LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Washington political representatives ask how the Pakistanis couldn’t have known Osama Bin Laden was living in their midst just 35 miles from Islamabad, and a half mile from a Pakistani military academy that was the equivalent of West Point.

In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, Director Leon Panetta, joined the chorus of skeptics about the Pakistani claim that they never knew Osama Bin Laden was living in their country.  When Couric asked him if he thought Pakistani’s had some idea of what was coming on, Panetta laughed.

“Well that’s why there are questions here that I think the best people to respond to those questions are the Pakistanis,” he said.

Later, Panetta was quoted as telling Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other lawmakers that either the Pakistani government was secretly involved in Bin Laden or it was incompetence.

Feinstein says Congress might consider cutting nearly $1.3-billion in aid to Pakistan.

“I think we have to know whether they knew, the Pakistanis knew. If they didn’t know, why didn’t they know.”

The growing controversy is being fanned by front page newspaper headlines and by new revelations that Bin Laden had lived in the high profile compound for as long as six years.

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Comments (14)
  1. EVIL Government says:

    So US CIAs secretly funding Terrorists Organizations?




    Sorta like the IRAQ/IRAN weapons & $$$$ Scandals in the 1980s?



    1. John says:

      Except, you know, for the recorded fact that Saddam was gassing Kurdish rebels in the North for years. If the government was nearly as good at conspiracies as you seem to think they are, they would have snuck in their own weapons and said “Look! We found them.” No government is clean. There was probably a chemical “flush” weeks befoer we invaded Iraq. It diesn’t change the fact the this stuff with Pakistan stinks or that it’s a good thing that Osama now sleeps with the fishes.

  2. swhitS says:

    9/11 is a proven inside job but, all aid to countries and illegals should be stopped especially when we have people here at home who need it and are taxpayers and citizens.

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    US Government KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY gave FREE $$$$ to Terrorist Organizations Overseas.

    Interesting to know who else got FREE US $$$$.

  4. Corrupt Government says:

    As we know it, ANTHRAX & WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION was made up by our US Government & the Selling point to the American Public to APPROVE the WAR in IRAQ!!!!

  5. Ron says:

    Stop the aid NOW !!! They had to know he was there. We are wasting billions of dollars, that can be put to better use here at home.

  6. MR, Time says:

    Now that Old BEN is DEAD America will have to come up with another BIG BAD TERRORIST; So our country can keep pumping our American solders into Afghanistan to make sure that the OIL pipeline down from the Black Sea isn’t blown away. Every American that’s got a brain in their heads should send there sons and daughters to Afghanistan to protect that OIL pipeline; as one day after we Blow IRAN off the map with our Nuke’s; We will see RUSSIAN Black SEA OIL flowing down that pipeline to our American OIL TANKER’S.

  7. drozone69 says:

    We protect the othe evil,which has got us caught up in this mess,Israel.So whats the big deal?

  8. US WANTS OIL says:

    US needs to protect the OIL. Sorta like how we took control of IRAQ, Libya, Georgia(formerly USSR), etc..

    People who thinks this WAR isn’t about OIL is an IGNORANT FOOL.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      If they controlled the majority of the oil in the world, they would hold the USA hostage. You wouldn’t even be able to fill up your lawn mower.

  9. Karen says:

    I don’t agree or disagree with the WAR 4 OIL, but i just think it’s sad innocent people have to die as a result.

    Whether it’s innocent civilians or US Troops, it’s sad that someone is dying for the wrong purpose & the Agenda by our Government.

    1. Ron says:

      Don’t drive big gas guzzling SUV’s and that could help save some of our men & women, in the military. If you can afford to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, then do it. And only buy gas from U.S. oil companies, that get there oil from the U.S.

  10. BLOOD 4 OIL says:

    it’s proven very difficult to dig for OIL as OIL supplies running low & OIL wells running dry.

    How difficult? BP & other OIL companies had to drill OFFSHORE to get to OIL wells. That’s how difficult it is, drilling a few miles OFFSHORE & then a few miles deep.

    Eventually OIL will run out & hopefully by that time, i’m already retire & won’t be as dependent on GAS.

  11. War 4 Oil says:

    Oil will run dry 25 years from now. Hope all yall ready to retire by then & stay home.

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