Your view: Why haven’t we found bin Laden yet?
September 9th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Your view: Why haven’t we found bin Laden yet?

Osama bin Laden: remember him? Where is he, and why hasn't anyone captured him?

Nearly nine years after the September 11 terror attacks, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that a record number of Americans believe the United States is unlikely ever to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Today, 30 percent of Americans now believe it is likely the U.S. government will ever capture or kill bin Laden. Sixty-seven percent believe it is unlikely. In 2001, one in five Americans believed the government would be unlikely to catch bin Laden.

And there is still a $25 million dollar reward for his capture by the FBI.  Late last year, the U.S. government admitted a "lack of intelligence" on bin Laden's whereabouts, noting he could be in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

What do you think? Why hasn't bin Laden been found? Is he still alive? Where is he hiding? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. VOODOO1

    I am a former Intel Specialist... He is alive....From my perspective our country's biggest problem is that we do not utilize our military might properly...We do not because of our Government is scared of what other Nations and our Allies would think of the destruction,loss of life, and collateral damage we would inflict to achieve the objective... We have the mightiest military in the world and we are scared to use it to protect ourselves...That is the most scary thing to me...If we would have started our military operations with the overwhelming force of our military and put pressure on the certain countries. He would have no refuge and no place to find safe harbor...War is made to win not to win over the hearts and minds of people...I believe its simple, do whatever is needed to achieve the objectives you set forth and once you achieve them...Then and only then worry about the post operational duties your boots on the ground will need to perform...

    January 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lachman

    Al-queda and the Talibans are terrorists, who have killed many people around the globe, therefore no decent government should ever talk or negotiate with them, they should be searched everywhere and should be eliminated for ever from the map of this earth, I know this is a huge task, but if countries like U.S.A., Britian, France, Spain, India, Germany, Italy, Israel, and some other decent and democratic countries pool their resources and intelligence together can wipe out these terrorists from the earth forever, of course God willing or as muslims say Inshah Allah.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TmattZ

    oops Why hasnt Osama Bin Laden been caputured? correction.

    Can't wait until the wick burns out. Correction again.

    Now thats better.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TmattZ

    Why has Osama Bin Laden been captured? Ask the Pakistanis they know, just like they know where they have holed him up and are protecting him. It is in their best interest to keep burning the candle at both ends. Can wait until the wick burns out.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vernon

    because it's not cost effective.

    October 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. binkabinkaboo

    OBL is just like Religion, GOD and the RNC.

    dead.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. flying purple people eater

    LOL

    September 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dindy Sri lanka

    Jesus never argued with Satan. Jesus gave short answers. Always the answers from the scriptures. Nowadays it must be same when satan questions and try waste each others times. God talked through Jesus as Jesus was so holy. Same way Satan can talk through unholy people. So that kind of people always lie just like their master Satan.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dindy Sri lanka

    Terrorist Bin laden "s son Omar laden has said in an article that he believes his father lives somewhere but he does not know. The article was on July 18 2010 . The news paper is SUNDAY iSLAND (UNDER THE PAGE GLOBAL VIEW) OMAR LADEN WHO IS 29 SAYS HIS TWO OTHER BROTHERS ARE IN IRAN.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ROBERT CHOWN

    GREETINGS TO ALL FROM VANCOUVER, CANADA;
    I WATCHED THE AMAZING CAVE ROCKET ATTACKS BY THE ALLIES IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN SO MANY SHORT YEARS AGO.
    IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN OBVIOUS TO ME THAT HE IS DEAD INSIDE ONE OF THOSE BOMB SITES.
    MAY EVERYONE HAVE A PEACEFUL AUTUMN.
    THANKS FOR ASKING.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    He could be alive, but he could be clean shaven like he shave his beard and his hairs from his head where people couldnt recognize him!! Plus he is also more likely hiding in Iran!! He cant be hiding in Pakistan cuz there are only 60% plus Pakistians hate USA. So therefore there are others will spot him somewhere, and sneak information to the CIA or USA government. There is no way that he is living in Afghanistan cuz USA/British/other armies have spent so much time over these years remoting thru the mountains, and still these top Al-Qaeda leaders are no where to be find over there.

    So my best shot is that he could be dead too.

    So like I said, he could shave off his hairs and live freely somewhere or hiding in Iran or already dead!!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. omar

    Praise be to Allah Usama is alive and well and sends the American people his greetings of peace and blessings of Allah be with you!!!

    OUR CHILDREN WOULD BE BORN THIS WAY FOR EVER THANKS TO THE URANIUM MUNITIONS USED BY YOUR ARMED FORCES PAID FOR BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS.

