9 May 2016
CIA Inaccurate OBL Compound Replica SNAFU
CIA posted on 29 April an account of the Osama bin Laden compound raid:
With the account is a photo of a rendering and a model of the compound:
The account claims:
"Intense training for the raid began, including the building of an exact
life-size replica of the compound with movable interior walls to prepare
the assault teams for any internal layout they might encounter."
At the time, satellite photos would have shown the accurate compound
8 May 2010 (34°10'09.09" N 73°14'32.65"
1 May 2011 (day of raid, crashed chopper shown inside curved
However, a full-size mock-up was constructed at the CIA Harvey Point, NC,
facility for special forces training for the raid.
Note in the photos below that the Harvey Point mock-up is not an accurate
replica of the compound.
The inaccurate Harvey Point mock-up could have been a decoy for satellite
overflights. If so, and it was used for special forces training as well as
to prepare digital guidance for chopper night-time insertion of forces, the
inaccuracy could have misled the chopper and caused the crash, not only by
unexpected blowback of chopper wash stated in official explanations.
Then, to conceal the decoy-digital guidance SNAFU, accurate renderings and
model were publicized.