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. roamingrock

    The martyr value to terrorists for capturing or killing Bin Laden has to be minimal, as opposed to high value as Martel believes. How much more can extremists possibly hate the West, when they now want to kill us at any cost. I don't want to see him in handcuffs; it would lead to nothing but more $ for detention and tribunals. Let the CIA or some secret force just eliminate him, quietly. All this drone activity has to have them looking over their shoulder.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phil

    If I was President of the USA I would ask all cabinet and Joint chiefs of staff every morning " Where is Bin Laden" I'd make them come to a morning meeting at the White hoouse until he was found or killed.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris Coast

    Havent any of you ever seen the interview on BBC with the late Benazir Bhutto when she non-chalantly talks about the identity of the man who killed Bin-Laden as well as another known 9/11 terrorist? Not long after that interview she was killed as well..Ibelieve hes been dead but the U.S. will not say..nor will Pakistan..The Usa has goals of world domination and they must use the Bin-Laden card to justify the occupation of these middle eastern states..think about it..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zorro

    If we ever capture this person (for lack of an appropriate slanderous word) we should bring him to ground zero, put him on a pedestal and allow anyone to look at him, make faces and comments to him. Don't hurt him because we don't need more martyrs but treat him as a subhuman.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Once we all understand that our government is so deeply involved in this crap, We probley wouldn't want to know the truth. There is more than meets the eye I hate to say.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Who cares

    What I don't understand is why the media has to give Bin Laden a podium whenever he releases a statement or tape. Same goes for the rest of his crew. So what if he makes a claim or a threat. If the media saw this for what it was, just some nut job trying to communicate with his followers maybe they would not give him any attention. Yes our troops should continue to look for him but the media does not have to glorify him.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. narrator

    @open eyed-Amazing how many past CIA trained and sponsored groups have come back and threatened or attacked the USA. They are happy little campers as long as they are getting money and supplies to over throw counties leaders. When the mission is accomplished these guys are lost and don't know what to do with their lives, just like a lot of soldiers we have in our own military. They lash back at the world because they feel they have been ignored, and not recognized as some sort of hero. It must really irk Bin Laden that someone like Castro was successful at over throwing a corrupt leader and has lived a long and heroic life. Castro was never a threat to the US, Kennedy tried to regain power in Cuba so his family and their Mafia friends would have a safe haven and playground for corruption. Castro has often said that he is a great admirer of the US. If the US extended an olive branch to him I'm sure you would see Cuba accepting. soon you would have an expansion baseball team in Cuba and several resorts, would it really matter if they were owned by the people of Cuba or do they have to be owned by a mega millionaire? People need something to hate, and the US uses these foreign figureheads so the people of the US won't start looking at one another. I love your last line and am always reminded not of Franklin Roosevelt but of the song by Oingo Boingo "nothing to fear". Keep up your good work.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Someone

    I'm amazed how braindead americans really are. The only country where this kind of fairytale can go on and on for years.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reality calling

    @David Graves. Okay, for the 4,611 time: Mass murder on US soil is punishable by death in the United States, Many countries have laws preventing them from assisting, in any way, with the capture, arrest, extradition and transfer of anyone facing the death penalty. So, if someone is wanted for a number of serious crimes and they are believed to not be in the US, the FBI frequently leaves off any capital offenses from their wanted list. That way, they can depend on the co-operation of other nations. If he is captured alive and handed over the the US, more charges will be added as soon as he is on US soil, or in a country with no such restriction. This response has been posted thousands of times and this trick has been used on many international suspects. On his wanted poster you will see "other terrorist attacks throughout the world". This is not the least bit suspicious if you know the facts.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Snowmonkey

    He's not dead, he's in New Jersey!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chirag

