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The CIA's New Bin Laden Tweets Are Causing Serious Backlash

May 2nd 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

The assassination of Osama Bin Laden was one of those moments in history where many Americans can tell you where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.

Osama Bin Laden Celebration

The CIA marked the five year anniversary of Bin Laden's killing on Sunday by "live" tweeting the official version of events at the times they reportedly happened.

The CIA Twitter account then outlined the day's events from approving the mission to kill Bin Laden until the "confirmation of high probability" that Bin Laden was killed. Here are some of the Tweets below.

However, many people on Twitter thought the CIA's anniversary "live" Tweets were inappropriate and a bizarre way to commemorate this particular moment in history.

Others thought that the "live" tweets were interesting and that the controversy was unwarranted.

In 2011 Americans largely reacted with joy to the news of Bin Laden's death, seeing it as retribution for the 9/11 terror attacks he orchestrated that killed nearly 3,000 people in the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. But others were critical of the operation because of its consequences for medical aid workers in Pakistan and the surrounding region and the poor and sick people depending on their care.

CIA operatives used medical aid workers to track down Bin Laden, and following his assassination, gunmen kidnapped and killed polio vaccination teams in Pakistan. The targeting of medical teams has lead to resurgence of the polio virus in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to National Geographic.

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