Bin Laden guards killed unarmed
A senior US defense official confirmed the one man who was armed fired one shot and was quickly killed in the first moments of the raid. He explained the operation was a mission of precision in which Bin Laden and his protectors were hunted.
The single armed man was a courier who fired at the US forces from the guest house as they arrived. He was quickly shot and killed, along with a woman who was caught in the crossfire. This is the only time American forces were fired upon.
The Navy Seals proceeded through the compound killing people as they went; including Bin Laden’s son on a staircase. They then arrived in Bin Laden’s room where they shot and killed him.
Pakistani security officials confirm a similar story.
"The people inside the house were unarmed. There was no resistance," one of the officials said.
"It was cold-blooded," added a second official.
The officials explained that their investigation has led them to believe there is another version of the story not being told by the United States. Photos taken at the compound following the raid show no weapons in the vicinity of the dead bodies, leading many to question the authenticity of a firefight.
Initially the White House argued there was an intense firefight and many on the compound were armed. White House spokesman Jay Carney said directly, "There were many other people who were armed … in the compound." “There was a firefight.”
He added, "We expected a great deal of resistance and were met with a great deal of resistance."
White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan also initially said Bin Laden was armed. It has since been learned that he was not.
As more facts come out, the early versions of the story from the Obama administration appear to be over embellished.
Lt. Co. Anthony Shaffer, a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington explained the administration was overenthusiastic and rushed the story before they had a complete picture.
“You want to tell the story first,” he explained, noting the rush to get details to the media and the public.
However, failing to tell the right story first has opened the door to conspiracies and inconsistencies. In addition, it allows others to easily interject their own versions of the story as well.
“The American people have a right to know what they did,” he added.
Shaffer argued the government should have brought Bin Laden back alive to kill any conspiracies about a faked death or improper handling. That would have solved many of the questions that are now circulating.
The politicization of the incident by the White House created the miscommunication. Had the military done what they do there would have been a more proper procedure followed. He explained the push by the Obama administration to release certain things and not others, and so on, has made the situation more complicated that it needed to be.
Shaffer said there is no reason not to release the photos of Bin Laden, and should do so to help put a stop to the conspiracies and shed more light on what actually took place.