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. jay

    Who ever the idiot is that said that the FBI has not enough evidence on him for 9/11 where do you figure? That s.o.b. admitted to it!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Apu Ramchandaran

    Bin Ladin could be in India , he had family tie in some indian city and that is the last place for any one to look

    March 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Captbeefheart

    Why do we suck up to Pakistan anyway? Is it because they're nuclear? Bastards...

    March 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    America has gone insane. We have more serious things that need to be addressed.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oscar meyer

    osama,... obama.... i get so confused!!! and after reading some of the other remarks, it looks like i'm not the only one.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. liam

    naturally, I did not want alquieda like hanging chads, don't ye knowe

    March 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matt

    Even if he was dead, The Taliban or Al-Qieda ( sorry about my mispelling) wouldn't come out and say it. Cuse if they did, all of nato and the US would come in and take them out since they would be without a leader.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Edwin

    He is right here. if you were the son of a billionaire where would you hide? a cave? a mountain? o rogue country? . I dont think so. he is here in america or other developed country where he can get medical attention and the convinience that money can buy.
    The people who protect him might be same as rich that they would not need a reward.
    If a girl lived most of her life in the backyard of a sex offenders house, Osama bin laden might have a huge mansion just for himself.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Why?

    I'll bet Bin Laden's been dead for years

    March 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. me

    I can tell you one thing he maybe dead or not but I think he was caught one or two times and we let him go so the people in this country can have someone to hate and I can't see why we are in a war that we can't win there is no way in hell that this war will be won by The USA I am born in this country and I am proud to be in this country but WHY THE HELL are we fighting a war we will never win..... God please bring our boys home and stop giving that country our money they don't pay us for the things they do here so stop GIVING THEM MY MONEY.............

    March 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scout

    Brad Ohs, I am not sure if you have ever been a member of any branch of any military, but it is obvious that you have no clue to the logistical magnatude of such an endevor. There are a few more things to think about than just throwing a bunch of soldiers on a bunch of planes to plus up the numbers for OEF. Think about it....how long would it take you, your family, maybe a few friends, and ALL your belongings....oh wait, you need to have food, water, medical supplies, etc, etc, lined up to live in a totally different region of the world....oh, and you need to be fully equiped and trained to conduct specific missions in your new "life".....you get the point. It takes a while to get the numbers you're talking about to their much needed locations.
    I will now wait for an ignorant comment....but will give the benefit of the doubt...

    March 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stone

    do not know what is the point of this writing.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Oxlong

    I'am pretty sure he's going to be a judge on "So you think you can dance" next season.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. C Vic

    I believe our constant updates as to where troops will be pushing through(Afghanistan surge through known Taliban areas)helps him get away. Lets not deliberatly pass on any vital information. Everyone has to understand EVERYONE as access to the information that is passed on through the news. We shouldn't display our "next moves." We have to be elements of surprise, and this is not the case when these moves are broadcasted. I understand freedom of the press, however; we are not benefiting from it.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Probably worm food but these extremist will never admit to death to keep the myth alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Anonymous

    I hope they torture him SLOWLY when they catch him...and they WILL catch him. What a coward!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Scott

    Bin Laden has been dead a long time, but no one wants to acknowledge. The US has needed him as a boogeyman, so to speak, for the continuing "war on terrorism". Al Qaeda is too shamed to admit he was killed in one of the many US bombings over the last nine years. It is the new Cold War scenario with one side having one story and another the other side to the story. The US will never admit they killed him because Al Qaeda will retalitate. So boys and girls, it's another propagandist standoff against two ideologies that will probably last another 40 years. but it keeps the money in defence spending and not in better areas like health care or education. Because then people be healthy and well educated ... we don't like that

