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Man Unknowingly Tweets the Osama Raid

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the all-seeing-twitter-eye dept.

The Military 354

Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual, had no idea the helicopters he was complaining about on twitter were part of the top secret mission that killed Osama bin Laden Sunday night. 10 hours before bin Laden's death was announced Athar posted: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” From the article: "During the raid, Athar speculates that he was two or three kilometers away from the shooting that took place. Once news broke that bin Laden had been killed in Abbottabad, Athar tweeted, 'Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.'”

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This is good to know (3, Interesting)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000614)

This is good to know. Otherwise his tweet might have ended up on some conspiracy theorist sites with a "black helicopters" tag or something...

A very interesting point is that it is said one of the 4 choppers was hit by enemy fire which I haven't heard about yet. President Obama said "no Americans were injured" so I would assume it was only a minor hit.

On another topic, CNN just announced a few minutes ago that there is a DNA match confirming the body was indeed Osama. They also announced that the FBI has updated its most wanted list, it makes sense I guess...

Re:This is good to know (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000642)

The rumors were that it was a Pakinstani helicopter that went down. If that's the case, I can understand why it hasn't been played up, as the Pakistanis have been playing both sides on these issues for a long time now, and don't like to publicize it when they help the U.S.

Re:This is good to know (4, Informative)

rwven (663186) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000670)

Nah, it was a US helicopter that went down, but it was a minor incident. The "window shaking bang" was when the seals blew up the chopper on the way out (since it apparently couldn't fly). There's been a lot of news coverage on that topic. :-P

Re:This is good to know (3, Informative)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000952)

http://stocksthatpay.com/?p=16697 [stocksthatpay.com] with a pic "U.S. helicopter, which was destroyed to protect intelligence"

Re:This is good to know (-1, Troll)

chispito (1870390) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001048)

I wonder if the "window shaking bang" caused more casualties after the SEALs left? This type of scum loves to put its family in danger.

Re:This is good to know (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001468)

What the hell are you talking about? You are an ignorant fool. Go climb back in your cave before your nonsensical bullsh1t spreads. The Seal teams are some of the most highly trained in the world and they dont normally put innocent lives at risk doing any op they conduct.

Re:This is good to know (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001562)

Oops. I guess I was the first to tweet about the tornados in Alabama, because I tweeted I saw some clouds in the sky.

Re:This is good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000866)

I've heard that Paskastani helicopters may have been invovled, so I wondered if one of them was hit. If so, I would like to know if any of them were injuried. I'm grateful Americans were, but if Pakastani were helping us and injuried that's important to know too.

Re:This is good to know (5, Funny)

moco (222985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000906)

one of the 4 choppers was hit by enemy fire

sources said that it was hit by a giant swatter

Re:This is good to know (2)

kdogg73 (771674) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001026)

I wish I had mod points for you.

Re:This is good to know (1)

Alarash (746254) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001008)

I really, really doubt that US Special Forces would have a helicopter hovering about the area of the raid TEN HOURS before the raid actually took place. The guy didn't escape the Americans and half of the Western countries intelligence agencies by letting that kind of hints go unnoticed.

Re:This is good to know (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001102)

Read carefully. He tweeted 10 hours before his death was *announced* by Obama. In that 10 hours, the raid took place, OBL was killed, the body was brought to Afghanistan, positively ID'd and perhaps even already given a seamans grave.

Re:This is good to know (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001152)

Think about it, they killed him in the middle of the night, not the middle of the day. It just took 10 hours before they announced it to the public.

Re:This is good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001546)

The announcement was 10 hours later, not the attack. The attack occurred at the same time as this man's Twitter comments.

Re:This is good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001190)

This is Navy and Marines. They don't say "chopper." That's Army. They say "helio."

Re:This is good to know (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001246)

I thought Marines were only capable of grunts.

Re:This is good to know (4, Funny)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001626)

Force Recon Marines have been observed to speak up to a dozen words. Guess that's what makes them the elite of their branch.

