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. A. Smith, Oregon

    Osama bin Ladin was on the CIA payroll for many years as a freedom fighter against the USSR, ask the CIA where bin Ladin is. He is likely in a Pakistani ISI safehouse where his every need is taken care of. After all, he is the cash cow which is keeping American tax payers pouring hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars into both wars and the enormus US Military build-up, that translates into hundreds of billions of reasons for the CIA and Pakistani ISI to keep Osama bin Ladin alive and well taken care of.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joey

    no, he wont be "found" because terrorism will fall into the background, and the government will then have to create a new clear and present danger for citizens to fear.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duke

    And why are people here saying he hasn't released a single message?

    He's release a buch of them, and theyv'e all been confirmed as legitimate. Whare have you been, that you don't knwo that?

    Unless you don't believe the US Govt when they say they're legitimate messages, because of what you heard from your sister who knows a girl who dated a guy from the NSA who read on a website ....

    March 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duke

    Why are so many people here so convinced that Bin Laden's dead?

    You must be privy to far better intelligence services than the rest of the world, to be so tapped into the "real story."

    Got a sister who works at the NSA or something? A good friend whose mom knows a guy that heard a CIA agent confirm it? Or is it the daily briefings you get with the president, or a special subscription to some awesome news channel that only a few people know about?

    Or are your tinfoil hats on a bit too tight?

    Sure, it's valid to have an opinion that Bin Laden is dead. It's another thing entirely to believe it to be a fact based on no real evidence, and to call everyone else sheep for not jumping to the same conclusion ... or the same conspiracy theory.

    My opinion? He's probably alive, and he's probably going back and forth between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Pakistani govt probably knows where he is. And he's been releasing audio messages, instead of video ones, probably because a video will give away too much info - on his location, or on his medical condition.

    Simple as that people. I know it's more fun to imagine the world is full of conspiracies, but seriously.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Geysar

    When will the world wake up?? Bin Laden this Bin Laden that !!? Don't you people realise this is all a game? It is all about MONEY, OIL & GREED. At the end of the day it is always the innocent that die and the corporations get away with it, Bin Laden is just a puppet figure controlled by the handful of people that control the world and the money. They use religion as an excuse, they control everything, they are the real enemies!

    March 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. THEman

    I think it's possible that Osama is hiding in Iran. I mean, they fully support Al- Qaeda and all those terror groups over there, and I hear Khameni is a big fan.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dilbert

    ELVIS IS ALIVE AND BIN LADEN IS DEAD.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    This may sound crazy, but what if the US is protecting Bin?????

    March 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MonasteryMonkey

    Let's just pronounce him dead and move on.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. country_boy

    John Mc Cain is hiding him

    March 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. miguel lucas

    erasing comments that show the farse bin laden is,only proves that CNN is a CIA TOOL

    March 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    I recall both candidates for presidency (Obama and McCaine) saying the following during a debate on national tv: "Give me 6 months and I'll have Bin Laden"
    What happended?

    March 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pedro monteiro

    on the last video from bin laden anyone could see that's not him-bin laden white beard turned black and face is not the same of other videos

    March 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mcwright

    Hussein was found, why can't bin Laden be? I have faith in this one.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pravin

    He is alive though not well even though he is in his early fifties..Had he died, Saudi Intell Chief wil go on the air and announce BL passing... until then he will be kept alive and allowed to die from his kidney ailment... The Jordanians are in the know but, as Saudi funded allies, cannot "rat"...to a CIA that already knows but cannot touch ... IF you all recall or can research back to 2001, just a year after his "Dead or Alive" proclamation, George W went silent on the subject and never raised it again.. after being read the riot act by Cheney himself... The CIA is focused on the Egyptian Zawahiri and, in their blinded zeal to capture numero uno (BL being out of bounds), they paid a heavy price, losing 7 of their own... India intel arm RAW plays no part in this... although Balochistan and Afghanistan are another issue...

