Bin Laden Raid Reported Live on Twitter!
Great news today as the tyrant Osama Bin Laden is finally dealt with. Cudos to the US military for a job well done!
And as details of the raid are sketchy, some of the event was actually Twitted about as it was in progress! Sohaib Athar, aka ReallyVirtual, a Pakistani IT Consultant just happened to be online and using Twitter when the raid went down. Here are some of the most interesting Tweets (See screenshot above):
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S
The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.
Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation.
The gunfight lasted perhaps 4-5 minutes, I heard. That was around 10 hours ago. There are no other gunfights that I know of.
Some of Sohaib’s tweets really show of his great sense of humor. He threatens in one Tweet to use a giant fly swatter on the helicopter, then later apologizes, when he hears that the helicopter crashed. Then the reality of what happened struck home:
Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.
And instantly, Sohaib is a celebrity. His latest tweets echo of a man just trying to get away from the constant attention of the news media and back to everyday life.
What can I say? This is truly the power of the internet. One minute you are just posting random Tweets about local events and the next the media parks in your front lawn to try to find out what socks you are wearing today.
The situation in Pakistan does bring up many questions about our “Ally” though. Honestly, I thought Usama would be hiding out in Saudi Arabia in a cushy palace somewhere. But to find he is holed up in Pakistan (not even Afghanistan!) near a military base really makes one think twice about this ally in the war on terror.