While the fierce-cooled Winter of 2011 had just said goodbye to us in Europe and the lukewarm Spring had welcomed its presence, a “red-hot trail” was leading to a fiery furnace.
Of course, it was not the fiery furnace of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, in the ancient Biblical times, when they were at the mercy of a Redeemer; it was a fiery furnace that took more than 9 years of planning and to build, with cool blood being as tenants or being housed inside.
Such a fiery furnace had started its construction since the 11th September, 2001, with the assistance of the world’s most knowledgeable, trained and qualified architects, whom are all well equipped with modern technologies, etc.
The world was on alert at all times and was so impatient, for taking such a long time in completing such a fiery-task but at the end of time, one would almost wanted to pursue, than to be pursued.
It was early in the morning, on the 1st May, 2011, when the world became breathless over the stormy air-waves, which has rocked the entire universe without dismay but with much fear, than of joy.
It was on that day, when one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted aides picked up the phone, unknowingly that such would have led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world’s most wanted terrorist.
That phone call was recounted by a U.S. official, which has ended more than 9 years of search for bin Laden.
His personal courier was the key break-through in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled fiery-furnace, in the northeast of Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.
It is of no doubt, to my personal belief that such a target must be delivered “dead or alive”. Without any resistance, bin Laden was shot and killed in cool-blood, in other words, upon my own conviction, bin Laden was executed in cool-blood, after he has craved to surrender, his head or face, was totally discarded and could not be exposed to the world. Scientifically DNA tests had to be carried out on his corpse, in the form and in order to deem his identity.
The violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence work. Inside the CIA team hunting bin Laden, it was always clear that bin Laden’s vulnerability was his couriers. He was too smart to let al-Qaeda foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout. But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them, someone bin Laden trusted with his life.
In a secret CIA prison in Eastern Europe years ago, al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, gave authorities the nicknames of several of bin Laden’s couriers, four former U.S. intelligence officials said. Those names were among thousands of leads the CIA was pursuing.
It came at a great cost, although the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound came nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, as the US and allies have claimed he engineered and responsible for and to which cannot be proven to this day.
It is the same propaganda, assumption and accusation with Iraq and its “weapon of mass destruction” slogan.
Over those ten years, the U.S. spent tens of billions of dollars on intelligence operations aiding the Pakistani military in the hunt for bin Laden.
Nearly $5.3 billion in aid was funnelled to Pakistan in the 1980s during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, indirectly funding the rise of the Taliban.
The US also gave some $5.4 billion in military aid to Pakistan from 2002 to 2008 to help that country’s military patrol the Afghan border where the Taliban and al Qaeda have been known to shelter.
One man became a particular interest for the agency when another detainee, Abu Faraj al-Libi, told interrogators that when he was promoted to succeed Mohammed as al-Qaeda’s operational leader, he received the word through a courier. Only bin Laden would have given al-Libi that promotion, CIA officials believed.
If they could find that courier, they’d find bin Laden.
The revelation that intelligence gleaned from the CIA’s so-called black sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and criticised for their involvement in a programme that involved the harshest interrogation methods in U.S. history.
“We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day,” said Marty Martin, a retired CIA officer who for years led the hunt for bin Laden.
Mohammed did not reveal the names while being subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as water-boarding, former officials said. He identified them many months later under standard interrogation, they said, leaving it once again up for debate as to whether the harsh technique was a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.
It took years of work for intelligence agencies to identify the courier’s real name, which officials are not disclosing. When they did identify him, he was nowhere to be found. The CIA’s sources didn’t know where he was hiding.
Bin Laden was famously insistent that no phones or computers be used near him, so the eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency kept coming up cold.
Stay tuned for the final part in the next edition of TAB.
*Rev. Surujlall Motilall lives in Roosendaal, the Netherlands and canbe reached via email@example.com