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. Dan Garrett

    To read some of these respones is not only sad but shocking. It is a reflection of a
    country in denial....and an attitude than, if it doesn't change, will destroy us.
    A lot of people in this country simply refuse to believe that George Bush blew it....
    Well he did....He was re-elected because he was able to divert America's attention away
    from the fact that he had not tracked Bin Laden down and placed America's attention squarely on Iraq using a pack of lies to do it....And it worked to perfection!!!
    Not only is Bush responsible for not nailing Bin Laden but destroying the U. S. economy
    in the process....There are facts that cannot be denied. Bin Laden is very much alive!
    The attempted bombing of the Delta Airlines' Plane in Detroit is proof enough. Although
    training was provided by Bin Laden's operatives in Yemen, he was behind the plot.
    Another fact that cannot be denied....The U. S. has special operations forces that can
    find Bin Laden. Never believe that we cannot find him and kill him. We haven't gotten
    Bin Laden yet because of political reasons. What those reasons are will never be told
    to the public. Only when another attack occurs that spills American blood on American
    soil wil the public become outraged enough to demand his head on a pole.
    As for me, I am a former Marine. Find him.....capture him.....tie him to a pole and turn
    a flame thrower on him and film it! Make sure that every TV station in the Arab World
    sees that tape. Make him a martyr? Send him to hell.....When we truly begin a fight
    on terrorism without political restrictions tying our military personnel's hands....progress
    will truly be made. Not Until.....Not Until....

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

    If Bin Laden is still alive and he is captured, his sentence could be to undergo sexual re-assignment surgery then be sent to live in a country where women are denied human rights and repressed.

    March 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anne

    I thought way back when all this war on terrorism started it was stated that any individual or country that harbors, aids, hides, etc an individual could find themselves a target. So now Pakistan is hiding him to use as a trumph card and we're negotiating with them? Have we lost the vision?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pravin

    Ask Cheney, I'll bet he knows. He was privy to all intel in the prior admin. Bin Laden is a Saudi funded, Pakistan ISI protected, resident in Azad Kashmir with full access to medical services.. I was once told in Karachi that the Saudi Royal family pays some $50mm a year to keep Bin Laden away from the ignominy of a US prison and an inevitable spotlight on those who wish to remain anonymous..

    March 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Truth is Apparent

    Why would the United States ever want to capture Bin Laden? He truly is a CIA asset and the official reason we are looking high and low in every country where he is not. We have to go hunt down and smoke out Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Qaeda in Iran, Al Qaeda in Yemen...and any other country rich in natural gas and oil reserves...

    When I first heard about False Flag Operations I thought these people were crazy and Un-American. Now after nine years of this mess I see they are right.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bell Star

    Bin Laden is dead. But to comment on rolf's remark, "If there was less emphasis on god it the political rhetoric, maybe the Muslim fundamentalists would have less of an argument calling our presence in the middle east a crusade." It is our government's removal of God from our country that has brought all of this upon us. Not just this, but all the other trouble we see in our country. Even the muslims fear the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I think the fundamentalists would say it is a crusade simply because they want to bring about judgement. But God is the only one who can bring the final judgement upon the world. This country has gotten so far away from God, it is no wonder there is so much turmoil. I am glad I can rest in him. Even if a terrorist slaughtered me like an animal, they cannot have my spirit. It belongs eternally to God and death has no sting and the grave has no power. God Bless our Troops and America.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony May

    Osama has been killd long time ago. USA and Pakistan both knows about this. It is NOT politically correct to tell the world that he has been killed by Americans long time ago. Keeping him alive makes more sence, as you can show the world that war on terror is still alive. The worst of worst Osama is out there. By saying Osama is alive USA and Paksitan can achieve alot. Every bad thing that if happens can easily be blamed on Osama. Actually this generation of humans will witness that Oosama will become the longest ever living Human in entire history of Humanity. I can guess probabbly in 2090 we will still hear tape recordings and videos of Osama telling muslims to do Jihad.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremy

    you mean tim osbin that used to work for the CIA? "osama bin laden" is made up, never was, just a cover up..seriously this was made up for a reason to go to war, a cover up to 9/11 and what really happened that day... A FALSE FLAG OPERATION. check out the gulf of tulkin, this has been going on for decades.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craig

    I think you meant to write "ensure" rather than "insure".