    March 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. warren smith

    i trully believe he is dead
    and they will try to keep his spirit alive to benefic them

    thays what i think

    March 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. AMIR AL KATIB

    BIN LADEN IS DEAD

    March 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. TERRI

    i agree with 62ccm can't do dialysis without electricity investigate all dialysis center in the middle east or here in the US

    March 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JPC

    He's dead! I've believed that for years now. We should get out of the mid east entirely. Once out the extremists will no longer have a cause. All we have managed to accomplish is producing 41,000 US amputees...Sad.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chris

    People are confused and that is why everybody has a different answer. We are all living in different realities because lies exist. Lies cause separation/confusion. For Example: Would your reality be the same as someone else's, if the other person was not aware that time travel exists? Check out "David Lewis Anderson". Obama doesn't have much longer to try to get the message across. Conscious is being injected into so many who never had accessed to much of it. If Conscious is uplifted, what we want will become reality in an instant.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. OnlyFacts

    Fascinating to hear from so many people that are delusional enough to think they KNOW bin Laden is dead without ANY PROOF whatsoever.

    If Bush knew that bin Laden was dead, he could have announced that as his greatest achievement right before he left and when his ratings were rapidly tanking. He wants history to have a better impression of him than he is worth. It certainly would have been a feather in his cap and a chance to deflate bragging rights the Democrats would have for bringing our troops back.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Derrick Age

    Love the head line Are we getting close to Laden? HAHHHAHAHAHh so behind the times... It is like the whitehouse getting upset over the party crashers. WE have party crashers coming accross our borders etc.. Remember the ALAMO wow what our four fathers faught for and WWI WWII Korea etc. to have no one in office that understands what the heck they are doing and Stimulus packages to their friends and realatives. WHAT A COUNTRY. BIn Laden. He is most likely been taken out or unless we are paying him too like we are in Iraq and Afg. Ignoring Syrai militants and Jordanians Egyptians that are helping working with Pakistan. The heck with that!!! This isn't getting us anywhere. Iran should be on the list with Korea as well and lets not forget they are still making threats. IRAN the people are great the Gov sucks. ..

    March 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sam

    All evidence points to his being dead. One note I have not seen here is the point that we only see Zawahiri on video and that's been for over 3 years now. Also there has been no confirmation of any of the purported Bin Laden audio tapes that have passed through the media. Always said that they have yet to be confirmed and then we never hear about it again. Of course he would put out a video if he were alive. His medical issues also could have killed him by now. Not only is he hard to hide...so is the hauling around of a big dialysis machine wherever he goes. The main reason his death has not been made public is that the "Face of Terrorism" would be removed and the American people would no longer pay for the wars of the wealthy. Confirmation of his death would mean billions in profit lost from the coffers. Not only in the US but all over the world. Pakistan would lose a tremendous amount of funding were they to go public with the news.

    Bhutto also knew of his death and was killed shortly after opening her mouth to the media about that one.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. JMcTigue

    Who ever finds him, just do him in and bring back a piece of his DNA he couldn't live without as proof... say a piece of his heart, brain stem or something. Forget any concerns of martyrdom... New Yorkers, families of those killed at the Pentagon, and the family members of those who were on the flight that heroically went down in PA need the closure.
    That's as plain and simple as it gets.
    In this I hope America Stands as One.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. OUCH

    454 posts have confirmed that America's biggest enemy is it's educational system.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. miguel lucas

    people are waking up,even peter arnett from CNN found bin laden years ago,but not CIA,FBI and the all mighty us army-instead of softball questions and propaganda MAIN STREAM MEDIA should be doing their job of asking hard questions

    March 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. RSJ

    If Osama Bin Ladin is still alive then he must be the greatist escaplogist since Harry Houdini.
    If he is dead, then this has to be the biggest Al Qaeda hoax since the loch ness monster.
    Either way it makes the US looks dumb.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Surfman555

    Bin Laden is playing with Elvis in Vegas.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Derrick Age

    If the ISI is hiding Laden? Then why are we not at war with Pakistan? Didnt Bush say at the time that if you house a terrorist then you are also Guilty etc.... something like that?

    March 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Carolyn Jones

    President Obama is at least trying to catch him; unlike Bush who only went after the oil money...

    March 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Bell Star

    No one really knows what happened to Osama. It doesn't really matter, because taking one person out of the picture will not change the mind sets of the radical islamists. Killing all of them would not solve anything either. Just like if they tried to kill all of us. They would have hell to pay, literally.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  32. muzz

    So the movies always get the bad guy what does that say about real life. How hard is it to find one person surely the CIA FBI or James Bond type agents can find him like the tv and movies programs portray. Its a conspiracy like ufo's

    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. unknown

    Most of these posts show why the world thinks Americans are idiots...

    March 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Tony

    He'll never be caught, if he is alive. He is too big of an asset to the CIA. He has and probably is still doing everything he is being paid to do.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Terry

    Bin Laden is living in Bush's WARdrobe because all he is is a puppet of the Bush administration. The real Bin Laden died in October of 2001 from kidney failure. All the Bin Laden tapes are just CGI and body doubles that america uses to keep congress financing a war were the money ends up back in the Bush family and Co pockets.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  36. USMC Vet

    For those who think we should just send 100,000 troops into Afghanistan all at once, where do you think they will come from? Do you think we have a bunch of guys sitting in a warehouse somewhere? The complete lack of understanding in the logistics in moving that many combat troops is amazing. For the 99% of the American population who sit around and bitch about what the military should do, I say sign up or shut up.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tom Wolfe

    He is in the same place as JFK's brain, the 4 black boxes from 9/11 and the original footage of the moon landing. Funny how the government always looses or can't find the crucial evidence isn't it. Research Operation Northwoods and learn what your government is really about. Bankers control everything. Lets see if CNN posts this one. Free speech is not so free.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Guest1

    Bin Laden, of the Bin Laden family, trained in guerrilla warfare by the CIA to fight the Soviet Army in Afghanistan during the other 10 year war there. How ironic is it to train someone, give him access to intelligence, logistics, weapons, only to fight the same person some 20 year later?! The Bin Laden family are always welcomed guests in the US, fruitful business deals are reached with them. Ever wondered if Bin Laden is nothing but a tale to keep fighting a purposeless war? I am sure that next we will see reports of him, audio tapes about the glory of Allah coming Iran, obviously the next target to be invaded by the coalition of the willing. People still believe this?

    March 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  39. stev-o

    Here are a couple novel ideas...

    1. Pay the guy who knows as much as he wants. It's cheaper than running a war.

    2. Get off the oil standard for energy, pull the troops out, and turn the whole place into an ashtray.

    Let's stop killing our best young people as sacrifices to the oil gods.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. G Bruning

    Who cares about Osama, the real terrorists are running our government, they have been destroying this nation gradually and now propose to change our "democracy" in to a socialist republic, look at history and what always follows democracy is an aristocracy. We should be hunting for the head of "Our Want to be king" Obama, and his cohorts, let the Arab world sort out its problems and focus on our Constitution and Capitalism for our Country.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Hawk in Texas

    We all know he is in dick cheneys bunker.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Budi

    Osama Bin Laden? U guys are really naive. I think all americans are being fooled by the government. Just think this, US government possesses the most advance technology in the world, why it cant even track and capture a person called osama bin laden. This is the funniest thing and all of you are actually believing your country is doing great thing.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  43. anon

    30,000 – the number of pakistani casualties in the war on terror. coupled with the fact that pakistan has apprehended more terrorists than any other country on the face of the planet. and yet it's in vogue to perpetually question pakistan's sincerity towards the fighting terrorism. how incredibly insensitive. and people wonder why anti-western sentiments are widespread in pakistan. bravo.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mr.Marvee Marv

