High-level lying remains modus operandi of U.S. policy’

Osama bin Laden

Did President Obama deceive Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden?

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says so in a narrative published on Sunday.

The renowned author accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for the al-Qaida leader’s death.

“It’s been four years since a group of U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Hersh writes in an article on the London Review of Books. “The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election.”

Hersh argues Obama’s decision – he terms it “high-level lying” – to take credit for bin Laden’s death forced the military and intelligence communities to scramble to corroborate the president’s version of events.

“High-level lying … remains the modus operandi of U.S. policy,” Hersh wrote of the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies, “along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”

Full report at WND

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