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Al Jazeera Leaked Abbottabad Commission Report Shows Bin Ladens Secret Life in Pakistan

Al Jazeera Leaked Abbottabad Commission Report Shows Bin Ladens Secret Life in Pakistan

The report was buried by the Pakistan government and never released
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit obtained a copy of the Commission's report, and has now released it, in full,

US Navy Seal operation killed Bin Laden in May 2011, which was avowedly conducted without the Pakistani government or military's knowledge,

After  that  Commission was set up to examine "how the US was able to execute a hostile military mission which lasted around three hours deep inside Pakistan", and how Pakistan's "intelligence establishment apparently had no idea that an international fugitive of the renown or notoriety of [Osama bin Laden] was residing in [Abbottabad]".

Abbottabad Commission was formed in June 2011 to probe the circumstances around the killing of Bin Laden by US forces in a unilateral raid on the Pakistani city of Abbottabad

The Abbottabad Commission was charged with establishing if the failures of the Pakistani government and military were due to incompetence or complicity, and was given overarching investigative powers.

The report draws on testimony from more than 200 witnesses, including members of Bin Laden's family, Pakistan's then spy chief, senior ministers in the government and officials at every level of the military, bureaucracy, and security services.

The Al Jazeera Investigative Unit released report on Monday, after being suppressed by the Pakistani government.

The Commission's 336-page report is scathing, holding both the government and the military responsible for "gross incompetence" leading to "collective failures" that allowed both Bin Laden to escape detection, and the United States to perpetrate "an act of war".

Commission found that

Bin Laden entered Pakistan in mid-2002, after narrowly escaping capture in the Battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in December 2001. Intelligence officials say he stayed briefly in the South Waziristan and Bajaur tribal areas of Pakistan,

After that, Bin Laden moved to the northern Swat Valley to stay with his guards, Ibrahim, and Abrar al-Kuwaiti, for several months.

Bin Laden turned up next in the town of Haripur, in northern Pakistan, where he stayed for two years in a rented house with two of his wives and several of his children and grandchildren.

In August 2005, Bin Laden with his family and guards moved to a custom-built compound in Abbottabad, a military garrison town located about 85km away from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. He stayed there for six years, until he was killed in the US operation in May 2011.

According to the Commission's investigations, Pakistan's intelligence establishment had "closed the book" on Bin Laden by 2005, and was no longer actively pursuing intelligence that could lead to his capture.

it found that there had been a complete collapse of governance and law enforcement - a situation it termed "Government Implosion Syndrome", both in the lack of intelligence on Bin Laden's nine-year residence in Pakistan, and in the response to the US raid that killed him.

It finds that "culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established".

On the presence of a CIA support network to help track down Bin Laden in Pakistan without the Pakistani establishment’s knowledge, the Commission determined that "this [was] a case of nothing less than a collective and sustained dereliction of duty by the political, military and intelligence leadership of the country".

Military officers, including the chief of the country's air force, testified that Pakistan's low-level radar was on "peacetime deployment", and hence not active on the border with Afghanistan, when the raid occurred.

The report concludes that unless there are major changes to Pakistan's defense strategy; it remains vulnerable to a repeat of such an airborne raid.

The Commission found that the country's "political, military intelligence and bureaucratic leadership cannot be absolved of their responsibility for the state of governance, policy planning and policy implementation that eventually rendered this national failure almost inevitable", and calls on key national leaders to formally apologize to the country for "their dereliction of duty".

The Commission noted that it had "apprehensions that the Commission's report would be ignored or even suppressed", and urged the government to release it to the public.

Page 197 of the report, which contains part of the testimony of Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, then director of the ISI, was missing from all copies of the report that Al Jazeera obtained from multiple sources. It is unclear what was contained in that page, but the contextual implication is that, among other things, it contains a list of seven demands made by the United States of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Al Jazeera on its website reported that its domain (www.aljazeera.com) was blocked for users in Pakistan shortly after it released the Bin Laden Files at 15:00 GMT.

Source – Al Jazeera

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MEcoy July 09, 2013  

that's very intriguing huh