    I am surprised AmeriKKKa is not blaming our current President Obama 4 not capturing him. I know where Bin Laden is tho, getting his salad tossed by George WMD for "WEAPONS MUST'VE DISSAPPEARED" Bush . Bush was his bottom girl if I am not mistaken he was talking a bunch of smack and promising AmeriKKKa Bin Laden would be caught dead or alive. We all know by now that was B 2 THE S.1 or the other is the case either the AmeriKKKlan miltary and Government can't or won't catch him.He is alive on payroll and still working 4 the CIA/FBI/DEA/WWF/ATF/NRA/ETC.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ahpoetic

    capturing Bin Laden wouldn't cause more problems. We would have an evil culprit of hate and terror. John Blake doesn't know what he's talking about. whose side is this guy on? Sure, there would be decisions to make about how to try him, but that's an idiotic statement to say that capturing him would just cause more problems and killing him would just martyr him is another ridiculous statement. He needs to be excuted and no matter what you do, there will always be detractors. We need to do what's right. Bin Laden is an evil murderer and needs to be captured, tried in U.S. Courts and executed.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  46. DoubleW

    I think it entirely possible that he is dead, and has been for a long time. Supposed pictures of him may actually show different people and, as the Iraqi insurgents did for their supposed leaders, voice actors may have been used for his recorded diatribes.
    Conversely, if he is still alive, despite his supposed health problems, it would seem likely that he is in relatively comfortable quarters... perhaps even some secluded private villa owned by a Pakistani or Saudi sympathizer. In either case, we're unlikely to "get him" in the foreseeable future. He is likely to remain a "sleeping messiah" figure for radical Islamists, as Barbarossa or King Arthur were to Medieval Europeans

    March 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Guest

    Dealing with Pakistan – A state sponsor of terrorism is more important and critical than capturing Osama. Unless you deal with Pakistan's using Terrorism as a state policy Osamas will continue to come. I don't think US is really concerned about Terrorism as a whole otherwise they wouldn't be giving Billions of dollars in military aid and god know how much underhand to Pakistani leaders, its Military and its intelligence agency. If US could justify atomic bomb over Hiroshima probably N-W Pakistan is not such an off idea.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  48. edgar perdomo

    Bin Laden and his closes man would not be hiding in either Palistan or Afghanistan, remeber cowards always hide away from the action or terror they have create, they are hiding in Yemen, you say what, lets see this is a country with a corrupt goverment, corrupt armed forces leadership, and the terrain is just how Bin Laden likes it with planty ot hideaways.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. ahpoetic

    capturing Bin Laden wouldn't cause more problems. We would have an evil culprit of hate and terror. John Blake doesn't know what he's talking about. whose side is this guy on? Sure, there would be decisions to make about how to try him, but that's an idiot statement to say that capturing him would just cause more problems and killing him would just martyr him is another ridiculous statement. He needs to be excuted and no matter what you do, there will always be detractors. We need to do what's right. Bin Laden is an evil murderer and needs to be captured, tried in U.S. Courts and executed.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  50. JohnG

    I chuckle when I read the posts of people convinced that UBL is dead, yet can't offer ONE scrap of substantive evidence to support that claim.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  51. The Dog

    Bin Ladin is staying with the Satchquash in Canada.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  52. DES

    If he owed back taxes the IRS would have found him by now

    March 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Krishnan

    Osama is Pakistan's cash cow...or the goose who lays the golden egg for the Pakistan...and how can Pakistan kill him or get him captured....whether he is dead or alive Pakistan know it all and would never ever reveal it...but unfortunately the USA is just playing into to the hands of Pakistan and the very country which is souly responsible and creater of all kinds of terriorism in the whole World is being financed by the USA... Pakistan is playing the OSAMA card well and USA is truning it head otherside..and it is a high stake POKER between Pak and USA and we all know who is winning.....

    March 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Zane Farooq

    He is dead, and has been for a very long time.

    Think about it, not ONE message, not one whisper..all this time? Any message from could could theoretically serve as a motivation for more nut jobs in the region.