    March 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spencer York (Veteran)

    Funny how we loved him while he was fighting the Russians.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TMAC

    Hey fools, he is not dead. Tape recordings are verified by legitimate 3rd parties. He is very much alive and dangerous. We need to find him and show the world his dead carcass.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim L

    I hope beings from other worlds don't have access to our internet. If they would catch wind of the education level here, that alone would keep away.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Think about it!

    Increase the odds of finding him by sending them all back to look for him. If they find them...great! Then you can come back legally. If they don't find him...oh well! At least we cleaned house. Created some jobs, reduced the burden on our healthcare & welfare systems, made room in our schools systems. Oh yeah....and maybe we can let our god back into our country too. A little extreme you say? Maybe! But think about it.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mohan Thapa Baltimore MD

    I think he no longer living in this world. it would be waste of money to look for him anymore,, Yeah if he is still living then i would be the one who can find him,,,, no a joke

    arrange my flight to go look for him, in one month i will get that asshole

    March 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Spencer York (Veteran)

    We searched high and low for this dude in Afghanistan. We believe he's hiding in Las Vegas as a casino lounge singer or doing airport secuity at LAX.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. marc

    i just believe with the immense resources and technological expertise,that any one of the numerous satelitties in orbit that his movements cannot be tracked. if i can find satelitte images of my own neighborhood,than we can find this group of people in a spacious mountain region. This then leads me to believe we know where he is,its hes worth something to someone for some reason. cmon we found saddam in a hole in a yard.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jessy

    This Article is here so that everyone will THINK that osama bin laden had something to do with the attacks...This is not proven. All That is Proven is that the BIN LADENS had a house neighboring George Bush's in Texas. CATCH ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! George Bush Senior was eating breakfast with a Bin Laden on 9/11 as the buildings were struck............If you think that this is a cover up Bwhahahhahaahahhaahahaaha wait until you see what you are in for!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nathanael [desert voice]

    The U.S. should demand access to the caves of Damadola, in Pakistan. Even if Bin Laden is no longer there, there may be some clues and local witnesses left. Those caves look like an ideal hideout. No one should trust the Pakistani Secret Service. But there are many local people who might talk. This may not be the only cave labyrinth in Central Asia. There are countless hideouts left after many wars. Only local people know where they are, and perhaps some Russians do.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ezgoing

    Reply to Mr karthik. U asked how can 10 people of a hostile country like pakistan as u think can enter ur country without ISI support. I ask u what was ur navy and coast guards doing? r they also partners of ISI in destabizing ur country? Amazing.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  20. spooly-t

    Bell Star... You seem to forget trying terror suspects in US court system is Bush/Cheney's idea. Obama didn't start it. Obama continued it. It is a crimial act commited by individuals. That's all it is. It's not act of war.
    Know your facts! Don't come on here try to spread your fears/lies/ignorance.

    In FACT: Under Obama, we've cature more valuable suspect than 8yrs of Bush/Cheney.

    By talking to UnderRoo Bomber, we got valuable/actionable intel. On the other hand, the ones we tortured (ya know, the one you suggest , just admids to everything we acused him with. What's more effective?

