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Bin Laden’s Death Warrant

by John Reed on April 26, 2012

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.

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Ems April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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


Musson April 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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


passingby April 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

a federal warrant, a criminal charge for theft among others, a criminal trial, a conviction, a fine and a prison sentence.


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DGR April 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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.


blight_ April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I don't know if it ranks as high as "always remember that day". I reserve that for 9/11, having been too young to remember the Berlin Wall coming down or the dissolution of the USSR or perhaps Tienanmen square.

If a 9/11 is a red, perhaps OBL's death is an orange or yellow, compared to the lowest state of memory, green.


Mastro April 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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

I can't believe its not on You Tube-


Jazz ism April 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

Dude, this is the Seals. They aren’t there for the glory, they go get the job done. Period. You won’t find any corpse poses with them.


PMI April 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

The same SEALs who just made a Hollywood movie?


passingby April 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

of course not. the seals are all dead. aren't they?


Jazz ism April 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

Dude, this is the Seals. They aren’t there for the glory, they go get the job done. You won’t find any corpse poses with them.


Nicky April 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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


Lance April 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Old new no longer relevant.


passingby April 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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).


blight_ April 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

You're probably right in that only because it is the US doing this stuff that we are getting away with using UAVs to fire ATGMs into cars or buildings. If the Paks or Iran started doing it, we would probably jump in their face.

It is clear that "international justice" has been totally bereft of impartiality for some time, perhaps even more than a few centuries. The original writing of the post-WW2 Geneva Convention did not make exceptions for nation states over others in the rules of war, and was clear in protecting civilians where possible. However, those rules came after World War Two, where bombing the snot out of Germany and nuking Japan was regarded as acceptable by the victors who wrote Geneva in the first place! It is a typical example of victors banning the actions that they "had to do to win"; and if anything demonstrates that the rules have always been fast and malleable.

If anything, the post-WW2 stacking the deck of the permanent security council is a sign that despite the on paper impartiality of Geneva Convention, that the Allies remained determined to control the future course of geopolitical events. Pretending that we've strayed from a system of fairness and impartiality to civilians and bystanders is kind of whack because we've probably never been there in the first place.


passingby April 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

totally agree.


Nicky April 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

@passingby your an idiot who should never be let out into society


passingby April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

LOL. if that's the standard, then you deserve the death sentence, if not a slow agonizing death at the Guantanamo.


Nessuno April 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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.


passingby April 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

yes. but it's still competent evidence of war crime, legally speaking.


D'Orville April 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I think all the evidence of a war crime is our so-called allies providing shelter and sustenance to a known mass murderer wanted internationally for his crimes. Maybe they had their reasons, realpolitik and all, but so did we.


passingby April 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

the mass murderers reside somewhere inside the US. here's bit more on Obama the war criminal …


of course I understand Obama is not the only one or even the crucial one. He's merely following orders from his superiors.


PorkRoll April 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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


passingby April 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

while it's always hard to rule out forgery in the internet age, I'm willing to bet that it has a better chance of being real than Obama's birth certificate (which is practically nil).


Brandon April 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

Porkroll, while I dislike Obama and his policies, I do not follow the birther movement but I must say it made me laugh when I read your comment.


David April 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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


blight_ April 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Uhh, that's what happens when politicians sign off on missions. Like "We got Saddam" and "We kicked out the Taliban". There's always a sick interplay between politics and the military, and it's easy for politicians to pretend that everything is their idea.


David April 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Thats why I would vote for the winning team, not OBAMA!


blight_ April 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Romney is not the winning team. And Iraq isn't the winning team, nor is Afghanistan. They're still dragging on, and Iraq will probably just become another province of the Persian empire, and Afghanistan…well, will go back to being an independent nation from which all sorts of bleh things happen. Perhaps the PRC will have a go at it. They'll probably stick to emerald and rare earth metal mining and stay out of the politics.


DGR April 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

1) The Seals where not the only unit involved, giving them all the credit is just as bad as stealing there credit.

2) The Seals do not operate without orders, this memo just provides a path of where those orders came from.

3) Pannetta was in command of the Seals since this was a CIA mission. So if were going to be technical, he deserves his credit.


blight_ April 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Was it a CIA mission?

Military aircraft, military operators, military backup Chinooks?

The CIA had a station near Abottabad for surveillance, but I'm pretty sure the military held all the keys and had their finger on the trigger. Otherwise the op would've gone to SAD and not DEVGRU?


