At a press briefing held Monday afternoon, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism advisor John Brennan suggested that Pakistanian officials were aware that they were harboring Osama Bin Laden in “plain sight.” Brennan acknowledged ” I think it’s inconceivable that bin Laden did not have a support system in the country that allowed him to remain there for an extended period of time.” This brings up rather significant doubt as to whether the Pakistan government will cooperate fully with the U.S. in its’ efforts to destroy Al Qaeda cells throughout the Middle East.
Osama Bin Laden was mortally wounded Sunday after a Navy Seal ambush on his compound in a city about 35 miles outside of Isalamabad, Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden and other family members were residing in a large, heavily guarded, mansion. The compound was built in 2005 on a large plot of rural land in Abbottabad, an affluent suburb of Islamabad.
Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. were prepared to capture Bin Laden alive. “If we had the opportunity to take bin Laden alive, if he didn’t present any threat, the individuals involved were able and prepared to do that, ” Brennan revealed. But the general consensus was that Bin Laden would resist capture and be killed. Pictures of a dead Bin Laden may never be released to the public according to White House officials. Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence are careful to point out the importance of maintaining confidential information and documents as other terrorists are sought out and brought to justice.