Report: Obama Lied About Bin Laden Raid



An expose published on Sunday alleges that President Obama deceived Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Author Seymour M. Hersh accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for the al Qaeda leader’s death.

This decision, Hersh argues in the London Review of Books, forced the military and intelligence communities to scramble and then corroborate the president’s version of events.

“High-level lying nonetheless remains the modus operandi of U.S. policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no,” Hersh wrote of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies.

Hersh based his report on a single, anonymous source. This individual, he said, is a “retired senior intelligence official who was knowledgeable about the initial intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in Abottabad.”

Hersh’s source alleged that the Pakistani government had an active role in approving and implementing the raid on bin Laden’s compound.

In addition, the source said that the Obama administration originally agreed to announce bin Laden had been killed in a drone strike rather than shot during an active Special Forces mission.

“Obama’s speech was put together in a rush,” Hersh wrote of Obama’s announcement of Operation Neptune Spear to Americans.

“This series of self-serving and inaccurate statements would create chaos in the weeks following,” he added.

“This was not the fog of war,” Hersh quoted his anonymous source as saying.

“The fact that there was an agreement with the Pakistanis and no contingency analysis of what was to be disclosed if something went wrong – that wasn’t even discussed,” the source added.

“And once it went wrong, they had to make up a new cover story on the fly,” the source said of Obama’s advisers’ response to his speech on the raid, Hersh wrote.

Hersh’s report also accuses the Obama administration of embellishing the details of the raid itself and presenting al Qaeda as a bigger threat than it actually was before bin Laden’s death.

The White House did not comment on Hersh’s claims.




  1. Unless I see the footage, I’ll continue to believe that this is just a conspiracy and Bin Laden is still alive. Why cant we, the American people, see the alleged video of our biggest enemy being killed? This “excuse” that it will “offend” the Muslims, is a bunch of crock.

  2. Seymour M. Hersh has a history of publishing sensational and highly dubious exposes based on the flimsiest possible “evidence” – in this case a single anonymous source. These allegations deserve the same level of credence as the most deranged Obama hating (or loving) nuts post in the dark demented corners of the internet. “The CIA and Israel brought down the Twin Towers with a controlled demolition” – yeah, that kind of crazy.

  3. Matzav: you look very ridiculous in your dislike for the President, you keep revealing your blind sided desire to defame and slander the President. Every time you do that…you keep loosing integrity in your journalism.

  4. To #1 we are looking to find something good under the carpet, under the beds in the attics but sad to say there aren’t any.

  5. For all the comments bashing matzav check your facts all the major news sources are posting the story . You guys owe Matzav an apology In all fairness they even posted your uneducated comments.

  6. as far as i can see, there is NO proof that bin laden is actually dead. we saw no body. he was buried at sea immediately? since when has america taken the religious customs of an enemy seriously. there is something very odd in thois whole story