DGR April 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Technically it was a CIA op. Its the only way they could operate since the CIA is technically not US military. Now, it was Seal operators, and Army pilots, but they where all temporarily under the CIA for the mission. All operations of this kind have to be/should be under the CIA unless there is a formal declaration of war. Or at least thats the way its supposed to work. Not saying the military didnt have some sort of control over the op, but all the troops involved would have been under the CIA for the duration of the op.

Otherwise an assault by uniformed US troops under US military control would mean a declaration of war/military invasion. The CIA is able to get away with this since they are not technically US military and they operate under a differant set of ROEs. Note the word technically is used, ya its still US troops in uniform, but technically they where CIA guys for the mission. Its why all/most of the drones over Pakistan are CIA as well. The Air Force might own them but they are all "on loan" to the CIA and under CIA control.


blight_ April 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

They probably weren't even sheep-dipped.

passingby April 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm


your BS is getting thick.

was Obama's nationally televised "we got him" speech totally blocked from the rest of the world????? US military has even killed Pakistani soldiers and civilians over the course of this phony war on terror.

you really think this nonsensical CIA vs US military distinction on your part (not the govt's part) would actually make a difference to Pakistan???

I suggest you get some background info on international law and the UN Charter before continuing on with this CIA vs military nonsense.

Brandon April 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Yea, it sucks when poli's act like they were the ones that accomplished the mission and gathered the intel and went into harms way. In reference to the comments below, it really sucks when the first SEVERAL years of the intel network and resource gathering was done by the guy before you and you still act like you swooped in and won the game like the back up quarterback that was waiting to get in the game. At least that guy before our current potus actually initiated the downfalls of Saddam and the Taliban as well, so if anyone were to be able to say look what I did, it would that evil, plotting war criminal G.W. Bush who secretly is an evil freemason and has warrants for his arrest in all of the countries that hate the U.S. or something like that.


EW3 April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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


Anonymous April 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Yeah! Vietnam was a wonderful war. How many American troops died there? And not that anybody cares, but how many Vietnamese died too? And how many are impacted today by the wonderful effects of Napalm and Agent Orange?

Those filthy liberals getting in the way of our wars!


ltfunk April 27, 2012 at 2:39 am

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.


DGR April 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

What makes you think it was bungled? Ever think that they didnt want to capture him because of the resulting attacks to try and free him, or the circus of a trial that would follow?

Im not sure you understand what the raid achieved. They assaulted the compound, took no casualties, lost a singe helicopter, and where gone within an hour. Not sure how you could have made a better textbook assault, but ill leave that one up to the monday morning quarterbacks.


PMI April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Don't feed the troll.


you plick April 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I don't think it was bungled, it was conducted with a lack of controll, but it wasn't bungled. I do think the US as a nation is massively hypocritical in their actions. Killing an unarmed man for resisting arrest, especially when they are as significant as OSB should be unexcusable. In most countries you would not expect the police to shoot with the intention of killing when someone who is unarmed resists arrest. It is a removal of the individuals rights, and supossedly what the USA stands for. Theres no excuse, regardless of what that person did, and as I hear many people, and many Americans preach, everybody has the right to a fair trail. Start leading by example and maybe the rest of the world wouldn't be so sick of you.


blight_ April 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

This isn't a law enforcement action. This is war on a nation-state.

If you want to be Eric Rudolph romping around the American countryside being a domestic terrorist, sure, you may have some rights during your manhunt. You will also be tried in an American court with competent representation.

But when you wage war on it outside the country in cahoots with the wrong guys, don't expect your Miranda rights. You're not under arrest, soldiers aren't cops, and you're only needed alive for information, trade, or because it's better PR.


Marcello April 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

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…



DGR April 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

This is something that was writen down to cover his butt incase something went wrong and the politicians came after him These guys learned from Oliver North, write stuff down, document everything, and above all else write stuff down.


Hotel55 April 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

election year….


bleh April 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

If that's what we get from an election year we should hold more elections.


Old Navy April 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

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.


Nightmare April 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

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.


passingby April 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

LOL. Get a life. No, wait, go get a brain first.


Carroll Knapp April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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


St Peter April 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Just because he was muslim doesn't make all followers of that faith agree and sympothise with what he contributed to. Your ignorance is quite possibly what would make regular peace loving muslims vote for the other man.


sobriquet April 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Anyone who's ever worked alongside REAL Muslims know that they are the most honest, trustworthy, honorable, and downright dependable folks you'll ever meet. Xenophobic bigots like yourself, Carroll, make this war a lot longer for all of us. Islam is not the problem. Islamofascists are the problem. Go someplace else.


passingby April 29, 2012 at 12:02 am

Islamofascists? I don't believe that's the right term. How about Israeli fascists and American fascists??


