March 3rd, 2010
07:21 AM ET

Whatever happened to bin Laden?

Osama bin Laden - remember him? Where is he, and is the U.S. getting closer to killing or capturing him?

Those are the questions hovering over several recent developments in the Afghanistan war: the capture of Afghan Taliban military leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar,  the killing of two key Taliban commanders  and an increase in drone attacks.

But several authorities on the eight-year Afghanistan war say no one should expect to see bin Laden in handcuffs anytime soon.

“No, I don’t think we’re getting any closer,” says Stephen Tanner, author of “Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban."

Tanner says the ISI, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, knows where bin Laden is hiding, but is not ready to say.

“We got to make a deal with Pakistan because I’m convinced that he’s [bin Laden] protected by the ISI,” Tanner says.

Tanner says that rogue elements within the ISI - if not the Pakistani government - may be using bin Laden as a “trump card” to exert leverage over the United States. Tanner says that Pakistani leaders are concerned that the U.S. will draw closer to India, Pakistan’s chief rival.

Flashing the bin Laden trump card will insure that the U.S. will continue to send aid to Pakistan because it considers it a bulwark against radical Islam, Tanner says. Without the bin Laden trump card, though, Pakistan would be in danger of being abandoned by the U.S., Tanner says.

“I just think it’s impossible after all this time to not know where he is. The ISI knows what’s going on in its own country,” Tanner says. “We’re talking about a 6-foot-4-inch Arab with a coterie of bodyguards.”

Even if the U.S. draws a bead on bin Laden, he won’t be captured alive, says Thomas Mockatis, author of, “Osama bin Laden: A Biography.”

Mockatis says bin Laden has bodyguards who are tasked with shooting him if his capture seems imminent.

“Killing bin Laden would not be a good thing,” Mockatis says. “He’s already a hero. Killing bin Laden would just create one more martyr.”

Many in the Arab world wouldn’t even believe reports that bin Laden had been killed, Mockatis says. They would dismiss the news as CIA propaganda and any photographs of bin Laden’s body as fabrications.

Killing bin Laden is important, but what’s more vital is the ongoing U.S. campaign to “constrict” al Qaeda’s operation, Mockatis says. The U.S. has become more successful at taking away al Qaeda’s safe havens, their ability to move agents and finance operations around the globe.

“It’s a grinding down process, the way you deal with organized crime,” Mockatis says. “You constantly keep the pressure on.”

That pressure may have led to several purported bin Laden sightings, says Ivan Kenneally, an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York who teaches courses on American foreign policy and war and the state.

Some of those alleged sightings have placed bin Laden in Chitral, Pakistan, the northwest region of the country. One bin Laden tip from last fall was credible enough that the U.S. military and Pakistani special forces cordoned off  an area and kept it under 24-hour surveillance by drones, Kenneally says.

“There has been more general information that bin Laden is moving about North Waziristan, complicating his detection by constantly moving back and forth over the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Kenneally says.

Finding bin Laden might not come down to super-sleuthing or aggressive military action, says William Martel, associate professor of international security studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School in Massachusetts.

“You need a healthy dose of luck to actually produce the capture of someone like that who doesn’t want to be captured,” says Martel, also author of “Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Military Policy.”

Martel, like others interviewed for this blog post, says that bin Laden is probably still alive.

It may actually be better if bin Laden isn’t captured, Martel says. The debate over handling bin Laden in captivity would be explosive.

“Do we read him his rights; do we run him through a military tribunal or civilian courts?” Martel says. “Capturing him would pose more problems than not.”

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  1. SilentBoy741

    He's working at a 7-11 in Newark, NJ. I just saw him there.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. ZLV David

    What would we do without Bin Laden? He is our #1 boogie man. Without him we wouldn't be waring with 3rd world countries or imposing freedom stripping laws like the "patriot act" It's all a fabricated shame on the American people.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. This guy

    I say turn the whole region into glass. There is no way he would survive that.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marie

    I agree, Bin Laden is DEAD! If he was alive we would know about it, there are more benefits to those who do not want us to know he is dead.
    Let's find the truth, finish this war and get our troops home and the get our economy back on track instead of spending billions on a RAT who is no longer living. Our government knows the truth – for once tell the people the truth or show us proof he is alive. I have to wonder does our government know what their doing. I am sure all of us are wondering the same thing.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    Forget about Bin Laden. If Pakistan thinks he is a trump card think again. Those grapes soured on the vine long ago. India is much more of an economic partner to the US then Pakistan will ever be. Pakistan is playing the short term dangerous game of being a pariah to the US. A game which will end sooner or later end in tears for Pakistan. I expect the Pakistanis will then march and yell death to US, as usual.

    As for becoming a martyr, I will risk it. Did Hussein become one? No, he is forgotten as is his entire family. The suicide bombers are also forgotten as are their families except for a few photos in a drawer.

    Pakistan, India has left you behind. You have started wars with them and have been pounded each time. You might want to change tactics and be constructive in the world for a change.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jesse

    Yall aint lookin at the big picture. We already have him and hes giving out info like it was candy. Think about it. If you caught some high priority terreost and they are giving info wouldnt you keep it a secret and not them aware so they keep there false hopes.
    Plus than you would be fighting over custudy over the brute.
    So as i said it would cuz alot more headachs than non if he was publicly "captured"

    March 3, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Bin Laden died in Dec 2001.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric Roth

    Capturing or Killing Bin-Laden would be a long overdue and sorely needed victory against Islamic fanaticism. It would also allow President Obama to receive credit for waging a vigorous battle against the Taliban and jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Would many misguided, deluded, and bigoted Islamic jihadists make posters and T-shirts of the dead Bin-Laden like a 21st-century Che? Perhaps. But we must change their perception of inevitable victory which is not helped by President Obama naming an envoy to the Organization of Islamic Organizations or refusing to acknowledge the ideological roots of the Fort Hood attack and other violent Islamic terrorists.

    Obama, politically, needs to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. And the sooner, the better because Republican propagandists have far too many Americans believing that Obama is neutral in the war against Islamic jihadism.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alabama_Al

    The failure to capture or kill bin Laden had to be (or, at least, should have been) a great embarrassment to the Bush administration officials. However, although some may have made their comments what is even more curious is the deafening silence from Republican lawmakers in general. Is there anyone out there – anyone – who truly believes that if 9-11 had happened during a Gore administration there would not have been a steady drumbeat through the years, carrying on into today, reminding voters that bin Laden was still at large?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Awake

    Bin Laden has been dead since 2001. He made a deal with the CIA for the safety and "pay off" of his family because he knew he was dying from kidney failure. He was in a US hospital in Dubai on 9/10/2001 meeting with the CIA to seal the deal.

    He has been the boogie man that reminds us to give up our rights every time something happens that the mainstream media portrays as terrorism.

    The people know the truth now. We know that the banking oligarchs were behind 9/11 and they have put America into such debt as a result of our good intentions that we can never recover our country. They own us now.

    There is hope in the future and the first thing to remember is that violence accomplishes nothing. Peaceful means are the only tools we can use to escape this trap. Let go of your hatred and embrace your brothers and sisters. We all want basically the same things out of life; peace, love and understanding. The current form of government seeks to remove those things from our lives.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    Sorry Leslie, but unless we find the body, the guy's not dead. So for all intents and purposes, Bin Laden is ALIVE. Your opinion is that he's dead, but where's the evidence that he's dead? He hasn't released any videos or tapes because they're hiding on borrowed time and feel that if they release another tape, we'd be able to trace it.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. David Stone

    He's got to be dead for the simple fact that no videos have come out, as Leslie said. It's easy to set up a camera in some room or cave and show him in current form with his AK spewing his garbage, and it would rally the terrorists. There is no downside to doing it, and only upsides. So if he is alive, why has no video come out in so long? I actually think one of his health problems got him. This would explain why his death wasn't trumpeted as it would have been if a US bomb had landed on his hut, which would have made him a big martyr. Dying from kidney failure isn't the "warriors death" they all wanted for him and probably would just weaken his image an memory. Therefore they just kept it quiet, and the US government keeps him alive in spirit, as a boogie man to fuel support for their cause. Seems simple enough.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Swartz

    I saw Bin Laden this morning buying a Slurpie at 7-11. He is still alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al

    I say if captured hire him to run the CIA and all the other "intelligence" services.
    He has more brains and experience than anyone else in these departments.
    We spend 30 BILLION dollars a year for these agencies and what do we get?
    DUH.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. mansell

    Being an Air Force brat and having lived in that part of the world for two years, I can honestly say that the people of the middle east don't want change. If they did there would be more cooperation on their part., They know nothing else except the Taliban. It truly is sad, however is it worth the thousands of innocent AMERICAN lives already lost?? not to mention the BILLIONS spent MONTHLY on funding this circus. Keep a small squad of our military there, hunt BIn Laden and when we find him kill the SOB and be done with this whole middle eastern crap and focus on getting this ONCE great country back to where it used to be.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  16. Lantos

    he is alive and he living with his family in IRAN.....if you dont believe go to soudi arabia embessy in IRAN then u can see when he comes out from there.....

    March 3, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jim M

    The last three or four sentences of your post are disturbing. It cannot be possible that
    there is any other directive than capturing, alive if possible, dead if necessary, Osama bin Laden. To fret about the possible repurcussions is weak and in the long run will only empower the broader terrorist movement. I am disappointed and startled that anyone that would be held out as having some expertise on international security would put forth cowering as an effective tool in dealing with the perpetrators of such pain and suffering.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  18. jj

    stupid discussion, he's been dead for years now. There must a lot of money involved in trying to "catch" this guy. Some one if profiting hunting a corpse......

    March 3, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. tf124

    Capture him, and let the Saudis judge him.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  20. american

    So he should just remain free? After all, it would be a big hassel to prosecute him... this is the dumbest article ive ever seen.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jack Sparrow

    USA has come a long way to finally arrive at a realization of the role of rogue elements in Pakistan's ISI (who are also in their govt. e.g. assassination of Bhutto!), the same people who have been responsible for creating havocs and pressure in its neighboring countries for the past 60 years. Creating havoc, making enemies lives miserable is what they are taught when they are born; they do not even realize what is right from wrong, and that they are on the wrong side of this unbalance. USA needs to let its ego and ignorance down and try very hard to work with other countries (who have known these information for decades) to tackle this war with extremist people. Short-term thinking has hurt the US Army very hard, and it is high time they realize that it is NOT just a go-in,fight, clean,come-out type of situation with quick solutions.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  22. TruthTeller

    Bin Laden is a product of the Republican Marketing machine and he will appear again when they need him.

    Oooh look at his creepy beard and the evil letters behind him and his cumbersome non-cordless microphone. How primitive! Great job on props CNN.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. No man

    Perhaps we should catch him and make him our CIA director, since those that hold that post can't do their job..

    March 3, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Ryan

    This is the thing I don't understand about the war. It's vintage american politics where you place a guy in power or aid a leader in a war like the soviet afghan war in the 1980's where Bin Laden was presumably on the pay roll of the CIA and reciving arms and training from the Americans. Since the ISI "may know" where Bin Laden is and seem to be harbouring all of the al-qaeda and taliban militants...why are we not attacking Pakistan? The possibility is he could be in Pakistan hiding. This has been a failured war and as a Canadian I don't even know why we are there. This is an endless war, and used as a stepping stone to try and change to democcracy in th emiddle east which won't happen. These countries have been involved in war for years and years, and will continue to do so! These areas of the world will not change, nor can the American government and military force them to change as history will show us! Bin Laden became too powerful and it was time for him to go...8 years later we are still looking for him where it took all of a month to find Saddam in a hole.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  25. TruthTeller

    Bin Laden and George Bush are on some tropical island smokin stoagies and doing lines.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  26. Mahmoud El-Darwish

    The Red Herring
    What really matters is...
    What happened to the American Dream? To our Economy, to trust? To Civility? To Democracy? To National Security? To Religion? To Communities? To fair and balanced news? What about Education? Health Care? Elder Care? And what about civil rights? What happened to introspection, meditation and intelligence?
    Who cares what happened to the Red Herring – Bin Laden !
    What's happened to US is the real question to be asked

    March 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I think what happened to the US is : The corporations control it now so the only interests are economical. True progress is hindered now because of that. Coporations will only give a damn about their current hold on the economy not on true tech advancements or multi-cultural progress.

      That's why Bush was a puppet and Obama is probably one as well. Puppets to the economical machine.

      June 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Roland Lamontagne

    I disagree with the authors in this article. The capture or slaying of Osama bin Laden may not draw the wars to an end but it will say to the world that acts of terrorism come with sever consequences. More importantly, it may send a message that Allah does not favor acts against innocent people. Bring this thought to the people who have been harmed and the case of martyrdom becomes mute.

    The real issue is why do people support him, even after the US has offered millions for his capture. We can only conclude that people fear reprisal or that his entourage has found a way to conceal not only his location but have also found a means to persuade his supporters that he cannot be captured or killed. It's a game of illusion that has in part supported the attacks and killing of innocent men, women and children. The demise of Osama bin Laden would provide some sense of justice for everyone affected by al Qaeda.

    As the lead Nation fighting terrosim we can not abandon the search and down fall of Osama bin Laden. Even if the allied nations were to able to shutdown al Qaeda and the Taliban justice would not be served for those lost in the 9/11 attack without bring bin Laden to justice.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  28. cygnus-x1

    if he is captured who cares what the rest of the world thinks how he should be treated. we should use whatever means to get the intel we need and then he should be slowly tortured until he dies a slow painful death. as for the rest of the world hey when they can get by without 1 penny of U.S. aid maybe I will listen to what they have to say,until then shut up!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  29. Davis

    Do people actually belive this? The ISI/CIA created al-Qeada in the first place. The man is dead. They still need their boogeyman to continue the endless war so false pieces like this come out so often, as well as recording that they say are genuine (yeah, right!!!).

    March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  30. Bob

    Who Cares!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. jason

    just send him to America and enroll him in the health care system and then he will die for sure!!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  32. Airliftrr

    Bin Laden, his 4 wives and 24 of his 25 children are dead. They was killed in a bombing attack the first week of April 2002 while enroute to Jalalabad after evading pursuit in the Tora Bora. DNA confirmed. Not released.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Yabut

      Well, how cool are you to have inside information? Coo Coo!

      June 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Livestrong

    I have a close friend that is a Meda Vac for the Army and was in Afghanistan for a long period of time
    and said on three different occasions Bin Laden was pinned down and orders were given to leave him alone. This is not hear say.... we will never capture him cause our Government doesn't want too... War is good business....

    March 3, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  34. concerned citizen

    I don't think that is a good idea. That would hurt more Americans. Isn't that why we don't like him in the first place?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  35. bucnic

    I think he is dead. He should be dead by know without medicines for his kind of health. It I guess CIA know that he is dead but they dont want to tell us. It will be big favour from CIA, if they pronounce to the world that he is dead whether he is dead or alive. That way, the islamic craziness will come down as the manics wont have enough enthusiam to do crazy things and so ends the story that we all live in peace.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  36. steve Harris

    Ohh please! We all know Bin Laden worked for the CIA and was supported by America in the Afghan war. We also know that he is already dead and the US government videos which show him are fake and are always brought out everytime the US governemnt wants people to give up more freedoms. Lets start with a real investigation into 911 and find out what really happened. And lets remeber we never have had a real investigation and that the US government would have never let Bin Laden share the dirty secrets with the American people. Hence he was never caught while alive. Also to catch Bin Laden would mean a scale down on the war on terror, which clearly the US government and military complexes dont want. Isn't it time that lame stream media stopped this silly Bin Laden story and started to focus on the real danger to America. I'm talking about "the economy, stupid"

    March 3, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  37. G.I. Joe

    Bin Laden was a carefully crafted character in a play and it always astounds me to see foolish people chasing any character as if he were real.

    There is not an intelligent person alive who is not aware that the lead up to the Iraqi War was staged. That has been well documented. No WMDs, no mobile launching pads, no "nuklar" facilities, no yellow cake, aluminum tubes, biological factories, or connections to al-Qaeda. Americans know they were told these things by our own "leaders". But why?

    We heard those things every night on the news and in presidential speeches, yet all turned out untrue and we were not warmly greeted and we will not be paid back with oil proceeds as claimed by Rumsfeld. Mission accomplished? What "mission"?

    So what rational mind would continue to believe characters in the play were real? It defies logic when as a nation, America says, "O.K., we were lied to" and then continues to live in a script which they admit is a fabrication. Can anyone explain this to me?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  38. Kevin Cash

    What I think is that Bin Laden isnt dead or in Afhganistan. What I think is that he must be somewhere in the North-East Africa Area. Like for in example the Christmas Day bombing at the Detroit Metro Airport. The bomber was apart of Bin Laden's Organization, but not from Afhganistan. What I think is we should Speak with most of North-East Africa's Leaders and come up with a plan to see what we can do if Bin Laden is Alive and stop the Taliban and its Leaders across the Middle East and the Sahara Desert!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. Leslie

    I think this whole debate is ridiculous because I totally believe BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!!!

    If he was alive they would release video of him to prove he's alive and "rally his troops"...but there is no video because there is no Bin Laden. It behooves the government to mislead the public that he's alive so the mirage can be chased. If they admitted he was dead, the whole war on "terror" would lose some of it's allure.

    I want to see video proof that he's alive before I anyone can convince me that he's not dead...Sorry Jihadists....YOUR HERO IS DEAD, DEAD, DEAD

    March 3, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  40. kathy lambert

    I agree with Martel that capturing bin Laden would probably just cause more problems. What we need to do is make his existence irrelevant I wish that the true Muslim believers would stand up to theses radicals more. The world needs to do a better job at helping the disenfranchised become a healthy part of society.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  41. vernah petersen

    I would like to add on the post, blog about Bin-Laden in captivity if (he) will be captive at recent report that Bin-Laden is somewhere hiding between two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan...or he can hide other boarder..Bin-Ladin has so much resources to channel all the people that works under his organizations...in fact before things arrive to him for sure that will come from his "clout" and review before...Bin-ladin will make a decision what to do next...Bin-Ladin not only a "wealthy creature" but so much "shennanigan's" who can deliver
    the up date reports..how about and find him capture with not killing him..but again that is one reason no one can say something of his hideway..'cause everyone almost thinks..he's
    the last source of their "faith" Allah who claim he is next to that..so nobody would not touch
    to even cut his "neck" or say something of where (his) about...he could have been with the groups of civilians crowd...but no one can tell nor recognize his being...and killing Bin-ladin
    will also be losing one of their savior as alias "Allah"...

    March 3, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jon

    Who cares where bin Laden is? The terrorists of 9/11 brought about the most successful result that they could have ever imagined. Bringing down those 2 buildings in such an easy way, and then having everyone in this country half scared to death for the next 9 years – not to mention the economic costs, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, and, of course, the airline issues – was without a doubt a giant triumph for them. Sad as it is to say, they sure got their money's worth out of those 12 guys.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  43. Socratease

    I say, capture him alive. Send him to America. Offer him freedom if he joins the Tea Party and agrees to fly a small plane into another IRS building. That way he could go from American Zero to American Hero, well, at least in SOME people's eyes.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  44. Roger Kint

    So...why is CNN reporting the alleged location of bin Laden??? Why are you giving away secrets of national security?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  45. guest to cnn

    Ask Bush and Cheney, I think we got diverted to an Invasion in Irag. Hundreds of Billions of dollars lately, that is a good question.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  46. Devis Sri lanka

    Osama must leave earth as this is not his real residence. someone who planned to kill thousands of people without arms (9/11) is a man with evil spirit. he should live with his friends who are in hell.why he lives here on earth?you re not a hero. If you are a hero you must fight face to face just like any other soldier in the battle front. Cowards like bin laden hides some where while others who he uses are getting blew off. Idiots.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  47. truth to power

    Osama bin Laden is a valuable "Boogie Man" for the US government, the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex.
    He will never be found, dead OR alive.
    He will, however, continue to pop up as a media tool to manipulate We The People.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  48. me

    The US doesn't give a rat's but where he is(Bin Laden)....he is just a scape goat and Bush Jr needed an excuse to clean up Daddy's mess....

    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  49. Henry in WV

    He's probably dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jason

    Of course we want to capture him. he is reposable for thousands of deaths. We cannot let our tripadation of what to do with him to cloud our jugdement of what we know to be the right thing to do.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  51. Mchael Sherwin

    Thats the problem with our country. If this monster was found he would be brought to our country and given a lawyer. I would suggest a bullet to the skull, broadcast on Fox News.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  52. NoMeat

    "It may actually be better if bin Laden isn’t captured, Martel says. The debate over handling bin Laden in captivity would be explosive."