    March 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Wambattu

    US or west will never capture Bin Laden. They have to stop their crusade and other operations against Muslims if Bin Laden is captured or killed.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. austin

    ppl are so worked up about osama bin laden. Why dont we try to make peace with him so nobody else will be killed and obama will stop sending more troops out to afghanistan. we should all stop fighting and i think the ppl could forgiv them for something tht happened 9 years ago. and the muslims in afghanistan follow the 10 cammandments so they shoudnt be killing ppl.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sparkie

    catching bin ladin is not going to happen we need an icon for the war if caught him the american people would really push to have our troops come home. i truely belive we know where he is our military special forces are the best in the world. as far as a trial (fooy) just shoot him and get it over with

    March 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bob

    Hmm..not a bad idea..why don't they fabricate his death?..that should take away some of his power, create confusion, endless conspiracy theories and maybe even smoke him out.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. A. D. DiSorda

    "Killing bin Laden is important"
    No, it's not. It's not important. We already spent too much money on it. It just keeps him in the news and helps him remain a hero. It's stupid.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Simon

    Bin Laden is the perfect boogey man, unseen and all powerful, to keep the population compliant and docile. Endless simmering imperial wars and expanded budgets is a wet dream for the Pentagon and the military complex.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ralph byrne

    You're an idiot if you think he's still alive. He had serious diabetic health issues (kidney failure) ten years ago. There's no way he received the medical attention needed to stave off those medical conditions.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Winston2

    HE'S DEAD!

    The "Ministry of Truth" will keep him alive as their Emmanuel Goldstein (Nineteen Eighty-Four anybody?) as long as necessary. Anybody who falls for that lie probably believes WTC7 fell because it was scared.

    Keep believing everything you're told and you will get what you deserve – more lies.

    Do your own research people! Be skeptical of EVERYTHING!

    March 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mike Daly

    I don't care what the so called "experts" say. Bin Laden has been in Iran for the last fews years. The enemy of my enemy is my ally – and that is exactly what Bin Laden is with Iran. Also, it would be incredibly naive to think that the main supporter (both training and finance) of terrorism for the last 30 years – Iran – wouldn't have some sort of relationship with Al Queda at some high level. It's so obvious.

    Can you think of a more perfect spot for Bin Laden? Hiding is some place in Eastern Iran, 40 to 50 miles for the Afgani and Pakistani border, Another spot that I think Bin Laden had spent time was in China. Western China has just as many hiding places as the Tora Bora region and I don't think China would be all the open to having the US military (or Pakistani Military) running operations in there country (I don't he is still there but right after the incident at Tora Bora – most experts thought Bin Laden slipped into Northern Pakistan where he is popular. I don't care how "popular" Bin Laden is amongst the ardent supporters of Al Queda in Pakistan – someone who of "given him up" for the right price or given the information due to "circumstance" (nice way to talk about torture – I'm sure if the Pakistani ISI threaten to kill some young sons, daughters, wife, parents – the whole family tree – someone would break and you KNOW that was going on).

    Long answer with terrible grammar and I'd be curious if anyone agrees with me because I think it's sort of "blantantly obvious"

    March 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rich Long

    Bid Ladden is Dead ... you know it (the media) and so does the US government. But you being part of the shadow government, you CNN do your part to make the deception believable.

    Terrorism is being used to decimate our constitution.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Matt

    Pakistan wants money and more benefits out of this. That's why they're keeping Bin Laden's whereabouts secret. We already are giving them aid and they want even more. We're trying to stabilize that country and they want even more. Come on now...

    March 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. 1percenter

    this entire subject should be accompanied by a canned laugh track...

    March 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. annie

    Funny, how "Bin Laden" has not yet been captured. with all the technology we have. Where could he be to be missed?

    March 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ben

    How about CNN stops helping the NWO with storys like this... HE HAS BEEN DEAD FOR YEARS.... Search it out yourself... And STOP spreading Storys like this CNN.. your only adding to the lies ! ! ! !

