Rooney’s recent close call with bin Laden’s Pakistani compoundby George Bennett | May 2nd, 2011
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, came within about 30 miles of Osama bin Laden‘s in-plain-sight hideaway when he visited Pakistan two weeks ago as part of a congressional delegation.
“I’m not surprised that he was in Pakistan. I’m surprised at the kind of place where he was,” Rooney said today of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, a town that includes a large Pakistani military base and a military academy.
Rooney, a member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, visited Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan last month.
The group flew out of Islamabad, which is about 30 miles from Abbottabad as the crow flies or about 72 miles by car. Rooney’s congressional district stretches about 145 miles from northern Palm Beach County across the state to Port Charlotte.
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