Re:This is good to know (4, Funny)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001306)

But where is the death certificate?

Re:This is good to know (3, Funny)

John Napkintosh (140126) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001392)

Donald Trump is hard at work on this.

Re:This is good to know (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001404)

But where is the death certificate?

Damned good question! And it better be the long form, too, by golly.

Re:This is good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001362)

Wow, and on the anniversary of the Mission Accomplished too ! What luck !

Just amazing, really. I mean, it is sort of like taking out three towers with two planes. The odds !

USA USA USA

Re:This is good to know (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001560)

New at the top of the FBI's most wanted list is the guy that tweeted about the helicopters.

Huh. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000650)

This man's story seems to directly contradict the story the news is telling everyone. Should I be surprised or should I be expected to be more cynical by now?

Re:Huh. (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000682)

This is indeed a WTF story. If it's a joke story, the sarcasm should've been made more obvious in the summary. Far too lazy to RTFA for this idleness.

Re:Huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000688)

This man's story seems to directly contradict the story the news is telling everyone. Should I be surprised or should I be expected to be more cynical by now?

How so? The reports I've been hearing all morning pretty much match up exactly with this, except now we have an actual time that it happened (as opposed to Slashdot's speculation that the events happened a week ago).

Re:Huh. (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001212)

/. is the official home of the conspiracy theory... I'm sure plenty of them feel this isn't real anyhow.

Re:Huh. (1)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001360)

/. is the official home of the conspiracy theory

That's just what they want you to think...

Re:Huh. (4)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000694)

Directly contradict how? The man says a helicopter, a big bang. How does that contradict anything?

Re:Huh. (2)

Gravitron 5000 (1621683) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001164)

I'm sure there are plenty of creationists out there that will try to refute the big bang part.

Re:Huh. (2)

fermion (181285) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000804)

Now we not only have MS shills, Apple shills, GOATSE shills, but also Fox news shills. When will it all end.

Re:Huh. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001578)

When someone posts a pic of the goatee guy's anus transparencied out and there's Glenn Beck with an iPad playing on a kinect.

I can't find it (2)

nbauman (624611) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000704)

Re:I can't find it (4, Informative)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000772)

Re:I can't find it (5, Funny)

mayko (1630637) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001038)

Awww... No street view?

Re:I can't find it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001446)

No--but there's driving directions. It's funny to me that this is about a 2 hour drive from Islamabad.

Re:I can't find it (5, Funny)

milgram (104453) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001096)

Why didn't we just search Google for his location? It is even marked! ;)

Re:I can't find it (4, Funny)

StormReaver (59959) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001126)

U.S. Intelligence really sucks for not being able to find this place. Google Maps clearly labels it, "Osama bin Laden's Compound", yet the U.S. still couldn't find it?

Re:I can't find it (4, Funny)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001334)

the reviews for that place are awesome:

- Free HBO, but "death to America! " chants were getting old. Better options nearby.

- Cold and drafty at night, walls full of holes.

- I heard that this place is now available (prior residents left suddenly and unexpectedly).

Re:I can't find it (2)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001238)

DUH! Just type "Osama Bin Laden" into Google maps and up it pops! I wonder why nobody thought to try this before now? I'm gonna try "Waldo" and "Carmen Sandiego" next!

Re:I can't find it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001422)

carmen Sandiego comes up in New South Whales.. better fly to Australia and find her!

Re:I can't find it (2, Informative)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000776)

disarming referendums legislation world wide event (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000724)

that's the spirit. no further need for manufactured death, or constant deception. that takes care of that? still be ready to run for cover in case any one is not on board with the joyus world wide disarmament proceedings.

All the reports say it was one week ago... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000756)

And that they had to confirm the identity (using DNA testing) before announcing it (rather obvious, announce he's dead and having him send out another video would be embarrassing). Don't people writing the news also read the news?

Re:All the reports say it was one week ago... (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001060)

No, you've heard wrong. The raid was yesterday.

Re:All the reports say it was one week ago... (0)

Tsiangkun (746511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001428)

+1

They got him on Mission Accomplished Day !
We are all safer now that he is dead.
Osama was one of the few people who could mastermind the destruction of three towers with just two planes.

Call me Crazy... (3, Insightful)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000868)

But why would they take the body, promptly bury it at sea, then tell the world? I understand that they would want to minimize the impact in the islamic world by not defiling his body in any way which was recorded, but it seems like this would be something you show on television, that it's REALLY him. Who knows, maybe they made a deal with him and he's now in South America to live out his days in (even more) luxury. But that's the George Noory [coasttocoastam.com] in me.

And I'm also quite mystified why so many people are celebrating this. It took almost 10 years, trillions of dollars, the invasion of two countries (neither of which he was found in), and an untold number of lives lost to find a 6 foot 6 inch multi-millionaire (with diabetes!) living in a private luxury compound (in a well populated city) which was at least eight times larger then anything nearby. I don't think there is too much to celebrate here.

Re:Call me Crazy... (5, Interesting)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000920)

The statement I saw was that they dumped him in the ocean to deny his followers a crypt they could go to to revere him. And since both the ISI and al Qaeda have confirmed he was killed, I don't think the deathers are gonna get a lot of followers on this latest conspiracy theory (but then again, there are a lot of crazy and stupid people out there, so I could be wrong).

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

LS (57954) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001522)

ISI and al Qaeda have confirmed he was killed

Do you have a direct source? Please provide us with the link.

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001612)

No pics? No time to torture him a little to extract information (we all know that's effective, right?)

Seriously, his not going to Guantanamo is the most bizarre part of this for me. Seems like a logical choice.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

denyingbelial (2014450) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001676)

Only problem with that is the dead don't talk.

From what I understood, capturing him alive wasn't an option because it turned into a fullout firefight.

Re:Call me Crazy... (4, Insightful)

mspohr (589790) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000932)

So why did we invade and occupy Iraq and Afghanistan? It seems to me that all we needed were a good investigation and a team of crack Navy Seals.

Can we stop killing people now?

Re:Call me Crazy... (2, Informative)

RingDev (879105) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001082)

We invaded Afghanistan because we demanded that they turn over Osama bin Laden, and they demanded we follow an extradition process.

-Rick

Re:Call me Crazy... (4, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001324)

To be completely fair to the US, it's fairly reasonable that if someone commits an act of war from inside your country, you wash your hands of them immediately, otherwise there's a kind of tacit acknlowedgement that said act of war falls within your jurisdiction. Not the best excuse ever, but better than the excuse Iraq got.

Re:Call me Crazy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001158)

I was in Iraq as part of the US Army and can say from first hand experience, the killing stopped for the most part (with the exception of a few stray terrorists lobbing mortars at bases) after Fallujah. Since then it's been mostly building up their schools and making friends for later positive diplomatic relations with the US. In the long run its good we were there, both for the short term benefit of keeping oil prices down to fuel economies in the rest of the world that can utilize it and for the friends we made for the long term (contrary to that crap on the news, the locals really like Americans - they often celebrate the videos where terrorists are being vaporized with a 50-cal from an Apache and I'd be willing to bet 99-100% of the videos you see on the news of Iraqis firing rifles are just into the air in celebration [they do this quite a bit] or are being paid with a DirecTV dish).

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

mspohr (589790) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001530)

Are you referring to the Nov 2004 Fallujah offensive? What about the 75,000 who have died since then (iraqbodycount.org)? Or the additional 15,000 civilians who have died (disclosed in Wikileaks)?

Re:Call me Crazy... (5, Insightful)

WSOGMM (1460481) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001302)

So why did we invade and occupy Iraq and Afghanistan? It seems to me that all we needed were a good investigation and a team of crack Navy Seals.

