July 7, 2011

CIA 'John:' Is this a photo of the man who really got Bin Laden?

Cryptome thinks so.


Caption: [Note the unusually tall man at rear with tie pattern .... This photo is taken in the principal space of the Situation Room complex.] President Barack Obama talks with members of the national security team at the conclusion of one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Gen. James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is seen on the screen. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

CIA John Who Hunted Osama bin Laden Photos

CIA John was at Alec Station for many years, maybe for all its existence. Then after Alec Station was allegedly dissolved in 2006, he probably moved to the CTC and on to the NCTC, chasing OBL with a bevy of cohorts. There may still be a hidden remnant of Alex Station at Gloucester (or the nearby Stafford building) -- the CIA never fully joins with the other natsec players, just pretends to do so, keeping its hardcore CTC going in contempt of PR-driven NCTC.

HT: Iconic Photos

Posted by Vanderleun at July 7, 2011 11:15 AM
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The look on his face says it all. He must be the only alpha male in the whole bunch.

Posted by: Jewel at July 7, 2011 11:36 AM

What he's thinking, Jewel, is, "why do we always have to work for clueless assholes?"

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at July 7, 2011 1:35 PM

His eyes are closed indicating that he is bored with the BS being presented.

Posted by: ChiefTestPilot at July 7, 2011 2:20 PM

I am so fucking pissed that this great man is being "outed" by the MSN. He and his family will be targets of AQ, whether or not they have the werewithal to effect actual revenge.

We do NOT have the "need to know" on this one. Not then, not now, and not damn near ever.

I'm gonna stop now before I really go off on a fucking blue streak.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 7, 2011 8:08 PM

That post was the biggest acronym salad I've seen in awhile.
That guy (as jewel said, the alpha male) was the only one in the room that looked like he was happy we "got" Bin Laden. The rest of them look sad,abandoned, bereft; are perhaps looking to tart themselves up with some "gravitas"(I'm lookin' at you, Hillary). Oh, and what is that big brown jughandle in the foreground? That's just gross.

Posted by: teresa at July 7, 2011 8:50 PM

I'm willing to bet that the big man in back will have thought of this possibility already Jim, and is taking whatever measures need to be taken. If he's as smart and competent as he looks, he won't use any government protection but go out and get the basterds before they get him and his.

Posted by: Jewel at July 8, 2011 1:40 AM

In my childhood I was a CIA brat, but my cover was "State Department Brat," which was mildly humiliating, but it was an easy "hit" to take for my Dad, whose job it was to turn Commies into informers for our side; he was quite adept at it.

Sometimes it was hard not to blow my "cover," because me and my siblings spoke the local language fluently (the total immersion my parents insisted on), while the real 'State' brats butchered the lingo abominably.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at July 8, 2011 9:38 AM

Tell all, SeƱor Rodrigo. We are very much interested.

Posted by: Jewel at July 8, 2011 11:26 AM