    March 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ricochet

    Just ask the CIA, after all he was one of their assests.Was being the operative word. He's been taking a dirt nap since December 2001. The author of the above story should be aware that the FBI has stated that OBL is not wanted in connection with the WTC demolition as they have "no hard evidence" against him on that. He was however convicted in absentia for the Tanzania and Dar Esalam embassy (cia controlled) bombings though.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JPC

    Dead

    March 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  34. James

    I wonder how many lawyers would stand in line to represent him??? I mean he is innocent and must be proven guility.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Kevin

    Every administration since 911 has had only one universal mandate from the American people – kill bin Laden. Better to have him a dead martyr than a live hero disgracing us in front of the rest of the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  36. KINETIC

    IT DOESNT MATTER IF HES ALIVE OR NOT.. ITS ONE BIG COVER UP FOR MONEY.. THE US WANTS TO CONTROL EVERYTHING WHEN EVERYTHING CANNOT BE CONTROLLED.. HES PROBABLY LONG GONE. THEY STILL NEED A GOAT.. POLITICAL PROPAGANDA..

    March 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. doland

    Finding Bin Laden is mainly reside in Pakistani ISI. And based on recent reports and development in ISI-U.S Mil, ISI may not have exact location of Bin Laden but the question is how much effort ISI is pouring into this man-hunt operation? So, the question here is, how do we make a deal with ISI.
    At this stage, it doesn't matter if we find Bin Laden or not. the idea is already imprinted. How do we restructure this idealism?

    March 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Cato

    Give us bin Laden or lose ALL aid from the United States! We should have NEVER let him get away anyway. Saddam Hussein was NEVER a good target for either keeping America safe OR 9/11. When a man who has failed at everything from the oil business to major league baseball is trusted with the lives of America's best and brightest on the battlefield.....THIS is what you GET!

    March 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David

    Well for the first, the Bin Laden family are friends with the US and allies. All that Usama-terrorist talk is a made up story. Secondly, Usama himself are doubtfully alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Chaz

    Who cares? Bin Laden or not, there will always be some extremist lunatic to step into his place as long as our national policies provoke them. The real question is...what can we do to convince future potential extremists that we are not their enemy? Is it not obvious by now that our meddling in middle eastern affairs (including blind support for Isreal) is responsible for this conflict? Thus the answer is to apply real pressure on Isreal to adopt a lasting peace with their neighbors, including the acceptance of a Palestinian homeland. That will appease a large portion of muslims, IMHO. Then, tie up loose ends in the countries we currently occupy and get out. Although the current regimes likely won't be swayed, they'll lose much of the propaganistic ammunition they use against us now. Make it clear to the people that we want to be allies not enemies. Honestly, we might not like the way they do things over there, but it's their land not ours. If the people want change, it's their fight not ours. As the recent protests in Iran show, I think the tide is turning in the middle east (albeit slowly) towards positive change, Let it happen, and let's worry about getting our own country fixed first.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. what a joke

    "Most media outlets wouldn't dare cover this story because that would mean they would be confirming something that Bush accomplished.
    Posted by: Truth1117"

    haha the Bush administration didn't want the world to know he's dead. How would Cheney and him justify keeping our military in Afghan and sending our military to Iraq? Oh wait, there "were" those WMD things that turned out to be a LIE... last time a President lied we tried to impeach him for getting a BJ under his desk. Both war's have been a waste of American lives, tax payer money, etc. what a joke

    "All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
    George Orwell

    March 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jake the Dogg

    bin Laden is irrelevant. The man responsible for the 9/11 attacks has been in custody for years.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Terry (father of a US Marine)

    If we catch him some liberal will want to read him his maranda rights even though he is not an American citizen. I like the nuremberb trial idea. He is not Amaerican and should not have those types of rights

    March 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Rony

    Americans are the most stupid people in the world. Their hard earned tax money is being spent by the US Govt. Everytime America involved in war their tax payer's money is used. This is an example of a welfare government! It is very difficult to find out an ex-CIA personnel. Pentagon needs to continue this war in the name of "War of Terror". Whatever the name game they are very happy. American defence/military hardware sales is the highest in the world. Keep selling the arms to other countires.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ghost

    I am retired military and I know for a fact there are PAID CIA operatives in AL-queda and the Taliban. Osama Bin Laden is on the US payroll you can believe it or not.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. xibo

    I'm thinking that we already have him in custody but don't let it out so we find all the others.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. moussa

    i know where he is – in las vegas playing poker

    March 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. HG

    The help from Mossad is desperately needed to catch this SOB. Mossad has much better success rate than the CIA.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mars Bonfire

    Osama is dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. john dubock

    if they wanted to find him, theyd find him....

