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. monkeyman

    Wasn't he found dead in 2006? Pretty sure he was.
    Case closed.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Pakistan needs to be cut off of our foreign aid until they turn him over. Just like we did with Afghanistan or suffer the consequences.

    The problem I see, if we make this threat however, is that they will let Bin Laden and his cohorts out to commit more terror acts.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A.R.Shams

    Many people around the world guess Osama bin Laden is an imaginary character....

    March 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |

    He is alive only through our media and government, Bin Laden himself died a long time ago. Our government just needs an excuse to stay in the mid east.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blackrock

    Time for the US to start bedding down with India.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    As I mentioned in prior comments and as defined by Law: In law, death in absentia is the status of a person who has been declared presumed dead when the person disappears but no identifiable remains can be located or recovered.

    We, as a country along with other civilized countries, are playing into the hands of terrorists by prolonging this charade of keeping bin laden "alive"; awaiting his next attack.

    At one time, others may have legitimate grounds to challenge
    my assumption that bin laden had his DNA splattered all over some cave's wall during the unrelenting bombing of the Tora Bora mountain range. "Prove it, Hughie. How do you know he's dead?"

    Well, now there's no need to prove ANYTHING with respect to whether this turd is dead. We merely declare his death under death in absentia. Hey, why not? A widow can claim beneficial interest of her presumed dead husband after seven years.

    The whole point behind my idea will serve two purposes. First, if we speak of bin laden in terms of him being dead, much of the boogy-man aura will evaporate. Second, with the ego he possessed, if he is alive on some bed he will be forced to prove otherwise and show his putredness to the world...and I don't mean via some grainy 10th generation VHS tape.

    C'mon folks! Wake up and begin to envision this bag-O-maggots down there where he rightfully belongs, with his "brother".

    March 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    As cocky as people like him are, we would have seen videos by now... not badly done retouched photos of some other guy like what was put out there a year ago. I think he's been toast for years now. But if we said we got him, we would have little reason to stay in the area. They asked the royal family for DNA many years ago, around the bunker buster era...then the story dropped off the press faster than poop out of a goose. I think the sunnabitch is part of a mountain now, and that we keep the facade going to be able to stay there and do whatever we think we need to militarily.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. open eyed

    Bin Laden is much to valuable alive. The US is chasing a ghost of its own creation. We need to have a face to our made up devil. Bin Laden was supported and trained by the CIA during Russia's failed war. The industrial/banking complex needs a face to help keep us all in fear. There is a lot of money and power to be made. Bin Laden was not responsible for 9/11 but was a perfect face to apply to the false flag opperation. Open your eyes America. If you do just a little bit of actual research you will discover that the story we have been fed has no shred of actual truth. The time to wake up is now. It is probably already to late. If a majority of America learns the truth, it will mean an end to our country as we know it. But that is a good thing. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gellert

    Threaten to cut Pakistan off and if they don't have anything to say fine. If they know, they'll stop playing games and if they don't that's fine by me. I'm sick of our government dealing with corrupt beligerant nations.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. abbydaddy

    We'd grab him in a heartbeat if we actually saw him somewhere. If for no other reason political purposes. He would get life with no parole because yes he wants to be a martyr.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    A lot of bizarre (and contradictory) conspiracy theories and partisan rhetoric for nothing. Whether he's killed, captured, or never found, nothing changes. He isn't the face of terror anymore – he's just a figurehead for the conflict. As long as his affiliates keep setting bombs off, the status quo will continue. If he were killed tomorrow, nothing would change in terms of the big picture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or the rest of the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guest

    Jay, as a fellow Christian, I ask you to please not give us a bad name by decrying that Martyrs are only Muslims. Martyr is just a term for someone who dies for their cause (religious or political) and inspires others following them to action. There are Christian Martyrs. There are Muslim Martyrs. If Bin Laden was killed by the US right now, he WOULD be a Martyr and would inspire many to follow him.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guest

    the governement knows where Bin Laden is, if captured we have no reason to be over seas

    March 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Javier

    If he gets killed he'll become a martyr, in which case, his followers will become even crazier... they have to humiliate him first, destroy his credibility and then get rid of him.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. C

    My guess is he lives in Europe or the US and is living comfortably. Either that or he never existed and has been a computer generated entity with the purpose of deception.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. just4liberty

    The man can't live forever. Further, the Taliban is not a one man show. If Bin Laden dies, the war is still far from over and we haven't accomplished a great deal more (other than a small moral victory). I'm more concerned with overall progress than the capture of one man- he'll die soon enough on his own.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Iona

    Hell trying to justify the obscenely huge military budget we need all the bogy men we can find

    March 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  18. pyalie

    The US could find him if they really wanted to...

    My stance: stop giving him airplay. Stop sensationalizing this coward and ignore him. Yes, he'll get upset and have a hissy fit and probably try something else...US gov: defend us, and defend us quietly. If you find him, give him a sex change and send him back hom.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Technoid

    Silly report. He was not supposed to be caught. He is U.S. Gov. Employee.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. teddy

    Cut off all aid to Pakistan until they produce this monster. Offer a larger reward to the first person who delivers the head of bin laden to a U.S. official. Execute any and all al quada members immediately after being taken into custody. Then it will end.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Indian

    Either he is dead or he is a rat hiding in a hole.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stephen

    Dead or alive Bin Laden will never be found or killed by the U.S he is far too important. He's the eternal boogie man, as long as he's alive the endless war on terror continues. Hundreds of billions more will be spent fighting a shadow, while the American economy goes down the tubes. America sits on the edge of total finacial collapse, when one year worth of military spending could give every American better education, food, health care, and so many other things that they both need and deserve. Like watching sheep being led off a cliff, the Taliban will lose the battles but win the war. The U.S will be bankrupt and the Taliban will go on, and everyones lives will be less secure. Now that IS terrifying!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Anthony Day

    Back in the campaign days John McCain said that he knew how to find Bin Laden and would. Is he holding out on information just because he didn't become president?

    March 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jason

    jp you are an idiot. al-qaeda hates iran just as much as america. gullible idiots like you is the reason we have a freaken war going on in Iraq for no reason.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. burksl

    Bin Laden is dead. He was receiving dialysis when he went on the run. He needed these treatments to keep him alive. I believe he's been dead for quite some time now.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fred

    This is all specualtion...I saw him the other day at a aCarvel, ordering a Fudgie the Whale cake....

    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chad - California

    So, with all his resources and protection, he has not released a video of himself in how many years? Anyone else see a problem with this fact?

    How hard would it be to post a video of yourself on the web, to prove your existence and motivate your followers? He is either dead or retired. Either way, he is not a threat to anyone anymore.. Let it go...

    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. sonny chapman

    Fighting this War Against Sunni Fundamentalism as a law enforcement endeavor instead of as a WAR–doesn't anyone obey Cheney. He is all knowing & infallible–do NOT look at reality when judging a Cheney Edict! Those who question Cheney are emboldening the "enemy" & WANT America to lose. Oh yea, THEY HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOM.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. zbhasan

    I really dont believe this is real anymore. he's either dead, or he never really existed in the first place. I just doesnt add up in any type of way possible. Why hasnt ANY nation been able to capture him? With all the technology pulled together from intellegence sources world wide, we cant catch one man??? I don't think there is a Bin Ladin to catch.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. MIchael

    He is living in Pakastain, and runs a deli. He has a staff of about 8 and is constantly complimented on his ham sandwiches. Has a great take-out menu, and said he is going to start having Staurday specials. He is mulling over opening a second location in Kabul, but no definite plans as yet. He is very proud of his Deli of the Year Award.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. in the know

    Bin Laden is a CIA spook, safely hidden away by the U.S. government.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Devis Sri lanka

    hero"s build nations and and help desserts and let people live freely. people who does zero trap bombs on others and destroy hospitals and buildings .

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bin Laden

    I am the real Bin Laden. This is no joke people. I am still living and enjoying life in the Carribeans. COME AND FIND ME!

