C.I.A. 'Live Tweets' Osama Bin Laden Raid in Honor Of 5 Year Anniversary

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Today marks the five year anniversary of the military operation that led to terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden’s death. To honor the occasion, the Central Intelligence Agency spent the day “live-tweeting” the raid that took place on May 1, 2011.

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As ABC News reports, “the CIA twitter account said the step-by-step tweets would represent the raid at Bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound ‘as if it were happening today.’”

The results were eerie, especially the following two tweets:

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Responses to the CIA’s live-tweeting event varied. Some were enthusiastic and enjoyed the play-by-play.

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Other reactions, however, ranged from disapproval to bafflement to disgust.

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However necessary it may have been, it seems both bizarre and extremely tone deaf to retroactively live-tweet a brutal military mission as if it were a football game. It might be time to rethink your social media brand, C.I.A.

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Top Image via Getty. Screengrabs via Twitter.

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DISCUSSION

As a student of international criminal justice, I will be forever sad at this completely missed opportunity to be better than the terrorist. What a trial this could have been! What a precedent for future generations. But alas.

And seriously CIA. That is some next level fucked up shit. This isn’t the world of Jack Bauer and 24 - or at least it bloody shouldnt be.