William flew to judgement
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of the town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
“for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.”
William flew to judgement
Bin Laden’s ability to elude the world’s most powerful military and intelligence machine fed his legend. He steadily attracted more supporters and was able to boost his reputation, even though he was taking more of a backseat role on al-Qaeda operations.
There were countless false leads and dead ends. Many lives were lost in this covert and dangerous game to find a man who became known as “the rabbit” because of his Alice-in-Wonderland ability to vanish down a hole. Perseverance started to pay off thanks to information gleaned from interrogating inmates at Guantánamo Bay and other controversial detention centres, where individuals suspected of being engaged in al-Qaeda activity were being held without charge.
They identified a man who was believed to act as a courier for bin Laden, according to a US official. He was said to be a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and a trusted assistant of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the former No 3 of al-Qaeda, who was captured in 2005. The CIA monitored this man, whose name has not been released and who was also killed in the Navy Seal raid, for the next two years until they finally managed to uncover his identity and the areas in Pakistan where he and his brother operated.
The men were careful to cover their tracks, heightening suspicion about their activity and the importance of the person for whom they worked. “The fact that they were being so careful reinforced our belief that we were on the right track,” a senior Administration official said.
Then, in August last year, there was a breakthrough. Intelligence officials located the residence where the two men and their families lived. It was a compound in Abbottabad, a town with a rich military history, including being the home to Pakistan’s equivalent to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Britain.