Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? October 9, 2009

[A copy of Griffin's book was in the "laundry library" where I used to live and I read it in bits and pieces and in fits and starts. Thus I cannot endorse it categorically, but what I did read while washing my clothes was pretty persuasive. OBL did a couple of live interviews in the months after 9/11 (in which he denied involvement and insisted the event was "haram"--impermissible by Islam), but by 2003 he was never seen again. Nor, according to a handful of American intelligence officials including Robert Gates, could any intercepted telecommunications be vetted to him. All we got thereafter were the clumsy and extremely dubious audio bytes of him threatening Americans if they voted for George Bush and other idiocies, all of which played to the advantage of the Bush administration.]

Testimonial Evidence that Bin Laden Is Dead

In addition to this objective evidence, we had considerable testimony in 2002, from people in position to know, that bin Laden was dead, or probably so. These people included:

• President Musharraf of Pakistan;

• Dale Watson, the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism unit;

• Oliver North, who said: “I'm certain that Osama is dead. . . And so are all the other guys I stay in touch with”;

• President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan;

• Sources within Israeli intelligence, who said that any new messages from bin Laden were “probably fabrications”;

• Sources within Pakistani intelligence, who “confirmed the death of . . . Osama Bin Laden” and “attributed the reasons behind Washington's hiding news on the death of Osama Bin Laden to the desire of the hawks of the American administration to use the issue of al-Qaida and international terrorism to invade Iraq.”

For this reason, perhaps, the stories about the demise of bin Laden largely came to an end in the latter part of 2002, when the United States was gearing up for its attack on Iraq. From then until now, there have been few such stories.

Recently, however, two former intelligence officers have spoken out. In October 2008, former CIA case officer Robert Baer suggested in passing during an interview on National Public Radio that bin Laden was no longer among the living. When Baer was asked about this, he said: “Of course he’s dead.”