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. bobby

    HAHA. American people are sooooo stupid. They know where he is they knew from they one. It just gives them an excuse to stay in the middle east and produce 10000 years of contract form black gold "oil" for cheaper than dirt. what a joke. wake up people...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sean

    He should be shot at sight,NO QUESTIONS.The rest of the terrorist world should no that there is no escape,to creating terror.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RockCold

    He probably is dead, but I have a suspicion that he is still alive. Although, he was known to have quite a few nagging, and serious, health problems.

    Either or, if he is still alive, he must be captured and killed. We already have so much intelligence on these Islamist insurgent networks that Bin Laden would be of no use information wise to us. So, poetic justice would ensue.

    I propose death by firing squad, with people waving the American flags and drinking wine around his dead body.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    I do find it interesting that we could never seem to get any of the leadership or important targets of the Taliban until that double agent killed the seven CIA operatives. Now all of a sudden we are picking them off like flies. CIA had these guys all in their sites a long time, just hoping to pick up a lead on Bin Laden...looks, though, like they decided some revenge is now necessary. Way to go, it is encouraging to see some fruit.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nate

    That would be great if his own guards shot him to avoid capture. Then the news lines would read, Bin Laden's guards shoot him to avoid U.S. capture. Not exactly Martyr material. You can't be a martyr if you are killed by your own loyal followers. That is the same reason suicide bombers are not martyrs, cause they just kill themselves. To even remotely be considered as a martyr, the primary ingredient, is you MUST MUST MUST be killed by those opposed to your agenda. Suicide by his own hand or the that of his guards would indicate weakness, and cowardice in the face of his enemies.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan Goldthrite Sr.

    One last thing... stop using God to justify humanity's own weaknesses and short comings.

    Anyone with half a brain who studies God knows He is perfect – flawless righteous, merciful,
    loving, kind, Omnipotent, without the shadow of evil, always good beyond our limited imagination.

    Shame on anyone who uses God for his or her own selfish purposes. READ Genesis and then lecture me on His nature. I'm sick and tired of anyone using The Lord to slaughter
    alleged enemies of Islam.

    Abraham's first born son Ishmael was blessed by Our Lord, however Issac is the heir of God's promises to Abraham. So, accept it and lets move on ok?

    March 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Otto Von Stumpf

    We never caught Poncho Villa either. And, he invaded the United States on the ground with troops. (Anyone remember Columbus New Mexico?). We got oover it, and lived on. So, get over bin Laden. Pakistan is not our friends. Get over that too. Bring our troops home.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. h laycock

    The same US intelligence that claimed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is tasked with finding a certain famous individual – over the past nine years. Excuse me while I laugh.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sailor

    HE IS REALLY DISGUISED AS RUSH LIMBAUGH ,THE REAL RUSH DIED IN HAWAII
    ON VACATION AND OSAMA TOOK SOME VOICE TRAINING AND STOLE HIS IDENTITY,OR PERHAPS HE IS ACTING AS DICK CHENEY TO GET ALL THE GOOD INFO

    March 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Him

    For being a wise one, your logic is far from it

    March 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ian

    osama ia obama. wake up fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ian

    he is dead he died in usa army hospital days before the ( attacks) 911. He was CIA WTF??????

    March 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kk igorot al islamiya

    al hamdulalla in sake of allah praise to be with bin laden i believe america would never caught him especially even if you kill him all of our majihad brother especially all of the al qeada in the world would be haveing world war 3 especially they are more brother in this america have some praising bin laden would go after the US once the have kill bin laden this would be end of the world to america life mean to say america must be careful with the bin laden crude salaaaaaaam malakum praide to allah

    kk igorot
    al islamiya

    March 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Faryan

    and bin Laden is just to divert everyone's attention

    March 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Faryan

    what a dumb thing to say..... "I’m convinced that he’s [bin Laden] protected by the ISI,".....why the hell would the ISI protect him when we are already spending millions in finding him.

    The Taliban are not Muslims, no islamic idelogy says that you go around killing innocent people neither do i believe they are Pakistanis. Anyways, it must be obvious to any sane person by now that all this "War on Terror" that the US is fighting is firstly because of Oil and secondly to strengthen its hold in the region.

    March 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Wise One

    We need Predator Drone sweeps of this country....thermal imaging, radar, everything. Once he is found, drop a missile on the location and quietly return back to base.

    March 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jhone stet

    osama bin Laden – remember him? Where is he, and is the U.S. getting closer to killing or capturing?
    Ans= osma bin laden is under cover of ISI .and the pak ISI Agencies u this weapon for U.S.A as NUCLEAR bomba.and they use osama on time . osma is making planning now this time and can do more dangereous for U.S.A peples to kill tem .as u now like 9-11 happen.laden is a root which can start our C.I.A and I.S.i agencies combines.OSAMA BIn Laden next taregt is Washtion D.C 2010 in year.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. munir

    you people will not catch him, because you even does not have the will to capture him. you want to fight war with the name of bin laden and capture the oil rich muslim world staees. go back in your home ediots

    March 7, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. HASHIM

    by kiling or capture Osama its would only solved obama political promise. but not solving the global terrorist issue if the palestine matter is not settled. after all osama is brainchild of america. so does saddam. l think the east and the west should have sincere dialog to make the world better for everybody. best wishes.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  20. GIJOE

    How come Obama and the Democrats have not brought him to a trillion dollar tax payer funded mirandized arrest yet? Ah come on you blamed Bush for this guy running around when Clinton left him on the tarmarc when he was gift wrapped........I think he is residing in the mountains of California, maybe occasionally sunning himself in Nancy Pelosi's district.....

    March 7, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  21. Augustine

    Man;;;;lets stop fooling ourself that guy Bin laden is dead.

    March 7, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. Billy (uk)

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

    Posted by: Joyces

    ====================================

    And then the middle east stop sending you oil.... America doomed!

    March 7, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  23. postriouis

    I think bin laden is dead, and bin laden's Colleagues pretend bin is living.
    and bin laden is not dangerous people now

    March 7, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  24. Dane

    Who cares, think about the time and money and dead solders that has been spent on this guy so far. So what happens when Bin Ladden is captured? Do you suppose the war will be over and everybody goes home? Not likely , in fact they will just call up another Bin Ladden out of their trunk and war will continue.

    March 7, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jeff Lusty

    Where is Osama Bin Laden? Are you sure his Name is Osama Bin Laden and Not Timothy Osmond. Osama Bin Laden is a CIA Fictional character. How else does a 7ft Saudi Arabian Man on dialysis hide from the American Government for 7 years in caves and mountains, Meanwhile while hiding he has receive treatment from Western Hospitals for his Dialysis. With all that being said we still don't have a trace. There is something terribly wrong with that. The CIA and other world Agencies doesn't want to catch this guy. It gives them a Legitimate Boogeyman. Someone for the world to be afraid of. Osama Bin Laden reflects the story of BigFoot to me. I am almost positive I am not the only American that feels this way. Ever since 9/11 this Country has gone into a downward spiral. This country doesn't operate by the Elect, It operates through the Central Banking System. That's who is Pulling the strings to our Government. As long as we allow the Central Banking System to control our Money and Credit we will always have Terrorism, Government Corruption. I Invite everyone to see a video called "Money Masters" it gives you the History of Money and who controls it.

    March 7, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  26. Andrew

    Hi
    I am South African, living in Cape Town. Age 62. Still active !
    Get the authorities to take a good look down in this Wester Cape Area of South Africa, area for Osama Bin Laden.
    I have no proof, but can say, during the early first two years of looking for him, I noticed a very large group of people walking in the Parklands, Tableview area. The men were all dressed in the Afgan style, clothing and the women walked behind them..
    The men had their beards and head shaved ! Very odd !
    Kind regards
    Andrew

    March 7, 2010 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  27. veteranagainstwar

    It doesn't matter if he's dead or not. And if he's dead, it won't make a different since another guy would replace him. This stupid war will never end. It doesn't matter what kind of weapons used on the US arsenal. The US Government is wasting too much money, and wasting too much servicemember's lives. I hate the fact that our government always acts as the world police (911 force). Yet we can't even police our own society and economy.

    March 7, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. tm hff

    I think that Bin Laden will show up right on cue. When the world needs him to be found, he will be found. He may be clean-shaven and in a suit living in New York City for all we know...hmm...wouldn't that be a kick in the head. Perhaps he is the master-mind behind the new Fatwaa by the Islamic Scholar in London condemning terrorism – it could be the new "trojan horse of islam) to continue to fool the international community into believeing that Islam is a peaceful religion and that the God of Islam is really the same God of the Christians and Jews?) hmm...just some thoughts to ponder – thanks for letting me share.

    March 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sear shoja

    Guys ok, osama binladen is not dead but people are saying he is dead even this government is saying he's dead. their saying that because they never saw him for 10 years they dont know is dead, And they dont know if he is alive......

    March 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. twoubadoum@yahoo.com

    we'll catch him very soon with mullah omar too. then the war is over.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Blueeyes54

    Follow the money trail. If the next bank to go under is the Islamic Development Bank then no more money for terrorist, He's probably hiding in the palace in Bruni.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Merfstick

    Newyorker, youre on the right track... Anyway, why do people think that this is one big conspiracy? Tell me this: What would the US Government have to gain by knowing his whereabouts and NOT telling the public? Look what we did with Saddam. Did we hide him to keep the war in Iraq justified? No. You act like there isn't already a huge movement to end the war in Afghanistan.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Newyorker

    Sure you may say we do the same in Afganastan and Iraq remember we do not try to kill innocents, we try not to, and yes we can be pretty ugly but remember who pushed first. we had no troops in the middle east in any great numbers. So just keep pushing us and you will finally meet your maker. We are a people you started the hard way and have fought and died for the rights and protections of our people and all people whio want to live FREE from all over the world, What ever we may be, we are NOT to be toiled with. Yes we can become ugly... For our enemy "We can also all live in peace."

    March 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jean-Pierre Gagne

    You just had to go after him instead of Saddam Hussein. You made one of the biggest millitary mistake of all time by changing the focus from Afghanistan to Irak, and many men and women from a lots of N.A.T.O. nations have died as a rusult. I think it is about time you wake up and smell that rotten situation you, volountary or not, allowed to get out of hand and turn sour. Our boys will be back in Canada by this day next year, along many other nations. But I think, as a peace lover as I can be, that they shoudn't, because the reason for which we went to war was right, due to the fact that people who attacked or threatened our nations where sheltered by these talibans leaders, but that reason is not gone yet!

    If everyody leaves Afghanistan while there is still some regions controlled by the Talibans for examples; rest assure that religious extremists group are going to spread rapidly and that, sooner or later, even with a "democracy" in place, talibans will be back in Kaboul! Then what? We invade them again?

    The religious groups that threatens our two country have none but one advantage: Not having an army! They are the people, the largest and poorest part of Afghan's society, looking for a peace they've not had for too long. They are not as much as hidding behind the population as they ARE the population. So according to what I know of war engagements, especially the part about minimizing civilian casualties, the best way to track and kill people who lives amongst their relatives consists of having the best intelligence you can possibly get, and at whatever cost! How much money did you invested Irak? No one can say but you, but what I can tell you for sure is that, if you would have spent all that money on intelligence gathering and analyzing, you would not have to stay another 5-10 years or more in Afghanistan on your own!

    N.A.T.O. nations's populations, who mostly saw your Irak war as an unjustified war at least, would be more incline to support a greater effort in Afghanistan if they could see better results to show that the sacrifice they have made where not in vain, something the money wasted on Irak would surely have brought.

    I am very aware of what good the United States's foreign policy have brought to the whole world since it became it's superpower but, that time, from where i'm watching, you really got it all wrong!

    March 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Drgolfer

    Hard to believe that we don't ever have a whiff of bin Laden. Downright strange. It's becoming like UFO's or the JFK assasination. Leads one to think that the spectre of Bin Laden is a convenient tool. If the money and leverage is right, there's no excuse for not bringing the American people the 'head of Bin Laden'.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Frenchy

    once or twice, some years ago, french soldiers (special forces) in Afghanistan had the opportunity to soot him.
    the american orders were not to shoot him.
    the question is : why ?
    it's a well known history in french army.

    March 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Paul

    If I recall, prior to the Presidential election, John McCain said: "I know where Bin Ladin is and if elected President, I'll go get him." Well, John didn't win but seeing he's the great patriot that he is, I think it would be nice if he told us anyway.

    March 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kristy Howard-Clark

    Look for the really tall woman in the burka.

    March 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Hillcoguy

    "Sheik Osama and Doctor Al-Zawarihi keep making video and audio tapes until this day"
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And Santa, with the aid of the Easter Bunny deliver them to the Tooth Fairy for final delivery to the media! ;o)

    March 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hillcoguy

    Osama is molding away in a filthy cave in the hindu-kush!

    March 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jane Citizen

    How can anyone be so stupid and blind as to equate a "martyr" to Jesus Christ?
    Jesus Christ didn't kill anyone, He didn't force his beliefs on anyone, and He didn't punish anyone for not accepting Him or His beliefs.

    Get over yourselves and your inconsequencial religious beliefs.
    If your belief says God created everything and everyone then you have no right to take a life. If 'your God' didn't create everyone, then he's got some competiton and how do you know you've picked the right one to worship?

    March 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Small Town Celebrity

    What charges would he have against him if he were found?
    Any American with half a freakin brain knows they had NOTHING to do with any terrorist attacks in the US.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Capt Picard

    If he isnt dead, then we need to capture him and MAKE IT SO!!

    March 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Richard Johnson

    Right on Steve!!!!

    March 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. deborah persell

    bin laden is propably reading this right now if he's on line for all we know. what's the big deal. catch him, give him a trial and pass sentence like we do to the rest of us. martyrs can be looked at from another angle too like wow they'll really kill us too!

    March 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Alan Byde

    The authors of the twin tower attack do not want Osama bin Laden found. He could tell the truth about that. Magicians' trick. To divert attention from one's own activities identify a "bogeyman" and concentrate hate on him.

    March 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  47. SPC

    ISI knows exactly where he is. They are taking US and allies for a very long ride and a expensive one. When will US and Allies realize and wake up.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Junaid Bhutto

    What a bunch of conspiracy theories, without any evidence. ISI is powerful but to think they know where OBL might be is amusing. Furthermore, the suggestion that it might be better not to capture him is incompetent. So you let OBL go because of the headache it might be to prosecute him? Maybe you should talk to the victims of one of his acts. They might defer.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Rahim Charania

    Please declare ISI (INTER SERVICE INTELLIGENCE) OF PAKISTAN AS TERRIEST ORGANIZATION just like Hammas. The ISI is as similar as the reveloutionary guard of Iran and it has the whole country in its mussle of terror, It is ISI creating troubles with bomb blast of Embassies and cross border infiltration between India, Afganistan, The ISI over the years has become so powerfull that the rulling coilation government of Pakistan is unable to do anything as a matter of fact ISI is proud that it is second to none for example MI or CIA or Musad and is trying to let or make believe general population that with out them India would swallow the whole of Pakistan.
    Please declare ISI as a terriest organization and the world will see the dark secret of Money Laundering, Drug Smuggling (using army, Navy, and Airforce as a tool) to cross the pure OPIUM worth more than Gold but less in weight. Recent Kidnapping has also been bless by ISI as a matter of fact nothing happens with out ISI involment. Proof is US has declared bounty of 25 Million US DOLLARS on the SULTAN OF PIGS BIN LADEN and his number one associates mullah omar Each bouty is $25 Million. Now ISI has become so rich that inspite of thier greed and somuch prize they will continue to protect this two Ash H*** that's
    a paradim. The democratic Pakistan is in more trouble because of it own bodyguard than outside force which by the way has no interest with the poor people of Pakistan. This rouge elements is like cancer eating the whole country for it's own profit. Oh another example ISI is still protecting The underworld Don allege name DAWOOD IBRAHIM. I think even Chota Shakeel, And other assoiciates which says openly to the world – Hey come here and be protected by our Government Agencys (nothing is for free – you will have to pay the price which just do what you normally do but under our security) hence more bomb blast etc etc

    March 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Nathanael [desert voice]

