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10日遅れの情報にようやく追いつけました。調査報道で名高いSeymour M. Hershがビンラディン殺害はやらせだったことをLRBで書いていたんですね。最近ツイッターでもちょくちょく触れられていた理由がようやくわかりました(汗)1万語の記事なので週末に読んでみます。

The Killing of Osama bin Laden
Seymour M. Hersh
Vol. 37 No. 10 · 21 May 2015
pages 3-12 | 10356 words


The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory
Updated by Max Fisher on May 11, 2015, 8:45 a.m. ET

On Sunday, the legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh finally released a story that he has been rumored to have been working on for years: the truth about the killing of Osama bin Laden. According to Hersh's 10,000-word story in the London Review of Books, the official history of bin Laden's death — in which the US tracked him to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan; killed him in a secret raid that infuriated Pakistan; and then buried him at sea — is a lie.

Hersh's story is amazing to read, alleging a vast American-Pakistani conspiracy to stage the raid and even to fake high-level diplomatic incidents as a sort of cover. But his allegations are largely supported only by two sources, neither of whom has direct knowledge of what happened, both of whom are retired, and one of whom is anonymous. The story is riven with internal contradictions and inconsistencies.

The story simply does not hold up to scrutiny — and, sadly, is in line with Hersh's recent turn away from the investigative reporting that made him famous into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.


The truth, Hersh says, is that Pakistani intelligence services captured bin Laden in 2006 and kept him locked up with support from Saudi Arabia, using him as leverage against al-Qaeda. In 2010, Pakistan agreed to sell bin Laden to the US for increased military aid and a "freer hand in Afghanistan." Rather than kill him or hand him over discreetly, Hersh says the Pakistanis insisted on staging an elaborate American "raid" with Pakistani support.



Teacher: Murph is a great kid. She’s really bright, but she’s been having a little trouble lately. She brought this in to show the other students. The section on the lunar landings.
Cooper: Yeah, it’s one of my old textbooks. She always loved the pictures.
Teacher: It’s an old federal textbook. We’ve replaced them with the corrected versions.
Cooper: Corrected?
Teacher: Explaining how the Apollo missions were faked to bankrupt the Soviet Union.
Cooper: You don’t believe we went to the moon?
Teacher: I believe that it was a brilliant piece of propaganda. That the Soviets bankrupted themselves pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines.
Cooper: Useless machines?
Teacher: And if we don’t want a repeat of the excess and wastefulness of the 20th Century, then we need to teach our kids about this planet — not tales of leaving it.
Cooper: You know, one of those useless machines they used to make was called an MRI. And if we had any of those left, the doctors would have been able to cut the cyst in my wife’s brain before she died, instead of afterwards. And then she would have been the one sitting her listening to this instead of me, which would’ve been good because she was always the calmer one.

One of my old textbooks. Murph liked
the pictures.
This is one of the old federal
textbooks. We've replaced them with corrected versions.
The new textbooks explain that the
Apollo lunar missions were faked in order to bankrupt the Soviet Union.
You don't believe we went to the
I believe it was a brilliant piece
of propaganda. The Soviets spent years trying to build rockets and other useless machines.
COOPER "Useless machines"?
Cooper looks to the Principal for help. None is forthcoming.
Yes, Mr. Cooper. The kind of
wastefulness and excess that the
20th century represented. Your children would be better off learning about this planet, rather than reading fantasies about leaving it.
Cooper is silent for a long moment.
One of those useless machines they
used to make was called an MRI. If we had any of them left the doctors might have been able to find the cyst in my wife's brain before she died, rather than afterwards. And then my kids could have been raised by two parents, instead of me and their pain-in-the-ass grandfather.