What’s even cooler when you think about it, they did this because they knew things were about to get real. In other words, just in case bin Laden got messed up beyond all recognition, they had a fall back plan to identity his bones. The lesson here kiddos is this: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
From the Guardian
The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader’s family, a Guardian investigation has found.As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organise the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the "project" in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic, according to Pakistani and US officials and local residents.
What happened to the doctor who helped
pull off this clever plan? The Pakistani authorities have arrested him