed and the one injured were hurt in the crossfire. The official said he believed Brennan had mixed up the episode involving bin Laden’s wife with another encounter elsewhere in the compound.

“Two women were shot here. It sounds like their fates were mixed up,” said the U.S. official. “This is hours old and the full facts are still being ascertained as those involved are debriefed.”

In another discrepancy, Brennan said during his on-the-record briefing that bin Laden’s son Khalid was killed in the attack. However, the official White House transcript had the counterterrorism adviser saying it was another son, Hamza, who perished in the raid.

Needless to say, at this point nobody is really holding their breath to see Osama's death certificate.

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cossack55's picture

Lying Bitchezzz!!!!

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Yep.  How about the photoshopped image of Osama's corpse?  Then there's the issue of Obama's photoshopped birth certificate.  But do the sheeple really care about the truth?


Of course not.  Tis all about having pleasure in unrighteousness, hating the truth and accepting a strong delusion geared for self-destruction.

But I type blasphemy...





pan-the-ist's picture


TEH Obammy is lying to us.

Why would you ever expect the truth from the government on anything?  Deal with it.

chindit13's picture

No, it's not blasphemy, it's self-delusion. Don't worry though, there's a market for that. Your blog advert may turn out to be more than shameless self-promotion.

In Fed We Trust's picture


According to the video posted here yesterday, it appeared the only thing that Osama was armed with was a package of Rasinets and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

falak pema's picture

How many women were invited to that party?

Ahmeexnal's picture

It was not a party, it was a harem.

Azannoth's picture

The story will get better every time they re-tell it, ain't that true ;)

john39's picture

the story has so many holes that it almost seems designed to fall apart under scrutiny...

chumbawamba's picture

"...elsewhere in the compound."

No matter if it's a log cabin in the mountains or a mansion in an upper crust neighborhood in Pakistan, they always call it a "compound".

This is just one way to tell when they're employing the same old ruse.  I think the same guy has been writing these news stories for the past 20 years.

I wonder what his pension will be?

I am Chumbawamba.

SheepDog-One's picture

Wow that didnt take long for the first official re-write to photoshop overlay #1 of this fake story of the week.

Josh Randall's picture

Yep - Burried at Sea - just like Soetero's credibility

Thorlyx's picture

Is it technically possible at all to bury somebody at sea? I think "bury" implies some kind of earth or soil.

falak pema's picture

buried under water ...like a torpedo ...who will appear one day on some lonely beach and belch out its secret.

redpill's picture

Well, "dumped in the fuckin water for fish food" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.


Sudden Debt's picture

Soon the story will say:

After begging on his knees for 10 minutes and sucking all those marines dicks, Osama forgot to breath and died like a 5$ hooker with his fist in his ass.

And when they tried to pull it out on the aircraft carrier, there was so much shit comming out of his ass that they threw him overboard.





Horatio Beanblower's picture

Sudden Debt's story is more believable than the White House's.  Get that man on Fox News!

Sudden Debt's picture

just 1000 ounces of silver AND I'M THEIR MAN!!



writingsonthewall's picture

Why are the pussies junking you?

Do they only like their lies from one source? - or are you undermining the credibility of the white house storytellers?

Who's junking? - CIA? FBI? NSA? Infernal Affairs?

dugorama's picture

I'm junking because I don't need the juvenile string of expletives.  This is an economics/finance site, isn't it?  If some hooker fantasy is all you got, just drop back to shouting out "silver bitchez!" or some such.  Or maybe skip the comment altogether.

mogul rider's picture

LOL good one SD

One note - rumour is it was Jason Bourne in drag and a mask. Since this WAG THE DOG character Osama probably never existed in th first place it is fair ro say some SCHMUCK took a fist for the Obamasan

TIMMAYYY's picture

schmuck is the bit of foreskin that is thrown away...or kept as a souvenir. 

nonclaim's picture

Is there a proof he was alive at least a few days before? I'm more interested in that...

101 years and counting's picture

is there proof he was alive at least a few YEARS before? I'm more interest in that...

hamurobby's picture


I tend to believe he was buried under a million tons of rock in Afganistan.

Okay there, I said it.

ColonelCooper's picture

They "buried" him at sea because they didn't want anyone to see the freezerburn.

In Fed We Trust's picture


The reason he was dumped at sea is becasue they didnt want the time of death to be revealed.  Had an atopsy been done on the body they would of found time of death to have been several years ago which naturally would have contridicted the *official* story.

tekhneek's picture

Yeah. He "released a video"... because... you can't record videos... and then show them.... at a later date... or anything... like that... whatever man, this is all bull shit. This entire story just came out of nowhere so Barack can be the president who "got it done." I hate this fucking propaganda machine. All of my friends believe what they hear 100% and I can't believe it... I guess I can, but this is just sad.

Where the hell is this country going? Staged deaths, no body, no autopsy, nothing? You can't honestly believe that an entire nation will believe you.

Ridiculous, completely ridiculous.

tip e. canoe's picture

they're not trying to get the entire population to believe them.   just enough to secure a re-election.   this is a mirror image of what bush/cheney did in 03-04.   the libs were so sure that there would be NO WAY "dubya" would be re-elected.   remember the slogan "Worst President Ever"?   had to chuckle, not b/c i liked Bush, just cuz it was funny to see the libs drown in their own inflated self-importance.

don't make the same mistake.