    I hope Obama gets Osama, just to shut Republicans/Tea Bagger/Racists up.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. hmmmmmm

    When is the deadline to catch him?
    Can this war ever be over?
    Can we really call it a war?
    Can we call it an easter egg hunt?
    Can we call it justice?
    Did Bin Laden have something to do with 911?
    Did Bush?
    Did Jadakiss mean what he said?
    Did you ever know WHY we were sending troops to the Mid East?
    Was it ever clear?
    How much censorship has the media been under since the whole thing started?
    Is CNN telling us the truth?
    Is Fox?
    Is anyone?
    What is the truth?
    Do you believe in conspiracy theories?
    Why not?
    Does the truth change based on whom you ask?
    Did corporations help plan this "war"?
    Who is the real Dick...Cheney?
    Does Obama have a clue?
    Do you?
    Who's at fault?
    Who's to blame?
    Is there an answer?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. USconsitution

    @ Bell Star:
    A fair trial for "all criminal prosecutions" is Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Who Dat?

    Kyzer Soze!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Eileen

    Dr President Obama,
    We sincerely believe that you are not a member of the Illuminati. Take a Stand. You are embarrassing yourself in the looks of a Puppet. Please just get the information out there so that all of the BrainWashed Americans who believe that "Hatred" and Negativity Exist. We know the Truth. We simply need you to confirm it. It would be better if you do, then the Others-For America's Sake.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Florence

    So the Pakistanis’ ISI know where Ben Laden is but won’t tell us because of ransom? Why don’t we stop the aid to Pakistan and help India to wage war on Pakistan and destroy this phony country for good? This would be our “trump card”. I don’t think the fear of Muslims that they would make a hero out of this jerk and creating one more martyr is relevant here. These Muslims have already thousands of shrines for their heroes, what’s one more.
    Or is it because the military clan doesn’t want to find him because then the war is over and they’re out of business?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Chris

    Where is The A Team when you need them.....

    March 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mary

    They probably captured him already but keeping it undercover to have a reason to stay in Afghanistan for as long as they need.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rashid Mujtaba

    I believe that Pakistan Government of ISI don't know where Osama is, because if there is a cooperation between the ISI and Osama, Pakistan should not see Attacks from Taliban. Even if ISI is doing those attacks theirselves, just to show the US, that we have no link with Taliban or Osama or have no information about him, Its not possible that ISI will plant attacks in populated areas, or areas which can lead to huge damage. I feel Iran will have better information of his location, then Pakistan.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  29. posterboy

    The level of discourse on this subject clearly points to third-grade educations.

    Why don’t we all get an actual education, as opposed to a pscychological opinion-forming brainwashing. Education is good! Yes, even Pakistanis can write in Urdu!

    Just GET YOURSELVES AN EDUCTATION, and above all LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR MOTHER TOLD YOU and then maybe clues might be coming from right and left.

    Who the hell cares what happened to Osama Bin lLaden?

    My question is, would you want him to be your neighbor in 12 A?

    Go, smoke a hookah if need be, but PONDER THAT SIMPLE THOUGHT.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. I hate This guy Bin Laden

    Capture him and you are right, not killing him will pose problems and probably lots of innocent lives going. I would say capture and kill him.

    But USA is not able to do it. shows that they are just not equipped. what is stopping them from going all out and killing Bin Laden? they say, "a nuclear war".

    Hah! a nuclear war will happen if he is alive for more time than what he is supposed to be. otherwise there will be peace. I don't believe he is dead. Taliban has only a few people who can think and Bin Laden is one of them. I think he lives in this place called "PAKISTAN"

    March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Reality calling

    @John in Montreal. That was asked and answered in this thread.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tim

    I don't know a single person who believe that the CIA and Illuminati are not the ones behind the 9/11 plot, along with 1,000's of other plots and genocides.. They are threatening us by ignoring the American People who want the truth. The Truth will be with held until the truth makes sense, and you can accept it. Not many people have thought of the reason the CIA has been attacking Americans. The CIA is not "American" The CIA is a branch continued from Nazi Germany. They are given all information and no one else is allowed to see it/know it.. OBAMA-Give US FULL DISCLOSURE NOW!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Matt

    I say dont capture him and just kill him

    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. spooly-t

    Bin Laden will live forever, he will never die, nor be captured.
    USA need him too much to kill/capture him, or else Defense Industry will go belly up.

