Al Jazeera published the exclusive report from the "Abottobad Commission," which performed the investigation following the military raid on the Bin Laden compound in 2011. Al Jazeera says the report calls the handling of bin Laden affair a 'national disgrace.'
The report, never released publicly, was ordered after the May 1, 2011, raid by U.S. Special Forces on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. The al-Qaeda leader was killed and his body removed during the raid.
The report says that Pakistan's intelligence establishment had "closed the book" on bin Laden by 2005, and was no longer actively pursuing intelligence that could lead to his capture.
In the report there are several interesting details including facts like Bin Laden and his family were apparently able to stay and travel in Pakistan without detection because he had a small, but dedicated, network "that met their every need."
"They kept a very low profile and lived extremely frugally," the report says."They never exposed themselves to public view. They had the cover of the two Pakistani Pashtun couriers cum security guards. They had minimum security. OBL successfully minimized any 'signature' of his presence. His minimal support blended easily with the surrounding community."
The commission also reports that CIA presence in the area may have been a lot heavier than previously publicized.
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While not many would disagree to most of it, there are details that leave one scratching their head in amazement.
· Bin Laden was once stopped by a cop for speeding in 2002, but nothing happened.
· Osama bin Laden loved wearing a cowboy hat. (Most people in Abbotabad, not to mention those working for intelligence agencies, would look rather suspiciously at a man wearing a cowboy hat instead of a cap or turban!)
However, despite the believable and not so believable content of the report, there is no knowing how authentic the investigation of the reporting commission is.
However, people’s reaction to it is understandably varied, acerbic and quite colorful!
The pics of OBL in tht shabby house in Abbotabad were tht of a frail,a visibly subdued,apparently retired-fm-jihad man.Evn his TV was shabby— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) July 9, 2013
We are a free country. Always welcome visitors and tourists with open arms and allow them to bring wives, build homes etc. MashAllah! #OBL— Raza Rumi (@Razarumi) July 9, 2013
@bpshow He He He! OBL in a cowboy hat walking around in Pakistan would be a good Perry national campaign ad.:-)— Victor Looklook (@zoomarang) July 9, 2013
Forget everything, just find out if #OBL had mutton biryani or chicken biryani and you will know your man.— Musharraf A. Farooqi (@microMAF) July 9, 2013