ElvisDog's picture

You know what they can't propagandize away? $5 per gallon gasoline and $6 for a loaf of bread. The mistake a lot of people (you included apparently) make is to assume that the power elite is all-powerful, that their plans will work as they want them to work. Except that throughout history, economic fraud is always undone, the carefully crafted plans of deceit always fail in time. Just as Japan learned that Mother Nature is a bitch, Obama and his minions will learn that Mother Economics is a bitch too. There is no way our current system holds together until November 2012. There will be either (A) a currency and fiscal crisis or (B) a stock/commodity market collapse. Either one will sink Obama.

tip e. canoe's picture

dog, i filter most my own fuel, use public transport and bake my own bread, so if i am making a mistake (which i very well could be), it's simply from an act of omission, sorry.

you're right about $5/gas $6/loaf thing tho, which is why they won't allow it to happen before 11/2012.   both those end prices are highly manipulated.   you don't think that exxon & monsanto won't take a hit to a couple of their quarterlies for the good of the team?   the banks did in 2008 and got well rewarded for their complicity.

"Mother Nature is a bitch"   yes, indeed, she also laughs in flowers, or so said e.e. cummings.   and she has always been rewarding to those who are willing to sync up with her rhythms, which know no morals, they just are.

"Mother Economics is a bitch too"    i prefer to believe that even if he is dressing in drag, Economics, like most other modern human constructs, is not a Mother but a Father.   not a bitch, but a fucking Bastard.

if this is true, then the missing link in this whole equation is the balancing effect of the positive side of masculinity.   so far, all i see is too few glimpses of this to make a meaningful dent.   Ai Weiwei is one in mine eyes, and looksee what happened to him, poof!

thanks for provoking further thought...this is what i have always loved about the hedgerow.


ElvisDog's picture

" i filter most my own fuel, use public transport and bake my own bread, so if i am making a mistake (which i very well could be)"

You are wise, tip e canoe. In this time of an ever increasing nanny state, increased self-sufficiency is going to pay big dividends. I think the majority of people in the U.S. will be forced into a simpler lifestyle whether they want it or not. If you can embrace it and adapt to it ahead of time you will be ahead of the game.

Chump's picture

Guys, get out of the pipe dream (no offense, really).

This ain't your grandpappy's impending/ongoing Depression.  Self-sufficiency in America means, "I bought some groceries and made some Mac n Cheese instead of going to Mickey D's."  The majority of people in the U.S. aren't going to be "forced into a simpler lifestyle," they're going to riot, burn everything to the ground, blame anyone that doesn't look/vote like them, and then starve to death.

I have a feeling you already did, but be sure to include lots and lots of lead and delivery systems as part of your planning.

tip e. canoe's picture

i'm into poison darts & blowguns myself, but your point is well taken, thanks.

tip e. canoe's picture

may or may not be wise dog, just havin fun.   shit takes TiME though when you're doing it your lonesome, so it has not come without its sacrifices, in this case, time with which to accumulate green paper to transfer into precious metals in order to passively profit on The Corruption to Save the World that was obvious from the start. 

it's much more efficient to combine human capital to create mini economies of scale.  the question is:  how do those economies organize themselves in a way not to make the same old historical mistakes once again?   most of the folks into this kind of stuff are either hard-core communists/anarchists who detest capitalism in any form or hard-core individualists who detest the faint hint of collectivism.

i see a glimpse of a trail through the middle, but it's very faint.  guys like Umair Huque are shining a light tho (smake dab inside the 5th level of Hell no less):


these are the kind of questions that are much more interesting, to me at least, notwithstanding my fascination with the who, what, where, when, how & why of the latest fairy tale.


A Nanny Moose's picture

All of my friends believe what they hear 100% and I can't believe it..

Seriously. Sometimes I feel like there is something wrong with me. Then I look around for about 10 seconds, and the feeling passes.


scythian empire's picture

Seriously. Sometimes I feel like there is something wrong with me. Then I look around for about 10 seconds, and the feeling passes.

Typical douche bag pansy typing from behind some desk in his bedroom.  What a waste.  No way, this is all a huge cover-up in your eyes too?  Can't believe they'd hide a high value individual in a fortress inside a city friendly to them?  What would satisfy you?  Nothing less than being there.  Typical pseudo paranoia - and only into now because its fashionable.  Fuck off.

Crumbles's picture

You can't honestly believe that an entire nation will believe you.

BHO only needs 51% of the Nation to believe his spiel.  His speech was just way to long - shoulda said simply: "Osama bin Laden sleeps with the fishes."

Then most of the Nation could have believed him.  Too much information.  Must reboot.


JR's picture

Perhaps the birthcertifcate caper and the OBL drama are just attention-getting entertainment designed for Obama's voter base - a Hollywood bread-and-circuses tv production from the White House. Barack Obama "don't need no stinkin' middle-class vote." The way Jim Newell explained it on Gawker April 1, 2011, because of the population increases for Hispanics and the overwhelming Democrat voting patterns of non-whites,  Barack Obama Can Just Ignore White Voters Now.” 

In open-border California, now harboring 37 million people, whites have been reduced to 41 percent of the population. And now Obama's suing a protesting Arizona to force her to keep her borders open for his incomin' base.

American voting patterns, unfortunately, are developing along racial lines. Already the birthers are being identified by their opponents as racists. And now the Democrats believe that they can accuse Republicans of being so close to the birther movement that GOP is synomous with racism. And, of course, this was one of the advantages, the Democrats believed, in having a black president - when opposition developed you always had the race card.


Alcoholic Native American's picture

This country is a bad joke.

Almost Solvent's picture

The joke is on it's citizens, or I should say it's taxpayers since most citizens don't actually pay taxes any more....

gbresnahan's picture

pics or it didn't happen

Sudden Debt's picture

give the FX department some time and you'll get them in poster size.


johnnymustardseed's picture

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.

tip e. canoe's picture

dude i was singing that song to myself all day yesterday.


this is begging for a banzai bin laden remix.

Problem Is's picture

But there is another witch! And thousands of flying monkeys to fear now!

IBelieveInMagic's picture

This is the precursor to announcing withdrawal from Afganistan -- that is the real deal...