    Some mysteries won't go away, until they are solved. Bin Laden's is one of them. Moreover, some mysteries are unimportant, like for instance whether Tutankhamun had a bad tooth. Other mysteries, like Bin Laden's need to be solved for the peace in the world! Until solved, mysteries remain mysteries, so I won't speculate whether Bin Laden is living or dead. Some things are obvious. If wounded at Tora Bora, Bin Laden needed to rest and soon. Where would a haunted man go in such case: not to stay at Tora proper, which was "too hot," but at the closest possible cave known to him. Instead of speculating about Tutankhamun's tooth and DNA, the scientists, archeologists and DNA experts, should provide the U.S. with a map of all the caves in a 300 radius from Tora, and also with Bin Laden's DNA, which matches his daughters and sons, and which can easily be found. As far as future Marjah crops, I believe that wheat can be harvested twice in Afghanistan, correct me if I am wrong. This would make it more profitable than poppies. In Poland, for instance, the first weat crop is sown in early winter, before the snow. The snow protects the weat from high freezing temperatures, and the weat is harvested in late Spring. Then another crop is planted and harvested in late autumn, and the plantic cycle resumes. Other than that, why not try the olive trees in Afghanistan, like in the Argentinian Patagonia? These latter questions need to be investigated by experts.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ryan

    You're all very black and white. Keep your opinion but always keep an open mind otherwise you're blind. First fact, I keep reading "If he was alive, they'd show his video!" Theres two major reasons why this stateme is false. One, you dont need to show a video to make people believe he is alive. As an American, Id need a video and other evidence to show hes alive to ever be sure either way.. But why does he need to prove to America that he's alive? Most the news gets travelled by ear. People in a radical state of mind are not that hard to pursuade by ear. Most of the attacks on American bases, they're from people not to different than the gangs in America. You have your Mob Lords, the small but tight connections bellow him who handle all the dirty work.. then some people who carry out attacks just to try and be recognized by the Mob Lord, make a buck and live. So stop thinking of "terrorism" as some huge corporation bent out to get the United States. Also, whats with all this talk that he's dead, no hes alive. Umm unless any of you have seen or talked to him lately, how are you so sure? Most the theories have certain facts that could lean either way. You all read what other people have stated, there ideas that they themselves fabricated together in there heads to come to a final conclusion. Come out with your own theory, do your own research.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. wisewords

    "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 doubt the ISI has such a trump card up there sleeve. Why are they making more high profile arrests? They could play coy too, instead the US financial incentives to capture is paying off.

    March 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Newyorker

    Capture him bring him to the former World trade center (Ground Zero) NYC and Hang him leave his body on display for ever ( In a glass case). This will show Why he should Die and also show proof of his demize. It will also be a reminder to others who should try to murder indiscrimitly inocent people just trying to live there lives. Remember Benito Mussolini...

    March 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Michael

    He caused 9/11 and is the most wanted man on the face on the plane t and he commands al Qadea. The U.S. Military is very capable of finding bin Laden. He is proably in Yemen, Pakistan or in the Tora Bora Mountans of Afghanistan.

    March 6, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  55. Graham

    "The Hunt for Bin Laden",...sorry but is that the latest title of yet another Reality TV show to come out of the U.S? Lets face it, he is either under tonnes of Afghanistan dirt in Bora Bora after some very large bomb fell on him or the ISI shot him in the back of the head years ago and disposed of his body. But hell, keeping the spectre of Bin Laden around really keeps the coffers of the US and Pakistan Militray ticking over quite nicely. I would have said Mosad did it, but they were definitely not involved as there were not enough survailance cameras around to make it interesting enough for them.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  56. STRONGER

    After all that happened I frankly do not believe this
    man can be a threat. For sure he must live now crawling
    between the holes into Afghanistan mountains and
    surviving as he really is: a rat.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  57. Wes

    seriously even if the government did kill/capture him they probably won't release it. why? because then they wouldn't be able to funnel as much money into this "war" (which isn't really a war by the way). then what would our generals and military do without all this tax money? they'd just find someone else to go shoot at.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  58. Ko Hai-Sheng

    Neither captruing him nor leaving him active is good to the Christian World. Is there any third choice remaining for futher deliberation ? Such as to compromise with him to resolve problems via negotiation and abandoning voilence forever. It is a very complicated issue, but worthwhile to deliberate.

