Normally I would ignore the rantings of a know nothing like Ann Barnhadt, but her rantings are making the rounds on the internet and a response is warranted.

Barnhardt, who writes at, pushing the fantasy that Bin Laden was already dead and that the May 1, 2011 hit was pure fantasy:

All were in total agreement that the Bin Laden episode was pure theater. The SEALS were sent into a compound as evidenced by the lost chopper on site. But Osama Bin Laden wasn’t in that compound. Osama Bin Laden has been dead for years. Bin Laden had a genetic condition that caused renal failure (this genetic condition is common among deeply inbred Saudi arab muslims). Bin Laden had been on dialysis BEFORE 9/11. Dialysis is difficult enough for people in first world countries who can have it done in outstanding facilities. Bin Laden was having it done either in caves or in homes post 9/11. People in renal failure having dialysis done in fricking caves do NOT live for ten more years. Period. There was no dialysis equipment found in the compound the SEALS raided on May 2. Of course there wasn’t. Bin Laden wasn’t in that compound because Bin Laden has been dead for years.

Seriously, is she really this delusional?

I have worked with the US Special Ops community for 18 years. I have helped provide training for elite Navy and Army special ops units. I have been fortunate in my life to also have worked at the CIA. I have friends who are still active in key positions in both the military and intelligence community.

The facts are quite simple:

1. In August of 2010 a Pakistani intelligence officer walked into the US Embassy in Pakistan and claimed to have knowledge about the location of Osama Bin Laden.

2. Skeptical of this report, the CIA proceeded to try to verify the walk-in’s claim. By October of 2010, after setting up a safehouse in Abbottabad, the CIA had confirmed the walk-in’s claim.

3. CIA Director Leon Panetta started pressing for a military strike in February 2011 to take out Bin Laden. Obama’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarret, counseled Obama not to go forward unless he had 100% guarantee that OBL was in the compound.

4. By mid-April Hillary Clinton and Bob Gates joined Panetta in pushing for action. Their combined pressure forced Obama to stop dithering and the strike was ordered.

5. Although the SEALs were given the mission (largely because Admiral McRaven at JSOC and Admiral Olsen at SOCOM are both SEALs) the mission was going to be covered by the story that Bin Laden was killed in a drone strike. Senior Pakistani leaders agreed, albeit reluctantly, to allow the US force to enter Pakistan and carry out the hit on the condition that their role was not revealed and that Bin Laden’s presence at Abbottabad was not exposed.

6. When one of the Black Hawk helicopters carrying elements of a SEAL boat team crashed during the assault on the OBL compound, Obama’s National Security Team (Donilon, Brennan and McDonough) decided to bag the cover story and go public with the news that Bin Laden was killed by a team of Navy SEALs.

7. It is true that the Obama White House was trying to milk the maximum political advantage from the news that Bin Laden was dead. In the course of pursuing this objective the Obama team unwittingly compromised classified capabilities of the SEALs and betrayed Generals Kiyani and Pasha in Pakistan by acknowledging Bin Laden had been housed in Abbottabd for years. White House officials, such as John Brennan, briefed reporters on background that the attack was carried out by Navy SEALs.

Barnhardt claims that it was Biden on 3 May who exposed the SEALs.

May 3, 2011: Within hours, Vice President Joe Biden destroys any notions of OPSEC and bellows to the entire world in public remarks at a dinner at the Ritz Carlton that the Bin Laden raid was carried out by “the SEALS”. Within hours Obama regime had gleefully leaked that the raid was carried out by “SEAL Team 6?, also known as DEVGRU. Up until this point in history, all DEVGRU activities and information had been highly classified. Now the term “SEAL Team 6? was blasted across every newspaper in the world, with Disney even moving to trademark the name. The Obama regime wanted the ENTIRE WORLD to know the name “SEAL Team 6?.

Just not true. Do a Google search for yourself. The role of the SEALs was being leaked on the evening of the 1st and appeared in a variety of articles published on 2 May.

Barnhardt spins off into full delusion with her unsupported, specious claim that the Obama Administration set up SEAL Team Six to be executed.

I’ll say what everyone else is thinking but is too scared to say. The Obama regime is almost certainly directly complicit in these deaths. The time, location and most especially, the PASSENGERS in the Chinook were passed to the Taliban. . . .

Why would the Obama regime kill Americans? I think the question is, why WOULDN’T the Obama regime kill Americans? The Obama regime is composed of Marxist-Leninist psychopaths. A glancing, superficial survey of 20th century history shows one glaring fact above all others: MARXISTS MURDER PEOPLE WITHOUT COMPUNCTION. Marxists also hate Americans, by definition.

