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The Guy Who Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' the Bin Laden Raid 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the where-are-they-now dept.
netbuzz (955038) writes "Three years ago today, software consultant Sohaib Athar was working on his laptop at home in Pakistan when he tweeted: 'Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).' And then: 'A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it's not the start of something nasty :-S.' It was for Osama bin Laden. Today Athar says, 'People do bring it up every now and then.'"
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The Guy Who Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' the Bin Laden Raid

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Find zem und kill zem!

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Find zem und kill zem!

      The killing part is especially important for people such as Bin Laden, Saddam, Qadaffi, and so on. Can't have them actually on trial, they might have some things to say that would inconvenience the West. That might break the carefully crafted illusion of us being Good guys and hint at the fact that really there's only Bad guys.

      All the rhetoric about "international law" and "bring them to justice" is fine in theory, so long as you simply kill them extrajudiciously in practice.

  • How old is this story?
    ZZzzzzz....

    • by Threni (635302)

      "'People do bring it up every now and then.'"

      And when they don't, I remind them! It's kind of who I am. It's all I am. I have nothing. I'm so sad. Please kill me.

    • by sysrammer (446839)
      As old as mankind, child. There, there, back to sleep now.
  • Pretty Interesting (Score:4, Insightful)

    by junktext (676230) * on Friday May 02, 2014 @01:18AM (#46896951) Homepage Journal
    Hmm, that's kind of a neat story actually. Not sure what's with all the negative comments.
    • by gl4ss (559668)

      because it happened so long ago already.

      hell, "people bring it up sometimes".. what's next, a slashdot story about the time cops picked me up from the school to confiscate among other things floppies I had lying around on the floor while not confiscating one computer, and later returning all the stuff 2.5 years later? I mean fuck, it's a neat story and all but it's about 16 years late to publish as news now.

      • by junktext (676230) *
        I hear you. But, you could create that story about the cops as a "historical analysis"! I'd read it and I think others should too in order to judge how well their authorities are competently applying justice. I think in some ways the article about the Bin Laden blogger was most interesting in how he criticized the media later on, which couldn't have been easily made into a news story at the time.
        • by sysrammer (446839)
          Excellent idea. Good posting. Serves as a fine example of what intelligent intercourse is all about.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Yeah, cool story bro.

    • by sysrammer (446839)

      Hmm, that's kind of a neat story actually. Not sure what's with all the negative comments.

      Between the wingnuts on the right who will whine about anything BHO does, the wingnuts on the left who will whine that BHO isn't all love and unicorns, Russian trolls who have allowed cold war thinking to be revived, and Muslim trolls who are just pissed, yeah, there's going to be a lot of negatives. Oh, and let's not forget the Slashdot Hipsters who're "too cool to fool".

  • I remember when that happened.
  • brb guyz gotta go check out this @usa apache helicopter lololololz #yolo!

  • A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it's not the start of something nasty :-S

    Heh, I just love the ":-S" smiley there. I can totally relate to the feeling it describes.

  • http://thenewsroom.wikia.com/w... [wikia.com]

    I'm pretty sure I recall seeing the Abbottabad tweets being a focal point of The Newsroom's S01E07 episode: "5/1"

    ...first I heard of it anyway.

  • Wow, 3 years ago already?

    May 1 should be a national holiday.

  • 'People do bring it up every now and then.' Yep, and somebody brought it up again today.

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