    March 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Little Johnny Put Put

    642 Responses, and this will be 643.

    About the number of aborted tries in place, most notably the one
    around 2000 that could easily have caught him at his ranch south
    west of Kabul in Taliban country. That one was aborted, because
    there were "legality" issues if I recollect.

    My gut feeling is that he is still around, that no nation including
    Pakistan is going out of its way to shield him, or to catch him, or
    to do anything with of about him whatsoever lest this or that faction
    be annoyed by whatever the action. And, we, nationally, are one
    of those factions.

    He steers between all the icebergs of power by remaining low tech,
    running his communications by proxy, that proxy using phone booths,
    not i-phones.

    He will be with us for awhile. If we made up our mind finally to get
    him, there would be no guarantees if all of the above is true. It
    makes him officially and factually invisible. He is, I dare say, a
    problem, and his case is a rebuke to the power of hi-tech, which is
    better equipped to work against itself than its absence.

    Now that was a good last line, I need to remember it.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. JPC

    Many in these posts think he's alive...I think he's dead...some ask why think he's dead. Well, if the guy was alive wouldn't he want to stick that fact in the face of the US? He'd film himself holding a copy of a current newspaper, or comment directly on current events. Instead, we get tapes of this knucklehead making vague statements like Nostradomas! He's dead...dead...daed. Did I also mention that he's DEAD!!!!! As I stated previously, we should get our butts completely out of the mid east. Let the Isrealis live and fight with these crazy bastards if they want to stay there. Once we are out the extremists will no longer have a cause. More than 4000 or so American soldiers dead, and another 41,000 amputees is what we got out of this. Iraq is even making us pay for the fuel we are using to patrol their streets with....Hell, the oil should be free. Mr. Obama let's cut our losses, get the hell out of the mid east, and take care of the problems we have at home. This is craziness.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  53. BrightFuture

    I think he is dead, but he is useless anyway probably holed up somewhere and a nervous wreck fearing every minute would be his last.

    We got bigger issues than finding him... we need to finish the mission in Afg and Irq first and come clean... what a circus this has been and very costly too. Need to focus on wraping up things.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sally Squires

    No way are they going to find Bin Laden. The CIA set him up in his hideout and they are not going to let him be captured so he can spill the beans on them and their friends the Cheyneys and the Bushes.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Me

    Osama Bin Laden is Kaiser Soze for you who have watched the usual suspect.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Gary

    bin Laden is no where near Pakistan or Afganistan I,m sure he is hiding in Iran,Syria or who knows maybe even Russia

    March 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Whatever happened to Freedom

    The fact that the CIA and Black Ops "can't" find him doesn't say a lot for the millions and millions of dollars that we dump into the military each year instead of using tax payer money towards free healthcare. It's the biggest joke ever.....

    March 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. KMorr1954

    hey CC ..... LMAO stop it ur killin me

    March 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JBS

    I gree!!! with most of the statement except that he is hidding in the USA, somebody by now would have talked. He is hidding in South Arabia.
    When you are the son of a BILLIONAIRE, and you know that you keep your 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 is hidding in Soth Arabia he's hiding right under our nose here in the U.S.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  60. KMorr1954

    Jay......... you need to get a grip on reality.......and you just proved how much of an IMBECILE you are...... " only one being creates........ and that is GOD ALMIGHTY" Just like you believe in GOD!!!!! they believe in Mohammad you MORON....... which has nothing to do with this topic....Bin Laden is most likely dead by now or else we would have seen live footage of him ..... your as much of a religious fanatic as the muslims you FREAK ........................ GET A LIFE 🙂

    March 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Greg C

    Sorry I missed this because I know for a fact the Osama is hiding out at the ranch in Crawford.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Do or Die

    there should be no more aid to Pakistan. They are weak and if they are tasked with giving up bin laden or choosing the hard way then so be it but stop sending American tax payers money to them immediately. This is unjust.....

