n May 1, 2011, it was announced that Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist responsible for crashing the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, had been killed in a raid. In the following days information on the incident trickled out through the media, with some initial reports – bin Laden brandishing a weapon and using his wife as a human shield – proved to be false. These were considered a product of the quick reporting that the 24-hour news cycle works in. In 2012, Mark Bowden released his painstakingly researched account of the raid The Finish. This recounts the now familiar official narrative as told by high-ranking members of the US Government. Others, however, were more skeptical; like freelance reporter Seymour Hersh, who questioned the official story. Hersh, based on two anonymous sources, claimed that the raid was performed with Pakistan’s permission and that bin Laden’s body was thrown out of the military helicopter after the mission. Hersh cites the implausibility of a military helicopter crashing into a Pakistani garrison town without attracting more attention. Hersh was impacted by the government’s deception in military matters in the past, such as the unraveled story of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or the debunked attacks on the U.S. vessel in the Gulf of Tonkin, and feared this could be another case of American myth-making. But Hersh relies on just two unnamed sources, hardly enough to disprove the American government’s story. The only thing we can conclude from these conflicting reports is: we may never know the whole truth surrounding bin Laden’s death.
Osama Bin Laden killed: Inside the raid || ABC News