There's an old sketch from MTV's brilliant The State, where a kid reprimands his obnoxious classmates, saying, "You can't even joke about it! You just can't say 'Gee, wouldn't it be great if we shot the President,'" which results in a swarm of Secret Service agents flooding the classroom and carrying him away. Well, that isn't much of an exaggeration.
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Details of what happened on the night we killed Bin Laden have been dripping slowly from the White House, but anonymous government sources have just handed the AP the entire story. Every single detail. The SEAL dog's name was Cairo.
All the world may want a peek at the Osama bin Laden execution photos, but sorry, sickies - you'll just have to settle for a second-hand account from Senator James Inhofe and his Cryptkeeper-like attention to gruesome detail.
You're not allowed to see the CIA's postmortem photos of Osama bin Laden. But that doesn't mean they can't be described to you! Senator James Inhofe got a chance to see the pictures today, because he is a fancy boy, and the Oklahoma Republican was very excited to tell everyone about it. In, uh, detail. They're "gruesome"!
We caught and shot Osama bin Laden in a rundown, decrepit compound, lacking any electronic contact with the outside world. But in 2001, the Times of London (and the Pentagon) thought he was living in a comic villain's super fortress.
What do you do when you're a terrorist pent up in a huge, rundown compound with no phone or internet? Write down "vague, aspirational" terror plots in your notebook, the NYT reports. Like derailing a train on Christmas.
The word circulating among news outlets is that a single dog was involved in the Osama bin Laden raid. According to the UK Sun, dogs (typically German Shepherds) involved in Navy SEAL operations are usually strapped with armour and cameras to sniff for explosives, attack armed foes and provide valuable intel for soldiers.
In the hour before President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, Google searches for the al Queda leader increased one million per cent. Google, who mentioned this mind-boggling stat in a tweet, included the above image.
Barack Obama has finally decided against releasing a photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse as proof of his death. But the former chief freedom of information expert for the US government tells Gawker that he may not have that choice.
Unless you've been living in Tora Bora, you've undoubtedly heard that a few minor things happened this week. As such, for this week's toolkit, we've rounded up nine objects that we think the US military probably found helpful in their pursuit of Osama bin Laden.