Can we stop killing people now?

I really like your use of "we" in this post, because we really are the ones killing people. People seem to think we are separate from our government.

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001448)

"Good investigation" was the hard part. After 50 years of safety investigations, airplanes still had open cockpits on 9/11. The bin Laden problem may have been solved in record time, but you can't expect this whole thing to be wrapped up in less than 250 years.

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001644)

The chances of a bomb being onboard a plane are remarkably small. The chances of TWO bombs being onboard are astronomical. That's why I always carry a bomb with me when I fly.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000970)

It is puzzling. The best explanation I've heard is that burial at sea within 24 hours of death fulfills Islamic tradition, but does not leave a shrine for terrorists to flock to.

The only way this works politically, however, is if they took lots of pictures and video of the corpse as proof of identity. I expect those to come out before long.

It took an outrageous fortune, and celebrating death is never a good thing, but this man was hated so much by so many that you can't begrudge them their celebration. No one mourns the wicked.

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001056)

I read one report that no country would really accept his remains for burial and therefore the only way to respect Islamic tradition and law was to bury him at sea promptly after his death. That does make sense, but of course it's impossible to know for certain whether ulterior motives were involved and even more impossible to silence conspiracy theorists.

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001194)

Why are we concerning ourselves over whether he gets a proper burial?

Hell... if you ask me, we should be doing the opposite. Dear terrorists of the world - if you murder Americans, you're going to rot in hell. And not just in my version of hell... let's ensure that you'll be rotting in your version of hell too, if that's possible. No virgins for you.

Re:Call me Crazy... (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001596)

Clearly we should just be barbarians too. Why don't we smack some civilian planes into their buildings why we are at it.

Your kind are why we have these problems. If petty folks like yourself would grow up on both sides we would not have these issues.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001500)

celebrating death is never a good thing

You're obviously not Irish

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

VickiM (920888) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001630)

I saw on the BBC live feed that one of the reporters heard from the Pentagon that there are pictures, but they are generally considered too bloody to be released to the general public. I'm sure they will be all over the place in a few days; hopefully behind a warning on the more reputable websites. When I think about the violent hatred that permeates this country, let alone those who joined the military in the hopes of being the one to shoot Osama, I'm not surprised that American soldiers would hand over remains that would require a DNA test to be recognizable.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001124)

Who knows, maybe they made a deal with him and he's now in South America to live out his days in (even more) luxury.

More likely gitmo, spilling da beans about everyone else in his org whom are still (temporarily) alive? Later to be buried at sea in the gulf of mexico? Like anyone is ever gonna know. I suppose if the back pages report about 20 times as many people of interest have been captured this month than normal, then we'll "know".

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001558)

Keep your eyes on Wikileaks....

Re:Call me Crazy... (5, Insightful)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001128)

Re And I'm also quite mystified why so many people are celebrating this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate [wikipedia.org]

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001366)

Because human beings are quite vicious and horrible, and bin Laden was at least a few milli-hitlers of evil. I refuse to celebrate human beings dying, even if it really does protect other people in the future.

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001672)

The fact that both Hitler and OSL died on the nearly the same day should keep the conspiracy theorists going for decades.

Hitler 4/30/1945
OSL 5/2/2011

 

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001432)

From the news images out of DC, NYC, and even State College, PA, they all look like drunk college kids. They were 9 years old during the 11 Sept. attacks. They're just celebrating an excuse to keep drinking and skip class.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001568)

I admit feeling guilty in taking pleasure at the death of another human being, but then i recall the mans' words (ive read his fatwas) and realize that 'justice is done'. From statements from his own mouth he declared WAR on us. I dont hate the middle east, I dont hate muslims or arabs or anyone. But I do HATE those that tell me to my face that they want me to not exist.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001652)

Why hate them? No point in wasting your time on that.
Recognize them for what they are, mentally ill. I don't hate rabid dogs nor do I celebrate when one is euthanized.

