9 July 2011
Watching Live Kill from the Situation Room
This shows the White House Situation Room's small conference room where Obama
and his team watched the OBL-kill operation, along with views of the
Situation Room complex location under the West Wing. This suggests CIA
drone-kills are piped into the Situation Room via live feed through CIA and
DoD. No reports yet of reporters working the CIA and White House beats being
shown live kills like Congress members and national security supporters but
that is likely to happen.
CIA offers an artfully anodyne description of the Situation Room's diverse
capabilities for centralizing US snarling internal squabbles over policy
Compare to the White House soothing video of the finger-on-the-megadeath-button
Small conference room looking north.
Small conference room looking south. Doors at right are to a closet.
Door to the room is to right of photo, see plan below. (White House, Pete
Small conference room in red.
Situation Room in red (2005). It is not wholly underground as often reported,
the top is landscaped. Windows are blocked inside.
Situation Room in red (2009).
at right has not been publicly identified. (NY Times via
Below, the most commonly published large conference room is expansively termed
the Situation Room. Louvered shutters cover window openings. It is not clear
if the windows are fully blocked or remain operable despite a security risk
and acoustical surveillance. Based on the floor plan, emergency exits from
the Situation Room appear inadequate and operable windows could serve that
purpose. (White House, Pete Souza)
Earlier views of the window openings show screen coverings, below. (White
House, Pete Souza)
The Situation Room Watch Center below, from the White House
of the facility.
Below, Obama in the lobby outside the Situation Room, at red dot of plan.
A Secret Service agent observes in the distance. (White House, Pete Souza)