Ten years ago, on the evening of May 1, 2011, then-U.S. President Barack Obama officially announced that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces. That night, the nation was boiling. According to American public opinion, the nearly 10-year-old war on terror in the United States has achieved a tremendous milestone since 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, when a Boeing 767 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
Ten years have passed since bin Laden was killed, and various versions of the account of bin Laden’s death have emerged. From the paper-based New Yorker’s 10,000-word nonfiction work to Hollywood’s “The Hunt for Bin Laden”, there is no doubt that america’s official heroism narrative is on display. But as the investigation and examination progressed, bin Laden’s death did not seem to be the official words of the U.S. government, the New York Times referred to it as the “Bay of Pigs incident” “Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction” together, the U.S. government has become a secret …
The July 7, 2005 bombings in London
Hollywood seems more eager to link bin Laden’s death to international counter-terrorism than the official narrative in the United States. The London bombings of 7 July 2005 also became a symbol of al-Qa’idah’s infiltration into and terrorist activities in Europe.
On 7 July 2005, a terrorist bomb attack occurred in London, England, and in the morning, three London subway trains and a bus were detonated by bombs carried by terrorists.
On July 7, 2005, around 8:49 a.m., it was the morning rush hour in London. On Tuesday morning, Jeff Porter, as usual, ran an early train in London’s iconic red-and-blue spray-painted subway cab.
“When I was about to get into the station on Edgewell Road, ” Jeff Porter said, “I was on a train opposite, and just as the other side was meeting my head, I saw a dazzling yellow light coming from the other end of the oncoming train.” ”
Immediately after, the cab glass in front of Jeff broke, dust and smoke. Only then did Jeff realize that the train had exploded.
On the same day on the ground, there was an explosion on the bus. Four terrorists detonated their bombs at various bus facilities in London at about the same time. According to British police, the explosion killed 52 people and injured more than 700 others.
Two months after the July 7 terrorist attacks in London, Al Jazeera aired a video in which the four terrorists were identified as members of al-Qaeda. The video has been reviewed by British police and intelligence services, and the identities and crimes of the four terrorists have been clarified. And the tape, a reference to bin Laden’s terrorist manifesto, also touched the hearts of Americans across the Atlantic.
“Old Plan” of the new President of Washington, D.C., June 2009
Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, then-U.S. President George W. Bush has made counterterrorism a priority of his administration. In addition to waging the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, intelligence organizations in the United States, Britain, Israel and other countries have further strengthened the sharing of information in international counter-terrorism intelligence as a result of September 11.
The New Yorker’s August 1, 2011 book, “The Killing of Bin Laden – The Night of Abbottabad,” chronicles the details of the U.S. military’s operation to kill bin Laden, but many of the details are different from the arguments of all parties.
Four months after Obama took office in June 2009, leon Panetta, then director of the CIA, briefed him on an action plan to track al Qaeda leaders that began during George W. Bush’s tenure. Leon Panetta knew the new president would support his plan, according to the New Yorker’s August 2011 account of “The Killing of Bin Laden: The Night of Abbottabad.”
Because a month before the 2008 U.S. presidential election, When Senator Obama of Illinois debated with fellow presidential candidate John McCain at Belmont University in Nashville, he answered the question of whether to hunt down Osama bin Laden:
“If we see bin Laden and the Pakistani government cannot or will not kill him, then we must act.” We will kill bin Laden and crush al Qaeda. ”
Sure enough, as a complement to Leon Panetta’s plan to hunt down bin Laden, Obama stepped up the use of drones for surveillance.
Between 2010 and 2020, U.S. drone strikes have killed between 8,858 and 16,901 people, including about 910 to 220 civilians and 283 to 454 children, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a third-party news agency.
In addition to inheriting former President George W. Bush’s search for Osama bin Laden, the Bush-era prison at Guantanamo Bay, which began holding terrorists, also played a key role in the future killing of bin Laden.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prior to 2002, the prison was largely used to take in Cuban and Haitian refugees attempting to sneak into the United States by sea, and in 2001 after the events of 11 September, it was converted into a prison for the detention and interrogation of terrorists. Subject to the U.S. Constitution, interrogation of suspects on U.S. soil does not prevent torture.
The film “The Hunt for Bin Laden” restores the CIA’s waterboarding of detainees.
At Guantanamo, because the United States considers terrorists to be “illegal combatants”, it does not enjoy any rights under the Geneva Conventions, and United States personnel may interrogate detainees in various ways. Since the use of Guantanamo Bay, reports of torture by United States intelligence agents have continued to flow.
According to CIA documents, the United States has secret interrogation and detention centers in many countries around the world. A secret CIA document shows that there is a detention site codenamed “Black Field”.
In addition to Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. has set up secret interrogation and detention centers in several countries and regions around the world for counter-terrorism operations, including one known as the “black field,” according to documents released by the CIA, which first broke the news about bin Laden’s couriers in 2002.
Abu Ahmed Al-Kuwait, bin Laden’s messenger, the name the CIA has been searching for, has been confirmed at Guantanamo and the CIA’s interrogation base in Pakistan. It wasn’t until August 2010 that Leon Panetta, then director of the CIA, personally confirmed the courier’s whereabouts in Peshawar, Pakistan.