    I think it's highly unlikely that bin laden would be captured alive and kill himself before that happens. But then again, a coward like that probably wouldn't have the guts to pull the trigger himself. He probably has given orders to one of his minions to shoot him in the face of arrest–after blindfolding him.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  53. Michael

    Why are we sending aid to a country that is harboring a fugitive?
    Isn't the "aid" we send supposed to be *our* "trump" card?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  54. LRae

    Bush and Cheney had seven years to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. They failed, or never really tried.

    Ironically, Bin Laden is now the butt of jokes and the subject of editorial cartoons — how soon we forget the horror of his hatred.

    The war on terror would be over and America would be respected if we captured Bin Laden and crushed Al Qaeda immediately after 9/11.

    Cheney, don't tell me how the Republicans are tough on terror. We are paying the price for your ineptitude.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  55. Max

    there is no 'osama bin laden'. they would like u to think that such a person exists. after all, who would you blame everything on if he didnt exist?

    March 3, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  56. Jerry

    An article about the wherabouts of bin Laden that doesn't even mention the possibility that he's already dead?

    That theory may not wash with the CIA, but it at least deserves a mention when it was shared by people like Benezir Bhutto.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  57. petulia

    Bin Laden was escorted by Hamid Karzai three days after coalition forces entered Kabul in the beginning of the war. they rented an Indian Airlines plane and flew to Saudi Arabia.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  58. doofus

    i do not see how capturing him could be worse.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  59. Rahim

    I like the way the writer has researched these high profile people who might not even care what there words say. I am a citizen of pakistan, and it is not true to say ISI knows where Laden is and they dont say it because of the fear.This ha become a puppet show. Osama has been used as a puppet for this war, CIA knows as much as ISI knows about that region. The capture of Osama Bin laden would had been so easy in the mountains of Tora Bora, but CIA somehow let "escape" him to "Pakistan".What were they thinking?If we reason it to be an inability, that does not satisfies any of us because we know CIA and we know what it could do.Osama name to me and most of people is really a puppet now. His name is used to coplete other objectives. As far as India and Pakistan Relations are concerned, we know best what to do and how to do, now please all media and political people stop aking things unreall and contraversiall because what you say effects the mind of public 10 times stronger than it does to you.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  60. Jim

    I believe he's been dead along time , His followers don't want the Americans to know this, our own government doesn't want to think this could be a possiblity. I belive those so called speaches were from other leaders. If he was alive he would have had recent film taken to show his followers he is still fighting. He was ill when this war first started, to have survived would be unlikley.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  61. Muhammed

    He is with the CIA, that's why they still haven't caught him yet. You can call it a conspiracy all you want but there is enough evidence to prove that he is indeed involved with the CIA. It's the same with the 911 event, all planned out by the elites to start wars in the Middle East and plunge America into a huge debt resulting in the economic crash and bringing about their secret agenda.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  62. brent

    we won't catch him because we never wanted to and he is dead. The rest of the world knows it, but they have to keep him "alive" as the boogey man, the face of the "war on terror".
    Even if he were caught, what do youi charge him with? the FBI says "there is no credible evidence linking Osama bin Laden to the events of 9/11". by our own admission he had nothing to do with 9/11. This is exactly why we need a new, thorough investigation into the events of 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  63. Dan

    The only thing I'm convinced of is that Bin Laden is and has been dead for some time.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  64. John S.

    My best guess is he is hiding in the corner of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. More then likely closer to the Chinese border then the Afghan border. Another reason for keeping him alive and uncaptured is he is already well known and is the evil face of terrorism. Killing or catching him would make it harder for the US to keep the masses support for the war on terror.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  65. Marc Martinez

    Hate to break it to you, but Bin Laden was killed long ago my friends. Wake up sheeple.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  66. James Fetzer

    The totality of evidence supports the conclusion that Osama died on or about 15 December 2001. This was the inference of Scholars many years ago, as those who review our press releases on can verify. David Ray Griffin, OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE, among his latest books, offers proof from multiple sources that he died in 2001.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  67. Brandon

    "Do we read him his rights; do we run him through a military tribunal or civilian courts?"

