Saturday, May 7, 2011

Osama bin Laden videos confiscated from Abbottabad compound, released by the Pentagon

Osama bin Laden's home videos seized at his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan where he was killed in a raid by the U.S. Forces, have been released by the Pentagon on Saturday.

A screen grab of one Osama bin Laden's videos confiscated in the Abbottabad raid which shows him watching Television | Photo courtesy of BBC News

The newly released tapes of Osama bin Laden show him watching himself on television and preparing a video message addressed to the US government.

The videos would serve as further proof that US Navy SEALs really killed the terrorist leader at his Abbottabad hideout early morning on May 2 (Pakistan Standard Time). They are also said to show Osama bin Laden as "vain, someone obsessed with his portrayal by the world's media", according to Associate Press (AP).

AP further reported that "one of the movies shows bin Laden, wrapped in a brown blanket and holding a remote control, flipping back and forth between clips of himself. The small television was perched on top of a desk with wires running to a nearby cable or control box."

"In another, he has apparently dyed and neatly trimmed his beard for the filming of a propaganda video," AP added.

"The evidence seized during the raid also includes phone numbers and documents that officials hope will help break the back of the organization behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks," AP continued.

The videos confiscated from bin Laden's secret hideout were shown to reporters on May 7th and are said to be part of the largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever collected.

Meanwhile, remember Sohaib Athar, the guy who unwittingly reported the raid in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound via Twitter? He also have a couple of Youtube videos relating to the incident. Check them out below:

Title: Osama's compound - burning after the attack

Title: Osama Bin Laden's Hideout

Here are photos of the tweets of Sohaib Athar:

His earlier tweets include the following in chronological order:

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/

A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S

@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too… the helicopter is gone too.

@m0hcin seems like my giant swatter worked !

@m0hcin the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…

han3yy Hania Ahmed by ReallyVirtual OMG :S Bomb Blasts in Abbottabad.. I hope everyone is fine :(

@raihak I try, man, I try (in reply to entreaty to “be safe!”)

@raihak Funny, moving to Abbottabad was part of the ‘being safe’ strategy

Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation#abbottabad

@raihak yep, the mad power cuts have reached abbottabad – 14 hours daily – luckily I have a generator AND a UPS at the coffee shop

@tahirakram yea. *hides his giant swatter*

@kashaziz technically, it is unidentified until identified, and it is a flying object, so year, why the hell not, we have seen weirder stuff

@tahirakram they’re not saying anything

The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.

@wqs figures, if they have the right to shoot planes flying over the president house, the must have the same instructions for PMA

@smedica people are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. I heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful.

@tahirakram very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was.

@smedica It must have been more, I started noticing the helicpoter when the noise got irritating – which part of Abbottabd are you in?

@smedica I live near Jalal Baba Auditorium

@smedica ’safer’ is a relative term that has lost its meaning in Pakistan

Here’s the location of the Abbottabad crash according to some people >>>

Two helicpoters, one down, could actually be the training accident scenario they’re saying it was >>

and now I feel I must apologize to the pilot about the swatter tweets :-/

And now, a plane flying over Abbottabad…

@raihak The day there is uninterrupted electricity in Lahore for a whole month, I will start packing my bags, until then, Abbottabad is home

1 dead and 1 injured in Abbottabad for heli crashed

Interesting rumors in the otherwise uneventful Abbottabad air today

naqvi rt by ReallyVirtual I think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected.

Report from a taxi driver: The army has cordoned off the crash area and is conducting door-to-door search in the surrounding

@kursed What really happened doesn’t matter if there is an official story behind it that 99.999% of the world would believe

@kursed Another rumor: two copters that followed the crashed one were foreign Cobras – and got away

@ahmedbilal @kursed Sadly. We should start learning how to spread believable stories and recreate a reality that suits us.

@kursed True, but stranger things have happened. I just hope they don’t find my giant helicopter swatter. Must hide it :-/

Report from a sweeper: A family also died in the crash, and one of the helicopter riders got away and is now being searched for.

@kursed Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes.

@kursed I think I should take out my big blower to blow the fog of war away and see the clearer picture.

I guess Abbottabad is going to get as crowded as the Lahore that I left behind for some peace and quiet. *sigh*

RT @ISuckBigTime: Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it << Uh oh, there goes the

Wondering what would be the right music to play in the coffee shop today…