As we suspected, when we first heard about the 20-25 minute blackout, the helmet cams on the SEALs who raided bin Laden’s compound recorded the entire raid. So we do have video of OBL’s last moments alive, from which (at least in theory) still frames could be pulled as proof of life/death.
A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs.
The video gives us yet another version of the raid timeline, leading me to wonder why the administration’s top folks kept winging it when they described the raid in the week that followed.
The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing. They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through the door grabbed bin Laden’s daughters and pulled them aside.
When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden’s wife rushed forward at him — or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in the chest. A third seal shot him in the head.
Since we got that speculation right, let’s put ourselves out on another limb. Why was the video feed lost during the raid? It’s possible that the link actually broke down, but there is another possibility too. Given the fact that this administration has been so gung ho to prosecute CIA officers over interrogating captured terrorists, and given the fact that Obama ran as an anti-war candidate and staffed the WH with likeminded lawyers etc such as AG Eric Holder, the SEALs may have cut the feed to give themselves a little room to operate without the leftist lawyers back in Washington second-guessing every move they made.