Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist : Obama Lied About Raid Capturing Bin Laden

Remember how Obama crowed constantly about capturing Bin Laden. It was one of his signature achievements in office. It turns out that it might have been a lie. Seymour Hersh is someone that is hard to ignore. He is well respected in his field and has won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.

Is his report he makes it clear that Obama blatantly lied and instead of a grand mission that Pakistan has already captured Bin Laden and Obama simply took credit.

A few excerpts:

The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI – were never informed of the US mission. This remains the White House position despite an array of reports that have raised questions…

Hersh spoke with a ex Pakistanti general and found information about the raid that was not previously revealed.

This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault from American sources: that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Kayani and Pasha knew of the raid in advance and had made sure that the two helicopters delivering the Seals to Abbottabad could cross Pakistani airspace without triggering any alarms

This was confirmed by a source that worked in the intelligence community at the time

It didn’t take long to get the co-operation we needed, because the Pakistanis wanted to ensure the continued release of American military aid, a good percentage of which was anti-terrorism funding that finances personal security, such as bullet-proof limousines and security guards and housing for the ISI leadership,’ the retired official said.

He added that there were also under-the-table personal ‘incentives’ that were financed by off-the-books Pentagon contingency funds. ‘The intelligence community knew what the Pakistanis needed to agree – there was the carrot. And they chose the carrot. It was a win-win. We also did a little blackmail. We told them we would leak the fact that you’ve got bin Laden in your backyard. We knew their friends and enemies’ – the Taliban and jihadist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan – ‘would not like it.

If this was a Republican President the media would likely be calling for impeachment. Especially since Obama brought up his success in finding Bin Laden repeatedly during his reelection in 2012. But since it’s Obama expect this to be a page two news story.

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