    If America has no enemy left, it will start another civil war.

    Bin Laden=good for business=job security

    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. narrator

    For all you conspiracy theorists that claim to know that Bin Laden is either dead or alive. Where is your proof? You have none right. You are the same people that claim to know where Jimmy Hoffa is also. We know were Hoffas family is, do we know where Bin Ladens wives and children are? If you do then I say you go after them and you'll find out where he is. i say he is in AREA 51 with all the other spooks. Maybe he has joined the beard of the month club and he and Fidel Castro are writting a book about beard care in Cuba.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  36. J. Hud

    HUMM? I guess after reading the many thoughts and conclusions about Bin Laden, one thing remains without the shadow of a doubt ... 'we still don't know any more about Bin Laden stemming from the first message sent to your brains recognizing this sick guy! . That said, have you ever thought about how this guy has the attention of the whole world. He will unfortunately live on in the minds of our generation and generations to come. Now that's Sick!!!

    I guess I'd better stop thinking and writing about Bin Laden immediately... he has me doing exactly what I observed you doing, e.g. occupying your time, space and mind!!!!


    March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. f

    Ever read 1984? Totalitarian governments need an enemy, so that they can keep population under constant fear and control.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ahmad

    pakistan should be serious fighting alqaida

    March 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Patrick M

    "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.”

    – I think we're getting a head of ourselves here he has not been captured yet. This is the man who orchestrated 9/11, to say that capturing him would cause more problems than not is ridiculous. "We bring terrorist to justice" doesn't apply to Taliban leaders because they're "to big? GIve me a break. The problem is politics. The only reason we haven't captured bin Laden is because of a lack of cooperation with Pakistan. Our government owes it to the american people to capture and kill osama bin laden

    March 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Subhash

    If US is so sure that Pakistan ISI is shielding him,why can't they just stop funding that Nation that gives monetry support to terrorists ?
    It seems that US is not interested to take the war to its logical conclusion.It does not want this threat to be over and wants to use it to its advantage.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Margroks

    Saying someone would be a "martyr" is not exclusively an Islamic reference and hardly marks the commenter as a Muslim. There were numerous early Christian martyrs, BTW; they usually ended up revered as Saints.

    Making a martyr out of Bin Laden is indeed a rea concern but I think he should be captured and tried as a terrorist nonetheless.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Reality calling

    @Dan. As long as we need oil, we need a full ally in the Middle East. Israel is that ally. We know we can base our military there if it all hits the fan. The less we import oil, the less we depend on the Middle East, the less we will have a military interest, the less we will be hated there. Track the status of Israel, Palestine and America's image in the Middle East versus US foreign policy. Under Republicans with strong pro-Israeli policies, all three are worse off. Under Democrats, with more middle ground policies, all three are better off. Carter and Clinton both made amazing progress. Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush II all saw escalating violence. For the good of all, we need to follow a middle ground, high involvement policy. Two states, 1967 borders, all sides accountable for their actions. This policy has a very strong consensus around the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dan

    A CIA agent visited him in a hospital of Dubai 2 monts before 911, he was dying then. Google the Guardian article for Thursday 1 November 2001. Also, check the official FBI most wanted list for Bin Laden. NO mention of 911 there... and we have started two wars because we're so sure he was involved... K'mon people...

    March 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  44. guest

    Bin Laden is in Pakistan. Pakistan has captured him for sure.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. marie

    I believe that George Bush permitted/conspired with Bin Laden to allow 9/11 to happen in anticipation of his own dictatorial goals. Therefore, it would be unwise for the US to capture him if he is dead then it is important to keep the fear of another attack over the american people's heads. Why else would on the morning of 9/11 would Bush remain reading in a classroom and then permit Bin Laden's relatives to be flown out of our country. Maybe if we stoped sending aid to these countries we could use the money to create jobs of border patrol and air control and strenghten our own country to prevent such attacks after all if they have no funds its hard to finance an attack so we are funding our own demise.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  46. annu

    well come on i'm a muslim living in the middle east and guess what all muslims over here hate this osama bin laden. There are only two possibilies either he is dead or he is living in the USA.

