May 3rd, 2011
02:34 PM ET

What DOD says happened at the OBL compound

DOD narrative of events at the Osama Bin Laden Compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as read by WH Press Secretary Jay Carney in White House briefing:

On orders of the President, a small U.S. team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

The raid was conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting on two helicopters. The team methodically cleared the compound moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes. They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation and Osama Bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force.

In addition to the bin Laden family, two other families resided in the compound:  one family on the first floor of the bin Laden building and one family in a second building.  One team began the operation on the first floor of the bin Laden house and worked their way to the third floor; a second team cleared the separate building.
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Did you know.....?
May 3rd, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Did you know.....?

The Situation Room is a 5,000 square foot complex of rooms in the ground floor of the West Wing, some of which have windows looking out the west side of the building. It is sometimes called "the woodshed." Contrary to popular belief, the Situation Room is not a bunker that is located deep underground.

source: whitehousemueseum.org

Even more details on the OBL photos
May 3rd, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Even more details on the OBL photos

From CNN’s National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin

A Senior US Official tells CNN 10 hard drives, 5 computers and more than 100 storage devices which includes discs, DVDs and thumb drives were taken from the compound.

The senior us official also says the White House received 3 sets of photos yesterday. The photos included:

1. Photos of OBLs body at a hangar after he was brought back to Afghanistan. This is the most recognizable with a clear picture of his face. The picture is gruesome because he has a massive open head wound across both eyes. It’s very bloody and gory.

2. Photos from the burial at sea on the USS Carl Vinson. Photos of OBL before the shroud was put on and then wrapped in the shroud.

3. There are photos of the raid itself that include photos of the two dead brothers, one of OBLs dead son (adult adolescent, maybe approx 18 yrs old) and some of the inside scene of the compound.

The official says the challenge is that the picture that includes the most recognizable image of OBLs face – from the hangar in Afghanistan – is so gruesome and mangled its not appropriate for say the front page of the newspaper. On the other hand, this is the one that is most identifiable as him.


Topics: Osama Bin Laden • The Buzz
May 3rd, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Latest on Osama bin Laden photo

From CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King

A senior government official involved in the discussions about releasing the photo tells CNN  that a photo release "could" come today via the CIA.

A government official familiar with intelligence matters says deliberations are leaning toward release. Says there is "growing consensus" to release the photo but emphasizes "it isn't unanimous and everyone has understandable hesitation"

The senior government official says there are "a lot to choose from .... Most of them very graphic"

Both say the CIA has been tasked with coming up with best possibilities and then the White House will make the call.


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POTUS schedule for Tuesday, May 3
May 3rd, 2011
08:43 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, May 3

President Obama will honor the National Teacher of the Year and State Teachers of the Year in a Rose Garden ceremony this morning. Later, he will meet with his Cabinet.

He also has several closed press meetings, including a discussion on immigration reform with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a morning meeting with senior advisors, and one with VP Biden and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates this afternoon.

Below is the schedule, released by the White House last night.

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