By Enver Masud
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On May 1, President Obama reported that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in a house in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In the following we present what we know, and do not know, about the killing of the alleged mastermind of 9/11. In the interest of brevity, the presentation is in outline form.
9/11: The Evidence Against Bin Laden
To this day, the FBI page states: â€œUsama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.â€
In June 2006, when asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on the FBIâ€™s web page, Rex Tomb, the FBIâ€™s Chief of Investigative Publicity, is reported to have said, â€œThe reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Ladenâ€™s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.â€
On September 22, 2001, the Bush administration said that â€œit would release evidence that Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden masterminded the attacks Sept. 11 on the United States, part of an effort to convince the world that a military response is justified.â€
â€œI am absolutely convinced that the al-Qaida network, which he heads, was responsible for this attack,â€ Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press.â€
Ten years on, weâ€™re still waiting for this evidence.
On March 29, 2006, on the Tony Snow Show, Fox News Radio, Vice President Dick Cheney stated: â€œWeâ€™ve never made the case, or argued the case, that somehow Osama Bin Laden was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming.â€
Bin Laden Denied Responsibility for 9/11
â€¢ Bin Laden, in a September 28, 2001 interview with the Pakistani newspaper Ummat, is reported to have said: â€œI have already said that I am not involved in the 11 Septem- ber attacks in the United States.â€
Experts dismiss the videotape â€œdiscovered in a private home in Jalalabad, Afghanistanâ€ which allegedly shows Bin Laden confessing to the September 11 attacks.
In a December 20, 2001 broadcast by German TV channel Das Erste â€œtwo independent translators and an expert on oriental studies found the White Houseâ€™s translation not only to be inaccurate, but manipulative.â€
In a radio interview with Kevin Barrett, Prof. Bruce Lawrence, editor of â€œMessages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Ladenâ€, called the video â€œbogus.â€ (â€œThe 9/11 Commission Report is â€˜Fatally Flawedâ€™,â€ The Wisdom Fund, January 21, 2009)
Taliban Offered Bin Laden to U.S.
â€¢ The Talibanâ€™s ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, made the offer at a news conference in Islamabad. Zaeef said the Taliban would detain bin Laden and try him under Islamic law if the United States makes a formal request and presents them with evidence. (â€œU.S. rejects Taliban offer to try bin Laden,â€ cnn.com, October 7, 2001)
â€¢ . . . The offer yesterday from Haji Abdul Kabir, the Talibanâ€™s deputy prime minister, to surrender Mr bin Laden if America would halt its bombing and provide evidence against the Saudi-born dissident was not new. (Andrew Buncomb, â€œBush rejects Taliban offer to surrender bin Laden,â€ Independent, October 15, 2001)
Reports of Bin Ladenâ€™s Death Since 2001
â€¢ Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. . . .
About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some â€œTaliban friends,â€ attended the funeral rites. (â€œReport: Bin Laden Already Dead,â€ foxnews.com, December 26, 2001)
â€¢ . . . former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is telling reporters that the Bush administration may already have captured Osama bin Laden and will release the news just before next yearâ€™s presidential election. (â€œMadeleine Albright: Bush Planning Bin Laden October Surprise,â€ newsmax.com, December 17, 2003)
â€¢ Angelo M. Codevilla, who teaches international relations at Boston University, is a former U.S. intelligence officer who studied Soviet disinformation techniques during the Cold War. He says a close examination of all the alleged bin Laden tapes, including the videos, have convinced him that Elvis Presley is more alive than Osama bin Laden. . . .
The last credible intercepts of bin Ladenâ€™s voice were made by overhead satellites in early December 2001 as he was escaping through the Tora Bora mountain range . . .
Bin Laden was suffering from a kidney ailment, and some experts say he died Dec. 13, 2001, four days after his escape from Tora Bora. (Arnaud de Borchgrave, â€œMan or myth argument is alive and well online,â€ Washington Times, July 26, 2010)
â€¢ In April 2002, over nine years ago, Council on Foreign Relations member Steve R. Pieczenik, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, and James Baker, told the Alex Jones Show that Bin Laden had already been â€œdead for monthsâ€. (Paul Joseph Watson, â€œInside Sources: Bin Ladenâ€™s Corpse Has Been On Ice For Nearly a Decade,â€ Infowars.com, May 2, 2011)
â€¢ The leaked documents also claim that Osama bin Laden, who was reported dead three years ago by the late Pakistan candidate Benazir Bhutto on BBC, was still alive, conveniently keeping the myth alive for the Obama Administration War on Terror at a point when most Americans had forgotten the original reason the Bush Administration allegedly invaded Afghanistan to pursue the Saudi Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks. (F. William Engdahl, â€œSomething stinks about Wikileaks,â€ vheadline.com, August 11, 2010)
â€¢ Preeminent 9/11 author, Prof. David Ray Griffin, examined purported messages from bin Laden since 2001 and found little evidence that they in fact came from bin Laden himself. (David Ray Griffin, â€œOsama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?,â€ Olive Branch Press, May 20, 2009)
Report: OBL Assassinated in Abbotabad
â€¢ U.S. officials said the helicopter raid in Pakistan was carried out by CIA paramilitaries together with the elite Navy SEAL Team Six. The U.S. team took custody of bin Ladenâ€™s remains, which American officials said were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition. . . .
In August, 2010, intelligence officials found what they suspected to be bin Ladenâ€™s residence in Abbotabad, Pakistan, an affluent area with lots of retired military. (â€œOsama Bin Laden is Dead,â€ CBS/AP, May 1, 2011)
â€¢ The release of a photograph purporting to show bin Ladenâ€™s corpse – which was later confirmed to be a fake – added to the confusion. (â€œCan US Offer Final Proof Of Osamaâ€™s Death?,â€ yahoo.com, May 2, 2011)
â€¢ Sources confirmed to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that his body was released into the sea from a U.S. Navy vessel on Monday, likely into the Indian Ocean.
Bin Laden was a Saudi national, but officials tell CBS News that the Kingdom was unwilling to have his remains repatriated. (â€œOsama bin Ladenâ€™s body buried at sea,â€ CBS/AP, May 2, 2011)
Islam does NOT require burial within 24 hours. Why not bury him in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Guantanamo . . . or let the locals bury him?
â€¢ US officials have now conceded that Bin Laden was not armed during the assault, did not fire back and that his wife was only injured in the assault. (Peter Foster, â€œOsama bin Laden â€˜Was Not Armed and Did Not Use Wife as Human Shieldâ€™,â€ Telegraph, May 3, 2011)
â€¢ In 1976, President Ford issued Executive Order 11905 to clarify U.S. foreign intelligence activities. The order was enacted in response to the post-Watergate revelations that the CIA had staged multiple attempts on the life of Cuban President Fidel Castro. (â€œU.S. policy on assassinations,â€ cnn.com, November 4, 2002)
Section 5(g), entitled â€œProhibition on Assassination,â€ states: â€œNo employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.â€
â€¢ â€œChina holds that the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of any country should be respected,â€ said Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, according to Xinhua news agency. (â€œChina blasts US government for operation that killed Osama,â€ ibtimes.com, May 5, 2011)
More than a year ago, I wrote: â€œWe suspect that when bin Laden is â€˜killed,â€™ weâ€™ll just have to trust the folks that lied us into war to confirm they got him.â€
Is Bin Laden dead? Probably. Was he killed in Abbotabad, Pakistan? We donâ€™t know. Was he the â€œmastermindâ€ of 9/11? No.
The Wisdom Fund