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001138)

> I'm also quite mystified why so many people are celebrating this

We find a sort of closure and a degree of satisfaction when the bad guy gets his due. It's a justice thing.

As to the expense, I agree - the money, carnage and innocent deaths have been too high a price. But perhaps you'll still allow us a moment to celebrate the Reckoning.

Re:Call me Crazy... (5, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001198)

And I'm also quite mystified why so many people are celebrating this. It took almost 10 years, trillions of dollars, the invasion of two countries (neither of which he was found in), and an untold number of lives lost to find a 6 foot 6 inch multi-millionaire (with diabetes!) living in a private luxury compound (in a well populated city) which was at least eight times larger then anything nearby. I don't think there is too much to celebrate here.

Some of the guys I work with were all high five-ing and cheering, and I'm like "dude, you know we lost, right?" ... wake me when I can fly on an airplane without my wife and daughter being molested by govt agents, when we've got at least some of our civil rights back, when my tax dollars aren't paying for a concentration camp, etc. So the leader of the guys who won, is now dead. Who cares, as if its going to improve anything for us.

Roosevelt died right around the end of WWII ... were any of the Germans dumb enough to celebrate, despite their obvious loss? Yeah we're totally screwed here, uh huh, but the boss of the other guys is dead, so lets party like its 1935 again?

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001216)

No pictures released because by most reports it was at least one, possibly two, shots to the head with an assault rifle. There are several reasons that you wouldn't want to show that picture. First, it wouldn't prove anything, because he almost certainly wouldn't be recognizable. Second, you'll just piss off his allies even more. Third, it's just plain gory, they want to let people celebrate the guy is gone, not be reminded just how violent an end he came to (not that there aren't many, many people around the world who would be happy about that).

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001274)

Throwing him into the ocean assures that he never has a "shrine" gravesite.

Re:Call me Crazy... (2)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001278)

It took .. trillions of dollars [to kill him]

That expense is spread over many other goals. Trillions of dollars weren't spent to kill Bin Laden (but probably a few million were). Trillions of dollars were spent to overthrow the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, suppress Al Quaida, make profit for contractors who have friends in government, etc. Killing a particular person is only part of that overall objective.

I understand that they would want to minimize the impact in the islamic world by not defiling his body in any way which was recorded

IMHO even that was a mistake, but I'm no diplomat. I would have thought the best PR would be to treat him as a non-muslim, to emphasize (i.e. assert) that Bin Laden's decisions were contrary to any sort of mainstream Islamic teachings. But maybe thinking that is one of the many reasons I'm not president.

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001354)

But why would they take the body, promptly bury it at sea, then tell the world? I understand that they would want to minimize the impact in the islamic world by not defiling his body in any way which was recorded, but it seems like this would be something you show on television, that it's REALLY him. Who knows, maybe they made a deal with him and he's now in South America to live out his days in (even more) luxury. But that's the George Noory [coasttocoastam.com] in me.

From the story, he was killed by a headshot. There'd be nothing of his face that was recognizable.In any event, do you really want a press conference with a moldering corpse?

I'm sure they took photos that they'll release before too long.

Re:Call me Crazy... (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001398)

living in a private luxury compound (right outside the main military Academy on the outskirts of Pakistan's capital) which was at least eight times larger then anything nearby.

Well, to be fair, I don't think most people would ever have suspected that was where he was. I mean, that's some _legendary_ hiding in plain sight, reverse psychology concealment right there. To get more audacious, he'd have to holed up in like, Washington D.C., or New York or something.

This tops Radovan Karadzic's disguise [bbc.co.uk] by a long shot.

Re:Call me Crazy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001514)

He was shot twice in the face - there wouldn't be much recognizing going on if they showed the body.

Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

Tomahawk (1343) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000872)

I thought I read somewhere that Osama was killed a week ago, not on Sunday. They were waiting for official confirmation before releasing the information that he was killed....

