Here's How the CIA Celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Killing of bin Laden

Michaela Whitton
May 2, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) The CIA has come under fire after posting a series of distasteful tweets detailing the commando raid said to have killed Osama bin Laden. Despite the widespread question marks that have always hung over official White House narratives, the CIA’s trip down memory lane began at 1.25 EDT on Sunday — with a sequence of boastful ‘live tweets’ re-enacting the U.S. commando operation on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011.

The bizarre move marking the fifth anniversary of the operation, which is claimed to have killed the world’s most-wanted man, has attracted heavy criticism from Twitter users, who dubbed it grotesque and embarrassing. Others went further and reported the CIA’s tweets, claiming that bragging about extrajudicial killing is gross, authoritarian, and nationalistic.

The U.S. spy agency’s attempt to relay to the world the official rundown of events leading to the capture and killing of bin Laden included an exact timeline of the raid, key events, maps, and the famous ‘Situation Room’ photo. In addition, the timeline covered a small amount of background to the operation, which claimed intelligence had linked a courier to the compound because it had security features that were unusual for the area.

According to the CIA’s timeline of events, before the operation, an assault team was trained on a life-size replica of the compound, which had movable walls to prepare for different internal layouts. The tweets concluded with a final, self-congratulatory note that the success of the mission was a culmination of years of “complex, thorough and highly advanced intelligence.”

Defending Sunday’s bizarre move, CIA spokesperson Ryan Trapani told ABC news that the takedown of bin Laden stands as one of the greatest intelligence successes of all time. Claiming history has always been a key element of the CIA’s social media efforts, he added, “On the fifth anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the day and honor all those who had a hand in this achievement.”

Twitter users were skeptical about the dramatic re-enactment, using the hashtag #UBLRaid to express mixed reactions to the party line.

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