Osama bin Laden Compound Raid Mock-up
Construction and Demolition of the Bin Laden Compound Mock-up, Harvey Point, NC. Terraserver.com/DigitalGlobe.com
The one month period of the top two photos indicate the facility was constructed quite quickly, perhaps after confirmation of the target required speedy construction for training.
The bottom left photo was taken two days before the raid on May 1, 2011, thus training had been completed. It appears trees and vegetation in the garden had been added to simulate the actual site, perhaps to avoid helicopter landing there.
The left courtyard of the mock-up does not match the actual site's courtyard size and location. A model of the site was more accurate and was likely based on information gathered after that used for the mock-up.
With the careful attention to raid preparation No Easy Day describes, there could have been an expectation that the facility might appear on a public image site or details leaked by a construction worker, some mock-up features may have been constructed to differ from the target compound. Moreover, there may have been one or more mock-ups elsewhere as decoys and/or for training the multiple teams described in the book -- the book's author says a run-through practice took place at an unnamed base with a mock-up for VIP observation -- and "out west." No Easy Day excerpts below. If found send to cryptome[at]earthlink.net.
There is no certainty that the book's author told the whole truth (he admits to being sketchy about aspects of the training and the raid), more likely some (maybe all) of the book is customary CIA/DoD/SEAL cloaking and disinformation about operations.
It is clear that Google Earth omitted the sensitive images -- the site's historical imagery jumps from March 17, 2010 to January 30, 2012 -- as an instance of its cooperation with governments worldwide. That Microsoft's Bing did not is to be commended. even if an oversight.
Bin Laden Compound Mock-Up, Harvey Point, NC, Under Construction, February 15, 2011. Bing.com/Maps.
Bin Laden Compound, Abbottabad, Pakistan, After the Raid, May 11, 2011. Google Earth/GeoEye
Bin Laden Compound Mock-Up, Harvey Point, NC, After Demolition, January 30, 2012. Google Earth
Pentagon model of the site.
No Easy Day excerpts
Location of the run-through not provided.