“An increasing number of websites and purported news entities thrive by putting out information that is exciting, shocking, controversial—and often wrong.” – Russ Baker
by Russ Baker source: Who What Why Mar 19, 2012
Perhaps you read or heard the brief flurry of excited reports: an intelligence expert was saying that, contrary to what the Obama White House told us, Osama bin Laden’s body was not hastily thrown into the ocean last May, but instead was secretly flown by a CIA plane to the US, where it underwent forensic examination.
For those of us who see plenty of holes and inconsistencies in the official government account of the Navy SEAL raid last May that purportedly bagged bin Laden, the new reports were tantalizing.
Tantalizing but untrue. The back story is revealing about the tragic ways in which the public is jerked around: manipulated and lied to both by the government and by irresponsible critics of the government who benefit from selling fear and scandal.
The kerfuffle over Osama’s body got impetus recently when the website WikiLeaks began publishing a vast trove of e-mails from the private US security company Stratfor. They had been obtained by the hacker collective Anonymous and its splinter group Lulzsec.
Quite a few of the e-mails are interesting, but one set stood out. They were from the day after the US raid on a Pakistani compound where, we are told, Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, then flew his body to a ship, whence it was dumped in the ocean.
In the early morning of May 2nd, 2011,Stratfor staffers began sending internal e-mails about the bin Laden news. Most of them were from Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president for intelligence.
The first, and the one that got so much interest, contained the provocative subject line
Than [sic] onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda.
This would have been a big deal for several reasons…..