4 stupid things FBI / CIA noticed about Osama Compound

1. High walls

Chickens and roosters and fields surround the compound, which is set apart from other homes in the neighborhood. Littered nearby are remnants of the Blackhawk helicopter that US forces destroyed Sunday after it was grounded by a mechanical failure during the operation. Local children gathered up the scraps and sold them for a few hundred Rupees to journalists.
Many articles mention the compound's thick, high walls. Indeed, up to 15 feet high in certain spots – some brick, some concrete, and most charred after a day of fires inside the compound – they were topped with three tiers of barbed wire to keep out prying eyes. Most other gates in the area lack barbed wire, setting this compound apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

2. Unusual size of the courtyard

Reports indicate only a handful of people actually lived inside the compound, so it's unclear what all that space in the courtyard was needed for. Some observers speculate that it could have been to more easily facilitate bulk delivery of supplies. An areal view shows that the compound is quite a few times the size of other local compounds.

3. The actual house

The compound comprises several buildings that seem a bit drab and ramshackle. Corrugated iron roofing tops a badly made shed in the main courtyard. The courtyard soil looks ploughed though it's not clear if that happened after the US military operation. 
A white, three-story building in the middle of the sprawling compound marks yet another contrast to the mostly well kept and colorfully painted houses in the neighborhood.

4. Missing census markers 

Mysteriously, census takers apparently avoided Osama bin Laden's compound. Painted on the entrance gate to most homes in the neighborhood – but not at Osama bin Laden's compound – was a note in Urdu saying that census enumerators had visited over the past two months. Houses that participate in the census have to give details about everyone who lives there.


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