Pakistani authorities demolish their greatest ever potential tourist attraction - in the dead of night
February 28, 2012
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which authorities claim was Osama Bin Laden’s home for several years before his supposed killing by a US special forces team last May, has this weekend been totally demolished. Pakistani authorities began tearing down the house on Saturday night, working under floodlights, with the local population subject to a strict curfew and Pakistan Army soldiers and police personnel reportedly deployed in large numbers.
The high security surrounding the building since last May, coupled with its sudden and secretive demolition, have naturally led to suspicions that this weekend marked the successful completion of a brazen coverup – journalists have never been allowed to enter the building, and were banned from going anywhere near it very soon after Bin Laden’s supposed killing. The total destruction of the death scene makes it much less likely independent verification of the official narrative will ever be established, though considering that no evidence proving Bin Laden was actually killed in the compound has ever been provided by the authorities, this weekend’s events are hardly surprising.
The official account stretched credulity from the outset and changed significantly in the days and weeks following the Navy Seals’ attack. At first we were told that Bin Laden had offered resistance by firing a weapon at the Seals, but it was soon admitted that the person shot had not in fact been armed. If the unarmed individual shot dead posed no threat, then it is hard to view his death as anything other than a cold-blooded execution. The claim that Bin Laden cowered behind his wife, who was initially reported to have been killed whilst her husband used her as a human shield, also had to be retracted.
The most notoriously suspicious aspect of the official narrative was the prompt whisking away from Abbottabad of Bin Laden’s corpse, and its burial at sea – an event US officials absurdly tried to claim was carried out so as to be in accordance with Islamic tradition. Islam does permit burial at sea in certain circumstances – usually when someone has died at sea – but as the man killed was firmly on dry land and a significant distance from the North Arabian sea in which his body was dumped, such a claim is highly questionable. Equally dubious were official US protestations of concern for respecting the Islamic tradition of swiftly washing, shrouding and burying the deceased. Not only had this tradition been ignored in other similar killings, such as those of Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay, Bin Laden was the world’s most wanted man – possession of his body, and evidence of such possession, would surely have been of greater importance to the US than the possible offence caused to a minority of devout Muslims.
US authorities similarly refused to release photographs of Bin Laden’s corpse, claiming that Muslims might be offended and Bin Laden’s supporters provoked into committing terrorist attacks on the West. That previously non-violent Muslims would become so enraged by a photo of Bin Laden’s corpse as to join Al-Qaeda and commit terror attacks is unbelievable, and again, inconsistent with the earlier publication of gruesome images of Muslims killed by the US military. A video was released by US authorities, said to have been recovered from the compound and claiming to show a living, aged Bin Laden, but it was widely ridiculed by locals – one identifying the man in the video as his neighbour, who he named as “Akbar Khan”. Only one local spoken to by the BBC thought that the man in the video was Bin Laden, and many claimed they did not believe Bin Laden had been killed there, or indeed ever lived there.
With the body safely out of the way, and no evidence presented to confirm that the man killed was really Osama Bin Laden – beyond a claim, impossible to independently verify, that DNA samples taken from the body matched Bin Laden’s – many sceptics quite reasonably and rationally expressed doubt at the official narrative. Those who did question the official account quickly found themselves painted as “conspiracy theorists” by the establishment and the mainstream media, however – despite the lack of evidence of Bin Laden’s death, and the substantial counter-evidence suggesting that he had died of natural causes many years previously.
It is difficult not to view the destruction of evidence at the compound in Abbottabad as the culmination of a brazen coverup stretching back over a decade to the September 11th attacks. Steel from the collapsed WTC towers was quickly cut up and shipped as scrap to China with such flagrant disregard for standard procedure that Fire Engineering magazine published an article detailing how the author had “combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall”. The author concluded by demanding that the “destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately.”
With the mainstream media faithfully parroting the official narrative about both 9/11 and Bin Laden’s death, it will evidently be down to independent researchers and the alternative media to try, if possible, to get to the truth of both events.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:29 am