The thing that bothered me all these years about Bin Laden was the burial at sea. There's no way that a properly run military mission would do that. There would be video, pictures, samples, there would be all kinds of PAPERWORK, and so forth. Some guy on a ship doesn't get to decide they'll just dump the body overboard. Particularly if its some kind of super freakin' spy mission with super duper stealth aircraft and super secret military assets that Mere Humans are not allowed to know.
When stated in this way, it does seem idiotic. It seems doubly idiotic to me because WE KNOW ABOUT IT a long time before Snowden came out with his "bombshell". Cops have been using telephone records to catch people since the 1970's, how was there not a national level program to collect that stuff? We knew about the FBI's Carnivore, there's been a Wikipedia page about it since 2004. All Snowden did was make it impossible to ignore any longer.
The decision to keep secret the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records was a strategic blunder that set the stage for Edward Snowden's unauthorized disclosures and ultimately harmed U.S. national security, the agency's former inspector general told NSA employees in blunt remarks Friday.
"You now live in a glass house," Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006, said in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the congressional hearings into the intelligence scandals of the Watergate era. "How could anyone think the bulk collection program would remain secret?"
It's not that there no longer can be national security secrets, said Brenner, a lawyer who retired in 2009 after serving as the top U.S. counterintelligence official. But "the idea that the broad rules governing your activities -not specific operations, but the broad rules-can be kept secret is a delusion. And they should not be kept secret."
Well, except the stupid ones or the truly arrogant like Hillary Clinton. The speed with which General Petraeus' emails to Paula Broadwell were revealed says much about the power of the NSA to find things. The NSA has copies of ALL those emails Hillary deleted off that private server. She just doesn't care because she's so Important no little clerk would dare disturb her by "finding" them. Note that all of official Washington is pretending its all over now, no hope of ever getting those emails back, nuh uh.