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Bin Laden's Compound 'Built for Deception'

Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound was "built for deception," with barricades and a false wall apparently intended to confuse and stall intruders, a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

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The official said the compound was constructed in anticipation of a "potential assault." Every floor had barricades and what looked like the main door of the complex had a brick wall behind it.

These details and others suggest that bin Laden had a contingency plan for getting out alive in the event of a surprise raid. Though he was unarmed and unguarded when the CIA-led Navy SEALs team arrived Sunday with orders to capture or kill, he had taken some basic precautions. In the end, they weren't enough to save him.

Those precautions could be seen in the design of the compound and bin Laden's lifestyle. Not only was the complex built to slow intruders, it had no phone or Internet. The lack of an "electronic signature" was one factor that convinced CIA Director Leon Panetta bin Laden was probably living there, the official said.

Bin Laden also seemed to have a very simple getaway plan -- at the time he was killed, he was carrying 500 euros (about $746) and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothes, suggesting that, in the event of a raid, bin Laden thought he might be tipped off in time to escape with the bare essentials.

The circumstances surrounding his final minutes are still a bit blurry. Lawmakers continue to receive briefings, and former President George W. Bush is expected to be given a full intelligence briefing imminently, Fox News has learned.
A senior U.S. official said that while bin Laden was unarmed, he appeared to be reaching for a weapon before being fatally shot.

The White House says bin Laden resisted. Panetta, in an interview Tuesday with PBS, said U.S. forces had to engage in "firefights" as they made their way through the compound, and when they got to bin Laden, "there were some threatening moves that were made that clearly represented a clear threat to our guys. And that's the reason they fired."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/04/getaway-plan-bin-laden-carrying-cash-phone-numbers-time-death/#ixzz1LPBrkyty







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