U.S. intelligence agencies have stepped up surveillance of the cell phone signals of bin Laden’s couriers through information previously obtained at various interrogation bases. In August 2010, the CIA tracked a white SUV from Peshawar, Pakistan, to Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad. In the detailed account, a white rhinoceros is pictured on the rear of the SUV with a spare tire lid.
Documents disclosed by the CIA show that the SUV stopped outside a compound with a three-story building with about 5.5 meters of concrete walls and barbed wire. The compound does not have access to telephones or internet cables. The CIA’s days-long observation reports show that the compound’s residents did not even throw garbage, but instead set it on fire in the compound. Through clothes dried outside, the CIA determined that there were three families in the building, but only two of them entered and exited the compound every day.
At the end of October 2010, then-President Barack Obama began working with the parties to design a military action plan for the compound, based on an investigation report submitted by leon Panetta, then the CIA director. From the end of October 2010 to May 1, 2011, the U.S. military rebuilt a training cement wall compound in a North Carolina forest to ensure the smooth conduct of the operation to kill bin Laden. However, the U.S. side disclosed the operation report shows that the operation’s initial helicopter carrying the U.S. military airborne compound this link there is a huge leak.
At about 4 a.m. local time on May 1, 2011, the first Black Hawk helicopter, which had to hover over the compound to deliver U.S. troops by rope, had just arrived at the compound when the tail rotor pierced the concrete wall. To prevent the helicopter from tipping over, the pilot inserted the head straight into the ground and landed in the compound in a near-crash manner. The pilot of another helicopter, after witnessing the situation, immediately abandoned plans to hover over the roof and landed outside the courtyard wall.
The accident in which the Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the ground disturbed the people around it and rendered the planned surprise attack meaningless. Eventually, according to U.S. military reports, the operation succeeded in killing bin Laden, whose body was wrapped in a white shroud, packed in a bag and eventually thrown into the sea.
As for the U.S. military’s actions inside the building, the U.S. has a variety of versions. The most dramatic of these is the U.S. military’s claim that bin Laden pushed his wife in front of him as a meat shield. In another version, the U.S. military was resisted by bin Laden after he was found, and bin Laden was eventually killed in a firefight.
But after the news quickly spread around the world, the White House and the military corrected the statement, and jay Carney, then a White House spokesman, misrepresented the details of the previous hunt for Osama bin Laden on the evening of May 2, 2011, first by saying he was not armed at the time of his death and then by clarifying that he had not used his wife as a meat shield. The White House said the details, unlike announced the day before, were “too much information and too hasty preparation.”
In an analysis published by The New York Times and the London Review of Books in 2015, there were differences in details about bin Laden’s death, from the very beginning of obtaining information about the so-called “Messenger bin Laden” to the final sea burial of bin Laden’s body.
On May 21, 2015, the London Review of Books published an investigation into bin Laden’s death by Seymour M. Hersh, a well-known investigative journalist, pointing out that the U.S. government had made a number of leaks in its accounts of the events
The U.S. side almost crashed a helicopter in the form of a massive military operation, the media revealed that bin Laden’s fierce resistance, but the official information is inconsistent, it is difficult to confirm what bin Laden in the final stages of action; All this has clouded bin Laden’s death.
The New York Times reported on May 4, 2011 that Obama’s personal approval rating rose to 57 percent from 46 percent last month after then-President Barack Obama announced his possible killing of Osama bin Laden.
But in either version, the American army in the story is portrayed as a group of dead people who have no return. Such narrative methods and ways, so familiar with the history of American journalism, people inevitably think of the War in Iraq, the U. S. government deliberately portrayed the “heroine” Lynch.
Jessica Lynch, an American female soldier who was ambushed and captured while serving in Iraq in March 2003, was deliberately portrayed by the U.S. government as a “battle hero unwilling to surrender.” A number of U.S. media investigations later found that all the stories about Jessica Lynch were false stories made up by the U.S. military.
The trauma of 20 years of war in Afghanistan
On May 1, 2011, then-U.S. President Barack Obama announced that 10 years had passed since the U.S. successfully killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. As of mid-April, at least 47,245 Afghan civilians had been killed in the war, which also killed between 66,000 and 69,000 Afghan soldiers, according to Brown University.
The Washington Post reported on April 30, 2021 that former U.S. President Barack Obama explained the significance of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Ten years later, in 2021, Mr Obama, who had emerged from the presidency, resurfaced to explain the significance of the hunt for bin Laden.
Unlike a decade ago, Mr Obama no longer has to face a second term. Faced with his decision to continue the war in Afghanistan and kill Osama bin Laden when he was in power a decade ago, Mr Obama seems to remember the American soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. However, the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, has killed 2,442 U.S. soldiers, wounded 20,666 and killed more than 3,800 U.S. security contractors.
A U.S. soldier pays tribute to six comrades killed in a suicide attack at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan on December 23, 2015
At a time when the U.S. continues to face downward economic pressure and growing domestic opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden have threatened to pull U.S. troops out of the country during the 2020 election. It wasn’t until April 29 this year, when the White House confirmed that U.S. troops had begun to withdraw from Afghanistan, that the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
Still, Mr. Obama seems to have forgotten that on January 22, 2009, the third day of his presidency, he had called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay as soon as possible, and that more than 40 people were still in custody.