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How the President Tracked The End Of Bin Laden
Simon Mann, Washington
May 4, 2011
The 20 or so Navy SEALs - the elite commandos trained for sea, air and land assaults - descended on bin Laden's three-storey compound in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometres north of the capital, Islamabad.
It was shortly after 1am local time. The SEALs are the super elite - men in their 20s and early 30s, super fit, highly intelligent, clear thinkers and aggressive. Most are family men. They had trained on replicas of bin Laden's compound that had been built in the US.
There was momentary horror at the White House when one of their Black Hawk helicopters failed.
And the administration's security team would hold its breath as a fierce 40-minute firefight ensued. But then came the first sign that the top-secret mission to get bin Laden had paid off, in the form of a coded message sent back to Washington from the SEALs. It read simply: ''Geronimo-E KIA''.
Geronimo was the code name for the operation to capture bin Laden dead or alive: the attached letters stood for ''enemy killed in action''.
Even then, the tight group stayed relatively mute. They wanted to confirm that their crack team had left Pakistan air space safely. And they wanted proof that the world's most wanted man had finally been ''brought to justice''.
The SEALs measured the corpse, whose height matched bin Laden's 193 centimetres, and transmitted photographs to CIA headquarters just outside Washington, where face-recognition technology suggested a 90-95 per cent match. Bin Laden and his family lived on the second and third floors, and they were cleared last, with bin Laden killed in the last five or 10 minutes of the siege.
Alleged theft of skull
Geronimo's grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 2005.
Six members of the Yale secret society of Skull and Bones, including Prescott Bush, served as Army volunteers at Fort Sill during World War I. It has been claimed by various parties that they stole Geronimo's skull, some bones, and other items, including Geronimo's prized silver bridle, from the Apache Indian Prisoner of War Cemetery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Alexandra Robbins, author of a book on Skull and Bones, says this is one of the more plausible items said to be in the organization's Tomb.
In 1986, former San Carlos Apache Chairman Ned Anderson received an anonymous letter with a photograph and a copy of a log book claiming that Skull & Bones held the skull. He met with Skull & Bones officials about the rumor; the group's attorney, Endicott P. Davidson, denied that the group held the skull, and said that the 1918 ledger saying otherwise was a hoax. The group offered Anderson a glass case containing what appeared to be the skull of a child, but Anderson refused it. In 2006, Marc Wortman discovered a 1918 letter from Skull & Bones member Winter Mead to F. Trubee Davison that claimed the theft:
The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club... is now safe inside the tomb and bone together with his well worn femurs, bit and saddle horn.
The second "tomb" references the building of Yale University's Skull and Bones society.
Geronimo: A century after his death, mysteriously tied to Bin Laden, the CIA and Skull and Bones
May 3, 2011
Geronimo was an Apache leader in the 19th century. More than 100 years after his death the Native American warrior's name is back in the news when it was revealed that "Geronimo" was the code name used for Osama Bin Laden while the U.S. special forces plotted to kill him.
Codename: 'Geronimo' for Osama Bin Laden Mission Angers Some Native Americans
May 03, 2011 6:50 PM
ABC News’ Terry Moran reports:
As the country rejoices over the killing of Osama Bin Laden, many Native Americans have different reactions: shock, dismay, hurt.
That’s because the Navy SEALs used “Geronimo” as the codename for mission to capture or kill Bin Laden.
Originally posted by VicDiaz89
reply to post by manta78
where does the DNA analysis and his wife positively identifying the body fit into this story??
There were conflicting reports in the media regarding what the official mission code name was. Originally reported as "Operation Geronimo" it was subsequently reported as "Operation Neptune['s] Spear"; with "Geronimo" as the code name for bin Laden himself.
Neptune's spear is the trident, which appears on U.S. Navy Special Warfare insignia, with the three prongs of the trident representing the combined sea, air and land operational capability of SEALs.
Geronimo references the Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who defied the U.S. government and eluded capture. Unlike bin Laden, Geronimo was never killed by U.S. military forces. Channel 4 News said "According to some analyses today, the U.S. military chose the code name because bin Laden, like Geronimo, had evaded capture for years. If they were trying to avoid mythmaking, it seems they chose the wrong code name." Once bin Laden was killed, one of the commanders reported "Geronimo E-KIA", meaning that the mission had ended with the "Enemy Killed In Action". 
Native Americans objected to the use of the name Geronimo. "It's how deeply embedded the 'Indian as enemy' is in the collective mind of America," said Suzan Shown Harjo, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Morning Star Institute, a Native American advocacy group. "There is little doubt [the] use of a leader like Geronimo to refer to bin Laden is ill-advised," wrote Keith Harper, an attorney and member of the Cherokee Nation, in an email with a reporter for the The Washington Post.
Originally posted by Sinnthia
Seems like they are in too big a rush to report because in about 5 minutes I think I heard 20 different stories.