C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta gave the “executive order” to launch Operation Geronimo after President Obama balked on three earlier dates. January, February and March of 2011.
Paul E. Vallely (Major General, USA, retired) revealed this on his website , Stand Up America on 11 October, 2012.
Here is the article:
The Stand Up America US Research and Analysis team has learned from a senior and sensitive intelligence community source and official that President Obama did not know of the raid in Abbottabad to kill Osama Bin Laden on May 1st, 2011 until after the helicopters with SEAL TEAM 6 had crossed into Pakistani airspace.
America’s most sophisticated deception techniques were used to make this very dangerous penetration into Pakistan without Pakistani knowledge. The President was notified at the golf course and called off the golf course, which is likely why he was in the strange sitting position in the picture that documented the White House Situation room event.
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Leon Panetta was the key player who organized, trained, and supported this daring raid.
He signed the “Execute Orders” with only a few people aware: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense William Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen and General David Petraeus.
The White House was closed out of the decision because the President, through Valarie Jarrett, had turned down two or three other earlier proposals.
The Deputy of Central Intelligence (DCI) and his covert planning team were extremely frustrated at all the denials, so they saw the opportunity slipping away as implausible as it seems.
Leon Panetta was driven to ensure a successful mission after the US lost seven (7) CIA officers on January 4, 2010 in Afghanistan from the action of a Jordanian double agent.
Panetta convinced his other principals to make the decision that was actually within his authority. He received their full-fledged support but the President, according to the official, remained clueless on the mission which is why he appeared so calm at the White House Correspondents Dinner the night before and why he was on the golf course when the helicopters crossed over Pakistani borders en route to Abbottabad.
Leon Panetta is the leader who, in fact, made it happen along with the intelligence community (IC) professionals. Today, the IC professionals hold Panetta in very high regard now as do the military in the Pentagon. History will treat him very well once the full story is released and exposed as to the true events.
This very serious and sensitive information was relayed by a source who has been very frustrated with the continued dishonesty within the White House in trying to blame the intelligence community for the Libyan debacle in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave and dedicated Americans were murdered by an Al Qaeda affiliate.
It is reported that frustration is at a boiling point within the agencies (particularly State/DOD/CIA) with the actions and cover-ups of the President and his administration hierarchy.