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May 4th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Simulation: What were they watching?

Curious what the White House may have been watching in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound? John King uses the Magic Wall to explain...

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  1. Clinton Armstrong

    Check Google Earth at:
    34 deg. 10 min. 08.87 sec. North
    73 deg. 14 min. 32.63 sec. East

    It provides an interesting over view with shots of 2001 ( a bare field pre 09/11), 2005 (construction under way), and 2011 (as seen before attack).

    The implication is construction began shortly after 09/11. Having more faith in our abilities than most, I wonder; how long have we really known he was there or at least been aware of this location and it's ties to him?

    May 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  2. douglas m.

    John King mentioned that the Soldiers had cameras on their heads ... that is not a camera, it's a night vision device. So what you are watching is a video, filmed through the lens of a night vision device, of Soldiers clearing a room/building. The reason why the film is so bright and clear is because the Soldiers have switched off their night vision device and are using "white" light making everything so bright; meaning they rotated their night vision devices to the top of their helmets and turned on their flashlights that are mounted on their weapons. So what looks like a camera attached their helmets is actually their night visions device that is rotated to the up or "rest" position. This allows the Soldier to rotate the device out of their face so they can see.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm |