A visit to Osama bin Laden's lair
A local man walks through a field near Osama Bin Laden's compound, where he was killed during a raid by U.S. special forces a year ago.
May 3rd, 2012
12:30 PM ET

A visit to Osama bin Laden's lair

Editor's note: Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden, From 9/11 to Abbottabad," from which this article is adapted.

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

We climbed the stairs to the third floor, where Osama bin Laden died early in the morning of May 2, 2011. I stepped into the bedroom where he was killed and looked up at the ceiling, where you could still see the patterns of blood that had spurted from bin Laden's head when the bullet fired by a U.S. Navy SEAL tore through the terrorist leader's face.

The height of the room was low for someone as tall as bin Laden, who was 6 foot 4.

Outside the bedroom was a small terrace surrounded by a high wall. Overlooking the enclosed terrace were large and now broken plate glass windows that would have provided a lot of light for bin Laden during the day.

In the bedroom in which al-Qaeda's leader finally was killed, I had expected a frisson of something; perhaps a sensation like exploring Hitler's bunker complex beneath the streets of Berlin at the end of World War II.

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  1. George Patton

    Here goes more of that same bravado. The right-wing fanatics all want us to believe that killing someome is such a great accomplishment! I disagree and say that there's no glory in that as this purported Ussama bin Laden could have just as easily been taken alive and put on trial somewhere. Enough of this and now let's move on!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Jaany

      Well Said.....

      May 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  2. Hahahahahahahaha

    You can still see wool where the sheep was tied to the headboard. Hahahahahahaha

    May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  3. Prudence

    Good to see all of these supporters for "Capital Punishment", especially Obama, CNN and other Obama water carriers. Didn't even waste time with trials and appeals. What do you think the responses would be if "W" did this and then celebrated the anniversary?


    May 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well said, Prudence. Thank you.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahaha

      So Bush wasted billions NOT trying to get OBL? Good call Bush. Hahahahahahahahaha

      May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    Bergen's account in Bin Laden's house was highly interesting. Abottabad must be a beautiful site with greenery and snow-capped mountains. It's good that his widows have found refuge in Saudi Arabia. Elsewhere they would be haunted by a swarm of paparazzis who might want their intimate details with the most "wanted man in history".

    May 4, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      What I want to know here is j.von hettlingen, was that the true Ussama bin Laden who got murdered a year ago or just some bin Laden look alike? That, I guess we'll never know for sure!

      May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        Your attempt at confusing people is foolish as you know or should know that they tested him prior to sending him off as fish food.
        Apologies to the fish!

        May 7, 2012 at 9:06 am |

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