Recently President Obama announced that the U.S. had killed Osama Bin Laden (OBL), despite releasing no evidence supporting those claims. While some orchestrated groups were shown celebrating the President’s announcement, many more met his announcement with skepticism and laughter. There are many reasons to question President Obama’s announcement, primarily the fact that OBL was reported as dead almost 10 years ago. President Obama and the Democrats will benefit politically from Washington’s quickly unraveling OBL fairy tale much the way George W. Bush benefitted every time OBL miraculously popped up when Bush needed to shore up support to condone his illegal actions. The state propaganda machine has propped up OBL’s ghost for almost a decade, albeit quite poorly and this doesn’t appear to be any different.
OBL had a well-documented Kidney problem which required a constant need for dialysis. Because of the health problems that are evident in the last known OBL video from late 2001, several heads of state and counterterrorism officials have opined that OBL has been dead since December 2001, and many reports on OBL’s death from that same time frame seem to confirm that. One of the many problems with Washington’s story, which only took 48 hours before unraveling, is that a dialysis machine is nowhere to be found in any of the pictures of the purported OBL’s compound released by the U.S.
According to French Intelligence Sources, OBL was flown to an American hospital in Dubai for 10 days of treatment. In Dubai, OBL was met by the local CIA attaché who was recalled to Washington after he bragged to his friends about meeting OBL. In fact, there were other OBL Dubai witnesses too. On September 10, 2001, OBL was in a Pakistani Military hospital for treatment where he remained under the watchful eyes of Pakistani intelligence, which has deep ties to the CIA. Naturally, when information about the CIA knowing the whereabouts of the terrorist mastermind it created was released, Washington denied it, but as I’ve said many times before, Washington has a major aversion to the truth.
An October 2001 videotape featured a visibly pale and gaunt OBL wearing Army fatigues and Islamic headdress. Two months later, in December 2001, another videotape featuring a seriously ill looking OBL who appeared unable to move his left arm appeared. The December 2001 videotape appears to be the last authentic video of OBL. All the ones presented by the CIA as proof that OBL was still alive turned out to be not real. The newest tapes alleging to be of OBL released by the CIA – the leader of the state propaganda parade – with no sound may or may not be authentic. That remains to be seen.
On December 26, 2001, Fox News reported on a Pakistan Observer story that OBL had died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended OBL’s funeral. According to the source in the report, OBL died in mid-December, and the U.S. coalition would never find his body because it was buried honorably in an unmarked grave was made per OBL’s Wahibi belief. 30 close associates of OBL attended that funeral, including his family members.
In January of 2002, CNN reported that Pakistan President Musharraf said he thought OBL was most likely dead because the suspected terrorist had been unable to get treatment for his kidney disease. Musharraf said Pakistan knew OBL took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. But, if OBL were living in a cave, dialysis machines probably wouldn’t do him much good.
The New York Times (NYT) declared OBL dead on July 11, 2002, citing sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan who said OBL had died six months earlier, noting that the remnants of OBL’s gang had stayed mostly silent, either to keep OBL’s ghost alive or because they had no means of communication. The NYT noted that with an ego the size of Mount Everest, OBL would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive.
Almost a week later, FBI Counterterrorism Chief Dale Watson said he believed OBL was dead. CBS News reported on Watson’s statement that was made at a conference of law enforcement officials. Watson quickly emphasized that he had no evidence that OBL was dead, but his comments suggested that the FBI had no intelligence proving OBL was alive.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai announced on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the U.S. illegal occupation of Afghanistan that OBL was probably dead. Karzai made that announcement on CNN’s “Late Edition” on Sunday October 6, 2002. While announcing that OBL was probably dead, Karzai announced that former Taliban leader Mullah Omar was alive, despite being reported dead by the U.S.
U.S. intelligence told Nevada Senator Harry Reid that OBL was killed in a Pakistan earthquake in November 2005. Where they got that info from and why they waited so long remains unknown.
In September 2006, French Intelligence leaked documents reporting that OBL was dead. According to reports, l’Est Republicain, a regional newspaper, printed what it described as a copy of a confidential document from the DGSE intelligence service citing an uncorroborated report from Saudi secret services that OBL had died.
In November 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto told David Frost from Al Jazeera that Omar Sheikh had killed OBL. Shortly after that interview, Bhutto was assassinated.
Seven years after the last verifiable appearance among the living, Angelo M. Codevilla, former U.S. Foreign Intelligence officer and Professor of International Relations at Boston University, wrote that there is more evidence for Elvis’s presence among us than OBL’s. She wrote “All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama bin Laden. But tell that to the CIA and all the other misconceptualizers of the War on Terror” in March 2009.
Eight years after the attacks of 9/11, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari told Indian Express that his “counterparts in the American Intelligence Agencies” hadn’t heard anything from OBL in seven years, and he didn’t think OBL was alive. But Zardari could not offer any evidence or details supporting his claims that OBL was no longer alive.
Now President Obama and his administration are trying to push the fairy tale that OBL was killed by U.S. Seals. In fact, OBL was a proxy used by the CIA and the military to wage never-ending “War on Terror.” Given the credibility of the U.S. government on the terrorist mastermind it created, it’s impossible to believe that they killed OBL, since it appears that he’s been dead for years. It remains to be seen why President Obama would make such a false announcement without offering any evidence to support it, but we’ll find out eventually. Will the American people demand proof of OBL’s death? How many times does OBL have to die before he’s dead? When are Americans going to quit living Orwell’s 1984? We’ll have to wait and see.