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As the nation celebrates the assassination of the FBI's number one on the ten most wanted fugitives list, I hope it brings a little bit of closure to those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The successful near flawless operation gave a boost of confidence to our intelligence group who has been taking the heat for 9/11 and Iraq for quite some time. It showed the world that our Navy Seals can do what others think is impossible.

I don't know for a fact, but I bet "eyes rolled" when on that June of 2009 when newly -elected president Obama instructed CIA director Leon Panetta to make the finding and killing of Osama Bin Laden a number one priority. I suspect they said "we have tried for years, but he's in a no man's land, and this new president just wants us to cross the dots.” Leon Panetta assembled the Navy Seal Team Six (NSTS) and on August of 2009 the president and his National Security team held their first briefings. This information was held by a small team. The final briefings took place during the months of March and April , while all along the NSTS team were in training and practicing every move, so when the final order was given, they would be prepared to kill Osama Bin Laden, with minimal damage to innocent civilians. The president issued the final order last Friday and two days later the mission was accomplished...The president was able to view the mission in real -time in the Situation Room.That must be nerve racking but it shows how far our technology has come.

It's important to know that there is no room for politics in any part of our National Security teams. The fact that we were never 100% sure that Osama Bin Laden was actually in that compound and all the risk of a failure; it still took a command presence to issue the order of execution. If this operation had failed like "Black Hawk Down" the president and the CIA director would never have lived that down. The orders were to kill Osama Bin Laden because sending him to Guantanamo Bay was never an option. We evidently didn't share intelligence with Pakistan because as the team was hightailing it out of the area, Pakistan started to scramble fighter jets to the area not knowing what was actually taking place. It's funny how it became a CIA operation because the Pakistani government does not want our military to set foot in Pakistan. That whole sovereign nation solvency gets complicated in Pakistan. Their laws and constitution change as circumstances dictate.

Osama Bin Laden was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial. I think it would be hard to find a country that would want his remains. It's been confirmed that we have DNA to prove his identity, but we do have positive identification.

There still are questions out there; such as, the leaders of Pakistan not knowing that the world's most wanted man was living less than an a kilometer away from their most prestigious military academy. I mean this compound had 12-18 foot high walls, so it stood out. The fact that there were no telephone lines or internet connection was proof to our intelligence, that whoever was living there did not want to be found. I guess Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a little explaining to do, because we successively carried out a covert operation in a sovereign nation without their permission. Then again, in this part of the world, who are our allies, double- agents, or enemies? It does explain why she chastised a journalist, telling him that the Pakistan military knew where Osama was but they weren’t making an effort to get him.