Hasn’t Osama Bin Laden been dead for years?

Osama Bin Laden or his evil twin

April 2005: The Sydney Morning Herald stated “Dr Clive Williams, director of terrorism studies at the Australian National University, says documents provided by an Indian colleague suggested bin Laden died of massive organ failure in April last year … ‘It’s hard to prove or disprove these things because there hasn’t really been anything that allows you to make a judgment one way or the other,’ Dr. Williams said.

September 2006: On September 23, 2006, the French newspaper L’Est Républicain quoted a report from the French secret service (Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure, DGSE) stating that Osama bin Laden had died in Pakistan on August 23, 2006, after contracting a case of typhoid fever that paralyzed his lower limbs. According to the newspaper, Saudi security services first heard of bin Laden’s alleged death on September 4, 2006. The alleged death was reported by the Saudi Arabian secret service to its government, which reported it to the French secret service. The French defense minister Michèle Alliot-Marie expressed her regret that the report had been published while French President Jacques Chirac declared that bin Laden’s death had not been confirmed. American authorities also cannot confirm reports of bin Laden’s death, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying only, “No comment, and no knowledge.” Later, CNN’s Nic Robertson said that he had received confirmation from an anonymous Saudi source that the Saudi intelligence community has known for a while that bin Laden has a water-borne illness, but that he had heard no reports that it was specifically typhoid or that he had died.

November 2007: In an interview with political interviewer David Frost taken on November 2, 2007, the Pakistani politician and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto claimed that bin Laden had been murdered by Omar Sheikh. During her answer to a question pertaining to the identities of those who had previously attempted her own assassination, Bhutto named Sheikh as a possible suspect while referring to him as “the man who murdered Osama bin Laden.” Despite the weight of such a statement, neither Bhutto nor Frost attempted to clarify it during the remainder of the interview. Omar Chatriwala, a journalist for Al Jazeera English, claims that he chose not to pursue the story at the time because he believes Bhutto misspoke, meaning to say Sheikh murdered Daniel Pearl and not Osama Bin Laden. The BBC drew criticism when it rebroadcast the Frost/Bhutto interview on its website, but edited out Bhutto’s statement regarding Osama Bin Laden. Later the BBC apologized and replaced the edited version with the complete interview. In October 2007, Bhutto stated in an interview that she would cooperate with the American military in targeting Osama bin Laden.

March 2009: In an essay published in The American Spectator in March 2009, international relations professor Angelo Codevilla of Boston University argued that Osama bin Laden had been dead for many years.

April 2009: During an interview with the Telegraph, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari raised the prospect that Osama bin Laden could be dead after he said that intelligence officials could find “no trace” of the al-Qaeda chief. Mr Zardari’s predecessor, Pervez Musharraf, similarly suggested that the Saudi terror chief could be dead. Additionally, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies also believe Osama bin Laden may be dead.

October 2009: An article in the British tabloid Daily Mail points out that the theory that Bin Laden died in 2001 “is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts” and notes that the mounting evidence that supports the claim makes the theory “worthy of examination”.

May 2011:  The media announces Osama Bin Laden has been killed. McCaul, R-Texas, called the death of bin Laden “just” but predicted that the threat of terrorism was not over.

“While this is a historic day, Osama bin Laden will no doubt become immortalized in the eyes of al Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups that have continued to plot against us,” said McCaul in a released statement. “Because of this I am concerned that the threat to the United States and to our presence overseas may escalate in the near term. Although we have not experienced mass loss of life in nearly 10 years, the United States has endured more than two dozen terror plots over just the past two years inspired by radicals who have followed in bin Laden’s footsteps. Americans must remain vigilant. We must not ignore the threat that still exists.”

US Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, issued her own statement on the death of bin Laden.

“Our mission has always been to take down Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, the terrorist network that killed thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. That mission has now been accomplished through the patience and steadfast determination of our military, our intelligence officials, and the united leadership of Presidents Bush and Obama. Now we must continue to dismantle this and other terrorist networks that attempt to destroy freedom and human rights throughout the world.”

Long before President Obama delivered the news to the American people, it was confirmed by multiple reliable sources, from CNN to the New York Times to ABC News: bin Laden was killed, taken out by “a U.S. asset” (CNN’s words) in Pakistan. Sources told CNN bin Laden was killed by the U.S. in a mansion outside Islamabad.

“I don’t care how he died, bullet or bomb or missile’ crowed Geraldo Rivera on Fox News Channel. Can’t say I disagree with Geraldo on that one. Good riddance is good riddance.

By the time the news was confirmed in the United States, dawn was breaking in the Middle East. Just as surely as Americans and other sane-minded people around the world were expressing relief at the news bin Laden was killed in Afghanistan, there were others who would react to this as a great affront, a huge loss, the death of a hero.

As the news spread, crowds at Sunday night baseball games reportedly started chanting “USA, USA, USA!” Tourists and locals gathered outside the White House and broke into spontaneous sing-alongs of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Friends in different Chicago neighborhoods reported firecrackers going off.

Some said we should be better than that —but there’s a huge difference between Americans celebrating the death of a terrorist and anti-American factions cheering on 9/11. As David Gergen noted on CNN, not since Hitler has there been such a hated figure.

“The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory,” said Obama. “In our time of grief, the American people came together…on that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to…we were united as one American family…

“For over two decades, bin Laden has…continued to plot attacks against our country and our allies…his death does not mark the end of our effort…we must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad…

“…bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims…His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

So… what are they going to do with the body? Will the public get closure if the US displays it?


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Author:Andrew Beato

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2 Comments on “Hasn’t Osama Bin Laden been dead for years?”

  1. gov-watcher
    August 18, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Excellent write-up. I think OBL’s assassination in 2011 was a staged event, not what we are being led to believe. Same for 9/11; anybody who believes the official b.s. is denying what their eyes are telling them. Also ignoring many on-the-scene accounts and forensic evidence. It is far more appealing to the American citizens’ consciousness to believe the official line than to deal with the truth that is totally disgusting/shocking. It is this sort of apathy that could be the downfall of our Founders’ Dream for us, the citizens of the USA. The PTB are relying on our inability to experience cognitive dissonance and to deal with it constructively.

  2. August 18, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    We have an illegal alien as president and we are supposed to believe the news and our government-yeah-they have our backs-and how dare us accuse them of lying for years and how dare us vote for Romney to pay them back

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