The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden, a secret I didn’t know!


“He had two lives: one, open, seen and known by all who cared to know, full of relative truth and of relative falsehood, exactly like the lives of his friends and acquaintances; and another life running its course in secret. And through some strange, perhaps accidental, conjunction of circumstances, everything that was essential, of interest and of value to him, everything in which he was sincere and did not deceive himself, everything that made the kernel of his life, was hidden from other people.” 
― Anton Chekhov, The Lady With the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

Did you know? ‘The CIA recruited a respected Pakistani doctor to organise a fake vaccination drive in the town, and in the process collected thousands of blood samples from children in the area children—among them, as it turned out, Bin Laden’s children. Since theirs was a fairly upscale section of town, the campaign began in a poorer area to make it look more authentic, then moved on to the neighborhood housing the Bin Laden compound a month later—without even following up with the required second or third doses in the poor area. The whole thing worked—with consequences.

For one thing, Dr. Shakil Afridi—the doctor involved—has been convicted of treason by the Pakistani government and given a thirty-three-year prison sentence (“Wouldn’t any country detain people for working for a foreign spy service?” one Iranian official helpfully pointed out). For another, the campaign has caused irreparable damage to organizations that carry out legitimate vaccinations. There are deep-seated suspicions in many Middle Eastern regions about those who provide vaccinations, and this gambit to assist in finding Bin Laden has only bolstered those suspicions—particularly in Nigeria, India and of course Pakistan, where efforts to eradicate polio are ongoing ‘(Mike Floorwalker 25 May 2013).



Is your friendly and none too local prison tired of you trying to break out instead of trying to break in? Are you about to be clobbered from a great judicial height by an application for your extradition? Then you might want to take a close look at ADX Florence; the prison to beat all maximum prisons.
Here are eight reasons as to why you might not want to take a vacation there.

1) “Two hours inside Super Max were enough to remind me why I left high school a year early. The walls close in very fast.” – Henry Schuster Producer of ‘60 Minutes’

2) In the first year served solitary confinement is the norm, with 23 out of every 24 hours being spent in your cell.

3) The prison contains a multitude of motion detectors and cameras, and 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors. The 4 in (10 cm) by 4 foot (120 cm) windows are designed to prevent inmates from knowing their specific location within the complex because they can see only the sky and roof through them. Inmates exercise in a concrete pit resembling an empty swimming pool, also designed to prevent them from knowing their location in the facility. Telecommunication with the outside world is forbidden, and food is hand-delivered by correction officers.

4) Each cell has a desk, a stool, and a bed, which are almost entirely made out of poured concrete, as well as a toilet that shuts off if blocked, a shower that runs on a timer to prevent flooding, and a sink lacking a potentially dangerous tap.

5) A former ADX warden described the place as “a cleaner version of Hell”. As of 2007, there have been hundreds of “involuntary feedings” and four suicides.

6) In June 2009 Richard Reid, commonly known as  the “shoe bomber,” went on a hunger strike and was force-fed.

7) In 2012, 11 inmates filed a  federal class-action suit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and officials who run ADX Florence (Bacote v. Federal Bureau of Prisons). This suit alleged chronic abuse, failure to properly diagnose and neglect of prisoners who are seriously mentally ill.

8) The facility is best known for
housing inmates who have been deemed too dangerous, too high-profile or too great a national security risk for even a maximum-security prison.