    Osama bin laden is not a martyr and not even close.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  47. RezKing

    Its very crystal clear from all the attacks that happen around the world. Pakistan is the core problem of everything. All evils trace back to pakistan, any attacks either in India, US or elsewhere.

    its complicated to correct them, between those uneducated population with no job prospects and who want to engage in violence motivated by radicals and those educated who wants peace.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Salim

    Bin Laden was so-called born son by USA to fight against Russia. Now, that he is fighiting against his own DAD, and how could DAD don'tknow where he is? this is all politics, USA, damn well knows where is he hiding? (In India) but they have don't evidence that he is there.everybody says he is in Pakistan – that's not true. Arny knows that he is in INDIA.
    They don't want to capture him, so army can stay in middle east to get more conrtol of Oil.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sam

    Even if he is caught – don't kill him, or even prosecute. You just dress him up in his garb and turbin, and drop him off in Times Square. If he can make it out of NYC alive, he's a free man – but we all know that isn't going to happen.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tony- S. Cal

    The logic is that he can only hide around those that helps and protect him. Thus, those places that he hides must be all supporters of his. Now, the best thing to do is.. locate the general area of his were about (we can do that easier than trying to pin-point his exact location) and send a small tactical nuke into that area.. problem solved. Save our tax money and wipe out that SOB with all his pals. Even he survives the initial detonation, do you think he can survive radioactive fallout? After detonation, we send all our resource to treat those survives, Bin Ladin excluded obviously.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Billy J ------ in Texas

    He is dead. Bush and Cheney knew it, but needed him alive to keep the wars going. This admin probably knows it, but has already committed so much to the defense contractors and regional power brokers of the middle east that they are keeping mum too.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Anderson Clayton

    So after 9 years of having invaded Afghanistan exactly to catch OB Ladden it is a SHAME to our military to ask "WHERE IS Osama Bin Laden?" This is without even mentioning the tens of thousands of Afghan civilians we murdered in the process.
    This is a demonstration of sublime incompetence, the most powerful army of the world been embarrassed by a sexagenarian riding his camel on the mountains of Afghanistan!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Kyle

    HE IS DEAD!!!

    Also, PJ, That's pretty funny, maybe he could star on Ru Paul's show.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Ray.

    If Bin Laden's son is really against his father's actions and ideology and if he truly has remorse for the role his father played in the 911 attacks, why doesn't he come forward and cooperate with the FBI, CIA and what have you?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. johnleb

    This guy has been dead ever since they used the thermobaric bombs on that tora bora mountain holdout. No one wants to admit he's dead.. the US needs him for the archenemy, Al Qaeda needs him for the leader.. so they can't "find" him.

    If he was still alive, we'd have seen a video in the last 3-4 years.. but he's not.. can't make a dead man walk. Sooner people realize this the better off we'll be..

    March 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Guest

    Why is this a cover story on CNN? There is nothing more important to report, like Obama making a statement about healthcare? CNN is pathetic. This is the last time I check my news here.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Simon

    Louis, you are 100% right. John McCain absolutely said he knew how to catch Bin laden and if he was elected he would. So why hasn't he shared that information? People need to hold officials accountable for statements like that.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  58. dl

    When was the last confirmed sighting of bin laden? I think he's already dead.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  59. randy

    Going to war on Iraq made matters easy for Taliban/other terrorist groups. Osama is not at all a key factor now in war on terror. We need to understand that there are small groups of hatred filled people who wants to create panic in the name of religion.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Joe Budden

    just another cover up the U.S government used as an excuse to do terrible things to their own country
    to scare people with fear of terrorism
    so every time the U.S wants to do something Unethical they blame it on Al-Qaeda (which doesn't even exist)
    its part of a bigger plan people
    WAKE UP!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Salman

