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. ROB

    OSAMA is dead!!!! if you look at all the clues if points to it, during the bomings of afhganistan they had videos of him walkin around and you can see the bombs being dropped in the back ground. Between us and England we shelled them for 90 days straight, we were bound to hit him if he was that close. On 9-11 he was in Dubei at the american hospital getting treatment of severe attack that he had so the man was deffinalty not well at all. Oh yes the once video tape to now audio tape he was never camera shy till now so why the sudden change??? all the terrorist like to be seen and heard. But lets say he is alive the man is very smart and is most likely hiding in a country to where we cant get to him like syria or like someone said earlier in occupied Kashmir or one of the many other "stans" they got around there but really tho OSAMA IS DEAD ITS ALL ABOUT THE OIL. They now have bases in Iraq and KBR just got awarded a 2.3 billion dollar Logcap 4 contract we now are based in the middle east and we are gonna be here for a while.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christian

    HE IS DEAD , don't anyone get it. He has not been seen since the bombings of the the Afgan Mountain region during Bush's time. He is under a mountain somewhere never to be seen again. If he wasn't dead he would be putting out videos like he always did.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. truthserum888

    He is long dead, but don't worry, they'll keep spending your tax money chasing a ghost.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. muzz

    I think Bin Laden is the antichrist and the end is in sight, I'm looking forward to it. But realistically the world should build a bridge and get over it. More lives have been lost trying to find him than were lost in his apparent inital attack on 911, do the math

    March 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    I want this guy to die by falling off his camel or something equally lame. Dead, so no trials or detainment issues, but no martyrdom, either. You don't get eternity with a harem of virgins for choking on a kebab, do you?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pitung

    The US should stop all aid to Pakistan and other Arab countries. WHy spending our money to those who just want to blackmail us? It is no secret that those countries only want money from us and that the money goes to the pockets of the rulers.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Baseballfever

    If we kill Bin Laden, the nut cases will only think of him like ELVIS. Most crazies will think he's still alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ali Said

    it wont matter cause.. i donno but.. im pretty sure he's got at least a few followers.. lets get them too.. cause bin laden is just a symbol.. maybe change some policies?? oh oh i got it lets KILL EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM!!!!! yeah.. like on tv.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    Can't you find him? Why didn't anyone tell me. Right now he is playing chess with Waldo at an underground cafe in Orakzai. At nights he is a DJ at one of the largest Taliban "no music" "no party" "no women" "no bathrooms" boring smelly tents.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moe Smith

    "Bush said he wasn't concerned about bin Laden after 9/11. We now have a president who actually CARES about avenging 9/11.

    Posted by: OnlyFacts"

    The reason Bush didn't care about binLaden is because his one and only goal was to finish the job his Daddy failed to do... Get Saddam Hussein. It took the atrocity of 9/11 for him to have an excuse to go back over. I hope Jr burns in hell for the lives he's destroyed. He deserves nothing less.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vernah petersen

    The World, the people are tired of looking for you after all for some they will call you a "martyr" other will call you a terrorist, for some a "prophet" so which ever you like just come froward so we can offer you the best place on Earth...a lock up place with all kind of ammenities: servants, best food of course a diet.vegan we do hear you do not like (meat) as the traditional diets..we can prepare almost anything more fancy as you wish...just come forward..if death did not exist..there are more people are willing to gamble just to find you...that is real can not refuse...we know you do have all kinds of billions
    but if you come can share these money to us..where we do have so much people here, as we speak were out of jobs...think it seriously.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. suisui

    Bin Laden is in Costa Rica having a margarita. I'm pretty sure I spotted him.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Booyah

    Have you thought about this: I find it amazing that just because it is said in the news people believe it instantly. Does anyone here have any critical thinking that this guy may not even exist and that the media is a tool used to justify illegal wars? The media is full of mass manipulation and people go along like a herd of cattle to the slaughter, engaged in talking and wasting time with the lies they have been told. Consider who owns the media and who benefits from the wars and you will see who the culprits are in truth. The USA surely has not benefited from the wars and our foreign policy is in need of some serious change. One of our "allies" on the other side of the world is NOT our ally.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. viting citizen

