Since the news broke last May, there has been much secrecy around the death of Osama bin Laden. The United States initially stated that bin Laden was armed, then changed the story to clarify that he was never armed. This clarification has never been adequately explained as to why bin Laden was not, therefore, taken into custody instead of possibly being executed. Then, bin Laden’s body was dumped into the sea, no photos, no evidence that the event even occurred, fueling the minds of conspiracy theorists. Now, there is more to the mystery and secrecy surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden. With the aid of floodlights, the compound where bin Laden was allegedly killed was demolished by Pakistani authorities.
Mechanized backhoe vehicles and construction workers began pulling down the house on Saturday night, working under floodlights.
Authorities never allowed journalists inside the building, and starting from a few days after the raid stopped them from even getting close to it.
Officials did not explain why the house was destroyed. Some residents of Abbottabad thought it should be a tourist attraction, although given the sensitivities surrounding the property it was hard to see the government developing it as one.
Property documents show the land was owned by a man who later served as a courier for bin Laden. He is believed to have been killed during the raid.
Last year, several foreigners were briefly detained for trying to see it, including the Danish ambassador and his wife. U.S. commandos took computers, books and other intelligence materials from the building after killing bin Laden, and American officials were allowed to visit it in the weeks that followed.
Numerous questions remain about the death of Osama bin Laden. Why were DNA tests never performed to confirm his death? Why the enormous amount of secrecy surrounding his death?
With both the Pakistani and US refusing to comment on the issue and the subsequent demolition of bin Laden’s compound, no one will really know what happened last May. We have contradicting official accounts, which only lead to more questions. With the newly released Wikileaks documents, it also appears that Osama bin Laden was in regular contact with high ranking members of the Pakistani military. As the secrecy continues to surround the end of bin Laden, more questions arise that only lead to further distrust in the two governments.