    Laden must be some where in Pakistan like many other terrorists hiding out in Pakistan. I can not even say hiding out, many terrorists are living very comfortable life and very popular. Like Dawood, 1 of the top most 10 wanted list of interpaul, his daughter was married to the son of famous cricketer.
    Stop sending money to Pakistan, and insome time Pakistan will be on its knees begging for help in return of anything.
    We should first punish our senators who are lobbing Pakistan for money. For few amount of money, they are giving away our money to pakistan for free.
    Pakistan is asking money from US for helping in terrorism, thats the help US is doing to Pakistan by removing terrorists and not Pakistan helping US. The so called "Terrorists" are prepared and entertained by Pakistan only.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. crazy craka

    chuck norris has him tied up in his basement.he round house kicks him every 5 min

    March 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anon47

    Osama bin Who? I think he died a long time ago, but if he didn't, the old coward clearly has very little power or control anymore. He's become a rat in a hole. Let's move on and concentrate on changing the culture of the Taliban and supporting the ordinary Muslims who believe the extremists are the freaks they are. Let's quit trying to chop the head off of a dead snake.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Pakistan is our friend like Russia was our friend during WW II. They support the enemy and suck millions of dollars from the USA for military equipment so they can prepare to grab territory (Kashmir). Understandably they want to use Afghanistan as a source of discomfort for India and so they support the Taliban. Working with them was never been a good idea..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzy

    Gosh...bin laden is alive...and i am not a hindu...

    March 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tyler

    Jay is so lame. A martyr is someone who dies for a cause, not a killer. The report was saying that Osama would just be another martyr for al Qaeda’s beliefs.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mike

    I am a firm believer Bin Laden has been dead since 2001. If what has been said is true, how long does anyone think you can survive being on kidney dialysys? The answer is not too long. For the nut jobs of the taliban to continue their johnny quest, he must be alive. For the countries who want to defeat the taliban they will continue to "search" for him, and capture or kill his top commanders

    March 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. R. Bockhol

    Let me tell the American people a little thing that I really do not think they know.
    The U.S. marines and I think it was the C.I.A. had him held up in one of his area's in the mountains just after 9/11 and they could have gotten him and his assoicates that were with him and I guess Bush,Chaney,and who ever else that was in charge at that time told the people over in the sand that had Bin Laden in their sights not to take him out.So that's all I have to say about the subject.We could have we should have and the people at the top said no because they all needed to make money on the war that Bush got us into.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John

    Osama Bin Laden is not real. An actor. Poor guy; someone is going to see this actor on the street some day and "take him down" (unless he was digitally created). Think "The Princess Bride" – the 'Dread Pirate Roberts' or 1984 or Alfred E Neuman or Uncle Sam. These speak of images used to motivate the populace and are NOT REAL PEOPLE. Like all Hollywood attempts, believe me, there will be a "Son of Bin Laden" soon like "Son of the Fly" or "Terminator 2" that's ooh, so evil and worse than his (fake) father. Follow the money. FOLLOW the money. Who benefits from this obsession with a dastardly fake villain? My first incination is to cancel credit cards...Maybe (gasp) turn off your tv.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jephro

    Find him, kick him in the balls and move on.

    Elected officials care more about what is happening in other countries than on their own soil, the only time it is convenient to care about "what's right" for their constituents is when they can profit through catastrophe.

    It's time to get your heads out from the sand.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Justsayn

    The only conspiracy was by Osama bin Laden. After the defeat of the Russians, he needed a new target . . . the USA.... to keep his organization fighting.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. RICK FROM PA

    I believe OBL is still alive. After 8 long years of the Bush Administration jerking around with his capture just to keep the "fear mongering alive" – he is in the remote area of Pakistan. He could have been easily captured in Tora Bora by the Special Forces but the Bush Administration called off the strike because of the above.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. tta

    I am glad to see that most of us are not morons and don't believe everything that is being fed to us. Now the problem is What are we going to do about it.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. karthik

    Pakistan's ISI knows the whereabouts of Bin Laden and they are playing the game with both USA and INDIA. ISI and Pakistan uses the funds provided by USA to promote terrorism and there are lot of proofs for that, 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, India were funded by ISI and Indian Government has proofs for that and also the plan for that is also being given by a former ISI agent it seems, how come 10 guys cross an ocean without such support????