    March 6, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  59. aj

    all is game

    March 6, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  60. Tim

    You are all stupid Americans just like the world thinks you are. Sheik Osama and Doctor Al-Zawarihi keep making video and audio tapes until this day because nobody can get within miles of them with the miles of security ringed around them. They know when any foreigners are within at least 20 miles of them. You obviously don't know how the culture is in that part of the world. There are spotters everywhere from children to women to elderly men and women. Drones are useless in dense forest since they are spotted from tens of miles away. The so called near misses of Al-Zawarihi were just set ups to to if there are any moles planted. When Ayam announces he will be at a certain place it is just to see if a drone attack is launched on the site so that Al Qaeda knows who the informants are. That's why there are so many dead informants showing up.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  61. Intelinside Osama Outside ;)

    He is on long leave with George WC Bush these days.

    He was one the business partnet of Bush.
    He was a friend of Bush

    Check the history & explore about the relation b/w Bush & recycle bin Laden.

    March 6, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  62. Hameed

    Osama Bin LADEN is death for long time now, and ISI is running the Al Qaeda network since. Whoever thinks that Osama is alive then he/she must be in Dark Age.

    March 6, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  63. Keen Listener

    He will never be found because war is a money making proposition for the FrM's/BGp...! They've been doing for centuries now, as they own almost everything and are now trying to forge ahead with their NWO.

    If you take away an aggressor such as Bin Laden how can one justify war and all it's dispicable unjust horrors. Bin Laden should be broght to justice and he will along with the rest of the FrM's & BGpers, when the day of atonement & chastisement comes.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. davessa02

    Osama like all others will either be found or will die a natural death. if here on earth he thinks he is god – wait till he die. i dont care how he will die - but i know that if the world mourned the death of famous people (jfk, mj, etc)- it will be first in the history of the world that we will celebrate and hold street parties when he dies – we will all cry of relief and happiness. lets just make him die and rot alone and prepare for the after life dooommmmmmmmmmmm

    March 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Spyros Papaspyrou

    Seems like the U.S has decided to attack the Middle East claiming that the Middle East is attacking, by destroying the twin tower buildings; not news... The Nazis used the same "secret" tactic by attacking Poland back in WW II claiming that Poland attacks. Most of the American people are corrupted. Listen to what wise people say to you; it is not always black or white; open your minds; want to change the world? Change yourselves.
    I am very sad to see that kind of attitude from America; humanity's last hope.
    Who knows who is behind this? Any black or red fascist; but the problem goes deeper than that, people are just the decoys. Search for the character structure of the middle American to find out what i mean; butchery and murder. Oh by the way... the phenomenon is global.

    March 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Floyd

    Osama's "just resting. Beautiful plumage."
    If you prefer, "He's dead, Jim."

    In Real Life, I strongly suspect Osama's either dead of kidney failure, or of injuries at Tora Bora. The few pictures we've seen of him in the recent past don't show signs of aging.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  67. MOHAMED

    hes playing world economy sitting there...us and europe economy...spending money to war for nothing....we r foools....

    March 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  68. truth

    Jay- people of all religions have suffered, i would adv you to keep your racist comments to yourself. there is a point to be made but yours is just garbage.

    March 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. skt

    NATO,and all of the nations of this one life to live should and must bring peace to this non lasting world.(its a shame and idiotie) that none of the supposidly presidents of nowadays,can think of bringing up "THE WORD PEACE ON EARTH" at least for 24 hrs=A GOOD START.
    but then,life has been such since GOD created the world(according to the religious books).
    AND WE ARE IN THE 2000'S.(who is in charge???)...

    March 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Hammer

    We will NEVER catch Osama. The Government will LOSE TOOOO MUCH MONEY.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mindwars

    Bin Laden is a made up.

    It's a big lie. Search for the truth this is the information age.

    info wars dot com

    March 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Nathanael [desert voice]

    Perhaps Mr. Bin Laden ought to be offered political asylum some place, so that he can come from hiding and defend himself. For, in reality no one really knows the degree of his guilt. We are a civilized Nation and we surely would want to know his side of the story! My advice to Bin Laden (I know that he probably reads this blog, or has friends who do), is that he use his billions to clear his name!

