Bin Laden’s Death Warrant

Ok, not literally, but in case you haven’t yet seen the piece of paper shown above, its the April 29, 2011 memo by then CIA Director Leon Panetta authorizing the May 1, 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden at his home in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

It reads:

MEMO FOR THE RECORD Apr. 29, 2011, 10:35 a.m.

Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

Leon Panetta, DCIA

Click here to read more about the historic memo and mission.

19 Comments on "Bin Laden’s Death Warrant"

  1. looks like a doctor's prescription note.. great thing they released this so soon!

  2. Put it on EBay and lets see what it goes for!

  3. Id be tempted to make a copy of that and frame it. Ill always remember that day the news broke! This raid is what legends are made of, I cant wait for 50 years down the road when the details get released in full.

  4. Phaaah- I want to see the photo of them peeing on his corpse-

    I can't believe its not on You Tube-

  5. I wonder if they can make a plaque and hang it in the Smithsonian

  6. Old new no longer relevant.

  7. looks like excellent evidence of war crime committed by the US. Hopefully in the not so distant future, we'll see arrest warrants issued against Panetta, Tenet, Clinton, Obama, GW Bush, dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, Paul Wofolwitz, Richard Perle, Joe Liberman (and other scum US senators & representatives like him) , …. all senior US military officers involved … for trial in front of a competent international war crime tribunal (not the kangaroo court in the Hague of course).

  8. Not only is this nothing like a warrant, it’s nothing like an order.

    This is a memo to record other orders and decisions that were made (and signed) elsewhere.

    Find those and you’ll have something.

  9. This looks about as legit as Obama's birth certificate.

  10. Pannetta is trying to take credit for the seal mission just like his buddy Obama

  11. And to think the liberals went crazy over CIA involvement in Vietnam.

  12. One wonders how many more Americans will die because the raid to capture bin Laden was so bungled that it ended up shooting the target.

    The magnitude of the bungling really makes the raid to capture adeed in solmalia and the tehran hostage mess look like slick well run affairs.

  13. i find it somehow worrying that this kind of things are still written by hand, the handwriting is practically illegible and could be interpreted as almost anything…


  14. election year….

  15. It is an election year and BenObama needs all the credit he can get for being tough on
    terror. As for passingby get a life – you are an idiot or worse just stupid. If you are a US citizen – just thank God there are troops out there to protect your right to write your trash talk. And if you are not a US citizen go join the Taliban but stay away from the goats they have rights. Better still take the "A" train to your heaven and meet the 72 or what ever virgins.

  16. Sure would like to know where passingby is. I'd like to add him to a war crimes list. What an A**H***. Most likely a enemy conspirator crying over the elimination of another fanatic.

  17. Carroll Knapp | April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply

    Should have hung his body up in World Trade Center Square, for all muslims to see.

  18. I was always hoping to see OBL's head on a pike near the tourist fence on the White House south lawn. Flanked by an all-service honor guard. Barbaric? Yes, but how satisfying!

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