    March 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Steve

    Why would it serve the continuation of the "War On Terror" to continue to pretend he is alive if our intelligence agencies knew he was dead? The focus on finding OBL shifted away long ago, and even if he were dead, his legacy in the form of many dedicated Taliban/Al Quaeda extremists lives on.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  64. CC

    Find Bin Laden....we can't even find the leader of the Taliban and he only has one eyee. Who are we kidding?

    March 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Gabe

    bleh .. chaos and anarchy imo .. kill everyone everywhere and be done with it ... what's the point .. nothing will ever change .. humans will never get along .. never have, never will

    Human existence is the definition of futility.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  66. ADRIAN

    to: guest. dont be stupid osama will be dead 200 years from now cuz nobody can live that long SMART ONE!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  67. J Spurling

    It would be best if Osama just disappeared without much hub-bub. Otherwise we are likely to make a martyr for freedom fighters as has been done with Che Guevara. Let's put him to rest and stop giving him air time by talking about him.

    March 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  68. TM

    He is most likely dead. But the Bush "war on terror" campaign that continues needs to keep him alive as it is more difficult to convince voters to support a campaign against organized crime. The jihadists hide behind religion to recruit disadvantaged and disillusioned youth and use them in their criminal efforts to gain political control of areas to keep their criminal empire thriving.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Belay

    He was dead, but now he is alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. not ur biznas

    He is dead. US is using his image to insight terror fear. Wake up!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Ossmond

    He was killed during the bombing of Tora Bora so why all these discussuins? What is more worrying is the amount of money expenede for this course. America should leave and let these people sort themselves out.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Piparpuria

    A new deal has been hatched between US and Pakistan recently and with that came the arrest of Taliban's #2 and change in Pak and US rhetoric. Pak rhetoric is more belligerent, more open against Kashmir. India has been excluded in 2 international forums related to AF-PAK and Holbrook has stopped going to India prior to his visits to the region as before. Warning to GOI ! Do something before you loose Kashmir. I see the writing on the wall very clearly. US now siding with PAK more so and accepting PAK's rhetoric as stated. Osama is in Pakistan and protected by ISI. A DEAL could happen OSAMA for KASHMIR and ISI may just deliver just as it did Baradar.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Chris

    They already found him; he's a running mascot for team corruption in this game of Politics in the US arena

    March 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  74. greg

    pfttt what does he have to do with us. america is the terriosts

    March 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Rob

    Osama is dead? I'm pretty sure he comes out with a new video every couple months (last month one was just released) and he always references something in the news so you know it's not an old video

    March 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ann

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

    Posted by: DES

    lol

    March 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  77. cyberfool

    Osama bin Laden? Wasn't he have a part in that movie called "Charlie Wilson's War"?

    March 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Quagmire

    I don't care if we ever catch him. This is costing a fortune. Between the war, the thousands of disabled vets, healthcare and the bailouts we are broke.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  79. nun

    It's crazy that people have been reading articles like this for years. They have speculated at every detail given. They draw conclusions from the limited information they receive. The truth is....these people will never know the truth. As long as we are just ordinary citizens and given few details, we will never know what is really happening. None of us will, yet we stay so interested and try to figure out the mystery.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Dinesh

    No – 2 & 3 are found from KARACHI & LAHORE, no wonder No – 1 would be found from ISLAMABAD.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Guest

    OSAMA – dead or alive – same question will be asked 200 years from now!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jon

    Heck yeah we'll find him! I haven't given up!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Jaime

    Don't kill him. Then we're as bad as they are. Put him in solitary confinement.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  84. AFK

    yes i agree with DES if he owed taxes then the IRS would have already found him

    March 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  85. bob

    he is so obviously dead. been dead for years. kept alive by usa as boogy man.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  86. michael Berg

    cant let him go free(hes a terrorist!!), cant catch him(his body guards will shoot him), and cant kill him(hell become a martyr)... how many criminals WISH they had this status...