    But no word at all. He's dead, and the it cannot be exposed since keeping him does a better job.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  55. cvntg

    Osama Bin Ladin is dead. Thats my opinion. His death was covered up because he was such a great political figure, so those closest to him didn't reveal it, in fear that the "US and A" and the rest of the western world would see it as some sort of victory.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Alan P

    Our Government knows the location of this known terrrorist Osama Bin Laden. The only reason they havn't taken him out yet is the mere fact that someone bigger and badder will take his place. I wish they would tell the public the truth.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Guest

    Why does everyone on here seem to know exactly where he is? None of us have a clue really.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  58. brian

    he has not been captured because certain politicians consider him being free to be a political asset

    March 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Edward

    The concerned parties know where he is and have known for years. However, he is the "boogy man" needed to create fear, which in turn leads to action in the form of invasions, wars and other actions.

    To kill Bin Laden would be like killing the golden goose. Too many investors on both sides are making fortunes from the so called war on terror.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. manny torres

    To me I think he was dead long time ago but Not Everything died with Him.
    His legacy remains and that is what is haunting us and what he did will never die
    most specially to to the muslim world. To them he was great hero but to us he
    was a SOB (pardon my choice of words)

    March 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Adam

    He's dead or seriously maimed.
    Otherwise his appearance in a video would surely inspire all his followers and help recruit more. This would be a blow to America if he was alive and well and shown to all the world.
    It's not shown because you can't show him disfigured...or dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. MurphyMorseJohnson`

    What ever happened to bin laden? Bin Ladin has become a has "bin" despite all of Ronald Reagan's financial help to him to beat the Russians.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Bill....

    With what his health condition was years ago, and not having any way of getting medical help, I believe 100 percent he is dead..You can bank on that statement....

    March 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  64. pedro monteiro

    bin laden(CIA tim osman)will never be captured,few weeks before 9-11 bin laden was american hospital in dubai after attacks on american embassies and the uss cole attack,the assassinated benazir bhutto told to the world the name of the man that killed bin laden in a interview with david frost on al jazeera 6 months later she was murdered

    March 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Franz

    He doesn't exist. And I find it tacky how the CIA, who can't find him always seems to be able "to obtain" his weekly address. Maybe if the CIA and the White House was interested in the real perpetrators of 9/11 maybe we should have invaded Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and Bush's Ranch.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dray

    Agrees with Joe Budden!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Robert Cold

    post by comment 407 – joe, you are so silly. IF al-Gayda doesn't exist then why are they taking credit for attacks in other parts of the world. why are they branching out into countries like africa, iraq and europe?

    if the pakistani isi agency is really protecting osama, the u.s. needs to act. i don't know how but the white house situation room has to do a better job in coming up with solutions. it would be such a honor to capture OBL alive and bore him to hell with a phony trial which will only end in him being electrocuted. the family of the 9/11 victims should be there to flip the switch. then even if he was captured... would we use the death penalty? i could see human rights groups and liberals saying "oh let him rot in jail instead..." yeah right, our tax dollars spent on keeping that s.o.b. alive. even real muslims would hate knowing that we are allowing a mass murderer and the one who perverted their religion stay alive like that.

    9/11 conspiracy theorists do not take into account the mass growth of extremism in other countries and they are waging jihad on countries other than america as well.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dray

    How can he be found, if he died years ago??

    March 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ben

    Not ONE from Iraq.
    Not ONE from Afghanistan.
    Fifteen from Saudi Arabia.

    And led by a prince of the #2 family in S.A. that's looking for a shot or rather a stab at being #1... A family that is also deeply involved with the Bush family.

    I bet he's just sitting in a palace in Saudi Arabia laughing his head off, probably being visited by Dubya and co now and again. An attack that wouldn't be a beesting to this country has been gashed by the media and the government into a possibly fatal gaping wound, just so they could make some money from the blood spilled and the cheap, ineffective bandages to patch it up.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Jon

    He died in tora bora.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Shammi

    US need to stop sending billions of dollars to Pakistan. Yes, Pakistan knows where son of a Bitch Bin laden is but they are not giving him away. The reason they are not capturing him beccause once they caught him and handed him over to US,they think they will stop getting all the aid from US. They are using him as aTrump card.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mauryan

    Capturing Bin Laden alive or dead is very important for the morale of the civilized people. It will send a clear message to the radicals in this world that this is the last time they will got away with what they did and criminals will not be allowed to go free unpunished. And it will help round up the other criminals very quickly. They need to be brought to justice.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Lloyd Riddick

    I completely agree with Joe. Those who believe we should send in whatever number of troops it takes to find Bin-Laden are generally the same people who complain about the U.S. Gov.'selling' our childrens' futures with liberal spending. Have they thought about the cost of such a venture? Have they considered how leveraged (to the Arabs, the Chinese, and others) the U.S. already is with these misguided wars? (Oops, no WMD, but it still needed doin'). Trillions borrowed, which our kids and their kids will have to pay, billions made by big oil (Bush), big military-industrial (Cheney), and well-deserved animosity generated worldwide. Ridiculous! I watched Zeitgeist, the movie, and got a thought-provoking alternative viewpoint to the standard Limbaugh-O'Reilly-Coulter triad's "Kill'em all, and let God sort'em out" stuff.
    As Joe says – WAKE UP!!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  74. KidCanada

    The scapegoat escaped!
    As was the plan.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mary

    I think he is either dead or maimed in a way that he does not want known..I don't believe he would have been capable of not showing himself for real or on film if not.
    I think we are basically fighting the terrorist that want to carry on in his name.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  76. ZIGGY

    He is living in the White House with our other enemy. They have gotten to us from within and are taking us down finacialy now. Wake up America you voted in the enemy.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Kraqule

    There are some very interesting points in this story but one of the most errant would be the value of bin Laden being captured alive.

    bin Laden capured alive would prove to many of the hard core radicals that this is just a man like any other. As for the legal ramifications it would be easiest to let Afganistan, or another Muslim nation determine his fate. There are several that would come to what many would consider a just fate.

    bin Laden is just a man... A man that is misguided at best or worse yet diabolical. His ultimate judgement will be reserved for a much higher being.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  78. victor

    Ben laden and his followers are taking a full advantage of the current technology. They can monitor every word either on radio, internet, TV, computer TV, our analysts who are talking very openly about our plans, army, war, locations. You have to prevent all those tools in order to isolate them and put them in a weaker position. Either you have to treat them in a deplomatic way and use their resources such as oil and tell them you are doing great or treat them as their leaders treat them in a dictatorship way. They respect the latter because they do not know other way. The democracy is new to them and do not teach them to follow our way of democarcy. We should not pay for teaching them the democracy.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Mike Dupris

    Whynot use any of those dectectives from the A&E TV Show "The First 48" –I think by the 9th year they'd be able to get people talking. Send in detective Caroline Mason!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Steve

    He's with Jimmy Hoffa and Elvis

    March 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. quick

    For those how don't understand History, we've had him in Jail for the pass 9 years, just locked up in his own dark cave, were most demons live.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  82. CIA

    He was killed in 2001. If certain muslims find out it could be bad, so lets not talk about it. We'll pretend that we are still searching for him and let's all get on with our lives.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  83. The Right Guest

    He lives in LA and loves White Castle.

    He thought he could just try it once...but the chicken rings keep calling him back...

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

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

    What do you think Al-jazeera has been doing all this time! They have been running their propaganda machine this entire time posting these Bin Laden tapes to keep their suicide bombers thinking they are still killing themselves for this coward/murderer! HE IS DEAD!

    His remains are in a hole similar to the one Saddam was found in, we just haven't found the right hole.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Joe Clark

    He is hiding in plain sight. If you really want to locate him, start looking in the major populations centers of Pakistan. Why live in a cave when you can live in a luxury suite surrounded by hundreds of security guards. Locate the numerous numbers of security staff that are in fact "out of place" for the area and you will find Bin Laden nearby.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Lin

    It doesn't matter if Bin Laden is dead or alive. Nor does it matter that he ever existed. Humanity needs fiction, mystery, and an enemy to survive. What would we do without them?

