Sohaib Athar may go down in history as the first person to blog about the Osama Bin Laden operation, and at the time he didn’t even know he was doing it. Athar was in the mountain town of Abbottabad when the U.S. Seal team covertly invaded Bin Laden’s compound via helicopter and double-tapped the terrorist leader in the dome. At the time he did not know what was going on so he took to Twitter to do some micro-blogging about what he was experiencing. Little did he know that he was the first civilian to do a report on what could be one of the greatest military operations of this post 9/11 era.
This just goes to show you the power of social networking tools, and how deeply ingrained they’ve become in our daily lives. Before Twitter we would’ve never known about what people in Pakistan were experiencing while this operation to destroy Bin Laden was going down. We would’ve learned about it in the news eventually, but we’d probably never get to hear about the first hand accounts of those Pakistani people who were in Abbottabad at the time of the attack.
Athar’s tweets about the event help to paint a much more vivid picture of what exactly went down during the op. Through his tweets and other Twitter users from Pakistan replying to him, the World will now know exactly what it must feel like to have an Army helicopter land in your town and attack a compound with a known terrorist residing in it. We’d never have known what was truly going on in Abbottabad if it weren’t for the power of Twitter. I found it absolutely amazing that an event with such meaning behind it was partially documented by unsuspecting Twitter users! Technology 1, Terrorists 0!
Athar’s tweets are posted below for your reading pleasure, and I recommend reading through them. They’re almost creepy considering what is known now about this Abbottabad, Pakistan operation that took down the b*stard responsible for the 9/11 attacks. You’ll clearly see that the Pakastani people living around this town new something terribly important was going down. You’ve been singing, “America! F*ck Yeah!” over, and over, and over…
Sohib Athar’s Twitter Account Feed Documenting the Operation to Take Down Osama Bin Laden as It Happened in Real Time
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event). about 10 hours ago via TweetDeck
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S about 10 hours ago via TweetDeck
@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too… the helicopter is gone too. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to m0hcin
Just talked to family in Abbottabad, say they heard three blasts one after another, don’t know what really happened. about 10 hours ago via web
@m0hcin the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani… about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to m0hcin
Seems something nasty happening in #Abbottabad, God save us. about 9 hours ago via web
Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
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. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
@ReallyVirtual Damn. Unusual. Was it of Pakistan Army? about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to ReallyVirtual
@tahirakram very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
@kursed Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to kursed
i think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected. about 3 hours ago via web Retweeted by ReallyVirtual
Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck
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