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Compound gives up bin Laden

By Marcie Geffner ·
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Posted: 10 am ET

Follow the real estate.

That's a liberal misappropriation of the usual cliched instruction that investigators should "follow the money." But it's nonetheless an apt idea in light of the fact that at the end of a 10-year manhunt, it was Osama bin Laden's $1 million house that gave him away.

Authorities found out that bin Laden was living in "a large home" within a "secured compound in an affluent suburb" of Islamabad, Pakistan, called Abbottabad, a town about 35 miles north of the city, according to a transcript of a midnight White House press conference with unidentified senior officials.

The compound first attracted the attention of U.S. intelligence agencies because one of bin Laden's personal couriers and his brother were discovered to be operating in the local area. It then took some time to find out their specific place of residence.

"When we saw the compound where the brothers lived, we were shocked by what we saw -- an extraordinarily unique compound," an official said. "The compound sits on a large plot of land in an area that was relatively secluded when it was built. It is roughly eight times larger than the other homes in the area."

Built in 2005, the compound has 12- to 18-foot walls topped with barbed wire and internal walls that section off different portions to provide extra privacy. Access is restricted by two security gates. The main structure is a three-story building with few windows facing the outside world. A third-floor terrace has a seven-foot privacy wall. All that, but no wired telephone or Internet service.

"Intelligence analysts concluded that this compound was custom-built to hide someone of significance ... the location and the design (were) perfectly consistent with what our experts expected bin Laden’s hideout to look like," an official said.

That's an impressive piece of property, not all like the dank cave or spartan tent so often associated with a typical terrorist's residence.

An irreverent wit might wonder whether bin Laden paid cash or took out a mortgage.

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May 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Borst, Enough of your Bigot laced comments against the Mexican people. Mexican people were already living here while your ancestors were in Europe, Africa or the Orient. All Mexican people are not on welfare and are a hard working people. So if you don't like it here you can always go back to where you originally came from. Comprende?

May 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Borst, Your racist ranting gets old after a while. Your ancestors came from other lands. The Mexican people were already living here. They are not on welfare and are a hard working people. Enough already!

May 08, 2011 at 5:35 am

hitler was killed in same periods of the years < he was killed in late of April

Linda Konft
May 07, 2011 at 5:50 pm

John Borst: Please don't make this about illegal immigration. The government doesn't catch illegals because trying to catch all of them makes no sense.

May 07, 2011 at 3:39 pm

He was unarmed, yet the killed him.
And they were in such a hurry, they had to dump his body in the Ocean.
Standby for more Lies.!!!

Anybody ever wondered why this Bin Laden dude hated America so much

Did you ever gave it a thought??

"Occupation101" on you tube .... This is the Reason why.
He talked about it a million times, Nobody Listened.

Check it out and let me know if he was wrong.!!!
Go Ahead and give it a look.!!!.... See the Truth behind the Lies..!!!

Don't let the dictated media brain wash you anymore, They only show you what they want you to see, Only one side of the story, What about the other side of the story?

anthony Brooker
May 06, 2011 at 5:39 am

Is there any aerial photos available. Thank you.

May 06, 2011 at 1:24 am

Osama would have moved to a new location earlier but he was upside down on his mortgage and it was the biggest house in the neighbor hood and he couldn't get a fair appraisal from the underwriter. The economy was the real factor in the intelligence gathering by the CIA. Go figure!!!

John Borst
May 06, 2011 at 12:45 am

There are over 10-15 million citizens from Mexico living in the US and our government pretends they are not there. Osama bin laden was not living on or of welfare + kept his head down and out of sight so there was no reason Pakistan had to go after him. Besides the registered owner of the home did live there also and several additional adults.

May 05, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Jackson, perhaps the listing agent for this unique Usamabad fixer-upper would also like to tout the east courtyard capable of handling the very latest in stealth helo technology. Oh yeah, I forgot, that's after our little paki friends sell the salvaged parts to the ChiComs. For those of you who object to my viewpoint please make yourselves heard, Pres. Obama never discontinued CARNIVORE so you'll be next on the automated target list. Semper Fi

May 05, 2011 at 4:06 pm

He obviously has sympathisers where he hid but I really doubt if the Pakistani president whose wife was killed with the aid of Bin Laden followers knew where he was. Let us don't forget that Pakistan has also suffered at the hands of terrorists and that Bin Laden is a master at deception. How do you catch a recluse?
Our relationship with Pakistan is like being in a bad marriage but we are staying in it for the sake of the "kids".(Our country)
Their help is invaluable!