The death of Osama bin Laden and its implications


U.S. President Barack Obama banned to publish pictures of bin Laden who was killed in a very.

Not in our national interest to let that such images, as has happened in the past, became a kind of icons, causing anti-American sentiment

Meanwhile appeared on the Internet pictures from the scene of attack of U.S. special forces on May 1 in Abatabad in Pakistan. Pictures taken with the Pakistani military about an hour after the attack show the house itself, in which bin Laden was hiding, bloodied bodies of three men, who were also killed in the operation, and the remains of a U.S. helicopter that papsavavsya time operations and was blown up by the crew.

Why can not publish posthumously photos of bin Laden?

Obama said that bin Laden's posthumous image can be used for calls for violence against Americans or as a "propaganda tool."

We will not allow it to move this stuff as trophies

In a recorded interview for the program "60 Minutes" television CBS News, which will air on May 8, Obama said the DNA "left no doubt" that the man who was killed on May 1 U.S. special forces in Pakistan Abatabade was really in a very bin Laden .

The U.S. president also said that he and his national security team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the pros and cons of publishing a "very imaginative" photographs of the body leader of "al-Qaeda" made immediately after, he was shot in the head. As a result, it was agreed that the risk to national security is too high — Obama said, adding: "We will not allow it to move this stuff as trophies."

By this statement the Obama probability that death fotapatsverzhanne terrorist number 1 will appear to be very high. Especially after the head of the CIA Lean Paneth said he expects the publication of pictures of at least one killed bin Laden.

At a briefing at the White House press secretary Jay Carney told the U.S. reasons for the decision of the American leadership:

"This is a photo of a person who had been shot in the face, or rather, in the head.'s Not in our national interest to allow such images, as has happened in the past, became a kind of icons, causing anti-American sentiment. For President priority number 1 — Security U.S. citizens at home and abroad. Needless to publish these images to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden and other reasons for their publication does not see the president. "

Bin Laden found due to torture?

According to some reports, the basic information that has guided the Americans on the trail of bin Laden was gained during interrogations of prisoners suspected of Islamic terrorism. As you know, the administration of the previous president, George W. Bush has allowed investigators to use in interrogations of terrorism suspects form of torture known as «waterboarding».

This evidence on the opening caches bin Laden returned to the U.S. media debate about the permissibility of torture in the war on terrorism.

"President Obama can rightly be proud of their current success, but it happened, thanks to the hard decisions taken by the Bush administration" — wrote this week John Yoo, a former official at the U.S. Department of Justice, who wrote secret memo to President Bush to justify torture in the interrogation of suspects terrorism.

But today's edition of the International Herald Tribune writes that torture did play a small role in the guidance of U.S. intelligence on bin Laden's trail.

According to the newspaper, only in the case of interrogation and torture a prisoner of the Americans could get substantial information about the whereabouts of the terrorist number 1, while the two other prisoners who know the most severe torture, false information about the courier said.

The case against bin Laden close

Today's edition of the International Herald Tribune also writes that the U.S. intends to justice soon formally close the case against Osama bin Laden, who was vzavedenaya in June 1998 on charges of terrorism.

Initially, bin Laden was accused of plotting to carry out attacks on military targets in the United States. Over the years, added to the next page charges — the bloodiest focused attacks on the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2001.

Before the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 it was believed that the purpose of American justice was to seize bin Laden and put him before a U.S. court. But this will obviously changed over the years.

Operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of al-Qaeda, the organization that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks

Speaking at the hearing senatskih May 4, U.S. Attorney General Eric Golder admitted that the goal of U.S. special operation in Atanabade May 1 was a "kill or seize" bin Laden, but immediately added that bin Laden "was not trying to seem."

Responding to a question, to be slain terrorists without trial was lawful, Golder said:

"Let me explain something very clearly: The operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed was lawful. He was the head of al-Qaeda, the organization that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks. He admitted his complicity. As you mentioned, he said that it will not take alive. The operation against bin Laden was justified as an act of national self-defense. "

Or will resign generals in Pakistan?

Immediately after reports of the elimination of bin Laden in the international media were heard hints that his whereabouts could not be unaware Intelligence of Pakistan. Some even admitted that bin Laden lived for many years in Atanabade, near the Pakistani elite military academy, under the tutelage of the actual Pakistani intelligence.

These rumors have tension in US-Pakistani relations. Washington has to win the support of Islamabad in the fight against al-Qaeda, Pakistan handed over economic and other assistance for a total of $ 18 billion.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Minister Salman Bashir has rejected the charges in his country of harboring bin Laden's whereabouts from the Americans:

"The findings that someone in our exploration or government did provide shelter to Osama bin Laden, it is absolutely wrong. In fact, it is recognized and even the government of the United States, some of the information which led to the opening of his whereabouts came from the exchange of information between our intelligence and the CIA "- Bashir said.

Speaking at a news conference in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also said that Pakistan was a partner of the U.S. in the fight against terrorism and helped Washington "put unprecedented pressure on al-Qaida and its leadership."

But the world's press notes that in addition to the suspicion of collaboration with al-Qaeda, the Pakistani senior military also absorbed a hefty dose of humiliation in connection with the American operation in Atanabade.

"The fact that four U.S. helicopters could fly into the country to kill the most notorious terrorist in the world and then fly out of the country without the knowledge of Pakistan's military or intelligence caused a stunned silence of these agencies, which some interpret as a huge embarrassment and even humiliation" — writes Today the International Herald Tribune.

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