What happened after the NAVY SEALs got Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011?
We were told he was buried at sea according to the Islamic tradition. Back in March, there was a Wikileaks report saying Osama was not buried at sea. Emails uncovered by the AP suggest he was buried at sea but there were no US sailors present during the burial.
Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no American sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson, and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the secret ceremony.
The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader’s death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.
According to another message from the Vinson’s public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship’s leadership was informed of the burial.
‘Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,’ the May 2 email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. ‘The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag.