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The Man Who Twittered the Osama Attack

Sohaib Athar's Twitter feed of the attack on Bin Laden.  Taken from twitter.com/reallyvirtual

Sohaib Athar's Twitter feed of the attack on Bin Laden. Taken from twitter.com/reallyvirtual

A man in Abbottabad (an interesting place itself, named after a Major Abbot of the British Army, and still a military “city” today), twittered the attack by Navy SEALS on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. Here’s a story from Mashable about the man, and what he did.  The man, Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual, on Twitter seems really humble about it: “I am JUST a tweeter, awake at the time of the crash. Not many twitter users in Abbottabad, these guys are more into facebook. That’s all.”


Like I said in  comments elsewhere, Emmanuel Goldstein is dead.  Now what? I just hope nothing worse will come from this.  I think, and most people in the world hopefully agree that Bin Laden was a really, really terrible guy: a criminal, a murderer, and terrorist.  One man’s criminal or terrorist is another man’s patriot as everyone’s tastes are slightly different.

It’s amazing how information has been coming and going through Twitter, Facebook, and all the new websites that have sprung up the last five years or so. I just wonder how long this freedom will last?  After all, what if Osama’s men had had internet (they didn’t in his nice million dollar mansion in a slum), knew this guy was Twittering and found out about this? People in high and powerful places are taking notes on this and probably having meetings about this, along with all the fallout from the attack.


The official demise of Osama Bin Laden.

Needing no introduction, the terrorist mastermind is off this mortal coil.

12 hours ago, according to multiple  sources, a 40-man, Navy Seal team working on the ground in the northwest area of  Pakistan, north of Islamabad sought and killed Osama Bin Laden.   A large, heavily-protected palace-like compound was the target of this attack, possibly owned by an al Qaeda/Bin Laden courier.   Four helicopters, Chinook and Blackhawk, brought in the attack, one was lost crashing inside the compound, with no Americans were killed.

The Abbottabad (Pakistan) compound targeted was said to be extremely out of place, large, expensive, three-stories, privacy walls, heavily guarded, trash burned rather than taken to the street, no phone/Internet services, etc.   Apparently, the compound was extremely close to a Pakistani Military installation of some kind.  The compound had been under watch since August 2010.  Aerial and satellite photos taken over time showing the building of the compound, built in 2005, helped the success of this attack.

After 40 minutes of gunfire, three American bullets are said to have shot and killed Bin Laden, after a female servant was used as a human shield, killed, and cast aside.  One bullet was said to be “right between the eyes.”  Two other men, aides/couriers of Bin Laden, one of which was likely the compound’s owner, were also killed.

Bin Laden’s relative’s DNA was used to confirm his DNA-positive results compared with the body of Bin Laden.  The US is in possession of his body.  It is said Bin Laden’s body will likely be buried and treated in accordance with Muslim tradition and respects.  His body was “buried at sea,”  as to not make a “shrine” to his effect for any sympathizers or al Qaeda supporters.

Edits and further updates provided as necessary.

(information gathered from multiples news sources and US official releases)

(image courtesy Filip Spagnoli’s fine WordPress blog)