    Question really is...were we ever looking for him in the first place? And if our current president is going to avenge 9/11 he should start with Cheney, Rove and Bush and the rest of the goonies running our country then. That is where 9/11 came from and until that truth comes out...its nothing more than a game to fool the citizens.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. R U Kidding

    Bin Laden is either a practicing lobbyist in the "O" adminstration....or
    a whale trainer @ Sea World in Orlando. He has seen the light !!!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kania

    He is dead , isn't he?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Derek

    Osama Bin Ladin has been dead for a number of years. It is remarkable to me that people continue to believe he is alive and well. Does anyone question where these tapes come from? The media continues to state that tapes "emerged," but from where? Tapes come into media outlets but no one can track where the tape comes from. Half of them are probably falsely planted for the continuing support of the American People so the the U.S. Government can continue its agenda in the Middle East. I have never actually heard his voice before since there is always a broadcaster giving an outline of what was said as opposed to actually letting the tape play. Another question is how come the FBI website does not state that he has any connection with the events of 9/11. He is not wanted for that, he is wanted for the bombings in Kenya back in 1998. Can anyone say hmmmmm... Plain and simple, he was once alive but is now dead. There is no concrete proof that he had anything to do with the events of 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  18. anthay

    he doesnt even exist. cant anyone understand that? i cant believe anyone thinks that the govt didnt have anything to do with 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. adidasaj

    I know what happened.

    The Republicans let him get away!

    Dropped the ball by invading Iraq.

    Thankfully, President OBAMA will get the job done! HOOWAAH!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bb

    He is dead long time now but the media is keeping him alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. matthew

    People say bin Laden is dead/alive, but my question is, what is the point of the eight year war? If doesn't matter if Bin Laden is dead or alive, why are we over in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why don't we just leave and let the civilians rebuild their countries? I know that may sound silly, but why are wasting taxpayer dollars on fighting insurgents? Crime is crime; we have it over here in the U.S. Everyone will be surprised how calm it will be if we leave. There will be insurgency still, just not as much.

    As o said, we need to focus our money over here. I am currently unemployed (laid off actually) and want to know where all the good jobs are. Every company I know is losing money and cannot afford to hire people.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sandy

    Bin Laden is dead

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. R

    It's up to God (Allah swt) for him to be found and if He doesn't want him to be found, you can believe the US doesnt have a a snowballs chance in hell

    March 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ISA

    He is dead. He died about a year ago from kidney failure. The dialysis machines in that part of the world are not as advanced as in the west. That is the reason there are no longer any video messages or confirmed audio.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. khan

    If the Pakistanis (ISI) knows where BIN LADEN is....then why they don't care about the 25 USS MILLION BOND on he head???

    March 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. KC3mege

    Osama Bin Laden is dead....The CIA and the politicians should just say the truth and end this unpopular war.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. david

    Osama Bin Laden is dead. He is needed alive as a motivational tool for terrorists. The W/H is wise not to say it. Let everyone else (globally)come to this realization on their own. Any recordings of him do not state anything current or relative to existing conditions or situations globally. I continue to question thier authenticity. He is history!!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. bin laden

    he doesent exisst....NOBODY can kill 3000 people and not get caught

    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Pakistan knows how to play games, and that's what they are doing.
    Americans did not get the fact that these countries are looting them for their money. Believe me.. this game will continue until whole revenue is drained
    from USA. They are smart to cheap anyone. It is a shame that America still
    title USA's sincere effort as " humanitarian Aid or Assistance" Stop it then they will be more helpful to find Bin Laden. When the money drains they will come after USA with true facts.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. rgw

