How did bin Laden hide just yards from Pakistan military academy?
A map shows the compound and the city where Osama bin Laden was killed and its location to a Pakistan Military Academy.
May 2nd, 2011
12:35 PM ET

How did bin Laden hide just yards from Pakistan military academy?

The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces is located a bit more than 1,000 yards from a Pakistan Military Academy, raising some questions about how much information the Pakistan military may have had about his whereabouts.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, said during a press conference that the Pakistani army has "a lot of explaining to do."

"I think the Pakistani army and intelligence have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length of time and the apparent fact that this facility was actually built for bin Laden and its closeness to the central location of the Pakistani army," Levin said. "So I think the army and the intelligence of Pakistan have plenty of questions that they should be answering and hopefully they are being asked by the Pakistani government."

Abbottabad is home to Pakistan's equivalent of West Point – and the website of the Pakistani military even describes the PMA as "a short distance from Abbottabad" also noting "a fine straight road leads to PMA."

Levin said while he appreciated some of the remarks made by President Asif Ali Zardari, he expected that he would have talks with the military about what they knew.

"I do think that the Pakistani president's statement today was a very reassuring statement when he very specifically said that he thinks it is a great victory and that it's a success and he congratulates us on the success of the operation," he said.

But although Levin said he was "not necessarily suspicious" that Zardari or civilian leadership knew, he added, "I must tell you I hope (Zardari) ... will follow through and ask some very tough questions of his own military and his own intelligence. They have got a lot of explaining to do."

soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Austin

    If you really think the timing of this is somehow suspect, or was "managed" for political purposes, then riddle me this: why wouldn't they do it much closer to either next year's presidential election, or last year's congressional elections? If anything, the timing of last night's announcement will benefit Obama and/or the Democratic Party significantly less than if it were being managed or orchestrated somehow.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    The United States has known of Pakistan's relationships with terror networks. This is no surprise. There is still alot of work to be done in the world. Zardari and his government are at best inept buffoons, His police and intelligence organization are criminals. International pressure or force must be asserted to bring about nor only change but punishment for those responsible for harboring, protecting and aiding Al Queda in Pakistan.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam D

    IMO the Pakistani military always knew where he was hiding...they were playing us and pretending to help us.....And if we had them involved in this operation they would surely have tipped these guys off and helped them get away......Never trust what the Pakistanis say

    May 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DK

    I know it's kind of irrelevant at this stage but in the hindsight US underestimated the level of involvement ISI had with terrorists and antisocial elements. it is a very well known in South Asia for a fact that all terrorist heads are located in Pakistan and especially close to POK (Pakistan Occupied Kasmir) – living in a safe heaven under the protection of ISI and Pakistan Military. India has been suffering over 2 decades at the hand of these terrorists and can't do really any thing about these individuals as it lacks the political power, international support or fire power to take care of the sort of attack US carried out. I hope US sides with India and try to live on the right side of history after this episode. Unlike Pakistan, Iraq or other countries – India doesn't need billions of dollars, boot on the ground. The biggest democracy in the world just needs some intel and firepower, political clout to kill the cancer or terror and jihadi system for good.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Omen

    Of course Bin Laden was allowed to build and live in a huge compound. He's Islam's robin hood. The people of the United states need to start demanding from our politicians that they stop wasting our money on countries that don't like us. If we give someone aid then we need to see results from that money.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tommy Jonq

    the same way eric rudolph remained "hidden" in north carolina for five years: the "american" government wasn't really looking for him. why was the CIA "looking" for bin laden in afghanistan? why does u.s. special forces have to get every bad guys themselves? where are there so-called teammates? where are there so-called allies?

    May 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tommy Jonq

    the CIA will get their revenge. obama's plane will be shot down by "al qaeda." you'll see. zawahiri sold out bin laden in exchange for CIA support.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tommy Jonq

    Cuckoo Cuckoo.. The freaks come out at night...

    May 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      They sure did last night after they heard about what happened to Usama bin Laden and how!!! There's no shortage of right-wing freaks in this country,no way!!!

      May 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lucy

    @Jorma:
    My name is Lucy, and I just started posting here less than a week ago. I do not know what you are referring to, but I gather that there's a lot of trolling going on. So, dude, although I do know what sarcasm is, I didn't take you Obama comment as "tongue in cheek", because I don't know you or your posting style.
    I was named after Lucille Ball, whom my mother adored. Not real fond of the name, either, but jeez, get a grip!
    Who or what are YOU named after?
    And that last question was sarcasm.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    More right-wing bla-bla-bla. It never ends. How disgusting!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lucifer

    And Lucille Ball was named in honor of me! Bwahaha!! That's why she likes stuffing brown balls in her mouth then going home to her communist hubby! Har har!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @ (Jorma):

    You forgot RUFFNUTT, me, Jazzzzzz, raven, original Cesar, Philip, et al. *Shrug*

    @Lucy:

    Welcome. Many may be wary of your name because there was someone named Lucifer here who was apparently a troll. I called him Lucy one time, and I guess you are being identified as that person. You'll probably get this unless you change your name. Just sayin'!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @John:

    There is no shortage of leftist freaks with their bla bla bla, either.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    ROFL! They got bin laden using wikileaks! His fav couriers full name was there. Way to go assange

    May 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    BANASYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    May 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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