Osama Bin Laden, "The stories of my death have been greatly exag
There has been some confusion on past stories on Osama Bin Laden's capture and possible deaths. Here are a few I have found with sources. Yes, they are questionable, but so is everything these days.
Taliban Offered Bin Laden to U.S.
The Talibans 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. (U.S. rejects Taliban offer to try bin Laden, cnn.com, October 7, 2001)http://articles.cnn.com/2001-10-07/us/ret.us.taliban_1_abdul-salam-zaeef-surrender-bin-taliban-offer?_s=PM:US
. . . The offer yesterday from Haji Abdul Kabir, the Talibans 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, Bush rejects Taliban offer to surrender bin Laden, Independent, October 15, 2001)http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bush-rejects-taliban-offer-to-surrender-bin-laden-631436.html
Reports of Bin Ladens Death Since 2001
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 Taliban friends, attended the funeral rites. (Report: Bin Laden Already Dead, foxnews.com, December 26, 2001)http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html
. . . 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 years presidential election. (Madeleine Albright: Bush Planning Bin Laden October Surprise, newsmax.com, December 17, 2003)
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 Ladens 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, Man or myth argument is alive and well online, Washington Times, July 26, 2010)http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/26/elvis-bin-laden/
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 dead for months. (Paul Joseph Watson, Inside Sources: Bin Ladens Corpse Has Been On Ice For Nearly a Decade, Infowars.com, May 2, 2011)
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, Something stinks about Wikileaks, vheadline.com, August 11, 2010)http://www.islamicnewsdaily.com/war-on-terror/911/report-911-mastermind-bin-laden-assassinated-pakistan
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, Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?, Olive Branch Press, May 20, 2009)http://www.twf.org/News/Y2006/0608-BinLaden.html