    March 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Nick

    To the government of the U.S,

    Bin Laden is dead and has been for years just call off the war, use war money on the economy, and if it makes you feel better, go and make/find yourselves a new boogeyman.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mohammad A. Dar

    Who are these Guy s, Named Tanner or others, They are nothing but, hypothesis-ts, trying to fish on the behest of their masters The Pharisees (Out Laws). These self styled propagandists hide them self as authors, and are promoted by the System daubed as democracy, but The Mafia (MA FI A, According to my desires. In this case according to the will of their God father, called President and his system of control, to enslave, the venerable.) Blame the ISI or any one else, but remember eighty percent of the population of Pakistan, does not consider USA, Europeans and their Pharisees, friends of Islam or Pakistan, but enemy. Us may have bought, few generals and politicians, like drug dealers from Afghanistan to impose their will on the masses through brute force.But masses can not be bought. Like their masters Moses, Jesus and Mohammad (Pbt) Muslim solders will not help the infidels to capture Osama or anybody else, keep on fishing.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. John

    I saw him picking his nose in traffic.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Christian VP

    He's not good, dead or alive.
    If he is killed, Bin Laden would become a martyr. Additionally, where do you bury him?
    If he's caught alive, we would witness the worst media circus ever ! remember Guantanamo + trials of terrorists in NY? remember Lockerbie trial or trials in the Hague? Who would keep him and where would he be tried? In any way, that pending disaster would be expensive, dangerous and outrageously expensive and most controversial
    No, the best solution is what we have now.... He is neutralized and kept inoperational in some cave...maybe the cave gets bombed someday and he... "may be in the cave": No confirmation that he's dead, no body, no martyr, no trials, no circus, no further news from him and no distraction away from the fight against terrorism.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. annoyed

    i agree with anita! send dog the bounty hunter!!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Craig

    Outsource the job to India.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. AB

    He has to be brought to justice .. the world has to find him either dead or alive...

    March 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jackassery

    OBL was not the mastermind behind 9/11 but was the financier and approving authority for it to be carried out as an AQ operation. Read the 9/11 Commission report idiots. KSM hadn't even pledged bayat to AQ until after he pitched his attack plan to OBL and AQ leadership. He pledged bayat in order to secure the funding and resources to execute his plan. Additionally, the audio recordings of OBL have included information in them that was current according to world events and his voice was confirmed. He isn't dead but we are no closer to getting him now than we were after we let him slip out of Tora Bora. Is he beiing protected by ISI? Plausable, but I don't think it is an ISI-condoned activity but protection is being provided by ISI officers sympathetic to OBL.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MB

    My best guess is that he is dead. As has been iterated so many times, killing him would make him a martyr; then again, nabbing him would be a great victory and affirmation of the work we've been doing over there.

    Still, my money says he's rotting in a hole somewhere, but that's just my OPINION, and it annoys me when people who share it say that it's obvious; it's NOT obvious, because there's no evidence to support it. Having a suspicion without evidence is one thing, conviction without evidence is something else.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. joe

    I'm a conspiracy believer on this one. I think he's alive and the US knows exactly where's he's at. Why keep him alive? The threat of him convinces people to keep the war going, also, (and I know this one is a bit far stretched) maybe we have a guy on the inside, so we know exactly what his plans are. Capture him, and we no longer have that inside guy. Far fetched, I know, but only a few people know the actually for sure.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. GEORGE

    know where Bin Laden? our government knows.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris

    Whatever happened to "the terrorists and those who harbor them"? Find proof the ISI knows where Bin Laden is at, then blow them off the face of the planet.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  37. David Lester

    The Tooth Fairy. The Boogie Man. The Easter Bunny. Osama Bin Laden.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ezgoing

    where r the american satellites, they claim can identify anything, anywhere on this planet.
    i am sure that after a few years we'll b informed that usama bin laden was never there or was an american agent to create a reason for attacking other countries, just as in the case of IRAQ. with WMD.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. FernieMac

    If you ever read the novel "1984" you will understand that Osama bin Laden is the equivalent of the character "Emmanuel Goldstein" and when we see his face on TV we perform unconsciously the "Two Minute Hate" routine. Despite being a key part of the story, he is never actually seen or heard, and may in fact be nothing more than a propaganda fabrication of the Ministry of Truth ("Minitrue").

    March 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Asif

    I heard about 7 years ago in some news that Osama was on dialysis treatment so he's like dead by now.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Dave

    The situation in actually capturing him is explosive. The best thing to do if they found him is to kill him, dump him in a ditxh somwhere to be found years later after the world has all bit forgotten him, and that he dead of natural causes, all the while keeping the search going.

    If we kill him, he becomes a martyr. If we capture, he's a living symbol and soon to be martyr. Either way it's like catching a live grenade. The best thing to do is find, him, quietly kill him, and let the search continue.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jeremy

    @Jay:

    how can you honestly leave such an ignorant comment? You honestly believe that just because you type in all caps that people think you know what you're talking about? Quit being so narrow minded about your own religious beliefs and investigate the Muslim people and their culture to find out what they believe and don't believe.

    Not every muslim is a 'murderist' (which by the way is not a word), they just don't believe the same thing as you do.

    moron.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. TamarS

    who cares? he's a nothing. a cowardly nothing who preys on his own people and stays out of sight. i think many people know where he is and just don't want to capture him, thinking like Mr. Martel – "too problematic". I'd rather that problem than the one of his mysterious appeal to uneducated people at present.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. haveiturway

    I heard that letter was written in pig-Latin!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Laura

    If the US really wanted to capture him they would have a long time ago. I personally think he is dead, but hey what do I know.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gatorzip74

    Sounds like we solve all of our intelligence gaps by hiring all of the intel professionals that post on this blog.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Richard

    I liken the discovery of Osama like trying to find a specific cockroach. Rats infestation would be another example. Both can hide just about anywhere and unless we're willing to exterminate thousands if not millions of these roaches or rats, we may never find him. I also wonder how this man enjoys life now? Do we care about Him? Not really. It's just a pride thing now. No videos of him also make you wonder if he really is alive. Maybe the CIA should fabricate his demise, then announce to the world he is dead. Not by our hands but through his own health. They could then sit back and watch to see if anyone, anywhere tries to communicate and prove he is still alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bruce

    so Neil calls us morons because he thinks OBL is dead. Gee, I'm sorry, Imust have missed the proof that you have that he really is dead. YOU are the moron.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Booyah

    I find it amazing that just because it is said in the news people believe it instantly. Does anyone here have any critical thinking that this guy may not even exist and that the media is a tool used to justify illegal wars? The media is full of mass manipulation and people go along like a herd of cattle to the slaughter, engaged in talking and wasting time with the lies they have been told. Consider who owns the media and who benefits from the wars and you will see who the culprits are in truth. The USA surely has not benefited from the wars and our foreign policy is in need of some serious change. One of our "allies" on the other side of the world is NOT our ally.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Morris Field

    Hellloooh, Bin Laden has been dead for some years now. The CIA as well as most intelligence agencies and informed people know this. When Obama became president I hoped he would reveal the truth. I'm dismayed but not shocked that he took the lame position of keeping this boogyman "alive" (useful for some segments of the population). Now you know why the media are being given poor audio quality tapes of him. It's so the media aren't in a position to have experts prove the tapes aren't Bin Laden through audio anaysis.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Raoul Gleet

    He's most likely dead already. What I'd like to know is why he was allowed to escape Tora Bora. My guess would be that some powerful people here don't want him speaking about his past relationship with them. Maybe he's pumping gas in Las Vegas with Elvis.
    One thing's for sure. There is a long history of events which we the people will never know.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  52. beesquare

    Osama's wealthy family could track him down and take him out... and they should.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. vernis robertson

    If we are getting close to capturing Bin Laden should CNN be taalking about this . Don't this suppose to be top secret ? Something the Media should not be commenting on . You know that we live in a technology world now , everyone has computers and cell phones. This why we need Media ethics . You don't suppose to repeat everything .

    March 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Gatorzip74

    You can't send a 100,000 troops at a time because of multiple deployments and dwell time.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mark

    @Jay Martyrdom does exist in Islam, there is no questioning that. However, why does US mililitary gives purple hearts to fallen soldiers and honor firemen and policmen fighting for justice and oppression. 72 virgin is a Israeli myth, Quran is the ulitimate athority in Islam; however, it does not mention of 72 virgin. It does say that pious men will have modest women with lovely eyes in heaven as a reward; some scholars say that these heavenly women can even be your wives of real life. Prophet muhammed saying talks about 72 virgin in heaven, but this particular saying is not considered authentic by most scholars. Non one in the muslim world knew what jihad was 30-35 yeasr ago until Israeli and palestinian conflict came into light. Suicide and innocent killing of civilians is against islamic teaching, those who committ these crimes against humanity are not true muslims.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jaybee

    He is dead. It was confirmed by an FBI letter written in Spanish several years ago... all hush-hush though. Not sure why.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  57. haveiturway

    Have no fear...bin Laden is alive and well and is now planting his spring crop of opium with all the camel dung fertilizer he can scrape up. He will be back for another round with US whimps sometime this year. This time his US "offing" will be greater than that of 9-11-01!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. ahmad

    Pakistan is just not serious, they are playing game with USA. If this approach continue Muslims around the world will suspect our intention if we are serious capturing Osama (some moderate Muslims are suspicious even now). If US want to capture him, she should not count on Pakistan's assistance. US should take the command and use its avenue to capture or kill him. US should not even share its intelligence with Pakistan. Please people don't think Osama is a hero. Even if that he would be hero for minority in Arab and Pakistan. Please do not portray him a hero for 2b Muslims around the world. If he is died or killed it would be a pig's death, no remorse no sympathy for him. He would be another Hitler, Sadam, etc. And people Islam is not only Pakistan and Arab world.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  59. SeaFight Gamemoderator TheAngelOfDeath.

    Why aren't satalites used to track him down?, It would be very helpfull. He is still alive i guess but not for long ^.^

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Marvelousmarv

    OBL is not dead. He makes more videotapes than Britteney Spears.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Wise One

    Listen,

    All we need do is gather up all the out of work hicks and poor gangsta wannabe's accross the US. Tell them that we will give them free passage to Afghanistan, and the first one that produces Osama dead or alive gets a couple million. That way we can bring all our troops home and solve multiple problems in an quick manor. The turn out would be huge and we would only need fund a one way trip to the hunting ground.

    No More Osama, No More Free Loaders, No Problem!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Ben

    Bin-Laden will NOT be captured alive. Why?,
    Because he will talk and reveal atrocities committed to Afghanistan by the USA.

    The USA is responsible for the turmoil in Afghanistan and Iraq. If Bin-Laden ever spoke and had an accurate English translator, the US citizens would find out that they have perfect reason to hate and attack the USA.

    Remember, shortly after 911, when they could have captured him, they ignored it and attacked Iran on false reasons...this was to give bin laden a chance to escape.

    And on 911, why was the only plane allowed to fly, the plane taking Bin-Laden’s family out of the USA.

    Normally law officials question and detain terror suspects family’s.

    I guess the Bin-Ladens have enough money for the USA to consider them blameless....as long as they keep the oil coming.

