The Mystery of Bin Laden’s Compound

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Many political observes are pointing out that Bin Laden’s hideout was so obvious that the Pakistanis had to have known that the chief of al-Qaeda was living there. Did the Pakistanis know? The answer appears to be obvious. But new information from documents released by Wikileaks raises another serious question: Shouldn’t we have known?

A file dated September 18, 2008, shows that Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who replaced Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as Al-Qaeda’s third-in-command, told his interrogators at Guantanamo Bay that he was tasked with finding safe havens for Osama Bin Laden. Al-Libbi, who was captured in 2005, offers the first hint that Abbottabad was being used to refuge top Al-Qaeda officials.

“In mid-2003, detainee [al-Libbi] moved his family to Abbottabad and worked between Abbottabad and Peshawar,” the document states. His family was moved in mid-2004 to Bajaur.

This fact should have immediately placed the city on the long list of havens in Pakistan where Bin Laden could be hiding. If al-Libbi felt safe there, it is reasonable to assume that he’d also assume it’d be a suitable spot for his leader. The capturing of other top Al-Qaeda leaders in affluent areas outside of the tribal areas, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, should have indicated that there was a strong possibility that Bin Laden would go to the same types of areas. After all, he’d obviously want to get out of range of the drones that were killing members of his group left and right in the tribal areas.

According to the information in the press, the name of Osama Bin Laden’s live-in courier was discovered in 2007. Two years later, the general region of his location was found out and in August 2010, the compound was identified as his home.

We need to be asking why this order of events didn’t happen in reverse.

Once Abbottabad was marked as a safe haven for a top Al-Qaeda leader, why didn’t the compound come under heavy surveillance from its construction in 2005 until August 2010 as a likely hiding spot for Bin Laden or another very important terrorist operative? If it was under surveillance, we would have noticed the suspicious movements of at least one courier which would indicate the importance of the site.

It is hard to believe that analysts looking at satellite imagery of Abbottabad wouldn’t notice how suspicious the compound was. It cost $1 million, was three stories high and was nearly two football fields long. It had 18-foot walls topped off with barbed wire. There were two security entrances and cameras outside and few windows. It was built on a narrow road and is eight times larger than the surrounding homes. Yet, whoever lived there didn’t want telephone lines or an Internet connection and burned their trash instead of having it picked up like everyone else. This compound should have been readily identifiable as a location of very significant importance through satellite photos alone.

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  • RickTorn

    Wow, look at that building!!! Apparently they don't have architects in Pakistan.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    If they could upgrade their bathrooms maybe they would be asked to join the EU.

    • Crazyhorse

      Little-IF ANY indore plumbing in pakistan..should have been som in that area tho,as the immediate neighborhood was above the norm…

  • aspacia

    You folks might want to watch this analysis:

    • claspur

      Good interview.. mailed it on.
      Seems to cut a lot of the BS away.

    • Crazyhorse

      Sounds reasonable..

  • crackerjack

    ………….with his brilliant, analytic mind, author Ryan Mauro sould be running the CIA.

    Small road, big house, no internet, no garbage……………Send in the Seals. LOL.

    Amusing how the US neocon lunatics hate their own president for his service to their own country and are trying to find a way to spoil the party. Obama got Osam. Learn to live with it folks.

    • Gary from Jersey

      As ever, the talking-points-spewing left ignores or doesn't know fact, logic reason or history. Why didn't O pursue the new intelligence last August? Why did it take him 16 hours to decide to clip OBL when the USA had been chasing him for 10 years? And why, o brilliant crackerjack, should BHO get credit for all the work others had done for so many years? Finally, aside from you adolescent name calling, poor syntax and spelling, why should anyone think of you as astute for claiming as your own "small road, big house," etc.? Should you be running the CIA?

      • crackerjack

        let's set the record straight.

        Reagan gave Osama weapons and cash.
        Bush couldn't find Osama.
        Obama got Osama.
        God bless the USA.

