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. popeye

    How is it that Osama hid so well? He was dressed as a drag me.
    I'm popeye and I'm a drag queen loser.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lucy

    @Randy: I know, right? Big bad brave men using a woman as a human shield. This should tell us once and for all just how little these cretins actually value and honor their women.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucy

    Jorma, although Obama is starting to kick of his campaign, to think this was all done to reassure his re-election is short-sighted and stupid. He called GWB personally to tell him the news and thank his administration for their help, and he thanked the military, because it was a military operation. Would you rather have heard the news coming from the Donald's mouth? Don't be disingenuous.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      tHANK bUSH FOR GETTING THIS STARTED. AND WHERE IN THE HORRIBLE ARE ALL THESE SO CALLED--PEACEFUL MUSLIMS. HUH? HIDING IN THEIR Mosque, moarning over Bin. It is a shame that John O'neill did not live to see this. If Condi would have liten to him, bin would be gone before 9/11 Too bad you can not buy " Path to 9/11" I got it thru e-BAY. eVERYONE SHOULD SEE IT.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Outsider (Jorma)

    Yeah, this bozo, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman says 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," Duh, this guy is real smart....

    I guess this Levin dude thinks that all the American public are stupid. What a load of horse SH!T.

    It looks to me like you, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, has a lot of explaining to do. Pathetic.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Outsider (Jorma)


    The Obama comment was "tongue in cheek". Wasn't saying it was all tied to the start of his re-election campaign. Jeez dude, you of all people, ought to know what "sarcasm" is......

    Don't know where GWB or The Donald play into my comment since I didn't mention them. But *shrug*...

    So, who you playing today? Obviously, popeye. Haven't seen Cesar "pop" up yet. What about the rest of your gang? 😉

    May 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |

    i heard the reason they didn't know he was there was cause he had a 'fake id' he was going as 'skippy john jones'...

    May 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fowez

    Find birth certificate. CHECK

    Find Osama Bin Laden. CHECK

    What's the missing WMDs in Iraq?

    May 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ACS

    There are at least 3 locations in this blog of different compound locations? Whats the deal? Where is it????????????

    May 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zainab

    I may have had the misfortune to have been born and to live in Pakistan – a country crippled by corrupt and weak Govts. and a two-faced army. However, I wept on 9/11 and I rejoiced today. Being born in Pakistan may make you ashamed, cynical and frustrated but does not automatically rob you of your humanity. There are millions of people in Pakistan who feel the same way and scores have been killed for it.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Thank you for reminding us that we should not be tarring the entire country of Pakistan with the terrorism brush. Millions of ordinary Pakistanis wept with us on 9/11 and are rejoicing today – let's not be too hasty to brand an entire people! We complain bitterly when America is besmirched by the actions of a minority, let's not do the same!!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FatBob

    There was an interesting comment made last night in one of the analysis sessions on CNN. Till six to eight months, it was Pakistan's ISI that was guiding US (CIA+Military) on 'Osama-hunt'. The analysis said that for past six months, US has been operating solo and that Pakistan government has expressed displeasure over it.

    So for past 10 year, we've been (mis)guided. Once we ditched the trusted 'ally' – it took us little over six months.

    Is it just me or someone else thinks this is fishy?

    May 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Very clearly they have been double gaming us.. Even Khalid sheik mohammed (911 planner) was caught very near Pakistani army facility in rawalpindi. Right under the nose of Pak army/ISI

      May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • pp

      The pakis play game everyday, Especially the ISI and every terrorist is from Pakistan what a coincidence .. Infact I'll say India nd US shud wipe out Pakistan off the face of earth

      May 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cheno

    pakistan is no ones ally. they harbour terrorists and take millions of pounds that we haven't got. i hope we all unite and take down these two faced, money hungry, corrupt people in their government.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Was Osama bin Laden a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Probably not, but his strategy is explained by one of my favorite quotes from the Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers:

    "The closer we are to danger, the further we are from harm. It's the last thing they'll expect."

    May 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. i rule

    Pakis are in trouble pakis are in trouble!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pnut

    Of course the Pakistani government knew where he was, does anyone really believe that the ISI doesn't know everything that happens in that country ? That he was hiding in a place that stod out for its size, security precautions, and secrecy makes it all the more obvious. The people of Pakistan are Muslims and the vast majority are sympathetic to Al Qaeda and any jihadists. Let's stop kidding ourselves, we may not be at war with Islam but Islam is at war with US ! Wake up.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peace

    Can anybody in the world believe that Pak did not know where Laden is? Is USA trying to fool the world. Everybody know Laden was USA's Conman till Russian left Afganistan. Most of the muslim terrorism is funded by Saudi Arabia. USA know that, everybody knows and yet it most arrogantly carries on with alliance with Saudi, and Pakistan. It may not be wrong to say there is a nexus of greed between Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and US like a curse hanging on the world.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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