Thursday, 9 June 2011

CIA’s Bin Laden Hunter Ordered to Stand Down 10 Times

Scheuer told the Telegraph that following the missed opportunities to kill or capture bin Laden in 1998, there were at least eight other chances to get the terror mastermind. By that point, bin Laden was supposedly among the U.S. government’s most wanted criminals. But for some unknown reason, senior officials refused to authorize his capture or assassination.

“One 50-cent round could have put us all out of our agony,” Scheuer explained. But that didn’t happen, as high-level authorities consistently ordered the CIA unit not to stop bin Laden.

In 1999, Scheuer told the paper that he sent an angry letter to higher-ups demanding to know why his men were risking their lives for somebody the U.S. government did not seem to want stopped. “I don’t know what you are doing when you talk to the President but he will not get a better opportunity than this,” Scheuer explained to his superiors.

I don't fully trust Scheuer but the reason higher ups were protecting Osama Bin Laden was because he was an intelligence asset as revealed by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 9th, 2011.]

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