    March 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  73. C

    I love the poll 798 wrote!

    ...But you need to have add these:
    9. He is living in Dick Cheney's extra garden shed.
    10. All the above.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Robert Berke

    Is it possible that the US never really wanted to capture him? If he was captured, what reason would the US have to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan?

    March 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Gephoria

    He is in my guess russia or one of the breakoff countries of the USSR,

    No, the U.S. is over-involved in the regions of Iraq and Afganistan and possibly Iran/Turkey

    March 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. TheTruth

    Government agents are never found. Wake up people. The US and Bin Laden have worked together since the US supplied him to defeat the soviets. He gave the US all the agents needed to do 9/11. But you never find the 'top guy' until they decide it's 'politically time' to capture him. Then you never see him again because he is in 'government custody', and we're fed a bunch of PR garbage.

    March 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  77. jaber2

    Joyces, if the US stopped supporting different areas of the Middle East, the situation might get a lot more radical... so be careful of what you wish for.

    March 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Bin Laden the worst devil on the planet will be killed most probably this summer by a drone attack in Pakistan and God will hold him in chains for a thousand years while Jesus has his rule on earth.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  79. NVin458

    Really I don't care if he's alive or dead at this point. With all of our soldiers fighting for us in those contries at this point we should bomb the SH** out of every country in and around that area and get the whole thing over with. Then theres no more fighting between them and we can just take what we want as far as oil goes. I know there are a lot of good people over there just as much as there is here but if you choose to harbor these kinds of criminals and you agree with there policies then you deserve to get it just as much as they do.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  80. Whitey

    For all we know is that, Osama bin Laden is probably living be like reclusive “Howie Hughes” in some series of deep secret underground basement floors between Pentagon and White House for years now, and playing poker card games and smoking gangja with Pentagon brass and other top officers or even with President himself… All while telling them how to run their War on Terrorism big money making business with the military industries at expense of American taxpayers and with the lives of American troop soldiers, and direct the operations to the global Al-Qaeda networks and Talibans via the couriers for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency which would relay his messages to them, and for other Islamic countries’ governments that are friendly with USA, doing the same for them … And keep staging a phony Osama bin Laden double person to keep popping up somewhere now and then too.

    Or even if he’s dead, but if he keep popping up somewhere now and then, it’s probably an double or an very realistic life-like android that were secretly built by Chinese. Because where do you think Talibans got all of these weapons from? The Chinese likely, and they need them to keep it running be well as big money making business for the Chinese just from across the border.

    Nobody believe anything in the news about him whether if he’s alive or not, anymore.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  81. Scared to put my real name

    Bin Laden has been dead for about 9 years now. Remember the lessons of history and how the soviets waited to tell the world about the death of adolf hitler until they were completely entrenched in berlin. Meanwhile they found him dead as soon as they got to berlin.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  82. Malik

    I think some elements of Muslims do act very unwisely, especially with the jihad concept. I'm not just talking about Al Qaeda and Talibans, but various parts of Muslim communities in the world who sympathize with the idea of jihad, whether it's justified or not by Al Quran and Hadits. And don't even start with Israel and Palestine.

    Churches are being bombed and Catholics are discriminated in even good-image countries like Malaysia and it doesn't trigger worldwide Catholics to take down a couple of skycrapers in Kuala Lumpur. Buddhist monks are being killed in Burma and Tibet and the worldwide Buddhist community doesn't bomb some buses in Rangoon or Beijing. If an eye is for an eye then the whole world would be blind. The terrorists don't only claim an eye(of the enemy)for an eye... they'll claim ANY eye for an eye, including their own brothers' and sisters', who he/she claims to fight for.I don't think that's what Allah wants for His world

    March 5, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  83. Luke

    Let's face if the US Gov't really wanted to capture him they would have done it by now.
    By capturing Bin Laden we have no more excuse for remaining over there.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  84. Jim

    I think the US should claim victory over Bin Laden and proclaim him as dead. Call out those cowards to prove that he is not... Show your face and prove it instead of hiding in fear... you are losing your credibility Al-Queda!