    He is in US..face lift..tan..good suit..most likely a CEO somewhere with different ID..laughing his A%$ off ..or at a car wash..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. phillypitpat

    ive thought abt this for years and ive been concluding for years that the only place he could be is pakistan – administered kashmir... it's the safest place for him. but if you think abt it he is pretty sandwiched up as well. I kno the CIA MUST suspect the same thing. They have strategically decided to occupy West pakistan and afghanistan, and stabilize them. India on the east of kashmir is super fortified. The US military will never be allowed to get near kashmir by pakistan since it's such a big issue in the region. So the white house decides to invite to dinner INDIA, as its first country under obama admin.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. nanophoenix

    you know what I think, he shaved his beard off, got plastic surgery and probably applied for refuge status in canada, and got in! that would probably solve his dialysis problem, health care is free in canada 😀 and its not like the CSIS or RCMP actually exist LOL... no one is going to look here in canada for bin laden... what do you say, great theory eh? i should write a book on this and have an article published on CNN and have everyone talk about it here

    March 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Ronald John

    I dont think the Americans will ever capture, Bin Laden. They should start searching Pakistan. People dont really care about where he is as long as they are safe.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Mary Mendez

    Believe me he is not dead; but enjoying the good life in AMERICA with full identification change, credit cards and driving a Bentley.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bin Laden

    Hello, everyone. Nice to see that so many of you think I am not here anymore.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  36. guest

    Operation Jawbreaker.. We had him and we didnt provide the CIA with what they needed..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Crack

    Osama bin Laden is NOT rellevent any more. However I would dump Pakistan and put it in the same boat as Iran and Afghanistan Then I would kiss India and let the other three contries rot. I would spend all my energy and money on keeping the three isolated and hound them with world agencies and even sanctions. I would not spend money on a war that cannot be won. I would bring troops home and use all I had to contain the three contries and let them worry about what contry the idiot is in. You can be sure that he will stop money going to the contries that protect him because nobody wants him. He only becomes rellevent if the Americans want that. And they may as they usually have an agenda somewhere that will cause a future uprise of some sort, just like they did with bin Laden.


    March 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  38. OnlyFacts

    Bush said he wasn't concerned about bin Laden after 9/11. We now have a president who actually CARES about avenging 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Tino

    I am sure Bin Laden is in Florida and he is being protected by the Cuban Mafia in Little Havana! This guys will do anything for money and a Friend of mine told me he was there protected by the Mafia, and I believe it!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Fred

    If I read his obituary in a Pakistani newspaper back in early 2002 so did the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Benizir Bhutto stated in no uncertain terms that he died in 2001 in one of her last television interviews with David Frost. That's probably one of the things that got her murdered. Bin Laden has been dead for about 9 years. He's just as valuable dead as alive to US foreign policy as long as a significant number of the America Sheeple believe he is alive.
    After all creating a Booga Booga man is expensive.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Awesom

    Why dont we just occupy Pakistan? Where will Bin Laden run off to then? India is not going to provide a safe haven and Afghanistan is already taken care of in the East. That leaves China only@

    March 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Joe

    remember during the prez election when McCain said "I know how to get him, I can do it and I will do it".. why not let him do it. Go get em John!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  43. tex

    We need to stop being concerned about what other countries think and start
    doing what needs to be done to protect our own people,to hell with Iran,or any other country thats don't like what we do to protect our own people.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Steve

    He's dead. Has been for quite some time.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. rafael

    I think Bin laden is already death

    March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Wake Up

    Wake Up people, the Military captured him 2 weeks before the war in Afghanistan. They have him on ice somewhere so when this war is over they can produce a dead body. All videos are old, new tapes are easily altered to sound like him. I guess this is just common knowledge in the Military Intelligence field, but dont want the public to know that Billions are being spent on finding a man we captured back in 2001! The questions is Why?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. o

    This is just another diversion from the government to have it's citizens think about something else, while whats really going on is how bad the economic crisis is. People who don't have a job can care less about where Osama Bin Laden is.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. GD

