“Can You Imagine What’s On Osama Bin Laden’s Hard Drive?”

Tonight Politico reports an amazing discovery.

The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.” The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid, officials told POLITICO. “They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

Senator John McCain Would Not Have Taken Out Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan

From Senator John McCain’s own lips…2008.

In July 2008, Larry King asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), “If you were president and knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan, you know where, would you have U.S. forces go in after him?”

McCain said he would not.

“Larry, I’m not going to go there and here’s why: because Pakistan is a sovereign nation.”<!– for IE

What Does Al Qaeda Think Tonight About Osama Bin Laden?

Hmm…

A SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL e-mails: “”Bin Laden was living in a relatively comfortable place: a compound valued at about $1 million. Many of his foot soldiers are located in some of the remotest regions of Pakistan and live in austere conditions. You’ve got to wonder if they’re rethinking their respect for their dead leader. He obviously wasn’t living as one of them.”

U.S. Senators Call For Release Of Photo Of Dead Osama Bin Laden

I think the photo of a slain Osama bin Laden needs to be presented to the world.  For me, I trust the words of President Obama, and need not see it to know what happened.  I also think there is some justification not to post the photo so as not to roil fanatics around the world.  But given the sceptical nature of so many people there would be no end to the conspiracy theories that would hound us for years absent a photo.  In addition regardless of the photo being presented to the media the fanatics will still try and seek revenge.

U.S. Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins said Monday photos of Osama bin Laden’s body should be released to resolve any doubts about his death.

Lieberman, Ind-Conn., and Collins, R-Maine, said they would defer to President Barack Obama’s judgment on whether to release the photos, but said they would prefer the photos or some other evidence be released, Politico reported.

Both are senior members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Politico reported Lieberman said, “Unless there’s an acknowledgment by people in al-Qaida that bin Laden is dead, then it may be necessary to release the pictures — as gruesome as they inevitably will be because he’s been shot in the head — to quell any doubts that this somehow is a ruse that the American government has carried out. So my own instinct is it’s necessary to release those pictures, but I will respect whatever decision the president makes.”Lieberman and Collins said they personally have no doubts bin Laden was killed Sunday.

Questions Over Why And How Osama Bin Laden Was Buried At Sea

There are some ethical and religious questions that are arising today among some in the Islamic world over the manner in which Osama bin Laden was buried at sea within 12 hours of being killed on Sunday.  While one can rightly claim that bin Laden did not concern himself with others who he helped kill, I do think that some of these questions have a certain validity in being asked.  Failing that they clearly have an interesting quality to them that has allowed me more insight into Islamic traditions which I am not well-versed about.

There is no necessity for an imam to be present, he says, but the procedures should be carried out by Muslims at least one of whom “knows the minimum basic Muslim law of burial”.

Whether any such person was present is impossible to know, he says, based on the limited information provided. But he also questions whether sea burial was appropriate in this case.

It is correct to carry out a burial at sea when someone dies on a sea journey, he says, but in this case there was no sound reason for it.

The US authorities could surely have found someone – a member of the extensive Bin Laden family, or even one of the many supporters of his “evil” ideology – who would have been prepared to give the body a proper burial, he argues.

His words were echoed by Mohammed Qudah, a professor of Islamic law at the University of Jordan, who told the Associated Press news agency that burying Bin Laden at sea was not forbidden if there was nobody to receive the body and provide a Muslim burial.

But he went on: “It’s neither true nor correct to claim that there was nobody in the Muslim world ready to receive Bin Laden’s body.”

The agency also quoted Dubai’s grand mufti Mohammed al-Qubaisi, saying that sea burials were permissible only in extraordinary circumstances, adding: “This is not one of them.”

“If the family does not want him, it’s really simple in Islam: You dig up a grave anywhere, even on a remote island, you say the prayers and that’s it,” he said.

US officials have given two reasons why a sea burial was chosen. First, that they did not want his grave to become a shrine. Second, that there was no time to negotiate with other countries to arrange a possible burial on land.

According to CBS News, Saudi Arabia refused to take the body. If correct, this suggests that an offer was made – and that had Saudi Arabia accepted the body, there would have been a grave, which could in theory have become a shrine.

However, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, writing before the burial was confirmed, painted a different picture:

“US officials tell me the last thing they want is for his burial place to become a terrorist shrine.

“To avoid that, an informed source tells me, the intention is the bury his body at sea – leaving no definitive location for the final resting place of his body.”

Twitter, Osama Bin Laden Death, And America Baseball

There are so many spokes to the story concerning the death of Osama bin Laden.  This one that crossed my radar moments ago amuses me about the use of new technology, and the way we now get information.

In the midst of a baseball game Twitter and texting made for quite a moment as word spread that bin Laden was dead.

Just about everyone in America tonight was glued to cable news, awaiting confirmation of Osama bin Laden‘s death from President Obama.

Everyone, that is, but the spectators at the Phillies-Mets game in Philadelphia.

As news of bin Laden’s apparent death spread across Twitter and through text messages, the entire stadium — in a goosebumps moment for the ages — began to chant “USA! USA!”

Meanwhile, the players on the field and in the dugouts looked around at each other quizzically, wondering what the heck the crazy Philly fans were up to now.

Video below — the chanting, which prompted ESPN’s first mention of the news….

Dick Cheney Praises President Obama, Hell Freezes Over

Well….

Former Vice President Dick Cheney joined his former colleague Donald Rumsfeld in proudly declaring the death of Osama bin Laden to be a huge victory for America. Cheney also gave Obama an unqualified congratulations for his handling of the situation and praised the courage and dedication of the military.

Cheney jubilantly (well, as jubilant as Cheney gets) declared:

“It really is a great day for an awful lot of people who worked very very hard for a long time. . . . It’s also a good day for the administration. President Obama and his national security team acted on the intelligence when it came in and they deserve a lot of credit too.”

Pressure Mounts On Pakistan From India

This had to expected by the Pakistani government.  India has been correct for many long months in trying to get Pakistan to take the proper actions regarding the attacks on Mumbai.

India said it reacted with “grave concern” to news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding out “deep inside” Pakistan before his death Monday, and called on Islamabad to arrest militants connected to the attacks on Mumbai in 2008 that killed more than 160 people.

 

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“We believe the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack, including the controllers and handlers of the terrorists who actually carried out the attack, continue to be sheltered in Pakistan,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.

“We once again call on the government of Pakistan to arrest the persons whose names have been handed over to the interior minister of Pakistan,” the statement said.

A spokesman for Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari declined to comment.