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This is the Memo That Killed Osama Bin Laden
If you can manage to decipher Leon Panetta’s chicken scratch, you too can read the final memo that launched the raid that killed America’s most hated enemy. The memo is part of Peter Bergen’s Time cover story on Osama bin Laden’s last days and Obama’s call to go ahead, despite Joe Biden and Robert Gates’ disapproval, with the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s Abottabad complex. Here’s the transcription:
Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault. The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire.
I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else. …As a result of that [voice analysis], you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman. —
Tom Owen, biometric voice analysis expert • Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, on his assessment of a 911 audio recording featuring sounds of screaming during the Trayvon Martin incident. In an interview with Piers Morgan earlier this week (which generated some heat from MSNBC’s Touré), George Zimmerman’s brother Robert insisted that the screaming on the tape was that of his brother. Owen, an expert in biometric voice analysis, says that’s not so, after isolating the screams and testing them against the sound of Zimmerman’s voice on his initial 9/11 call reporting Martin to the police. He was careful to add, however, that he can’t prove or disprove it’s Martin’s voice, as he has no audio sample of the teen with which to compare. A second voice analysis, by a different expert commissioned by the Sentinel, reached the same conclusion. source (via • follow)
ObamaCare was killed by nine people in black robes. I told you there would be death panels. — Stephen Colbert (via brooklynmutt)
Fareed Zakaria: America needs a 2-page tax code -
Ummm, he needs to stick to international politics. Doesn’t know squat about taxes.
“Mitt Romney on the campaign trail has chided President Barack Obama for failing to curb prices at the pump, even as prominent economists have debunked those talking points, saying there’s little the president can do to lower prices in the short term. Now the latest twist: No one from Romney’s economic team will step forward to defend him.”
Mitt Romney Gas Prices Rhetoric Doesn’t Get Support Of His Own Economists:
NY TIMES EDITORIAL: "Stand Your Ground laws are abominations that should be repealed. One obvious flaw among many is that slain victims can never tell their side of the story — an undisputed fact in the tragic slaying of Trayvon Martin." -
Logo to Air 24-hour ‘Showgirls’ Marathon on April Fool’s Day | EW -
I have no words…
Greatest tradition since TBS’ Leap Day marathon?
If a faster processor, more RAM, a double-the-resolution retina display, a better camera, and maybe even LTE networking make for a “modest” update, then what would it take for the iPad 3 to be deemed an immodest update? A fusion energy source? Teleportation? A camera that sees into the future? — John Gruber, AP: ‘New iPad Expected to Have Modest Upgrades’ (via stoweboyd)
AP: "A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would allow vasectomies only when necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. Vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services." -