Desert Guy April 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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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passingby April 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

LOL. spoken like dick Cheney himself.


Thomas L. Nielsen April 27, 2012 at 4:25 am

Please tell me that was sarcasm.

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen


passingby April 27, 2012 at 4:50 am

the FBI never charged OBL for anything. the CIA never accused OBL for 9-11. even the kangaroo court in the Hague never issued a warrant for OBL's arrest.

WHERE did you get the idea that OBL was an enemy commander?? from some propaganda outlet or presstitutes' rear end opening?? or perhaps your own??

no rule of law? no trial?? no evidence?? just make up some charge and send the hit squad??

anyone with a healthy brain, good common sense, and some basic science education would have little difficulty understanding why 9-11 must have been an inside job after a little reading / research.


bldg7 April 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

if not an inside job, then how and why did TC bldg7 – not hit by ANY tower/aircraft debris – collapse perfectly within it's own foot print as if a controlled demolition?
YOU CAN'T and NEVER WILL EXPLAIN THIS GIVEN THE BS COVER STORY. IT WAS A FALSE FLAG OP TO PULL US INTO PERPETUAL WAR – or, at least until the bankster controlled all central banks. I'm waiting for you "educated" reply. Wag youur dog?


1dollardivision April 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

Please take your meds and go back to chasing UFOs and playing WOW and believing your conspiracy theories. I'm sure your time is being funded by the welfare state and you are living off of a percentage of my hard earned dollars. You are obviously a fool and your thoughts are of no account.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
- George Orwell-


Chris Alemany April 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

I was right there with ya until the last paragraph… lets just forget you said that part, because everything else was bang on.


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DGR April 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

Again, lossing a helo doenst mean this was a failure, it just didnt go according to plan A. If anything it showed why you always have plan A and B and then C and D. We killed OBL, what more sucess did we need? Granted the failure to release pictures and DNA results was a bad call, we still killed the SOB and that is what the whole mission was about.


blight_ April 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

It also more clearly exposed to the world that Pakistan is playing both sides of the game. It's hard to convince the world of that sometimes without a smoking gun. At least that is water under the bridge, and Pakistan's positions are well-known to all.


ltfunk April 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Obviously failure is good enough for you. I bet if ObL had got away you'd be claiming that giving him a fright was good enough too.


blight_ April 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

It might raise questions about the fragility of structures after being pummeled with the debris of the collapsing twin towers.

Any government doing false flag would have aborted takedown of a building without aircraft to fly into it.


Jim37F April 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

No tower debris? Your saying WTC 7 didn't take any damage whatsoever from the two 110 story skyscrapers collapsing less than a block away? So how do you explain those pictures of visible structural damage and raging fires after the collapse of 1 and 2?

You have any proof it only collapsed in its own footprint other than various conspiracy websites run by people that just cant stomache the thought that shit happens and not everything in the world is controlled by rich white men?


passingby April 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I totally agree with the "deserve" part. I can only hope that Rapier975 (or is it dick Cheney) will have a chance to "serve" on the front line for a couple of years … and get some first hand experience with the effects of a road side bombs and sniper fire.


passingby April 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

LOL. please don't flatter yourself. how big a taxpayer can you possibly be given your miserably poor common sense, knowledge, intelligence and education???


passingby April 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

idiotic sheeple. Read first. BS later if you can't help it.


passingby April 28, 2012 at 5:50 am

here is one I've recently found. be sure to watch the entire video. Most of those interviewed are P.E.s, architects, experienced military experts on explosives, and controlled demolition experts.

pay special attention to testimonies about serial detonations beginning at around 1:10:00


passingby April 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

over 2000 Americans were killed on 9-11 (many got burned to death) and a group of US govt and intelligence officials had a direct hand in it. This is not a conspiracy theory, as the body of evidence is more than enough to support my (and other 9-11 truthers') contentions. The 9-11 Commission Report, on the other hand, can be rightfully characterized as a (lame) conspiracy theory.


NJWITNESS September 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

WHAT is your background? engineering, physics, explosives, or just an a hole on the street??
Some cretins crash planes and you say that SOMENONE imploded these structures!!
You are certifiable BAT SHIT CRAZY if you believe that


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