Monday, May 2, 2011


Port Townsend, today. What a remarkable news cycle we have just experienced!

Using tactics and information sharing torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel, the raid to kill Osama bin Laden was fed to the situation room in the White House on a live video feed!

Far from living in a dusty cave, bin Laden was living in a very nice modern community, Abbottabad. The city was named in honor of British Major James Abbott, who was posted there during British occupation of Pakistan.

You can learn more about Abbottabad - "The City of Pines" - by visiting their web page!

And even more remarkable, the raid was inadvertently Twittered as it was happening!

Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant living in Abbottabad, discovered on Monday morning that he had live-tweeted the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden's compound by accident.

Athar, who lives near the Jalal Baba Auditorium - about 250m from bin Laden's compound - put out his first tweet relating to the attack at about 9pm on Sunday BST, or 1am local time, when he noticed a helicopter hovering overhead: "a rare event", he commented.

That was followed by "A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad. I hope it's not the start of something nasty." But he mused that something odd must be going on: "Since Taliban (probably) don't have helicopters, and since they're saying it was not "ours", so must be a complicated situation," he pondered.

The realisation hit him at about 6am UK BST (10am Pakistan time): "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."

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Luxembourg said...

I really enjoyed reading your posts. They are all well written and informative. Congratulations on you achievement.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thank you for your words of encouragement!

- Robert in Port Townsend.

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