Regular readers of this blog know that I am no fan of Obama and I will work to defeat him in his bid to be re-elected. It is outrageous, almost criminal, for Barnhardt to accuse Obama and unnamed members of his Administration, of passing info to the Taliban and arranging the murder of our military personnel. No one in the Obama Administration did anything to directly facilitate the death of the SEALs who died on August 6 during an operation to reinforce members of the 75th Rangers who were engaged in a combat op.

Here is a typical example of Barnhardt’s malevolent nuttiness:

Tip from Afghanistan:
Posted by Ann Barnhardt – August 7, AD 2011 6:57 AM MST
I received a tip from a soldier stationed with an aviation brigade out of Jalalabad overnight.
“Almost immediately, after news of the crash began to spread, we were placed in an internet and phone blackout. This means communication with family, friends and “others” back home, in real time, is prevented until further notice.
However, there are also chinook pilots, crews and mechanics assigned here who were privy to the details of the crash almost immediately. One of confirmed details they have been discussing is that the chinook shot down belonged to a National Guard unit.

Let’s start with the fact that the pilot and crew of the downed chopper were US Army Reserve not National Guard. I know this firsthand. How? My cousin’s husband is one of the pilots in that unit.

Fact is that US Army Reserve and National Guard pilots fly Special Ops forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Back in 2006, for instance, I was sent to Iraq by JSOC. Flying into and out of country I flew on birds piloted by Army Reserve and National Guard pilots. Why? We don’t have enough regular Army and Air Force assets by themselves. Guard and Reserve assets make up the difference.

I can also tell you that pilots in the Olathe based Army Reserve air unit had trained with and flown SEALs previously.

The death of the SEALs was horrible and sad. They were two weeks shy of finishing their tour in Afghanistan. They may have been victims of a suicide bomber on board the chopper. That’s still being investigated. But they were not the victims of an Obama conspiracy. Spreading such a lie is a stain on the memory of those heroes.

Barnhardt needs to shut her yap. She is spreading malicious lies and half-truths. There is plenty of political ammo to use in attacking the sorry record of Obama. Making up bullshit out of ignorance is inexcusable. Let’s stick with the facts.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • allen goldberg

    So, sir know it all..answer this question…the investigation you claim is ongoing and might have been a suicide bomb…strapped to whom and why is there now testimony that the helicopters were hit from the ground? Finally the Tyrant is Chief is stripping the military down, reducing our effectiveness…still want to defend his and Hagel the Bagel’s actions? Try to remember he was absent from Benghazi, has not accounted for his whereabouts, lied publically, had other do it to..and list is PDL…and there is huge testimony from Egypt that he was in collusion with the MB, as a charter member…still think he did not give up Seal Team 6?

  • richardwicks

    Ann might have gone a bit over the deep end, but she’s not alone in her opinion. Paul Craig Roberts also is suspicious but he stops short of drawing a conclusion. Lot of strange things about that.

    At that end of the day, you ought to be suspicious about any claims of this government at this point.

  • stevor

    fools you are. YES, bin laden died years ago and benazir bhutto even talked of it in a speech. It was also reported elsewhere around the world. There are interviews of the neighbors and they never saw bin laden. That supposed photo of him in his room watching the TV videos is a total joke.
    bin Laden was a CIA asset and known as being just that. Fools to listen to somebody who is probably an obot who probably also figures that Oswald was the lone gunman against JFK despite a later gov’t investigation concluding that there was a Conspiracy of at least 2 shooters.

  • Sam I Am

    I don’t trust the government nor anyone even remotely associated with the government. I sure as heck am not about to buy some b.s. that someone is trying to sell me while defending the actions, flat out lies and disinformation (propaganda) of this government…who is NOT a friend to the American people.

    Who does the military work for? Who pays their salaries? Who do they take orders from? Who do they report to? You got it…the GOVERNMENT.

    I am not trying to defend this woman, but she is entitled to have her own views, theories and ideas about whatever topic she chooses and she has just as much right to post her views, theories and ideas in a blog or anywhere else on the Internet as everyone else does. Last time, this was still a free country (somewhat).

    Unless someone who was ACTUALLY there and is a first-hand witness to all the things that DID or DID NOT happen comes forward with their account of the events, then there is no reason to put it out as FACT.

  • Sayid Ghany

    this bitch is very dangerous in terms of the ideology she propagates

  • gordythreehorses

    she is not but you are. you know nothing, obama loving, commie fag, and i hope you die in a most hideous way

  • Marc

    Sorry , you might have friends every where in the intelligence community, but looks like you know nothing about KH-12 and KH-13. Bin Laden was desintegrated on February 2002.