    What Bin-Laden did was wrong and he deserves to die, but then so do a lot of american politicians. Particularily the 2 Geroge's.
    Ben
    Canada

    March 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  63. DA

    Bid laden is long dead!!

    Wake up people!! He is dead!!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jbird

    Unless he found a way to get to another planet, or is in the grave, it is still possible to find him. The question is how patient are we willing to be?

    March 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Cosmo Kramer

    I just saw Bin Laden in Dinky Donuts. You know, I looked in there
    and there he was having coffee and a donut. He dunks.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bsingh

    Bin Laden is dead. But because of financial, strategical, political reaons, he is being re-surrected again and again. This is one ghost who will haunt mankind for the rest of our lives!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JE

    He's dead. There was a drone attack on a target that stood head and shoulders above the entourage he was with. When the target got out of the vehicle it was clear he stood at least 6-4" to 6-5". Moments later the target, his entourage and the vehicle they were in got vaporized by a drone. A SF team was sent up to the mountains to verify the remains in which the out come was either muddied or vague. He's dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. scott p.

    Osama Bin Laden is in the same place he's always been. At the Pentagon, a paid actor playing the part of international terrorist. Osama is our Ming the merciless. Every time the people get angry about no health care unless you can pay $1000 a month, 8 million layoffs, crumbling infrastructure and failing schools they bring out Osama and his menacing cassette tapes and super 8 video. 9/11 was an inside job to get the american people to support endless imperial middle eastern wars for corporate oil profit. The proof is everywhere and the results of a bankrupt country are right in front of us. It's time to embrace the truth about Osama the fake paid actor and rally against the deceit being perpetrated by this government.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jack Anderson

    I believe he has been dead ever since the George Bush Jr. bombed those hidden caves at the begining of the Bush administration, but they won't admit it!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Texas Knight

    What happened to Bin Laden? He shaved his beard, took off his turban, had some plastic surgery done, moved to America, became a Senator, and is now the President of the United States.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tomas

    This article is BS.... If I was a soldier and saw bin Laden, it would be terminate on sight...

    March 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Bob D

    Bin Laden is living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He's protected by his family and friends in government. He's not too happy, but the choices are too few, it's either stay there and stay alive, or leave and get killed or captured.
    The muslims can't afford for the latter, so he puts up with the former.
    Forget the mountains, this frail guy wouldn't survive a month there or hiding in Pakistan. And there's no way the Pakistanis can be holding him, they couldn't keep it a secret for more than a couple of days, the NSA monitor everything those guys do.
    How will we get him out of Saudi? That's a tough one, those guys would rather die than hand him over to the infidel!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. txkboy

    Cut off all aid to Pakistan, unless the agressively seek out all AQ leadership and turn them or intelligence of them, over to the US. They have stepped-up their game in recent months, but as far as I'm concerned, it's just a start. As far as ABL goes, find him, kill him, burn and bury the body. Leave that footnote in the history books that he was never heard from again and never found.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  74. anon

    one of three things happened/is happaneing:
    1) bin laden never existed and was just a cover up/scapegoat for the u.s. government to launch the 9/11 or even allow them to happen therefore allowing them to start attacking the middle eastern nations theyd wanted to attack for decades

    2) bin laden is alive, but is being protected so to speak by the american govt. this is because if we ever find him he will speak the truth and reveal that he was in cahoots with the amrrican govt and aided them in the 9/11 attacks. anyone forget the bin ladens and bush's are quite good friends.

    3) bin laden really is hiding/he just died in hiding. i refuse to beleive that the us military cant find bin laden withing several months let alone nearly 10 years. the militarys technology is beyond what we can even conceive it is so incredibly advanced. they can probably pinpoint an insect in kuwait hiding under a rock beneath the earth this stuff is so advanced.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kyle

    I think bin Laden has changed his appearance and is a taxi driver.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  76. brianNH

    He'd have been dead and no 9/11 if not for Clinton's dereliction of duty and missed opportunities to kill Bin Laden . See the book "Dereliction of Duty" for details. He'd also have been killed or captured in Afganistan if Bush had focused on Afganistan after 9/11 and put all our troops in there, instead of going after Iraq. How's that for equal opportunity blame – Democrats and Republicans.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Neil

    Folks, this moron is dead and talking about him will only be creating more importance to him and his clowns. First, I cannot agree more with some of you that this war needs to end and it will only end if US and the coalition forces make a unanimous announcement of this true fact that he is been dead. Second, this is a fight against a segment of Muslims, not all of them are bad, just like we have the good, the bad and the ugly everywhere. I believe to handle this in my opinion would be first to admit that he is dead by making a world announcement, then pull out the forces. And then put pressure and provide the needed aid and tools to these 3rd world countries, like afghan, Sudan, Yemen etc to develop their countries thru education and jobs, so militant organizations will not able to survive. I really do not believe in wasting time in trying to capture these infidels, sending them to trial, creating drama before the actual trial, just kill the bastards and end the misery to make the world a better place for all of us. Treat them like you would treat a mad dog, you don’t try to capture them and send them to trial, just put them down, and they are not suitable with their unstable criminal brains to exist among us normal beings as they are a constant threat to the normal population.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Sindy

    Please save our tax dollars. US needs to stop sending any type of aid to Pakistan, as well as all Muslim Countries. I don't even know why this is even up for discussion. it very evident that all the terrorists are from Middle Eastern Countries. Stop giving them entry visas to US and save the country. Amen!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  79. giventofly

    even if he's killed it will not matter. Bin laden didn't create this idealogy, therefore another person will replace him and it will all continue. This isn't like Hitler, whose death dissolved the Nazi regime. These psychpaths believe it to be a "Holy War"....so the focus should not be on one man.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jp

    jason, your the idiot. half of bin ladens family are in iran under the iranian governments protection So tosay bin laden is being held in iran is not out of the qestion.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. justinolcb

    Who cares about this freak of nature anyway and why is CNN keeping his legacy of hate front page news?? He should only get a passing epitaph when his is dead and the world is rid of the likes of his inhumane philosophies. CNN should be ashamed of themselves and report news worthy of merit. As long as you give him a world stage to disseminate his vile corruption he will continue to mystically lead his raving mad hermit-like fools into senseless martyrdom and worse. Get a clue its news agency behavior like this that keeps this menace to society viable.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ya Right

    BIG BIG BIG BIG conspiracy. THE US GOVERNMENT knows EXACTLY where Bin Laden is and is not doing ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  83. lumps

    Dead or alive, he is dead to me.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Goerge

    Everyone knows the COWARD Bin Laden is hiding under a rock somewhere !! He won't show his face because I'm sure he knows a drone missile has his name all over it !!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  85. KnifePhD

    He's like the boogeyman now. I only think that he is dead because I find it completely impossible that the US 1. has not found him and 2. That they know that Pakistan knows where he is and has not cut off every dime that they send to them.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  86. marko

    bin laden SHOULD have been killed when Bush promised to "Smoke 'em out and git 'em." NOW he should just be quietly killed and NOTHING said about it. if only the US had committed the right amount of troops back at Tora Bora in Dec 2001, we would have killed him – but apparently our government's heart wasn't into it – repeated requests for additional troops by commanders on the ground were denied. Yet General Tommy Franks got the Medal of Freedom for his command? Go figure.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. NYC REPUB

    Capturing Osama Bin Laden should be our top prority, and ultimate goal.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  88. joe schmoe

    Ok... there are way too many "if"s and "maybe"s and other sorts of "i don;t know" bull-pucky in every quote and this whole article. If someone doesn't know then just stop writing bull and actually write what you know. God forbid that someone writes the truth every once in a blue moon!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  89. SteveNTexas

