The CIA Live Tweeted the Osama Bin Laden Raid on Its 5th Anniversary for Some Reason

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Five years ago, on May 1, 2011, U.S. military forces launched a strike on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Today, in an entirely different kind of strike on everyone's collective patience, the CIA decided it would commemorate the death of bin Laden by tweeting the attack in real time, as though it was happening today. 

Like many an attempted coup d'etat in a foreign country, Operation Relive Operation Neptune Spear garnered little favor with the native populace.

But even though their cover was compromised, the brave men and women behind the CIA's Twitter account forged ahead with the risky operation.

Unfortunately, the psy-op failed to achieve its strategic and tactical objectives due to a disinformation campaign launched by local resistance forces.

Another day, another flawlessly executed CIA maneuver. Just remember that freedom isn't free, and by sheer coincidence U.S. spending on intelligence agencies has more than doubled since Sept. 11, 2001. Also, al-Qaeda still exists and is currently on track to become the global leader in terrorism again when ISIS falls apart. Happy Osama bin Laden death anniversary day, everyone!

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Tom McKay

Tom is a staff writer at Mic, covering national politics, media, policing and the war on drugs. He is based in New York and can be reached at tmckay@mic.com.

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