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Potato Head

    I like Cheese Cake

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. MK

    I would think Pakistan is playing a big role in this game. If Pakistan would like to decide capturing or killing Laden, they could do it within a week. They don't do it... because fund is coming from US govt and Laden. I'm sorry for the tax payers. Just waste of money everywhere. Do the needful to the people in side the country and forget him. who knows he might have dead already.Just protect the country from different attacks or plans by terrorists.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jp

    I really think we're looking in the wrong spot, Bin laden is not in NW pakistan or anywhere in pakistan, he's being hidden in iran by that rogue regime. thats why no one has seen him or heard from him since he slip out of the mountains of tora bora.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Modi

    Bin Laden would be hiding in Baramullah in US

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. zee

    Been dead for years and the USA knows this.. just a cover-up for staying in the oil rich middle east...

    March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. guest

    Bin Laden is being purposesuly kept alive by the US government to ensure that the war on terror never ends. He's our Emmanual Goldstein, and this article was just another 2 minutes hate.


    March 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. bin pumping

    He's pumping gas at Citgo, in Union City, NY. Cleaned my windshield too.

    Very Polite

    March 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Simon

    Why is the "LIKE" option not available on this story? There seem to be a lot of smart people on here who recognize the man is most likely dead. Why won't CNN talk about that? Also, why won't they talk about the Christmas Day underwear bomber being allowed onto Flight 253 by US. Intelligence? That is another real story they should be covering.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Render

    I am inclined to believe that NO meaningful efforts to capture this man are being exercised. I think we are getting lip service only. I would sooner believe that he is dead. I think we are capable of finding him tommorrw if we really wanted him. I also agree with the article that ends up by suggesting that we would increase our problems if we do capture him. We are better off ignoring the man. I think that even if he was dead, his legend would live on in the hearts and minds of his followers. You cant kill a legend. This sort of reminds me of some of the old western movies like the "Hole in the Wall Gang", Geronimo, Jesse James, and and Robin Hood. I don't mean to paint this man with a heroic type brush, but I am sure that those who protect him, see him much that way. I think we were wrong to go to Iraq, I think we were wrong to use water boarding, and I think we were wrong to continue to pretend that we were at war. War on Terror?? Perhaps it is time to take serous look at why a man like Bin Laden and others like him, can find SO MANY followers who hate Americans. I learned something about conflict. When you are involved in a continuous confllct with another, and you find that you cannot change the the OTHER, then change your own behavior. Maybe we need to change some of the things WE are doing. The President is attempting to change our image in the world. I respect that effort. It is why he won the Peace Prize. He is on the right track. If we improve our image, the rest of the world will stand with us, and we will have less who oppose us.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jason

    Joyces, i think US needs to stop sending money to Israel. Then we wouldnt be in this place to begin with.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. MiddleEastern

    He's a hero.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. dj

    I always wondered if we got him in an airstrike. We were pounding the crap out of the taliban for a long time with cruise missles and precision air strikes taking out bunches of them at a time. Who's to say he wasn't hiding in a cave when an deap penitrating LGB came barreling in there. He could very well be baried under rocks in some mountain in Afganistan.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. guest

    well post #s are changing so just go and watch CIA Confidential: Hunt for Bin Laden

    great post friend.. that will open a lot of eyes in here..

    March 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  47. Susan

    Given how wide open our southern border is, Bin Laden could have walked across it years ago with a backpack filled with explosives and could be in the US right now.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  48. FEDFL

    Why do people automatically think that the U.S. wants Bin Laden captured or killed?

    If Bin Laden were to be removed, American government leaders could not justify continuing to hand over trillion$ to Middle East dictators and "fixers" not to mention Boeing, Lockheed, Blackwater, Halliburton, etc. etc.

    I'm not saying the American government is corrupt but, if it were, Bin Laden would be the best red herring ever invented. Why would any competent white-collar thief want to give up that diversion?


    March 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  49. robert baugher

    fact is bin laden is still out there....government has received more than a half dozen more videos from him since 2004....we need more than jst troops....we need gov't officials....fbi...etc...

    March 3, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  50. Trey

    During an interview before her assasination, Benazir Bhutto said matter of factly that Osama Bin Laden was killed years ago. The US government knows this but conveniently keeps this "boogeyman" around to justify continuing to pump money into the war machine and press on with their hidden agenda in that region of the world. Will someone please explain to me what a "win on terrorism" will look like?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. Markfitzy

    Bin Laden is a figment. He was created by a post 9/11 political team to have a scapegoat for the attacks in the US in 2001. A real man? Maybe. A mastermind of terror? Absolutely not. The fact remains that their and hundreds of Bin Laden types. All waiting for their 15 minutes of terrorism fame before they get martyred or jailed.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  52. Mitch Thompson

    Why is it that when we kill someone in battle it is heroic, but when you kill someone in the heat of passion it is murder? Have you ever thought maybe Mr. Laden was taking cover in the whitehouse or the CIA headquarters? no one will ever think to look there, lets search those "never-thought of" places.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  53. A Friend

    Everyone should watch this:

    go to you tube and type in cia confidential: hunt for bin laden..

    then ask yourself why we didnt catch him..

    March 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  54. Bruce

    Is it possiable that he may already be dead?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jim

    Where is bin Laden? ... he is waiting for his next paycheck from the CIA.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  56. Lola

    I think has been dead for ages. My opinion is that he was long dead during first proxy war in Afghanistan against Russians. How convenient is that no one has seen him in person EVER since.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  57. SJA

    How can we not go after this guy? Difficult or not, justie needs to be served. If Pakistan has him, the CIA knows it. Time to strategize and get him guys. You can bring him alive, and you know it. So do it already and try him in the states. Who cares if his people think he's a martyr. There are no virgins waiting for him on the other side, and this is about getting justice for the lives of OUR American men and women. Get it over with and leave Pakistan on their own. Stop meddling guys!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  58. RCB - NJ

    What ever happened to the art of misinformation and misdirection. With all the talent and creativity in Hollywood and the movie industry..........Can someone tell me why the US Government has not contacted this industry and started a campaign designed to utterly confuse these radicals and flush them out?
    Come on.......How hard could it possibly be to create doubles of some of these people and start putting out messages of our own to put these people in a location where we can drop a bomb on them?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  59. Tom

    Chicken. You would think he would be beating his chest, so proud of what he has accomplished. Invasions of Afganistan, Iraq, the whole region.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  60. William Willoughby

    After reading these comments, I have come to the conclusion that a weak mind cannot detect that flaw within itself.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  61. Dlishh

    Bin Laden is probably here..working in somebodys taxi cab. I don't see how he supposedly needs dialysis, and is in some cave in a remote part of the world. Doesn't make sense.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  62. Emilio

    Bin Laden has beed dead for some time now. David Frost, in his interview with Benazir Bhutto, ignored the statement she made saying that Usama Bin Laden was killed, and for that she paid with her life. That's what happen to people who get too close to revealing the truth being hidden by the Neocon continuous war machine.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  63. vistamontoya

    Osama bin Laden is a mythical character like the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. He is not a "person" in the traditionial sense of the word. He lives only in the mind of the public.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  64. Elaine

    Ask John McCain-during his Presidential campaign he stated "I'll get him"...thanks for your help John.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  65. Carl J.

    I've had many, many people tell me they lost all respect for President Bush when he decided to spend 95 percent of our efforts going after Saddam Huessin and the phony WMD's. President Bush acted like Osama Bin Laden didn't even exist and if he did exist, he was to be considered a tiny, tiny priority campared to Saddam. That's when the American public collectively said: ""What....... The.........#@%*!!!"".

    March 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  66. dinesh

    the most absurd manhunt in history .

    March 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  67. Inserthouse

    I don't understand why the public still believes that Bin Laden is alive!?!? Probably theres a cover up by the media/government0_o

    March 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  68. Adam

    In response to Brad Ohs' comment, the U.S. will not send 100,00 troops because of the highly negative response it will get from the U.S. public. In my opinion, most people are indifferent about sending troops over, but a large move like that will surely increase public opinion, and it is unclear which way that opinion will swing. I think it will look bad on the current administration if they committ more troops to a region that can be considered as the most dangerous currently.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  69. sundown

    What do you mean "Capturing him would pose more problems than not"? Are you crazy? The sorry piece of s–t is responsible for the killing of over 3000 innocent Americans.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  70. jeeter

    i personally think that the americans are not using alll the power they have on capturing this guy. he is out there, and if you think wikipedia says hes not alive well reveiw your sources people. and americans are dumber then the muslims. you people let a freak show president like Bush create this terror and then cover it up by saying oh we are spending this and that and blah blah blah ya if i tell american bin laden is in my basemnet i bet that 55 percent of them would believe it. GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND LET THOSE PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY GOTTA DO. they dont need you people interfereing with their lifes and making matters worse.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  71. Temba

    He is probably dead for sometime now. With this technology there should have been a video of him boasting about the Dec 25th plane blow-up attempt. Anything with video motion that attempts to show BINLADEN in motion, is old and very poor in quality. If he is alive and worth so much money are it has been reported, then the video they have showed of him in motion could be better in quality. But they are not. There is an irony here. Those videos of him shown so far, are old videos. There is no video released lately that can tie the image with contemporary technology. The videos are archaic.

    He is dead. Osama binLaden is dead. Sorry Islamic extremists and al Qaeda followers, we know your boss is dead and buried long time ago. Go figure. You will fail and we are after ending your evil mind and terrorist undertakings. bin LADEN is DEAD..

    March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  72. Marilyn Tindall

    He's been dead for years!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  73. Rock

    I think hes bought himself a nice little convenience store in suburban America and occasionallly releases a video or audio message to the world. He rings up a 40 of schlitz while he laughs at the infeidel efforts to find and kill him. We need to bring our troops home, focus on homeland security and let India, Isreal, Iraq, Iran, all of the damn Stans just shoot it out and then we can be friends with whoever is left. Its our own damn meddling in foreign affairs that got me and my fellow American Soldiers into this hairbrained mission of freedom for the world. Enough is enough!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  74. Ross

    I think hes dead and has been dead for awhile and the taliban and al Qaeda hide the fact because it wold hurt the organizations.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  75. epbdl

    He's been dead for a long time...hard to rally the troops (justify the spending, etc.) when the suspense is all gone. Military insiders have been quoted that he was killed about 6 years ago and the remains were destroyed.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |

    To my recollection....didn't Bin Laden have kidney trouble? How on earth can a person in need of dialysis survive in the wilderness? He's either dead or in a place where he can receive serious treatment.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  77. john

    Is it possible that the goverment never wants him to get kill because when he get kill they don't have reason to fight he Iraq war and the Taliban ?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  78. PK California

    I agree that he died a lomg time ago. They're keeping us occupied with a wild goose chase! He would have been taped had he been alive and whenever there is a tape of him it's from years ago. I would like to see John McCain produce him. He boasted in his campaign that he KNEW where he was and would get him! Now, we all know people running for office doin't lie. So, John, go get him!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  79. Houston News Critic

    The US just took too long to give him the business. Now nobody really cares anymore. Bin Laden has been out of sight and out of mind for so long he has become irrelevant.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  80. Tom Smith

    This is all a game. If you or I were wanted by the US Government, there is no place in the world we could hide for eight years an not be captured. The answer is simple. There is an element in the US Government that does not want him captured.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  81. James

    First of all the US is not looking for him. I mean really. Is the US technology that bad they can't find him? They could have sent all those troops over to walk hand and hand across the entire county and found him by now. are not looking for him and this is how the government supports a war by having the people believe they are looking and just can't find him.

    During early 2001 the US clearly pointed out things that Bin Laden uses that could be traced back to him but either they did not really want to find him or the government truly does not know how to use technology.

    Bin Laden could be caught rather quickly if the US wanted that to happen.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  82. David

    Leslie, that is completely illogical. There are other ways of rallying troops than showing a recent video of him to the western press.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  83. Brian

    Hire the Mafia to go after him, I'd be willing to bet they'd find him without any problems

    March 3, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  84. Andrew Foster

    It does seem probable bin Laden is dead and has been since he was chased down that hole on the border of Pakistan. To maintain his fictional survival is useful to both sides in the conflict. But any reasonable person has to concede uncertainty about him, given the bizarre circumstances of terrain, political-military plotting, psychological warfare, etc. If he could somehow be captured. he would be a potentially valuable source of ideological, historical and philosophical documentation, since (however twisted) he is demonstrably a scholarly intellectual (a la Trotsky, or more extremely "Dr. Lecter") as well as a dangerous practical schemer.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

    trusting the u.s.a. has gone into economic crisis and such crisis is partly due to the results of terrrists like bid laden, isn't it worth spending triple the amount of rescue compensation to anyone who has a good lead on bin laden"s whereabouts and capture him??????

    March 3, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  86. perryrants

    actually, not being dead provides reasons to look for him. thus continuing the mission.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  87. Beck? who cares?

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Sorry for yelling, but osama has been dead since 2001. Cnn covered it themselves. I can't believe there are this many people out of the loop. I only saw a few postings that tell the truth.

    Know this. If the US wants anyone; there is no place on the earth you could hide where they wouldn't find you. Our satellites cover the earth.

    Google osama dead see for yourself. many mainstream reports from early in the decade and after 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  88. hampster

    He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and works at the brewery. He is also on medicare and receiving dislysis once a month.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  89. Jeremy

    Check out the pool bar at the Marriot Dubai.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  90. perryrants

    that is because he is sleeping with the 70 or 90 virgins.

    dude's dead. he was too narrsasstic not to do current video's thumbing his nose at the satan US.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  91. work worker bee work the queen is your slave

    I really don't feel that this man will be an issue here soon. The things we as a nation need to worry about is our goverment and what is going on on our own freedom. In a sense, they have won. We now live in fear and the economy is on verge of being over taken by the goverment. Whats next? Time will tell and heal the wounds created by those who inflicted them. One day we the people will take back this land and our freedom like our past brothers and sisters have done. Power to the people. Help everyone you can and love everyone. It will all work out.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  92. yurithegreat

    This is a great question and one I have been waiting for, for a long time now.

    I predicted in 2008 that Bin Laden will go away as soon as bush is out of the office. In fact my prediction has come true, not because this guy is hiding without trace but the guy does not exist anymore. It is in nobody's interest to reveal that. The war must go on which was waged for different reasons and morphed into a war against religion and people for another set of reasons.

    What is amazing is that in this process some people actually are scared of ending the war because they think it will impact the american economy negatively and they don't want it to get any worse, the economy that is.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  93. Fred Enfield

    "“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.”"

    Loser talk. Bin Laden is a criminal by international standards. Not just another fabricated American "enemy". He's responsible for murdering more Muslims than any westerner. The military geniuses must know there's a way to capture him. When he sees the hopelessness of his situation, he'll ask for a deal and surrender. Then, I suppose we would start wringing our hands and wonder who will be "antagonized".

    March 3, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  94. Donovan

    I believe he was not alive at 9/11 in the first place. The transcriptions are not even accurate from the video's that have been aired on the media. I believe 9/11 was a horrific scam against us and the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  95. Don M

    Quite simply, Bin Laden is with Waldo. Where's Waldo?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  96. Don

    I agree with you Leslie. Bin Laden is dead and has been dead for at least a couple of years now. If it's true that the Pakastani government (or rogues within) are protecting him, or the ISI is protecting him then he should have no fear of making a video or even a public appearance. But if he's dead then no videos or public appearances, which has been the case for years now–simple enough logic.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  97. Joyking

    None of us are safe till this man and Pakista's Nuke's are in US hands.
    Time is ticking ,that Muslim radicals are very very close to take the Pakistan's Nuke on thier hand and use on Innocent Indians or israel, or US.Now another Muslim radical nation called IRAN is on the verge of nuke power.How world can be safe ...STOP ismalization is the only way to PEACE across the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  98. Karthik Raju Alluri

    It is very important that he is brought to justice...he has to answer for the thousands of lives he has taken. It is not enough if only America sends troops to Afghanistan and it is in the interest of other nations such as India to pitch in and help with the effort.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  99. Caroll

    As long as OBL is not captured, we know our enemy and his general MO. Capture would be a nightmare and would inevitably bring massive retaliation. Trying OBL would tie this country up in knots for the foreseeable future. The cost of a trial in either court, military tribunal or civilian, would be monumental, and not just in dollars. But a man can only be killed once and that is not good enough for OBL.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  100. Joey Bagadonuts

    Uh, yeah i think he is dead....or possibly, he;s dead. Maybe he's inbetween life and death and in a self induced coma? No, he's dead...I think?

    March 3, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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