Friday, September 9, 2011

PAKISTAN RESTRICTS VISITORS TO BIN LADEN COMPOUND WITHOUT EXPLANATION

The Danish Ambassador to Pakistan and his wife, and two French journalists, were among several people detained this week in Abbottabad, where US Navy SEALS conducted an operation on May 2 to assassinate Osama bin Laden. The group was detained for a couple of hours while their papers were checked. No explanation was given, considering that up until recently visitors were welcome at the compound.

COMMENT: Whether the new restriction on visitors is attributed to the quickly emerging 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 or other factors is unknown. Clearly, the Pakistanis have released no public statements that the compound is now off-limits.

Reportedly, and suddenly, one interpretation is that authorities are now preventing journalists and foreigners from visiting the compound because it is regarded as evidence in investigations into how bin Laden lived there and how the CIA found him. Strange, given the extensive public contamination of "evidence." Until last week, visitors and foreigners were able to walk up to the front door of the main residence without being challenged.


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