    We should find and kill him rigth there and then. Capture him, and I bet you he will appear on Apprentice, just like Rod Blagojevich.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Rollo Tomassi

    If there is no boogey-man no one gets paid.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Bell Star

    How can these terrorists even be tried in a civilian court. They are not U.S. citizens and are not privilegded to the same rights we have as U.S. citizens. How would we ever find a jury of their peers anyway. If you find their peers, they probably need to be arrested too. It is not right that we have to foot the bill to give them a trial. Save the tax payers money and just put a bullet in their head. Who cares about martyrdom? They already see themselves as martyrs anyway and are proud of it. We definately do not need to put them in our prisons with some of our worst criminals only for them to infect them with their beliefs and ideals on terrorism, America, and Israel. Not too smart Obama. You are just making our prison system a breeding ground for terrorist.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kevin D.

    ohhhh yeah. I remember that guy. its a shame our executive and military have failed us in this respect.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JB

    PEOPLE PLEASE REALIZE THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION KEYSER SOZE (The Unusual suspect movie) Mission accomplished! and they walk away with the money. SIMPLE!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sean

    Isn't is proven to you all that that Life doesn't randomly go on Pause for 60 years lol. There is a lot of knowledge that you must find before you can even think about asking where someone is who has access to time travel machines (weapons of mass destruction). If we an take the one owned by the Illuminati away. We will live in Peace......The Ancient Pyramids have held the biggest secret to humanity and it's right in front of our eyes. What were we thinking?? Check out "Kryptos", The CIA Sculpture built in the early 1990's when this technology was being mastered. The CIA left a message for all of us to decrypt. To this day only 3 of the Parts have been decrypted. The solved parts or stun you. Conscious needs to expand or we ar e doomed.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rose

    He is a fictional figute. The real Bin Laden is living in Texas

    March 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  68. BOB B

    he's dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!has been since tora bora,has anyone noticed there has not been a video from him in over four years????he sure was making them before that!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  69. John in Montreal

    What's totally strange, is that Laden is not linked to the World Trade Center 2001 attack on the FBI Most wanted list... See the FBI web site. I don't understand why.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Brad

    The question is no longer finding bin Landen. During World War Two Hitler was killing off by killing off his war machine. So the real issue at hand is larger than bin Landen himself, it's finding a solution to the al Qaeda problem. By killing off al Qaeda you kill off bin Landen.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Mark J

    I totally agree, killing Bin Laden would only empower the radical Islamists.

    Publicly, they may refute the claims, but they would go into desperation mode and step up attacks on pro-Western targets.

    So many people forget, martyrdom is highest honor for any public figure. Look at Cuba, Fidel has become a feable old man, while Che remains as a symbol to the young and old alike in Cuba.

    The best way to defeat the extremists is by marginalizing them. If we continue to rebuild their infrastructure, educate them and treat them as equals, the disenfranchised fringe will look more favorably to the US and our allies.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  72. melissa Borjas

    I think that Bin Laden hasn't been cought for a reason. We have the resources to find anyone in this world. You cant tell me that with all out CIA equipment that we havent been able to find him?

    March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Don From Atlanta

    That's some serious BS. Obama is lost as Commander and Chief! He's only interested is his health care reform and that's not happening.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Danram

    As satisfying as it would be to have Bin Laden's head on a stick, the truth is that he's pretty much irrelevant these days. Aside from putting out the occasional audio tape filled with the same rants as ever, he's basically a non-factor, yesterday's news.

    If we were to kill him tomorrow and exhibit his body on TV like we did with Saddam's sons to prove they were dead, it wouldn't make any real difference in Afghanistan or Yemen or Iraq. If we never find him and he keeps cranking out the occasional audio tape for the next 20 years before he dies of natural causes, it won't make any difference. The true believers in Al-Qaeda don't need him for inspiration, and they wouldn't be dissuaded by his death.

    I hope we find him and kill him ASAP. But whether we do so or not shouldn't be used as a gauge of our success in the struggle against islamic extremism. A much more relevant measurement is the public opinion polls in muslim nations showing public support for Al-Qaeda dropping to new lows. That's where the real battle will be won.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  75. metoo

    Someone was saying send 100000 troops, Ask yourself do you want to go there?
    Wrting here is easy than actually doing it, I hope he knows it.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Simon

    If you (OnlyFacts) thinks that Obama CARES about avenging 9/11 you are wrong. He refuses to look at any of the unanswered questions and do nothing like Bush did. Starting with the controlled demolition of WTC7.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  77. PJ

    He is walking around town in a Burqa!! Has been for years. The greatest drag show of all.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Daniel

    I find it rather dubious that Osama bin Laden will ever be found alive,but again,I could be wrong.To my knowkedge,Osama bin Laden did suffer from nephritis back in 2001 and it became self evident in a 2001 video he made in December 2001.The right-wing fanatics in Washington,however,need him to freighten the rest of us into supporting their sinister wars agaist Islam and their plans to subjugate the whole Middle East.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Louis

    I believe that John McCain told us that he knew where Bin Laden was during the campaign. He was going to go right after him once elected. So...why has he not shared this information with us?
    If Bin Laden is alive, he is probably being safely taken care of by his family in Saudi Arabia.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Brickell Princess

    It was all made up by Bush as part of the 9/11 plan to find an excuse and support to invade Iraq and take control of the world's larges oil reserves. 9/11 was a defense strategy, not a terrorist attack.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Moishe Geltshlepper

    Osama (Sammi Gi) is my Wife Betsy's La Maze Instructor at the Day Spa in Mill Valley, California

    March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Amazed

    The thing I am most concerned about is total stupidity of 99% of you people. You think he's hiding in Utah with Elvis and JFK...... good grief, you people need to get a brain.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  83. columbianTiger

    i think they know where he is. They're just not going to reveal it until the government can truely get rid of the extremist. The pakastani's need us as much as they do the terrorist. The governtment isn't able to function, "currupt free" without our involvement, at least not yet. And if the pakastani government acutually has his where-abouts, then they won't hand him over until they have met certain goals and can protect their own interests without our aid or backlash. And right now they have our cooperation and funding, soldiers, pubilicity, and even some of our allies resources as well. And the terrorists are job security.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  84. hrdwknman

    SEnd in the Israeli Mosaad.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jess Yandow

    Once we find that shallow grave in which Bin Laden is buried, the mystery will be over. It's surprisingly hard to find dead people, however, especially if you're hoping everyone else thinks he's alive.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Azeez

    Who cares? Osama bin Laden doesnt matter anymore.... al Qaeda is bigger him...

    March 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  87. musings

    It's really sad to me that a country which beat Hitler in Europe never seriously gave a second thought as to whether he was alive or dead, as a foreign policy matter. Even if he had gone to South America from which he used propaganda to rally old Nazis, we were smart enough not to care. His continued existence was a matter for writers of fiction and fantasy.

    Here, you have a man who never even ran a country, not even Afghanistan. Every big attack on the US was attributed to him, even though we had a lot more enemies than bin Laden. Why, the anthrax attack (which was so evil it had to be attributed to a cabal of alQaeda and Saddam) turned out to be domestic.

    Paying the slightest bit of attention to this guy (in the Guy Fawkes sense of the word) shows how far we have fallen as a society, into a magical thinking which children and primitives are prone to – through no fault of their own. The fault my dear Brutus is in ourselves.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jake Rockwel

    The Guy is dead... He was on Dialysis since desert storm.... Unless there are some new Cave med's that can cure anything he most likely faded away in a tent somewhere.
    Fact: There is No proof of him being alive, Audio tape is NOT confirmation. The Taliban most likely wants his image to be the true voice of radical islam...If the US gov knows they wont say as we spent hundreds of billions running around the region since his last "confirmed" sighting.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  89. think about it

    we're not looking in the right places. most likely he's shaved off the beard, cut his hair and bought a new wardrobe. i'd search the yachts or casino's off the coast of monaco. he does have lots family money afterall. he's no stranger to the "lifestyle of the rich and famous".

    March 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dana

    Osama Bin Laden is not missing. The U.S. government knows exactly where he is and could get him any time that they want to but they won't because as long as he is "out there somewhere" he is the perfect scapegoat for any terrorism acts they may happen on U.S soil or against U.S. citizens anywhere in the world.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Michelle

    People from other planets have been here for long periods of time. Some of those people are us. Some of us aren't. Our memory was purposely with held to our SubConscious. Check out STEVEN GREER and DAVID WILCOCK. It has almost gotten to the point when Obama (The Puppet) and the Leaders of the Galactic Federation of Light inform all to delete your fear of death, which does not exist. We (Americans) have been forced to believe this in order to be slaves to those in Power. The Illuminati is almost totally gone. Steven Greer will get this information. Help spread the word and do some more research!....Most other countries are totally aware for the Shift that has started and the end Result. You must be informed or you will be shocked. The 2nd Law of Thyrodynamics has been a lie to us our whole lives. It does not exist. ORGONE is the element that gives us FREE ENERGY. The Illuminati are trying their best to hide these secrets, but it's too late for them

    March 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Jeff

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if he were already dead. Back in 2001, I think I remember him being on dialysis or something of the sort. Not too familiar with the technology, but it's been over 8 years – he very well could have died due to health problems, independent of the efforts to capture/kill him, which would have only added to his chances of death.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  93. 4theworld

    well when i look at this picture 3 things tell me that he is on a yahct.when a photographer takes a picture he centers the subject upright.if you notice the couch or bed he is on left side lower then right side is higher in the picture .but looking at the cane and microphone they lean to the left .which tells me a wave has moved the ship up one side.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  94. DJ

    I'm sure this bin laden is hiding in Pakistan and is under pakistan govts protection...Pakistan is fooling US to get more millitary aid which pak can use against India and funding terror attacks in india. Why doesn't the US govt understand that funding Pak and sending the US tax payers money is completely illogical...Pak will continue taking our money and stab us behind the back!

    March 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  95. waynorth

    The Feds (CIA) got him. They just don't want us to know it.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Bhai


    He was Killed the very next morning after 9/11.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  97. rolf

    The best case for any government is a scared people. If you can get all your people to be scared of the same thing, you control your people...... the "War on terror" will never end.... No matter what we do...... There will always be nuts that will try do destroy us. Don't blame all Muslims for the craziness of some... If we make this a religious war we will loose. There is a lot more of them then there is of us.... And their numbers are getting greater every day.... If we can help minimize poverty and despair in those countries, the fundamentalism will fade away. I am a Christian, but I will not mix politics with religion….The state should do the same…… If there was less emphasis on god it the political rhetoric, maybe the Muslim fundamentalists would have less of an argument calling our presence in the middle east a crusade.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mike

    I know it sounds crazy but is it possible the USA already knows where he is? Lets not forget in WW2 they helped many Nazi's escape for whatever reason. They were just as bad or worse than Bin Laden. Perhaps they figure a crippled figurehead is better than someone who can actually move around? Perhaps if they know where he is they figure they can gather intelligence by listening in, and that's more important than revenge. And no, I'm not one to believe most conspiracy theories, but this makes some sense to me.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  99. ghsot watcher

    I saw Bin Laden, Elvis, and Michael Jackson all three at Wal Mart this week.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Jarvis

    He's been dead for YEARS now. That's what the al queda doesn't want you to know.
    His corpse is long gone, rotten in the hole that US military blasted him away in probably around 2006 sometime.
    He doesn't got from Mr. Video star of the Taliban one day broadcasting himself to the world about how he's going to destroy the US and its allies to completely missing the next. he's DEAD.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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