    Well if NOBAMA has control of what happens then he will be tried in Manhattan in civilian court, with full legal representation and the American people paying for his defense. NOBAMA seems to think if you treat the terrorists with respect, then they will stop what they do. He needs to stop pretending we are not a war and we are not at war with many terrorists groups. According to him, they are isolated extremists. Screw you

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  68. just a reader

    Did you consider as Benazir Bhutto had claimed that Osama bin laden was killed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed back in early 2000?, it would explain a great many things, for example
    Why we can't catch him, how his videos come out in a timely manner to serve the white house, how he seems to be getting younger and his nose has shrunk in size, Im telling you these celeb terrorists are beauty obsessed

    March 3, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  69. Dwhat

    It would not do us any good to capture him because our AG Holder would want to kiss his feet rather than treat him as a terrorist. So it should not surprise anyone that if the military did caprture him they would consider keeping it a secret until we have an administration change and got our Muslim out of office.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  70. David Graves

    How about this option...Bin Laden is dead and has been for years. Every recording of Bin Laden over the past couple of years has only been an audio with a picture of Bin Laden on the screen. The last known video of him is so fake that is comical. Go on, take a look at the Sept. 2007 video and try not to laugh, I dare you.

    The American people are being played. Suddenly he's not even the mastermind behind 9/11 anymore, it's KSM. How and when did that happen? Well, if the F.B.I. doesn't see fit to list 9/11 as one of the crimes that Bin Laden is wanted for, why should he be suspected? The boogeyman is dead! Let's put an end to this nonsense!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  71. RussH

    Of course Pakistan is holding a card. I do not trust them even though they got a few of the terrorists. A lot of pressure was put on them to ge these people. Bin Laden is probably sitting in a nice town somewhere in the world enjoying our moves o find him. If we get him we need to get rid of him. He is already a martyr. Let's make him a dead one

    March 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  72. Anna O. Zacher

    Didn't he sustain some injury several years ago? Last pic of him that I saw he looked to me like he was on his last legs, so to speak. Probably already dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  73. Bin Laden

    The guys is been dead for a long time...he is just a symbol for all islamists. they use him as a way of showing that they are great and no one can stop them etc...its all bull and US gov. knows it

    March 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Wiley

      I love how everyone in here is an expert on everything, knows Bin Laden to be dead, and accuses the U.S. government of conspiracy...yet no one offers evidence, but rather speaks out of their ass while continuing to mooch off of their parents while playing video games all day since they're all unemployed 30-year-olds who still have yet to kiss a girl.

      June 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  74. wally

    hang him ;;;;;;;;;;;;like the rest

    March 3, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  75. Anita

    send DOG the bounty hunter after him, i betcha he'll catch him

    March 3, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  76. Truth1117

    Bin Laden's been dead for years. He was killed by US airstrikes earlier in the war, but the Taliban will never admit/confirm that because that would cripple participation/recruitment efforts. Most media outlets wouldn't dare cover this story because that would mean they would be confirming something that Bush accomplished.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  77. Team America

    If we capture Bin Laden, We better make an example out of him, before killing him.

    What do we do with him? Death!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  78. Simon

    I will put my money on never seeing Bin laden again or capturing him. He most likely died in December 2001 from health problems. I am open minded to the idea that he is still alive and being protected but if I had to bet on it, I say he's dead. And why does the FBI say they don't have enough evidence to link him to 9/11? I would seriously like to know.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  79. Sick of the Bullsh!t

    He is dead and has been for years. The only way to keep the war going is to keep the hunt alive. If the US were to pull his head out of a basket and claim victory, there would be a strong outcry from Americans to bring our boys home. Don't for once think that the US government can't put their finger on anyone they wish. The goverment can stop this anytime they wish. War is big buisness and big companies get big contracts during wartime. We should have used the same tactics on them as they did us on 9/11. A couple of "fat man" bombs would have stopped this before it started. They knew the US has become soft and weak. We are more concerned about preserving some habitat of some animal, than the safety and security of our Nation. The same Nation that gives illegals more rights than the taxpayers supporting the country. Bush was a joke, Obama is a joke. Until we get back to the grass roots, and sound principles this country was founded on, we are doomed. "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
    Thomas Jefferson

    March 3, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  80. Rudi

    Bin Laden has been dead a long time, but no one wants to acknowledge: the US needs him for the continuing "war on terrorism", Al Qaeda will not reveal it either. It is similar to the death of Hitler in 1945, which was known but denied by the Russians for 15 years in the face of overwhelming evidence.

    March 3, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  81. hey jackasses

    HE"S DEAD !

    March 3, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  82. Fritz

    He died in 2002;...

    March 3, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  83. citizenUSA

    I think OBL got his head stuck up his ass and can't find his way out.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  84. lol where's bin laden

    This is from the same Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, who had returned to run for president against Musharraf before being gunned down.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  85. Mike

    I'd rather take my chances of capturing Bin Laden and seeing what the outcome is going to be.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  86. lol where's bin laden

    Where's bin Laden? How about dead?

    Wikipedia: "On 2 November 2007, Bhutto participated in an interview with David Frost on Al Jazeera where she claimed Osama Bin Laden had been murdered by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who is also one of the men convicted of kidnapping and killing U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. Frost never asked a follow up question regarding the claim that Bin Laden was dead."

    But what would the US do without a perpetual boogeyman to pop his head up whenever they need to pass a security bill?

    gg US media.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  87. Reality

    Man... Osama is in New York... I saw him the other day...

    March 3, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  88. Earl Deetz

    Billy Waugh suggests that bin Laden was killed in a 2004 air strike.

    If bin Laden is captured alive, which seems unlikely, why not run the process similar to the Nuremberg trials of WWII?

    We should have been doing this will all captured HVT's since 9-11-01.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  89. C Smith

    Lets just admit it. The man is dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  90. sparky

    “Capturing him would pose more problems than not.”

    What kind of twisted logic is this?????????

    March 3, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  91. Nathan

    He's dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  92. LividEmerald

    "The debate over handling bin Laden in captivity would be explosive." "Killing bin Laden would just create one more martyr.” Arguments like these are despicable. Capture him or kill him already! Remember what we did with gangsters back in the Depression/Prohibition Era?

    March 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  93. Yogi

    One needs to do what is possible and necessary to get him. I would be hardly concerned if the world will believe if he's dead or not...the Arab world won't believe it even after 500 years that he is dead...as if he is immortal. He is a symbol of death and destruction and all must be done to get him, dead or alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  94. 62CCM

    The US is after you!!1 WHERE would you hide??? Where?? Where is there a virtual melting pot? Where , you even at 6'5' and need dialysis, can blend in. When you are the son of a BILLIONAIRE, and no if you keep you head down and nose "clean", cut your hair, and clean up your beard, no one will bother you?? Where?? WHERE??? I'm sure he's not in a cave in Pakistan, he's hiding right under our nose here in the U.S.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  95. josh saddy

    HE NEVER EXISTED, ANOTHER 'COVER UP' BY THE POLLIES,THEYR'E FULL OF 'S***', not stpid.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  96. Brad Ohs

    Why is this dragging on?? Why not send 100,000 troops to Afganistan and get the job done?? Why are we only send 2000 troops at a time??

    March 3, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dani

      I tell you what, we'll send 100,000 troops – if you go first.

      November 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  97. AB

    Bin Laden must be hiding in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. This is the land used by Pakistan to train militants to send to Inida. American drones cannot attack in this region. India does not cross border to attack . So this is the safest place for BinLaden to hide and the Pakistani Army and ISI to protect him.

    USA instead of looking for BinLaden in West Part of Pakistan should look for him in East Side of Pakistan in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

    March 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  98. Joyces

    USA needs to stop sending any and all types of aid to Pakistan, as well as all Middle East Countries. It would sure save a lot of American tax money!

    March 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Majortso

      Totally agree. Pakistan is the world's safest sanctuary for terrorists. ISI is the root cause of most problems in that neighborhood. And, thanks to the Pakistan government, much of all dole that we give goes to the terrorists, the army and especially ISI to support their lavish lifestyles and their Swiss bank accounts.

      June 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • louisa

      VERY RIGHT THE US SHOULD STOP SENDING ANY FORM OF RELIF TOTHESE COUNTIRES.THEY DO NOT DESERVEEE IT
      they are fanatic people and should be left like that.........

      September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  99. guest

    Is it possible that Pakistan has him and is holding him until it's convenient for them to let the world know?

    March 3, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  100. occoni

    i guess the son of laden so call bin laden wants and enjoy the spotlight to capture him. our would-be prophet osama is a high-profile

    March 3, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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