      • aspacia

        And why didn't WBYA nail the SOB years ago? Years ago, Wbya said OBL was not a major concern of his.

    • kafirman

      The real brilliance here is all Obama

      "The US is not, nor will ever be, at war with Islam" … as Obama gives OBL a respectful and Islamic burial.

      Obama is ideologically throwing the US under the bus. But Obama hasn't had the time yet to honor the US soldiers with a wreath in Arlington on Memorial Day. Those BC forgeries can be time consuming ya know!


      Obama is a lying, condascending islamo-panderer…thats all – his whole address sunday night was for his GLORY and his alone – he wants us to respect islam?…he wants us to beleive we are NOT at war with islam?…then wtf are we at war with?…this phoney is just despicable and a cancer on america…cut him out!

      • aspacia

        Hey, BHO did nail OBL.

    • Tar_n_Feathers

      What an idiotic statement. Obama got Osama is like saying Truman got Hitler.

    • Len Powder

      It took him 16 hours to make a decision whether to assassinate OBL. A no-brainer operation like this would have taken a 5-year old 10 minutes tops. Obama has more luck than brains!

      • claspur

        After reading this post, I wonder just how involved Soetoro really was in this operation?
        This was posted two days ago…

        This article is what it is, but very interesting nonetheless.

  • ajnn

    “People would complain that even with such a big house they didn’t invite the poor or distribute charity”.


    The observant Muslim and Holy Warrior at work. No charity, no interest in those who need his help. Just a mission of murder, destruction and oppression.


  • DanS.

    6 more like this one in Gaza – same arch. interesting? I think so. coincidence? I think not.

    hulll lo?????

  • JosephWiess

    Actually, I'm surprised that the pakistani military cadets are so stupid. Any of our cadets, upon seeing a house that had no phone cables, no data cables going in, no tv antennas, or knowing that people never went in,never went out, would actually wonder what was up with that house. Any law enforcement person would check it out.

    • Crazyhorse

      Why would they check it out.,and what for.Thousands of houses in US would have to be put under suspicion..

      • aspacia

        False Analogy. The USA is not a Muslim dictatorship.

  • fleedo

    Actually wait a sec folks – was there an order issued to kill Bin Laden or was killing him an unfortunate mistake. lf l was in charge l would want him alive and then l'd give him the treatment and get every ounce of information l could. lts common knowlege Bin Laden did not want to be taken alive – it is common knowlege he wanted to die rather than be taken. Keeping him alive would piss him off more than killing him. So whats going on here – was it Obama the manchild who wanted him dead and if so why?

    • aspacia

      Nope, OBL,if taken alive, would put all Western interests potential hostage to terrorists.

  • aspacia

    Agreed, and this poster gives him a thumbs-up for at least having one testicle. I hope the othe one drops soon. Just remember, much of the info gathered to nail OBL, came from water boarding interrogation, and BHO, is utilizing numerous of WBY's previous policies.

  • Excop18

    If the USA were to wage war the way the Jihad Joe's are doing it, UBL's body would have been brought back to NYC to be dragged thru the streets behind a fire truck before being hung from the framework of the Freedom Tower so the crows could feast on his eyeballs. ( I know, wishful thinking). Let us not forget who REALLY got UBL: US Navy Seals. Bravo Zulu.

  • Lightning jack

    Everyone knows, at least everyone who has the capacity of rational thought, the Pakistan is a two-faced, terrorist sponsoring state. So, understatement of the year!

    If we, and the front money we pay to Pakistan for running a double terror game should stop, then China moves in. It would be great just to wrap up operations lock-stock-and-barrel and get completely out of these despotic Third World toilets, and let them self-immolate in their fanatical, jihadists lunacy…if only it was that easy.

  • crypticguise

    We have to stop making believe with the Pakistanis. India is a natural USA ally. Time to begin a close working relationship with India. Cut the Pakistanis loose. They are killing us and playing games.