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That revelation and more from the ridiculously detailed feature story on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in The New Yorker today.
Other tidbits from Nicholas Schmidle's story include:
--The dog involved with the raid was a Belgium Malinois named Cairo, who was later kept muzzled when meeting President Obama.
--Flying into Pakistan from the west is about as hard as getting into Idaho from Washington.
--Individual weapons carried by the SEAL teams included a Sig Sauer P226 pistol, a silenced M4 rifle, and a Heckler & Koch MP7.
--At least three of the SEALs involved in the raid also took part in the sniper mission that rescued Richard Phillips, a freight ship captain, from Somali pirates.
--Bin Laden's code name wasn't "Geronimo," it was "Crankshaft." Geronimo was the code for finding bin Laden.
--Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that led the CIA to bin Laden's hideout, drove a white SUV with a spare tire on the back "emblazoned with an image of a white rhino."
--The CIA initially tried to confirm bin Laden's presence inside the Abbottabad compound by sending a man who tried to collect blood samples from the residents, telling them that it was part of an immunization drive. None of the compound's residents gave any blood.
--The military considered air strikes; a raid that involved SEALs running to the compound from elsewhere in the city; and even tunneling into the hideout, before finally settling on the helicopter raid.
--In arguing against the raid, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reminded people that he was in the Carter White House when they hatched the disastrous Operation Eagle Claw plan in 1980, which had attempted to free hostages but ended with the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers.
--The helicopter that crashed during the raid might not have done so if the practice facility used by the SEALs had been surrounded by a solid fence and not a chain-linked fence.
--The SEALs were prepared to sic Cairo the dog on curious neighbors around bin Laden's compound "if needed."
--Before eating Costco sandwiches and after playing nine holes of golf, President Obama arrived at the Situation Room in the White House to watch the mission.
--When the SEALs found bin Laden, he was being shielded by his two wives. One wife was shot in the leg, then both were "bear hugged" and taken elsewhere for fear they would be wearing suicide vests.
--Two 5.56-mm. bullets were shot into bin Laden's body, the first into his chest, the second just above his left eye.
--The porn that was found in bin Laden's possession is apparently not uncommon among Islamic extremists. "We find it on all these guys," a special-operations officer is quoted saying.
--Bin Laden's identity was confirmed using bone-marrow DNA, visual comparisons, and height measurement using a six-foot tall SEAL to lie down next to his corpse.
--Joe Biden urged all the senior military officials to go to Mass after the raid.
--Bin Laden's body was washed, wrapped in a white cloth, slipped into a bag, then dumped into the ocean from a height of between 20 and 25 feet above the water.
--Obama never asked who fired the kill shot and no one ever offered to tell him.