  • Kim Stempien

    I too believe that Bin Laden could well have been dead prior to this staged event. Where’s his body (that Obama & friends claimed had been dumped at sea)? Where are the photos? The only photos we have are of the compound post attack, and of Obama & friends looking horrified watching SOMETHING, but only by their word would we think they were watching Bin Laden being captured/killed…and we know how good Obama’s “word” is (think middle class tax hikes, NDAA, Guantanamo, torture, etc.) Nothing wrong with some good, old-fashioned CRITICAL THINKING by Barnhardt. At least someone’s not drinking Obama’s Koolaid!

  • eruaran

    I decided to watch one of her videos and though I thought she seemed a little “off” she at first made sense and it sounded solid… but as the minutes went by I became less convinced. The clincher came when she said that people who don’t believe in charging interest on loans are anti-semites, while she had a kind of Glenn Beck crazy eye look going on… She completely lost me at that point and I couldn’t watch any more.

  • Jim A. Campbell

    Let’s see a know nothing like Ann Barnhardt? Let’s be clear, it was revealed two days ago that Obama conveniently made the announcement 3 days after the event allegedly happened. Now if he did that to cover and court hearing to determine if he were a natural born citizen, think about it Mr. know it all, this was his planned October surprise to win the election going away. Get a clue before dissing somebody of Ann’s stature. I’m J.C.
    I will take all comers on this story, Osama died in the early 2000’s post 911 Prove me wrong you sanctimonious prick.

  • David

    You offer no evidence that it was Osama except a lone informant and the CIA. What about the burial at sea which no one witnessed? Barnhardt’s opinion agrees with most of what I have read outside the mainstream media.

  • Undecider

    It’s been admitted by several White House insiders (Madelin Albright, Dr. Steve Pieczenik, etc.) that OBL had been
    dead for years (late 2001/early 2002). It was published in the [more trustworthy]
    international media that he died some time ago.

    Once again, the real disinfo is how SEAL Team 6 killed a “live” OBL. Maybe his body was there. But “he” wasn’t there.

    Americans love fairy tales and just can’t seem to grow up. Don’t worry, you can keep your worship of those in uniform as you grab your ankles for the TSA. Since you believe in the war on terror, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the trappings. You can sing “God Bless the USA,” while you’re sitting in a FEMA camp.

    Side note, ask yourselves why much of SEAL Team 6 was set up for assassination by the very people who sent them after OBL? Is there some word their masters didn’t want to get out? The same happened to the people tasked with sneaking out a nuke on a B-52 pylon for Dick Cheney.

    Pull your heads out and think for a moment. The war on terror is a total fraud.

  • Steven Broiles

    I’ve heard you on John Batchelor before, and you’re pretty good. But for someone who claims to be so anti-Obama, you certainly seem to bend over backwards to accommodate the Henry Jamesian comedy of manners. Just because Ann Barnhardt has histrionic personality disorder (what most people call “rabies,”) is no excuse to dismiss her out of hand. Bin Laden has been dead for years, Obama IS a liar (and he’s a pretty lousy one at that) and he IS a loser. Face it: You’re professionally jealous that ANYONE would DARE to grab their spot in the limelight! (And, NO, I am not marrying Miss Barnhardt!)

  • R T

    I find anything coming from our media and our government hard to believe. Since the late 1980’s, when a girlfriend’s father (Air Force C130 Pilot), told me what “actually happened during the Iran Hostage Crisis Rescue attempt (Operation “Eagle Claw”, April 1980). The “cover” story was that one of the helicopters (with partial hydrolics damage) crashed into one of the C-130 aircraft (containing fuel), destroyed both aircraft. The mission was aborted.
    The real story comes from the pilot of one of those C-130’s and in 1990 told everyone at his Thanksgiving dinner table (including me)  “what really happened” on that mission… there was no accidental helicopter crash, rather two Russian MiG-25’s took out that helicopter and the C-130, forcing the mission to abort. They had been ‘made’, and had no other choice than to bug-out!
    So the lesson here, is rather than tell another embarrassing truth to the public, Carter and his administration (who were trying to save his shot at a 2nd term with this rescue op) spun the aforementioned story. Had Reagan been in office those few weeks earlier, he would have taken those MiG fighters out!
    Moral of the story, don’t believe what you hear!

  • FlatFoot

    Anything short of kidney transplants, which sure as heck isn’t like walking into a clinic and having an ingrown toenail removed, dictates that OBL was dead and rotted away long before BHO personally saved the world from OBL.

    And until the citizens of the USA are shown incontrovertible proof by this seditious and morally bankrupt Obama Administration otherwise — that is and always will be the naked truth.

  • Anonymous

    or she’s spreading the truth and that makes you uncomfortable. Ann Barnhardt’s zeal for the truth and her intuition and intellectual sharpness makes her a national treasure by default.
    I’ll accept her insight at face value and without compromise.