    March 5, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  85. abrahams

    Mr.Tanner is correct, Mr.g.bush FAILED to see that pakistan is behind all sort of terrorism in the world and he faild to take aproptive actions against pakis........please take my advise...I am a poor engineer.....Take ISI chief and The military chief in to US custody ANND intorogate them you will get all informations to the end of the world terrorism........if you need any fuether details do not hesitate to contact mr.*********** The forign minister of pakistan.....thanking ypu abraham ......

    March 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  86. whitelightning

    ALL these bad guys..when we capture them..should implant a tracking device & not let them know we did it....usa the kind they use for tracking dogs...THAT would solve a bunch of problems & expedite there recapture when they go bad again.

    March 5, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  87. russell412

    send the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE after him

    March 5, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  88. ashish

    The problem lies within Pakistan. Finish Pakistan and your problems will be finished and everybody on this earth will be safe . We indians know better wht game is being played by pakistan.

    March 5, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  89. chad

    I'm just gonna summarize this for easier viewing:
    1. Who cares what anyone says...if you don't think he's a hero then fine stop getting upset
    2. I do not feel that he is a hero in my eyes,more of a terrorist rather than a martyr for the muslims. Heroes don't hide from what they've done, heroes face the consequences of their actions and mostly heroes live by their convictions.
    3. I've never given politics the benefit of doubt, it is way to obvious that there is another thing going on here like the fight for oil one of the most valuable products on earth.
    4. Once Saddam was taken of the throne, did anyone notice the shift in gears? I mean we were on fifth gear going to catch Saddam but once caught it all of a sudden became less important to catch Bin Laden and help the Iraq military.
    5. Politics + business = Shady (final thought)

    March 5, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  90. Jane Ford

    Osama bin laden has been dead for years. How are you going to kill a dead man? Why are you still printing this nonsense, except to keep the illusion going?

    March 5, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  91. Yusuf ibrahim

    i dont think the us can catch osama because he is more intelligent than them
    .

    March 5, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  92. Dwight O. Nacaytuna

    Allahu akhbar! I wish to see soon the morning dailies' headline: OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!

    March 5, 2010 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  93. Dan

    Forget about Laden. Just keep Pakistanis in good humor. ISI trained 9\11 terrorists.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  94. Andy

    Osama was killed in Tora Boralong time ago.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  95. Prateek

    Bin Laden..He is no more now. but he is alive in the minds of people. He is a fear which will never be alive forever. He will be there at every place till the terrorism is finished in Afganistan. They must have made his vedios as per their plans which they are telecasting after each event confirming that he is still alive. Aaah...if you check his vedios preciously then you will get the signs or clue...God knows...

    March 5, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  96. pauline carrier

    bIN LADEN IS dead, you should know it CNN; KILLED IN 2001 OCT. OR NOV. i CAN'T REMEMBER, so why keep asking over and over again? You just keep bringing his name up time and time again.......He's dead; wouldn't you be if a mountain was bombed to smithereenes over your lair?

    March 5, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  97. Vinny

    Who? Who is this guy? Is he the winner of the stupidest beard award back in 2008? I mean really, stop putting this coward on a pedestal. If he believed half the crap he 'preached' he would've strapped some explosives to himself and killed some innocent women and children. Enough is enough already.

    March 5, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  98. julie

    I dont think the u.s. is trying hard enough..there are to many people out there hiding him..Is he still alive or dead..?No one really knows..Wake up people the government isnt doing what they say they are doing..They tell u what u want to hear..And want u to believe it....

    March 5, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  99. rai

    He will not be captured because he has been supported by Muslim countries like Iran. Even if he does get captured , it will be by his own people, not by Americans. He is a great danger in the future for the British empire, He want Islam empire ,and which British already has done it. But still Americans should clean this in order to have their power. God wants people to give up ego. which is wasting the whole world. sorry of what I've said wrong.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  100. LARRY COFFEY

    TO THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN .WE ARE WAITING FOR TIME TO CATCH UP WITH US , THE MESSAGE IS TO BELEIVE . THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

    March 4, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
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