Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Also nobody used a boxcutter on 9-11

Now begins the phase of the story where bullshit rumors become a permanent part of the narrative.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman killed during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death, a U.S. official said on Monday, correcting an earlier description.

Of course the boxcutter bullshit was used to justify the ever-increasing absurdity of airport security screenings. I can't immediately see how the false "human shield" story can be applied to create bad policy but if there's a way to do that, it's helpful to remember that no one will think twice about invoking falsehoods in order to push an agenda.

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