    Bin Laden was eligible to retire at age 65 and is probably receiving benefits. In a few years he will author a book perhaps. It will be a best-seller.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Rick A Mouleart

    The new boss would be as bad or worse than the old boss, think about it.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Brian

    To Comment Post # 6 . . . . Why don't you go visit your nearest U.S. Army or U.S Marine Recruiter and sign up for the great cause? . . . Since you're so quick to want to send an extra 80,000 of our soldiers, you ought to be the first standing in line to sign up? And I don't mean as a payroll clerk or JAG either . . . I'm talking about the Big Dog Duty . . . INFANTRY! . . the backbone of nation's freedom. You're probably an accounting clerk with a lame, loose hand shake who has never gotten your hands dirty. I always thought it was funny how so many civilians like to comment on war strategy . . . 98% of you have never had the guts to put on an Armed Forces uniform. If you are a veteran or are currently serving, then disregard, otherwise stand down. – Brian, U.S. Army Paratrooper . .. Airborne!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  92. US Citizen

    US Spends lot of tax payers money in the form of aid to Pakistan and pretty much over middle east. Is the US gov monitoring how this funds are being used. How do we know that, these funds are not used for cross border terrorism with in those countries. As a tax payer and bad economy, I am working hard to earn my bread and butter, pay tax to the govt, and that money is being set as aid. Why can't their govt make the people there work hard instead of creating riots, bombing, promoting cross border terrorism. OBL is not the only one we should be looking at, As a law abiding citizen, any one who is a threat to their own countries growth, killing fellow citizens, involve in terrorism need to be jailed/executed. Those people do not know the value of life, money and hard work. They don't deserve to be alive. Just by sending money they, just continue to think US is the milk cow and they do not need to work at all. We lost so much of our troops and money trying to help them. It is high time that ISI or any other local agency co-operate. There should be no more funds send to those countries until we see real effort from their end to bring stability in the region and hand cuff all the insurgents/distructors.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Afraid of Americans

    To all those who have posted that he is dead – good on you. You bear some hope that there is some intelligence in the US. For the rest of you rednecks, seriously God help America.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  94. jimboe

    Bin Laden Alive = continuing support for a war on terror. We don't want to catch him. It's as simple as that.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Ryan H

    The simple truth is always the most likely. We know where Bin Laden is. How can one man with so many followers be able to elude the u.s. for 9 years? I am not going to speculate on where he is or why we have not or have killed him. But our government knows.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  96. ns

    Of course do that after extracting every bit of information out of him by any means available in some country other than the US where sensibilities can be hurt so easily. Torture is an option in his case.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Chas in Iowa

    The American people want this man dead or alive. The US war machine however is not interested in finding or capturing Bin Laden. If he were to be captured the support for continued war efforts would drop immediately.
    He is the reason the American public was behind the invasion of Aphganistan to begin with. Then GWB turned it into a war of conquest and greed. That is why the GWB administration was not interested in going after him in Tora Bora. If we would have captured him there GWB couldn't have justified his war in Iraq.
    I remember the quotation that there would be no place for him to hide bcause we would go after him regardless of where he ran. Why are we balking at going after him in Pakistan? The same reason as GWB had. If we were to get him all support for further war efforts in the name of "the war on terror" would become rather hollow.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Reviunni

    Hey folks
    How about Ayman Al Zawahiri.His videos and massages seem to b authentic
    Why not focus on this turd.He seems to b very much alive and spewing venom

    March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Daredevil

    Just get the Mossad to do the job. It will get done and the Arabs will just blame Israel anyway (they blame Israel for all their woes).

    March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Tony-S

    A French journalist stated a couple of years ago that he thought Bin Laden was dead. We have heard nothing from Bin Laden since apart from the odd audio tape which could easily have been forged.
    I personally believe that the French journalist was correct. Bin Laden is now simply a symbol, he is no longer alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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