Did I mis-read? Was I mis-informed?

Or is this tweet mis-matched to the event?

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (0)

Eunuchswear (210685) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000908)

You were mis-informed.

Possibly by some outfit connected to an ex-Australian.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001078)

I heard that Osama had been killed a week ago on MSNBC. Most were saying it was this morning/late last night but there have been a few conflicting reports.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001508)

I heard that Osama had been killed a week ago on MSNBC.

Osama was killed on MSNBC? Do they have the video?

;-)

Seriously; I've read about his death nearly every month for the past decade. It wouldn't be surprising if a news service covered the story of his death last week. And we'll probably still be reading stories saying he's just been killed for at least another decade.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001260)

Possibly by some outfit connected to an ex-Australian.

You mean Slashdot [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001572)

First link at the article you point to:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/01/usama-bin-laden-dead-say-sources/ [foxnews.com]

(Fox article updated to match reported facts. Amazing).

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001598)

The point being that the Slashdot summary says "The reports say that Bin Laden was actually killed about a week ago by a bomb in Pakistan", even if you don't read any of the links at all.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (2)

t33jster (1239616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001074)

I thought I read somewhere that Osama was killed a week ago, not on Sunday. They were waiting for official confirmation before releasing the information that he was killed....

I think the confusion here is that the operation was authorized a week ago. It didn't happen immediately. I believe I saw/heard a report that there was a rehearsal done by the team before the actual op.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001402)

Yup, many reports of rehearsals being performed by Team 6 ahead of time after a long period of surveillance and planning.

Also, a few of the major news outlets repeatedly botched facts about it. Also /. still has a bogus update posted in the summary as of Monday, 11:30 CST. Still says he was killed by a bomb a week ago. O_o

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

Tsiangkun (746511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001456)

They were probably waiting for "Mission Accomplished Day" to come around before giving the news. Everything is scripted for the best theatre.

Re:Wasn't it a week ago...? (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001614)

You were misinformed. A source I read said that Obama gave the 'go' order to the special ops guys during the Royal wedding.

That brings up an interesting image. Bin Laden, lounging in his chair watching TV with tears of joys in his eyes as William puts the ring on Kate's finger...and then gunfire erupts around him.

We need to go back... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36000912)

and take him out too.

How they finally found Osama (4, Funny)

Old97 (1341297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36000988)

Osama had an iPhone and it kept track of his location. Good job, Steve!

Dude on vacation (5, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001092)

I read about this dude, he's on vacation, "trying to get away from it all" and after all this breaks he's complaining that he can't get away from it all.

Dude, your problem is your idea of "getting away from it all" is warped, in that you're twittering every 30 minutes when you see a F-ing airplane. Give your cellphone a burial at sea, then chill on a lawn chair (they have those in pakistan, right?) with a religiously appropriate mood enhancing substance and enjoy the solitude.

Well, Osama's compound had no internet (1)

caywen (942955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36001162)

Well, Osama's compound had no internet, anyways, so it's not like he could have gotten any early warning.

Proof Twitter is for Self-Important Assholes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001356)

Important world event and your immediate reactions to that are...

"I guess Abbottabad is going to get as crowded as the Lahore that I left behind for some peace and quiet. *sigh*"
'Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
"Bin Laden is dead. I didn't kill him. Please let me sleep now."

To sum up: a bunch of whiny, self-important, comments about how this is a buzzkill for him. Too bad they guy is / was in IT as it only reinforces the stereotype of myopia that comes with it.

The last line is ultimately telling...you crave attention by throwing your thoughts up on twitter and then complain when those thoughts get attention. You can simply ignore the replies, but your EGO won't let you.

Oblig... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001516)

Alright, let's move out!

*blam blam blam*

Counter Terrorists Win!

Never thought I'd join this chorus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36001542)

...but how the hell is this news or news for nerds or stuff that matters?

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