    He's dead. Remember way back when Bin Laden received 'spiritual permission' to kill himself and still go to heaven? Sick and knowing that he wouldn't recover, he controlled the time, place, and knowledge of his death in order to achieve legend like status in the hearts/minds of muslims, and therefore, ensure the holy war continued.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ramrok22

    What i dont get! Is how do you trial men who are responsible the 9/11 attacks in a civil courts.As if they had any rights as an U.S. citizen. That to me makes no sense on US soil. While willing and ready to deport a mexican immigrant back to Mexican. This immigrants just wants to make an honest living and support their family. So tell me, why we rather give Terrorists a second chance in a" kangaroo" court with "Rights to a fair trial". When the immigrants has done no crime. in constrast to the Terrorist who just want to see the world burn. but only arresting the hard working immigrant making an honest living with no fair trial.

    And for the record, why are at war to begin with. How do you justify the irresponsiblity and incompentence of the USA for not tightening up airlines security to begin with first place.So when your attacked for being neglience and lazy you, got to get even. Whose fault is it again. In domestic violence, "fighting does not solve anything"then why do we have wars. Its hypocritical whe americans say that fighting does not solve anything but then we got wars with other nations for laziness and incompetenc.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |

    I have been told that Bin Laden is very much alive and is moving all the time. The U.S. Special Ops has had Bin Laden in the sniper cross hairs 3 times in the last year. But since Bin Laden is what you call a "High Value Target" The President or Commander in Chief has to give the order to take the shot. So by the time the sniper radio's his superior, and his superior radio's Washington, and someone in Washington picks up, it's to late Bin Laden gets away. It just has to make you wonder if the war is being fought by our young men and women on the ground, or by Washington a whole world away?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. shi

    Seriously people, It amazes me how people are so gullible... first off, Bin Laden was never proven of being involved with the Sep 11 attacks EVER! He never claimed that he was, as a matter of fact, he denied it!! Those videos you used to see back in 2001 and 2002 where him talkiung about WHY ( in their sick heads) this attack happened to America, and basically how they deserved it( again sick minds). Bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11 just like there were no damn weapons of mass destruction in IRAQ! As stupid as Bush was him and his administration sure did do a good job of using the American Peoples fears and emotions to OK an Endless War that destroyed not only our economy, but the whole world

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jonathan Koppel

    A marty would rather die than dishonor his beliefs. They don't kill innocent people. They willingly face a firing squad, or commit suicide alone. Neither Bin Laden, we he to be killed, nor any of the terrorist suicide bombers are martys. They're simply mass murderers.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mary Mendez

    Trust me – if we start arresting all of his wives, children, and relatives if they are in any countries like America where people have dead because of his unacceptable leadership – the man will show up. We arrest the Rwanda's leader's wife; oh that was FRANCE; however in America if we took the same standards and stop politcal love for these murders families then and not only then will these murderers be caught.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  54. bca student

    i think hes alive hes probally in some cage somewhere

    March 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. rolf

    He is long dead. The guy has been sick for years. He needs dialysis every week. It would be hard to get that in a cave. He is dead, and his people got rid of his body, never to be found.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  56. floda

    i agree with 62cc – my thoughts exactly

    March 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ken sanders

    He really does not matter anymore .. dead or alive. Because he does not exert the influence that he once had. Who cares about him ? Terrorism is still with us. And probably will be for the predictable future.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Ralf The Dog

    The question is not, "Is he dead?" The question is, "What kind of dead is he?"

    A man's heart can stop beating, his lungs stop bringing in air, he can still be alive in the hearts, minds and nightmares of others. A man's heart can continue to beat, he can be walking around talking to others, never making a difference to the world. This man is dead.

    I believe that bin Laden's heart is beating. He is probably someplace supervising a small number of farm animals. Let's not give him too much attention and bring him back to life.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  59. old senior

    If I were a solder I would shoot on sight & ask questions later! My rifle missfired! The reward is Dead or Alive!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  60. vernah petersen

    The World, people are tired of looking for you after all for some they will call you a "martyr" other will call you terrorist,for some a "prohet" so which ever you like just come froward so we can offer you the best place on Earth...a lock up place with all kind of ammenities: servants, best food of course a diet.vegan we do hear you not like (meat) as the traditional diets..we can prepare almost anything more fancy as you wish...just come forward..if death did not exist..

    March 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  61. MacDeezy

    I'll repeat what I've been saying for at least 3 years.....OBL is DEAD! If he were alive, he would've released VIDEOTAPES instead of audiotapes. But zombies aren't photogenic and Al Quaida needs to keep its propaganda campaign going to recruit wannabe jihadists, hence you only get audio recordings that don't verify whether he's alive. The absence of video means only one thing, a guy on dialysis can't survive in a cave for 9 years.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Chip H

    In terms of tithe-taxes, Osama bil Laden is far more successful as a franchise than Jesus.
    He's bringing in $159 billion a year in unaudited unspecified 'emergency funding' to Defense establishment, where the Catholic Church is lucky to drag down $95 billion a year, worldwide.

    They should start selling little wood icons of him, crouching in a cave. He had nothing to do with 9/11. The FBI only has a poster for the Sudan bombings. He's just a 'person of interest', but oh, he's the gift that keeps on giving and giving to the sweet, sweet honey pot of GWOT.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  63. American

    OBL is fighting us b/c of Israel and we're ignoring that. Stop our support to Israel and this war will be over. Plus we'll save our tax money!!!!


    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ConsDemo

    Emilio, take your dishonest and stupid conspiracy theories somewhere else.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JLL

    A numbers of South American sources have collaborated to deduce that Osama is under the protection of Bolivian guerrillas in northwestern Bolivia.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dan

    Want to end all this animosity once and for all? Pull our support for Israel. There are no special interests (i.e. oil, manufactured products, etc.) that necessitate us being there. Supporting Israel onlly brings animosity from across the world especially with Israel's behavior and noncompliance with treaties. They public doesn't feel we need to be there (perhaps except the Jewish-American demographic). If our congressman weren't lobbied/bribed by contributions from AIPAC, we could end this dangerous knot with Israel.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  67. sandra

    I can't believe people still think he's alive! The last time we saw pictures of him during the initial Afghan war, he was gaunt, sickly, pale, and was having some serious health issues. These people have a lot of money, they could get anyone in there with his stature and build and get all the plastic surgery in the world to make him look like the real monster. The new pictures of Bin Laden show much younger skin, a strong resemblance, and about 10 years younger than he ever looked. I can't believe anyone in the government thinks this is him and he's alive. Why is it so important to keep him alive in everyone's mind? He's not even worm food by now.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dave

    Why don't we just ask OUR government... they should know. They are the creator of Bin Laden

    March 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  69. minehunter

    If we ever do catch him, which is doubtful, I say we bring him to NYC to face justice. I'm not talking about some politicized court room drama. I say we free him in Central Park and then call all the radio stations to let everyone know he is there. The people of NY will carry out the justice he deserves

    March 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Patrick

    I think he is dead and has been for some time. He was reported to be suffering from kidney disease during the Invasion of Afghanistan and required dialysis. Al Qaida is not about to announce that their "sheikh" died in a bed from kidney failure so they are continuing on as if he is still alive and releasing audio tapes at regular intervals purportedly made by him.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Al

    he's probably been dead for 5+ years. it's tough to imagine a man needing dialysis frequently, living in caves and remaining healthy... but that's just my opinion.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. LorieB

    He was such an ego maniac always putting himself in the news which is why I say he is dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  73. DRL

    What if he's been dead since December of 2001?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Sean Baker

    Truthfully believe the guy is dead and has been for a few years. His "videos" stopped and the new ones are all facilitated audio. Wonder if we - as in our government/military - already knows this, or perhaps we just never confirmed his remains. Just my opinion. Otherwise, yeah, guy's in Iran or across the Pakistan border, but his health is likely extremely dire.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mick Rogers

    I am 100% certain that Osama Bin Laden has established a moon base or is living in Boseman, Montana. One or the other. I'm positive.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Kay

    Bin Forgotten! I'm more worried about I'm-a-dinner-jacket in Iran!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Eric Roth

    President Obama needs to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden, and declare victory in our war against Islamic jihadists.

    Otherwise, far too many Americans will accuse President Obama not fighting a real war or not protecting America from Islamic terrorists – even if he has been more successful than President Bush.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Larry Longfellow

    Bin Laden is playing for a soccer team in pakistan. this gives him mobility to move around and not be noticed. he is pretty skilled and great at defense. last week he scored from about 30 feet out. what a guy.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Hans

    I know where he is, he pumped my gas at the exxon station this morning, and than i went to yoga class and he was the instructor, than on my way out, i hoped in a cab, and there he was again.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Ima Nata Gonnasay

    Looking for Osama? Find the cutest 11-year-old boy in Pakistan and look directly him.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  81. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Mrs. Clinton make it clear during the election that she would find OBL. Not so easy when you actually have to DO something instead of just sit back and criticize those in command, now is it, Hillary?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Peter

    I suspect that Osama Bin Laden is already dead! Look at all the video crap he allegedly releases. Same old pictures of him from just after 9/11.
    The audio in those release have never been fully authenticated as being Bin Laden's.
    I suspect he died of either kidney disease of one of his cronies shot him in the head
    as his captors were nearing.
    We should have found him by now.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  83. CJ

    That man is dead and remain dead. C'mon the guys like 80 somethin and is bound to croak!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  84. chandler langford

    We need to STOP this war, war solves nothing

    March 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Steve

    Bin Laden is secretly forming aa alliance with the islamic ruling party in Iran. Once Iran has developed Nuclear weapons Bin Laden will surface inside Iran. Protected by a nuclear arsenal they will terrorize and threaten Israel and any other nation that opposes them. The only way to stop Bin Laden's plans is to stop Iran now.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  86. prempuff

    Why are they over there looking for him????He is in the United States laughing at us.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Ernie Paris

    Get Bin Laden at all costs.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Ethan

    Our government won't touch him – and I suspect they know exactly where he is: now begin your conspiracy theories.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  89. vernah petersen

    Allah/God speed..Osama B-Laden...were ever you are hiding pls.. come forwards the nations of citizen were so concern in your be-half...are you hiding in Iran, Afghan(mountain) or at the "Sheik Palace" so we can have a piece of mind..otherwise our country will not stop 'bombing the innocent cvilians in (Afghan)...wasting a billions $$$$ a months for nothing completely, the "dumbmiest idea" just be loking for you...All you have to do is
    come forward..tell the world enough playing ugly cat-n-mouse our country can go back to normal...can you realize that "we are" getting broke just to find you...after all maybe we can offer you the best place to stay here in home
    with can name off..your call..hoping you will get this blog as soon as it post...think it sersiously..OBL..that is an offer I think is real fair...

    March 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Brent R Jones

    bin Laden was seriously injured several years ago; his face is badly scared and he lost one arm. That is why he is not in videos. Also his health over-all is very bad.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Ned

    Where's Osama? Where are the WMD's? Where are the people who are going to greet us as 'liberators'? Where is the moron that started all this?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jimbo

    He is being hidden in Iran , just like his family was until they were discovered. Our intelligence apparatus is a joke.,...looking for him in the moutains of Afghanistan and Pakistan ....he is IRAN !!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Emilio

    First, before discussing whether or not Osama Bin Laden now sleeps with his ancestors, we should go back to finding out what happened on September 11, 2001. So many failures and coincidences on that fateful day led to the destruction of almost three thousand souls, and many more have succumbed subsequently to its effects. Yet the criminal administration saw no need for inquiry and investigation into what happened. As for concrete and steel structures collapsing, in free fall, because of a fire – don't make me laugh. What happened to the alleged Boeing jet that slammed into the Pentagon? Where are those two nine ton engines? What happened to the planed that crashed in Pennsylvania? There was a crater allegedly caused by the plane but nothing larger than a thumb was recovered, including the two nine ton engines. Such coincidences, such oddities. Lastly, why did the forty-seven storey tower known as building #7 World Trade Center collapse hours after the twin towers were reduced to rubble, and the conjurors claim that there was a fire in the basement of #7 WTC. The BBC was reporting the collapse of #7 WTC ahead of it actually coming down. For a country like the USA standing down its military during what any reasonable thinking person would conclude was an attack, for a prolonged period, just does not make sense. George Bush was evidently in on what was to happen since his reaction to hearing the news of the second plane aroused nothing more than a blank stare in that Florida elementary classroom.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  94. anhero

    i don't understand why you all want this great man dead? a true freedom fighter in the vein of Che Guevara or George Washington should be celebrated. sure he had to kill a few thousand to get his message heard, but you have to break some eggs to make an omelet. if we continue with this war on "terror" we will only further dig our own grave, America can never stand up to a shadow army, which was proven in Vietnam.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  95. dbox

    hes playing ball for the european league.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jeff Green

    David Lester said on this comment board:
    "The Tooth Fairy. The Boogie Man. The Easter Bunny. Osama Bin Laden."

    You forgot Jesus Christ and Santa Clause!

    How anyone can trust the mainstream media or US government is completely beyond me.


    March 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Emilio

    Following the demise of the Soviet Union our military industrial complex had to invent the boogeyman, OBL, in order to perpetuate its parasitic relationship with the American Taxpayer. Therefore it is counter to their interest to render this boogeyman null. Why do they even bother with the pretence, they have rendered us impotent to do anything about the situation they've marshaled us into, so they might just as well come clean and reveal their true selves.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. JKF

    The need for resolution of OBL's status is no different than that for any other type of henious individual responsible for major criminal acts. If he is alive, he could be in Pak, Iran, one of the Gulf states, or even Horn of Africa. Given his past reported medical conditions, he must be in fairly regular intensive care, thus large city medical facilities, like Karachi, or even Pak security force medical establishments, may provide some leads. His Taliban head allies, must have a conclusive idea about his last whereabouts; it is unfortunate that the US does not have sole access to the captured head terrorists. During the Iraq war, one of his reported comments, tapes, was that regarding the Sunni-Shia conflict, not a hard core belief ofSunni islamist, potentially this may explain that he may be harbouring in Iran. The best medical facilities are in the Gulf states, a very possible location. Horn of Africa, due to a lack of medical facilities, probably a less likekly location, notwithstanding the fervor for islamists in some of the countries in the area. At least OBL's carcass needs to be fund to put an end to his myth.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Mike Jones

    It's a lot more money, Joyces, to clean up after terrorist attacks then to stop them from happening. Also, it is a lot safer for the American People. You choose.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  100. xxooxxx

    He died at the end of 2001 or beginning of 2002 and not enough evidence ever existed to charge him with execution of the 9/11 attacks. Robert Gates said at the very end of 2009 that there hadn't been credible evidence of his existence in years, much less his whereabouts. By 2005, the CIA was disbanding all their overseas operations to "hunt" Bin Laden.

    Why can't we just accept that he's dead and any commentary since the time of his death is vague, improperly translated, or forged?

    There was never enough evidence for the FBI to charge him with the 9/11 attacks anyway. Look at their Most Wanted... he's not mentioned in the attacks!

    Blind nationalism will make us stupid... and what ever happened to that CentGas pipeline???

    March 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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