    OH A FEW MINOR DETAILS ABOUT SITUATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN:

    URANIUM MUNITIONS

    Due to the use of massive amount of uranium munitions used by the US forces in the initial bombing and subsequently, massive amount of congenital deformities occur all over Afghanistan. The rate of various cancers has gone up significantly. Leukemia and esophageal cancers are very high among children. According to doctors at maternity and children hospitals in Kabul, the rate of various congenital deformities have increased by many folds since the US invasion. In fact, the magnitude of man made isotopes was established by the Uranium Medical Research Center after their investigators made to trips to Afghanistan and collected urine and soil samples. They established that the rate of man made isotopes was gone up 2000 times in some subjects located near the bombed areas.

    Since uranium used in the weapons have a half-life of 4.5 billion years, the US forces ensured that generations of Afghans suffer from cancers and deformities. This is certainly not development. In fact, it is the biggest crime ever committed by anyone in the history of humanity.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      After 9/11 attack same thing has happened in New york. Many who lives there and who helped to clean that mass has ended up very sick with many disease..

      September 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. patrick

    WAKE UP!!!!
    HE IS IN SAUDIA ARABIA--
    Fly a few drones over Saudia Arabia and you will find him.They want you to look at Pakistan while he lives like a prince in Saudia Arabia ,the Saudis laugh at the USA while spending your petro $ on exporting militant Islam across the globe.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. patrick

    Hes alive and well living in Saudia Arabia ,protected by the all those Petro dollars you Americans keep paying the Saudias while they export hate for the USA across the Islamic world.Remember where nearly all the 9/11 terrorist came from.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Osama bin Laden may be dead but Al' Qaeda isn't. Get on that.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  16. ohhiya

    Who knows, after the 93 WTC attacks, 95 assassination attempt on clinton, numerous embassy and military bombings in the 90's and a trail of murdered you would think that being he would of been dealt with a decade before 9/11. Now 20 years after he declared war and began attacking us he is still at large.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. girard

    well, he could easily be dead after all this time. but that doesn't make it an absolute. I've always thought that surely Israel knows of his whereabouts. They seem to be vigilant in keeping up with things over there.

    September 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Omar

    Osama I believe died a year or 2 after 911. He always denied he had anything to do with 911 and naturally that was not something helpful for the warmongers. Later on every few years they got out some really bad quality video to 'prove' he was still alive and keep the public fooled. The fools still think he orchestrated 911 and I personally think anyone so stupid as to think that 911 was caused by Osama should at least not go public on forums and show his stupidity to the world.

    September 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. tlaw

    Yet another of many golden opportunities blown by Obama just because he's an incompetent moron. First thing he should have said after his (misguided) election as the prez was to announce that: binladen has become old, irrelevant and out of touch (in other words, much like the late Ted Kennedy and Sharpton and Jesse Jackson); and that he's a coward who hides rather than leads his followers in battle. ( however, I digress.) And that we would devote our resources to fighting al qaeda. This would have immediately demoralized al qaeda a bit; would have knocked him off his pedestal a bit; and would have diminished his standing a bit in the entire world. Pres. Obrainless should have immediately let the world know that we could care less about catching bibladen because he no longer counts.

    September 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. PERRY FISHER

    He isnt as crazy as we thing.We will catch him and give him a home in Gitmo where he can go waterboarding daily

    September 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Annemariee

    i thinkk he is alive hiding in the mountains or something like thatt..butt thinkk whyy whyy wouldd he do that to this wonderful countryyy i still in shock..i remembr likee it was yesterday..i ws onlyy realllyy younggg...):

    September 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The problem is the Far right reads into religion are Politics what They want to read from it... Not what was meant at the time it was written for!!!

    September 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. John Que 3000

    Because we haven't looked hard enough.

    September 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Fart

    do you even know how this "terrorrists" organization started??????????????????????????????
    BY AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by the AMERICAN government.....where do you think they got all the weapons?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    September 12, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  25. SouthernBelle Mom

    I have spent some time this morning reading some posts and feel the need to express a few things that I feel have been left out or from some reason just thrown to the wayside, and I am unsure as to the reason why?

    Ok lets start with the Egyptian Newspaper Publishing a funeral article for Osama Bin Laden on Wednesday December 26, 2001. The article stated that he died of complications in his lungs and that he died a quite natural death, which validate the next point...

    The following date – December 27th 2001 a video tape was released of an ailing or ill Osama Bin Laden which showed him in need of medical attention. In the tape it stated that he has diabetes and needs dialysis for kidney problems.
    now before I go to the last point, without adding the fact that he's on the run and a criminal, an elderly person sick like this in a hospital has complications to include things like pneumonia and typically does not have a very good life expectancy.

    Ok and to the last point – On November 2, 2007 during an interview on Al Jazeera TV with corresondent David Frost, Benazir Bhutto reports Bin Laden as being dead, she goes on to state that he is not only dead but that he was killed by a mister Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh!

    All of this information can be verified, I am not some conspiracy theory person I just like to gather facts! so I think I'm going to go with – Dead! Does that change anything? No – We are still over sea's we are still losing father's, son's, mother's and daughter's over there everyday!

    We do need to get the facts however and we do need to start thinking and stop fighting amongst one another! We need to work together right now, because right now we are tearing ourselves apart form within!

    Thank you,

    A Southern Mom

    September 12, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • SouthernBelle Mom

      Could I get an intelligent response to this please :)

      September 12, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      A month ago They had a New Tape of Bin Laden!!! Who knows when they made it... But it makes You wonder if He is still alive!!!

      September 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Unknown

    The bottom line is that Osama has not been killed or captured because the US stopped trying to get him once his threat was mitigated. Actually getting him would cause far more problems than letting him roam free. So far, the US government has kept its "boogie man" that can keep the required public support. Without an actual person, and with just an idea, no people of any Democracy will continue to support war. Separately, if the US actually did kill or capture him, it runs the serious risk of Osama being perceived as a martyr by the very same militant-minded people that are trying to be convinced away from extremism. This could potentially cause droves of borderline people to join terrorist groups all over the world. It is just easiest for both foreign and domestic policy to leave him alone–he is less of a threat free.

    September 12, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  27. jello

    its like a myth.....western and american government only want play with the innocent lives killing them, raping muslim girls.....BUT THEY ARE THE ONES WHO TALK LOUDLY ABOUT "HUMAN RIGHTS"...give their land back and find girsl in your country to treat like them........they will be punished someday......here or hereafter.....

    September 12, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. John Webster

    I have no inside knowledge, just a thought:
    Would it make sense to let the World know if – in fact – Bin Laden were to be killed or captured?
    His stature is such in the islamic world that his Martyrdom would likely have the significance of Mohammad's,
    maybe even galvanizing a new – much more aggressive religion based on him!
    As things are, he remains a lure to the actual Hands-On terror goons, making them much easier to track and kill.

    September 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Hardy Campbell

    Come on, people! Wake up. Bin Laden, whose family still has very close ties with the Tyrant Bush, was, at best, a peripheral actor in 9-11, a willing and well-paid fall guy who never feared capture or assassination. Why would he? He was on somebody's payroll, someone highly placed in the US (not Bush, I'm talking someone with REAL power.) Remember how, when Bush got what he wanted, an invasion of Iraq, bin Laden dropped off his radar completely? Not a coincidence, sports fans. Simply put, the whole Al Qaeda-bin Laden-terrorist lie is a fabricated fantasy, a conspiracy theory in its own right that would never stand up in court. But Americans have allowed that lie to destroy their country. We are merely getting what we deserve.

    September 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. superman108

    stupid idiot STFU!

    September 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. superman108

    Hes hiding in Pakistan. And theres no way the Pak govt dosent know where he is.

    September 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Your wrong He is hiding at Bush's Ranch!!!

      September 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sihem

    Thank you very much for all the details with references. I totally agree.

    September 11, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  33. Sihem

    Osama Ben Laden will never be found because he never existed. I never heard of him before September 11 especially if he is a great muslim scholar or if he leads a muslim organization. I heard of Taliban but never of him. What I believe that everything was planed by Bush government, some arab leaders and Israel and Ben Laden was working for them and the goal is destabilizing middleeast, eliminating the annoying people such as Saddam Hussein and weakening Islam and muslims around the world. Loosing two towers and few thousands of US population is nothing compare to what they thought they are gaining from it such as stability of Israel, oil from the region and getting revenge from the Iraqi leader. All those video tapes and interviews of Ben Laden are fabricated and this is very easy to make with technology. I am sure that many leaders know about that but none of them has the courage to stand up and stop the game but it will come one day, sooner or later, somehow.

    September 11, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Right the Jews want to take over the World... So They used everyone so That People couldn't figure what They were going to do!!! They shot Rockets and car bombed them self to make a cover up!!!

      September 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Moqaddas

    don't you think it is a big game of America...... the Americans could find sadam husain in approximately one week and killed him from 9 years til now they searching for osama binladen we are stupid we know every thing but now we can't do any thing

    September 11, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  35. Dirty Harry

    Osama bin Laden hasn't been caught or killed because he is receiving protection from insiders in Pakistan Government.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  36. jeff in Sequim

    Because the U.S. doesn't want to capture him. They probably paid him to cause fear so the U.S. could take more rights
    away.

    September 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
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