Seymour Hersh: bin Laden Killing Story a Fantasy (VIDEOS)

The killing of al-Qaeda chief has had very little effect on the War on Terror, says veteran US investigative journalist The world is no safer 15 years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and the killing of Osama bin Laden did not change the war very much, veteran journalist Seymour Hersh told Al Jazeera on the fifth anniversary of the killing of al-Qaeda’s leader. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011, an event that is a “fantasy”, according to Hersh. “The president did authorise the killing and the Seals did kill bin Laden. Everything after that is sort of a fantasy, it’s Lewis Carroll,” Hersh said. Inside Story – Did killing Osama bin Laden make the world safer? “But the killing of bin Laden didn’t seem to change the war very much.” Hersh said the US is struggling to win the...

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The Misfire in Hersh’s Big bin Laden Story

by Gareth Porter, Truthout | News Analysis – Seymour Hersh’s story on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has exposed a series of Obama administration claims about the raid, including the lie that it was not intended from the first to kill bin Laden and its fanciful story about Islamic burial of his body at sea. Hersh confirms the fact that the Obama administration – and the CIA – were not truthful in claiming that they learned about bin Laden’s whereabouts from a combination of enhanced interrogation techniques and signals intelligence interception of a phone conversation by bin Laden’s courier. But Hersh’s account of a Pakistani “walk-in,” who tipped off the CIA about bin Laden’s location in Abbottabad, corrects one official deception about how the CIA discovered bin Laden’s location, only to give credence to a new one. Hersh’s account accepts his source’s claim that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI...

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The Story Behind The Story Of Bin Laden’s Killing

by JUSTIN SALHANI – Allegations that the Obama administration lied about the killing of late al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in a piece written by storied investigative journalist Seymour Hersh were widely doubted by American media and denounced by U.S. officials Monday. And despite article’s accusations that two senior military officials in Pakistan were also aware of the operation beforehand, the Pakistani public saw it as a conspiracy aimed at harming the military’s image. “It’s a way to humiliate the Pakistan military and block join future investment in Pakistan,” Political and Defense Analyst Ayesha Siddiqa told ThinkProgress by phone from London. “It’s on every TV channel in Pakistan – and there are 72 of them – and they think that it is probably one of many conspiracies to embarrass Obama, stop negotiations with Iran, or Pakistan-China relations.” Hersh’s latest 10,000+ word report is called “The...

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Famous Journalist Says Obama LIED About Bin Laden Raid. There’s Just One Small Problem

by RIKA CHRISTENSEN – President Obama lied about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That’s right, he lied. The facts of the situation were not as he claimed, according to a new “report” in the London Review of Books. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, claims that Obama’s assertion that the raid was an entirely American operation, without the input or knowledge of the Pakistani government or international coalitions, is a giant lie. This could seem quite damning, because, as Hersh says, bin Laden’s death played a role in Obama’s 2012 re-election. However, Hersh is basing his information on a single, anonymous source. Everyone else he says he spoke to, and read, merely had speculation and questions, though he cites them as though they also had concrete proof of this claim. The whole thing reads as quite plausible, if it weren’t for the holes left by citing speculation as...

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