Eyewitnesses: Electricity cut 2 hrs before bin Laden kill, came back 15 minutes after raid finished

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14 Responses to “Eyewitnesses: Electricity cut 2 hrs before bin Laden kill, came back 15 minutes after raid finished”

  1. royaltrux says:

    According to tweets by ReallyVirtual, Abbottabad is very often without electricity.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      When I was in India, even big cities like Delhi had electrical and water outages. I imagine that a Pakistani hill town would have very spotty utilities.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Blackouts are common here in the Philippines, so everyone has a generator for backup. That includes cafes and stores. I suspect it is the same in Pakistan.

    As for “how did he tweet”, well you tweet from a cellphone with a good battery, via a cellphone tower that has a backup generator.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hell, I’m from California and we are often without power!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Umm, numerous media outlets have reported that the helicopters took off from Ghazi air base, which is in Pakistan, not Afghanistan, e.g. these two:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/02/how-osama-bin-laden-found
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382645/

    The person quoted in the article lives near Bin Laden’s compound so he may well know his own town, but in terms of the logistics of this operation, the quote that Xeni chose sounds like idle speculation rather than new input from someone with actual knowledge. That particular quote is one of the least worthy of being excerpted.

  5. chris23 says:

    I always appreciate John McCreary’s take on such matters:
    http://www.kforcegov.com/Services/IS/NightWatch/NightWatch_11000094.aspx

  6. Michael Smith says:

    Remember this kids: always use photovoltaic power for your secret lair, especially in notoriously sunny places like Pakistan.

  7. Anonymous says:

    If the electricity was cut how was that guy able to live tweet the raid?

  8. liamuk says:

    As someone who goes to Pakistan often, I can tell you that we lose electricity very often

  9. WaylonWillie says:

    Hmmm… So much of the news is speculation and filler today. The line about “were probably part of this operation” might better be followed with “according to a guy from the area.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’d read elsewhere that the operation was actually launched from a US base in Pakistan (the one we were organizing the flood relief from). And its looking more and more like OBL was being protected by the corrupt Pakistani military.

    I also get the feeling that this was kept pretty under wraps leading up to the attack, out of fear that he would get tipped off.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it more likely that this was launched from an aircraft carrier?

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