How did you hear of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden?

How did you hear of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden?

I experienced the news via Twitter!

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted just after 9:45 p.m., "POTUS to address the nation tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern Time."

10:30 p.m. on Sunday night? I feared that it could be one of those "there is an astroid headed for Earth" kind of press conferences.

I turned on CNN to hear Wolf Blitzer tell the audience "We have strong suspicions of what this news might be."

While Blitzer was teasing, Twitter started going nuts after Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tweeted, "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn."

By the time President Obama confirmed the news to a TV audience, I was already reading the tweets of Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant living in Abbottabad near the Bin Laden complex. Athar was annoyed by helicopter noise. Here are his tweets @ReallyVirtual

"Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."

"Go away helicopter - before I take out my giant swatter :-/"

"A huge window shaking bang here in Abbotabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S"

"all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too... the helicopter is gone too."

"the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani..."

"Since taliban (probably) don't have helicopters, and since they're saying it was not "ours", so must be a complicated situation"

"The Abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there's report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone."

"people are saying it was not a technical fault and it was shot down. i heard it CIRCLE 3-4 times above, sounded purposeful."

"And now, a plane flying over Abbottabad..."

"Another rumor: two copters that followed the crashed one were foreign Cobras - and got away"

"Report from a sweeper: A family also died in the crash, and one of the helicopter riders got away and is now being searched for."

"Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes."

"Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan.: ISI has confirmed it Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood :-/"

Follow Sohaib Athar on Twitter: @ReallyVirtual

Follow me on Twitter: @BranimirKvartuc

Views: 74

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Comment by Eddie North-Hager on May 3, 2011 at 1:53pm
that's right! I called like 10 professors and didn't even mention the topic, just checking their availability. Only one was unaware of why I was calling.
Comment by Branimir Kvartuc on May 3, 2011 at 1:13pm
interesting. so, were you the one who broke the news to a USC expert??
Comment by Eddie North-Hager on May 3, 2011 at 8:03am
I was just about to rent "Country Strong" on demand and watch it with Alyson when my cell phone rang. It was KCBS looking for a USC expert to come into the studio and give an analysis. "The topic?" I asked ...

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity


Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post Mary Star High Girls Basketball Gets The Jump On San Pedro
14 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

Mary Star High Girls Basketball Gets The Jump On San Pedro

Talk about taking something by force.From the pregame shoot-around all the way to the singing of the alma mater, it was a night to remember for Mary Star High girls basketball.In the first crosstown meeting with in-city neighbor San Pedro since the 2001-2002 season, it was a Star-studded performance from the opening tip as Mary Star bolted to a commanding lead in the…See More
14 hours ago

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street promoted Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post POLA Boys Soccer Shows True Grit & Battles San Pedro To 1-1 Draw
yesterday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street posted a blog post

POLA Boys Soccer Shows True Grit & Battles San Pedro To 1-1 Draw

The maturation of Port Of Los Angeles High boys soccer continues to grow.In the seventh all-time crosstown showdown with San Pedro, a year and a half removed from winning the 2018 CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division 4 championship, the Polar Bears finally rose to the challenge and took the fight right back to the host Pirates, battling to a 1-1 draw at Mike Walsh Pirate…See More
yesterday
Lisa Erickson posted an event

Free meditation and book signing by local author at Zen Den

December 14, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Local author Lisa Erickson will present a guided meditation from her new book Chakra Empowerment for Women, along with a talk and book signing. Come shop for this book and other wonderful gift items at the same time! See More
Thursday
Carlos Rivera updated their profile
Thursday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post was featured

San Pedro High Boys XC Captures Seventh CIF Championship

WOODLAND HILLS - It was redemption time for San Pedro High boys cross-country.In the 2018 CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division 1 final meet, the Pirates finished a unsatisfying tenth place, but legendary head coach Bruce Thomson told the returning Pirates that 2019 was going to be something special, and on Saturday, he was proven true.The boys edged Marshall in a wide…See More
Thursday
Humana California's blog post was featured

Open Enrollment 2020: How Veterans Can Best Maximize Health Benefits

By Rick Beavin, California Market PresidentHumana If you are a military veteran who is approaching Medicare eligibility, you may have questions about how Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits differ. It’s important that you understand how the plans complement each other so you can choose the best plan for you and ensure you maximize health benefits available. Here are a few common health plan questions, answered: Can Medicare Advantage and VA benefits work together? Absolutely! Many…See More
Thursday

© 2019   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service