Not long after the White House announcement about its US Navy Seals operation in Abbottabad, ABC News released a set of pictures from what it claimed was the interior of Bin Laden’s home. With ABC refusing to share the photos with other news conglomerates, both the NY Times and Wall Street Journal handled the photos gingerly, using language like: “Footage obtained by ABC News showed what the network said was a room inside the compound,” or “Footage obtained by ABC News showed what appeared to be blood on a floor inside the compound.”
Later, ABC released the video from which the images were presumably culled. Missing from both the video and later uploads of the picture series was the photo above. Why did ABC scrub this particular segment? If the legs are Nick Schifrin’s, the ABC correspondent who seemed to have breached the security cordon, why is the video so shitty? If the legs are not Schifrin’s, which intelligence agency produced it and why is ABC so concerned about protecting the anonymity of the mystery legs? And when will we see photos from inside Luis Posada Carriles’ lair? (Never.)
In fact, Simon McGuinness, in a post at the CubaNews listserve, aptly points out the following:
Anyone care to suggest how the baying mob in Times Square, that has graced the world’s TV screens today, would respond to the following report:
“Cuban President, Raul Castro, has announced a successful raid on the mansion of Luis Posada Carriles in Florida and reports that the terrorist, his wife, son and some unidentified others were killed by Cuban commandos after a shoot-out. His body was photographed and taken away for burial at sea. No Cuban lives were lost in the mission. The world is a safer place without him. God bless Cuba.”
The difference, of course, is that Posada is a convicted terrorist, a self confessed mass murderer and fugitive from justice that the US government refuses to extradite. We have only the US president’s word that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for any act of terrorism.
The other difference is that the Cuban President doesn’t engage in assassination of his political opponents.