Western intelligence agencies were able to form a detailed picture of Osama bin Laden's movements in the years after 9/11, and came closer to capturing or killing him than has so far been acknowledged, a former European intelligence official has disclosed. FULL POST
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.
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The recently released cache of U.S. reports from Afghanistan provides fleeting glimpses into the possible whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the years since his escape from American forces at Tora Bora.
Documents released by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks and published in the British newspaper The Guardian quoted intelligence sources as saying bin Laden wanted al Qaeda operatives disguised as journalists to attack Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a news conference in 2004. In 2005, his financial adviser and an Afghan insurgent leader reportedly were dispatched to obtain rockets from North Korea to use against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has banned the theatrical release of a comedy about Osama bin Laden due to hit cinema screens in South Asia on Friday.
Movie distributors say they are appealing the ban, issued by Pakistan's Film Censor Board.
The film, "Tere bin Laden" ("Your bin Laden"), stars Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar as an ambitious young journalist trying to land the scoop of a lifetime as a way to win a visa to live in the United States. Made in the India's Bollywood "movie factory," it's a departure from the melodramas and musicals that dominate Indian cinematic fare. It's also unusual in that it has a Pakistani in the starring role. FULL POST
A 52-year-old American citizen who said he was searching for Osama bin Laden was detained in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan this week, Pakistani police said Tuesday.
The Californian named Gary Faulkner was carrying a pistol, a sword, night-vision equipment and Christian religious books, said Mumtaz Ahmed, a police chief in the area. FULL POST
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday there would be no need to read Miranda rights to Osama bin Laden if the al Qaeda leader were captured.
Holder told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that enough evidence exists against bin Laden to convict him in a trial, so that advising him of his rights to protect the legal admissibility of subsequent interrogation was unnecessary. FULL POST
WASHINGTON — For the first few years after the September 11 attacks, any audio or video-taped message from Osama bin Laden prompted an almost immediate reaction from the U.S. intelligence community, and within a day or two, verification of its authenticity.
But as time went by, intelligence and counterterrorism officials decided they were no longer going to give credibility to what they considered the al Qaeda leader's hateful messages. There would be virtually no comment, not even to verify his identity. As one official put it to me at the time, "It has never not been him." However, I would still make the perfunctory call after each new bin Laden tape, knowing full well I would get a "no comment."
But Thursday's audio message purportedly from bin Laden apparently struck a chord. In the message first aired on al-Jazeera TV, bin Laden threatens to kidnap and kill Americans if the U.S. executes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any of the other suspected al Qaeda terrorists awaiting trial in the U.S. FULL POST
An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hints at retaliation if alleged 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is executed. The tape was aired Thursday by the Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera.
"The White House declared that they will execute the hero Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and his comrades in arms. They think that America will be safe behind the oceans. Justice is to be treated in the same manner," the message said. FULL POST
The fact that Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Osama bin Laden will not be found alive is not surprising to those I speak to in the national security community.
Senior military and intelligence officials have said to me over the years they don't really expect to get bin Laden alive.
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.