January 16, 2014

Osama Bin Laden’s Real Mystery Hunters

Osama bin Laden is dead. Navy SEALs conducted the raid and America has been informed that the CIA served as the key intelligence component locating his position in Abbottabad. With everything we have been told pertaining to this operation, something has been left out of the picture.

Every good thesis starts with some facts. Then again, the same goes with every good conspiracy theory. Well, this isn’t some conspiracy theory—this is a thesis that has been proven from those in the know.

As American media attempted to chastise the contractual force serving alongside their uniformed military counterparts abroad, no media outlet recognized and acknowledged the greatest success that came from the contractual component. One of those successes is the actual identification of Osama Bin Laden’s location in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Yes, it was a very unique and incredibly effective team of contractors who first located Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

I worked as a contractor in eastern Afghanistan throughout the majority of 2008. During that time, I was exposed to a very unique network of Non-Government Organizations and contractors. A safe-house was created in Jalalabad where, every Thursday night, these “civilians” would rendezvous for some relaxation and discuss projects they were working on.

I saw all walks of life come in and out of this specific safe-house, ranging from Americans to Pashtuns among many other foreign nationalities. Some persons would sporadically drop off a thumb drive and quickly leave. What was in those thumb drives varied.

More often than not, these thumb drives were filled with grid coordinates showing where certain humanitarian initiatives, like micro-hydro dams, were being built. Those running the safe-house would compile the overflow of data and use it to ensure proper coordination efforts were met. This is where things got real interesting.

The thumb drives also included key information related to High Valued Targets (HVT’s). Their whereabouts were listed, photographs filed with each HVT’s name, their command, etc. In a nutshell, intelligence packets were, at times, placed inside these thumb drives.

On the surface, those running the safe-house appeared to be NGO’s, but they weren’t. They were actual civilian contractors working under a pot of funds that came straight out of the Pentagon.

Of note, the contractors mentioned were not DoD employees but rather true contractors—contractors capable of bringing multiple pre-existing networks ranging from military, NGO’s, intelligence officials, and locals into one larger intelligence system.

Neither the CIA nor the DIA could compete with the human intelligence network these contractors in eastern Afghanistan had created. In fact, I actually introduced some DIA officers to a few of those who managed this safe-house knowing how valuable their operation truly was from an intelligence replication perspective.

You read that right. I introduced official DIA officers to this operation and I did it because they had absolutely no clue the system in place was even operational.

The DIA officers working on the ground were oblivious to this operation until they were exposed to it. I later found after debriefing one of the most powerful intelligence heads out of the Pentagon that he too was unaware of this operation.

What’s interesting about this is two-fold—the tactical DIA officers had no clue and neither did one of America’s top intelligence officers. But someone inside the Pentagon did know about it, considering these persons were paid through Pentagon funds.

How many actually remember Michael Furlong? How many remember the controversy surrounding him and his “illegal off-the books” spy ring in eastern Afghanistan and Western Pakistan? Here, take a read from a NY Times article about that story.

Let me be very clear about something. I am not going to defend Michael Furlong nor will I not defend him. I will say though, in no way can anyone from the Pentagon simply divert approximately $20 million without others within the Pentagon or CIA knowing—or, at a minimum, without proper direction.

I know many who were involved in this operation. I know the risks they took. I also know that back in 2008, at least one very powerful person out of the Pentagon was briefed about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden—Abbottabad. I also know Khushab, the home of Pakistan’s most significant nuclear complex, was mentioned during this debrief and that location was in reference to Ayman al-Zawahiri—today’s leader of Al Qaeda.

What’s interesting about all this is the fact that an American doctor was working in this region for quite some time among those operating out of Jalalabad’s safe-house. That American doctor created a network of medical practioners who were based in western Pakistan. Don’t forget that Shakil Afridi was a doctor—the doctor we all learned about who actually assisted the CIA in verifying Bin Laden’s hole-up site in Abbottabad.

Bin Laden is dead and yet his bounty reward was never paid.

Today, the network I had written about has disbanded. Some of those persons have moved on with their lives while others suffer physical and psychological injuries for a job no one would likely ever know about until now. Yet the only reward they received was the thoughts that their long and hard work helped lead to the death of the world’s number one most wanted men—Osama Bin Laden.

Kerry Patton is author of Contracted: America’s Secret Warriors


About the Author

is an internationally recognized security, terrorism, and intelligence professional. He has taught domestic and international organizations in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and physical security related issues. He has briefed some of the highest government officials ranging from ambassadors to members of Congress and Pentagon staff. He is author of the book Contracted: America's Secret Warriors and Contracted II: America's Terror Trackers, and Going Rogue: The Compilation.

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  • susanmarie24

    I don't understand why doesn't the State Department or the Administration do what is moral and right! Regardless of the political turmoil over Benghazi--regardless whether those men disobeyed orders---they did it to help save American lives--and in doing so lost theirs. These men have spent almost their entire lives protecting their country and fellow Americans. Neglecting these men's families is nothing but shameful and says a lot about the character of our leaders.

  • Minou_Demimonde

    Wow. Just...wow. I'm glad that you're home, safe, and out of that life. Not only do you deserve the joy that you now have, but you deserve not to have to work in those conditions. So many good people dealing with such trash. Meh.

  • ColonelProp

    Kerry - ya nailed it...no way will the truth come out on contractors as it directly blows away the evil mercenary meme...which to me looks to be massive hogwash... This looks eerily like part of "Contracted" - careful, you might snag the "Darkness at Noon" trophy from Jack.... Amazing how dangerous this type of humint must be. Thanks for bringing this to light

  • Recon6

    Txazzsusanmarie24BrandonWebb  cuz, sorry bastards have done Nothing for those poor families, despicable and unforgivable...6

  • YankeePapa

    . ...The private contractors have  heavy baggage, because some of their number proved to be loose cannons... and some firms hired bad actors with military records that should have disqualified them.  Some caused a lot of grief... but... . ...If I said... this man was a lawyer and a politician and was hated bitterly by many Americans who thought that he was destroying the country... Am I talking about Richard Nixon... or Abraham Lincoln...?   . ...PMCs need judged individually... so too their teams and individual members.   . -YP-