|Construction and Demolition of the Bin Laden Compound Mock-up, Harvey
Point, NC. Terraserver.com/DigitalGlobe.com
The one month period of the top two photos indicate the facility was constructed
quite quickly, perhaps after confirmation of the target required speedy
construction for training.
The bottom left photo was taken two days before the raid on May 1, 2011,
thus training had been completed. It appears trees and vegetation in the
garden had been added to simulate the actual site, perhaps to avoid helicopter
The left courtyard of the mock-up does not match the actual site's courtyard
size and location. A model of the site was more accurate
and was likely based on information gathered after that used for the mock-up.
With the careful attention to raid preparation No Easy Day describes,
there could have been an expectation that the facility might appear on a
public image site or details leaked by a construction worker, some mock-up
features may have been constructed to differ from the target compound. Moreover,
there may have been one or more mock-ups elsewhere as decoys and/or for training
the multiple teams described in the book -- the book's author says a run-through
practice took place at an unnamed base with a mock-up for VIP observation
-- and "out west." No Easy Day excerpts
below. If found send to cryptome[at]earthlink.net.
There is no certainty that the book's author told the whole truth (he admits
to being sketchy about aspects of the training and the raid), more likely
some (maybe all) of the book is customary CIA/DoD/SEAL cloaking and
disinformation about operations.
It is clear that Google Earth omitted the sensitive images -- the site's
historical imagery jumps from March 17, 2010 to January 30, 2012 -- as an
instance of its cooperation with governments worldwide. That Microsoft's
Bing did not is to be commended. even if an oversight.
Four images removed:
From: "Kittie Miller" <kittie[at]terraserver.com>
Subject: TerraServer Images
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:40:46 -0400
Mr. John Young,
Its awesome to see our four TerraServer images on your website,
http://cryptome.org/2012-info/obl-raid-mockup/obl-raid-mockup.htm. You provided
attribution, Terraserver.com/DigitalGlobe.com, however you need
a license not only to publish the images but also to be able to remove the
We have done a lot of media licensing for the images. Yesterday we worked
with ABC News to get them the four images of the same location. Tuesday,
our image licensed through TerraServer aired on NCIS: LA as a background
shot. The media licenses are affordable. For a news site, they typically
range from $100-$200 per image. Since the images have already been published
on the website, you need to purchase a license.
TerraServer has been partners with DigitalGlobe for eight years and is an
official reseller of DigitalGlobe images.
Please contact me so we can help you resolve this copyright issue as soon
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