    March 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Cyg

    Take their martyr away – when you hunt him and kill him, deny you did it. Do a CG expo of him dancing in Mecca or something....that will really confuse them!

    March 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  88. ahmed

    i think he is dead from long time

    March 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Guest

    Bin Laden has not been captured because he is either dead or he works for us.

    T. Paine

    March 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  90. redsignia

    Are you kidding? he is in a high rise condo living large, being kept by the Saudi king. Quietly, he is a hero to the Middle East. And there have been numerous opportunities to kill him. To think he is hiding in a dark cave somewhere is comical.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Walker

    bin Laden is irrelevant, sure we'd love to put a cap in his behind but even if he is alive it is on medical machines and he is deformed. The once proud braggart loved the public eye, only his death or disfigurement could keep him off the airwaves. Seriously not that hard to smuggle a camcorder into a cave and a tape back out. Let him rot.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Czubek

    Whatever happened to Osama Bin Laden? A better question is: "Whatever happened to the truth about 9/11?" Osama Bin Laden had nothing to do with it, Sky scrapers DO NOT collapse from fires, thermite was found on site (the explosive used to implode buildings).
    If that's not enough just ask yourself why all of his friends and family were put on private jets when no one was allowed to fly in or out of the U.S. and flown out of the country? There are still many unaswered questions and "Whatever happened to Osama Bin Laden?" is not one of them that can be answered because he had absolutely nothing to do with it. If you are on a "witch hunt" start with White House, start with the people who are profiting from this war.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Guest1

    1. Introduce a lethal, exotic, but 100% curable, virus in the area.
    2. Drop leaflettes that say, "If you want to live, come to us. We have the vaccine."
    3. Screen the people who show up for the vaccine. Detail Al Queda and Taliban suspects.
    4. Rinse and repeat until there are results.

    This might seem like a crude approach, but we are at war. The people in the region do not seem terribly cooperative. I would not waste one more American life or American dollar trying to fight a politically correct war with extremists. Get it done.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  94. RMoore

    They won't be finding him, they'll find his body if they find anything.

    Goldstein, I mean bin Laden died several years ago.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Pancheche

    Hilarious,
    just hilarious,
    i cant believe that this is actualy an issue still on the table,
    it's obious this has been one of the funniest FAKE manhunts in history
    Turn off your t.v's and tune out from these media channels that distribute coorporate lies.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  96. TC

    "Ever read 1984? Totalitarian governments need an enemy, so that they can keep population under constant fear and control."- Comment of the day. That sums up every war that's been fought in the last 300+ years. The devils in the details. Everything we learned in history class is a joke.

    March 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Guest

    I agree with all those who have stated he is right under our nose.

    Clean cut, and enjoying every moment of his waking day. Sad even more so that they put out statements saying the ISI may be keeping him from being found!!!

    Every day I am more and more amazed.

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

    Im so sick of this fake war on terror. Bin laden is a now only a figment of your imagination. But thats ok...let's just extend the patriot act and then take away more of your rights in order to fight the terrorists. Why are gov'ts always insisting on creating wars? War after war...started over money by the elitists. And it will continue next in the middle east. Well the common people have just about had enough. I'm done playing your games.

    March 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Ted C

    Bin Laden is dead.

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

    The US knows where Osama Bin Laden is. There's no way with all this technology he could hide this long. Also how is it that he keeps send us tapes. He is obviously somewhere with electricity, which means he just chillin'.

    Follow @TrevTumm

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