    March 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tknocker

    Here's the gig...he's been dead since Oct/2001. Within 3 weeks of the 9/11 attacks, he was captured, killed, dismembered and dissolved in a vat of acid deep inside a mountain cavern. Explosives were used to obliterate any sign of the cave and all evidence of bin Laden's DNA has been wiped off the face of the earth. To publicly announce his demise early on in the conflict would be to create a larger than life martyr. The US war machine found it useful, politically, to keep the image and voice (although fabricated) in the news every so oftern. He will never be found. Makes for good media, although not good journalism.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  88. tchoate

    Who cares? Bin is an insignificant worm. The Bush Administration, their policies, the war effort, and Department of Homeland Security has rendered him helpless. Let's hope the Obama Administration doesn't drop the ball.....

    March 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. WHO?

    He's probably already dead yet the taliban is probably keeping the name alive to scare the world... What does everyone else think?

    March 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  90. laden

    U guy should go to hell. just because of bin laden that u guys are bothered, he is there in US planing to blow up the whole country. BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BUNCH OF FOOL.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  91. sharon

    k the united states needs to get off they buts an go get bin laden/ put two an two togrther. simple go nto his homeland sadi/country you will find him there.an i want my reward rather hes dead or alive. hes back in his home country. i know this cause if i were him an knew the states were after me well hell id go back to the only place i could call home. and his people there will not talk. they wont tell america anything. i would put my life on this one. call me crazy/call me what ever but this is fact/not fiction.do ur job obama go get this scuzz bucket. an dont forget my reward. when you get him.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Mark Bava

    Bin laden was among those that arms were funneled to by Pakistan during Soviet occupation. When Soviets were driven out we left the country desolated and starving without as much as a thank you. It was then that Bin laden grew to hate the US and and became a folk hero amongst those with same growing resentment. We abandoned them even a second time when we dropped everything to go into Iraq. Living conditions there now are beyond deplorable.
    If we want terrorism to end we have to stop meddling and using countries. No one bombs Canada...or Switzerland. You catch more flies with honey and the only way we are going to win here is to help them rebuild, look better than their options (Taliban) and get the hell out. As it stands, Pakistan and the Taliban are at least brother Moslems and most likely the lessor of evils if they get the poor choice between Taliban and US. Its impossible to think ISI doesn't view things much the same. Common street knowledge in those parts is that ISI and US dollars are known to be just as responsible for insurgency as the Taliban. Its just sick....and unbelievably naive not think it through. Anyone EVER study world history fer crissake?
    Same with South Viet Nam. Where did that get us? How bad is communism there? Americans vacationing and doing business there.
    It was all for not.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Thurmond

    Joyces:
    If we dont spend the tax money there we will be fighting the Islamic Jihad in London or Paris or New York!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Amazing G

    He will never be captured because he's dead and has been for a long time.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  95. The Eternal Satyr

    Osama bin Laden died of end stage renal failure in November of 2001.

    The media and the government have purposely been hunting a dead man for nearly 10 years.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Salmaaan

    theres a reaon why bin laden is not gettin caught..if america could capture hiding underground saddam in his own country, why not bin ladin ?? there might be a reason why they dont wannna catch himm!! simple as that. its not wat it looks like...its big politics!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Nick

    Bin Laden is in lawless somalia having a good time and being hosted by al shabaab gangsters.Have you ever thought about that?

    March 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Marc P.

    He is in CIA custody of course, if not already dead. Has been a CIA asset since he was recruited to fight the Soviet Union and was hand picked to be the scapegoat for carrying out the false flag operation against the US in 2001.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Bradley

    America has plans for the future in energy, America will keep things running in America until America can ween off of OIL ! America shut our wells down in the 80s ie...could you ever think off what might happen if we used all of our oil up in America and the rest of the world found out ? Looks like America would be in trouble and a slave to the world...so thats keep it cool until technology kicks in and keeps track of everyone, and yes FACIAL RECOGNITION will stop 99% of Crime,Aliens,Tax evaders,Rapes,Warrants etc....

    March 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Aziz

    What is the advantage if he is dead while his beliefs and ideology are still alive? Think about guys! To remove his beliefs from people's brains, we need to look for the reasons that made people love him!

    March 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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