Wednesday Must Read: Bin Laden Was Unarmed; Brown’s Redevelopment Plan Called Illegal

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1. Osama bin Laden was unarmed when US Navy Seals shot him to death on Sunday in Pakistan, the White House revealed yesterday as it corrected an earlier version of the al Qaeda leader’s death, AP reports. CIA Director Leon Panetta said US forces shot Bin Laden in the face and chest after he “made some threatening moves” that “represented a clear threat to our guys.” The administration also corrected an earlier version of events, saying that Bin Laden did not use one of his wives as a human shield. The White House attributed the earlier mistakes in the narrative to the “fog of war.”

2. US Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, shot down claims by right-wing pundits that torturing prisoners had led to bin Laden’s whereabouts, the Chron reports. Feinstein said finding the architect of the 9/11 attacks was primarily the result of “red teaming,” a concerted effort by the US intelligence community to verify information — something that was not done in the lead up to the Iraq War. She also said that torturing prisoners was unwarranted and unnecessary. “I happen to know a good deal about how those interrogations were conducted, and in my view, nothing justifies the kind of procedures that were used,” Feinstein said.

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