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

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

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

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

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

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

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    CNN IS A joke!

    September 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    They will not find Bin Laden, because (assuming he is alive) Osama Bin Laden's death would be the end of the war, and this war is not meant to be won, just sustained.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cdnanonymous

    I am sure Mr. Bin Laden is hiding in the country bordering Afghanistan. I am sure it would not take 8 years to yet not find him and his terrorist friends. The problem is instead we spend all our energy and money supporting the terrorist sponsoring country (only 100s of billions of dollars) to effectively have the terrorists us it against us. And then we even give the terrorist sponsoring country hollywood fame by allowing some of our top actors and actresses visiting the holy land.

    Frankly, watching the TV channel on 9/11 in 2010 brings sadness even now. How can we allow criminals and terrorst sponsoring nations survive? America is too nice, we just let it go and now there will be a mosque built on ground zero. What should have happened is that they should have nuked the country and taken Bin Laden and his so called friends out.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tonycjl

    Osama bin laden will never be caught by either american or pakistani forces, as he and his people are being supported by kayani, pasha and the government of pakistan. This is what is called an open secret. Cause the day binladen is caught, that day, pakistan looses the billion of dollars in aid it gets from america and the western alliance.

    September 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anu

    Because he is dead

    September 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barney Google II

    Osama Bin Ladin has been in hiding in CHINA for the past 5-7 years, just north of Pakistan between Tajigistan, and is under the protection of China, our biggest commercial partner.
    With all the BIG BROTHER technology we have, and the trillions of dollars available, they can't find him, hmmmmmmmmm, we are truthfully the joke of the world.
    Whatever OBL does to keep himself stealth, we should BOTTLE and sell it to the BOZOS IN THE CIA, PENTAGON, FBI, ETC. ...................or...............................................maybe not, maybe they just want the $$$$$$WAR$$$$$$ to go on forever.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bard1947

    Let's face it. There are some people who are so rich and/or well connected with people in high places, that they will never be brought to justice. An example, Joseph Mengala, the German war criminal who performed all kinds of hideous things in the name of science. He was "hunted" for over forty years, and never found. Yet, many people knew of his existence and he even communicated with his rich family back in Germany. He died of old age, somewhere in South America.
    The Bin Laden's are another rich, industrialist family, just like the Mengalas. they has mansions in several countries and I wouldn't doubt if he spends time there, in between making propaganda movies where he looks like a poor guy hiding in a cave somewhere.

    The only way he will be hunted down, is if someone goes after the bounty on him. Say, a small band of ex-seals or special forces people. Other-wise it is extremely doubtful anything will happen through official channels. Too many people working for both sides involved. Don't you wish he had just burned a few Bibles instead of what he did? Makes you think!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Butcher

    They haven't caught him because Bin Laden works for the government. He is just used to scare the American public. Also, George Bush has a lot of business ties to the Bin Laden family. Bush is close friends with the Bin Laden family, so the Bush administration protected Bin Laden and the Obama administration would do the same.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stupid is as "Stoopid" does

    I'd like to witness a real life conversation between you two........a whole lot of talking and nothing being said. Wow. Just what are you on?

    September 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    You still think we havnen't found him?

    September 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    I believe Bin Laden is hiding in Crawford Texas.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tonnie

    Really, we found saddam in the middle of the desert, in a hole, 6 ft. underground. but for reason we cant find osama? i dont get it either....

    September 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Davis

    He hasnt been found because we dont want to find him. Its a no brainer.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    Obama try to catch his Muslim Brother? BWAHAHAHAHA And if our troops were to catch him, Eric Holder would let him go...

    September 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DDM

    Bush/Cheney put pursuit of Osama on back burner to instead wage stupid ego war in Iraq, plus all of Afghanistan. Could have engaged our specialists plus hired arabic-speaking mercenaries and concentrated on Osama. Now too late to ever catch up with him. But, oh boy, plenty of war money flowing for business of military/industsrial complex. As someone else said, if Osama owed back taxes to IRS we would have nailed him years ago. Bring our troops back & station on our own borders, Stop all illegal immigration & terrorism attempts at home.

    September 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Nico

    Osama Bin Laden hasent made a video in years. The only one i see making videos is his supposed "right hand man", the old man with glasses & the bump on his forehead.
    The man is dead. If he wasnt then why no more videos? Forget the grainy shadow videos that the media say is him. The real deal videos ak47 & all.
    What would happen here in the USA if the word got out that he was dead and gone?

    Then WHO would we be fighting? ..And for what reason? ..and for how much longer?..and at what cost?

    September 10, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  17. angkor_sentinel

    In my view,I think Osama have been killed already....but the news doesn't revealed because america anticipate the world of islam turmoil by the dead of the top guys.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. jb707

    so many witness accounts prove you wrong about the pentagon. The plane hit the ground first and cascaded into the building, they have footage moments after of bystanders picking up aircraft parts. If WTC was demo'ed, how come nobody who worked there that survived it noticed the setup of charges, no one is that oblivious. It's a fantasy story. A 747 at over 300 mph weighing several tonnes laden with jet fuel could easily weaken the support structure of a building.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • SouthernBelle Mom

      jb707 – if you are inclined to believe that it was indeed a plane of any kind that hit the pentagon, look at original photo's from that day, Where is the debris? and as you say a plane with that much fuel and metal?! well there would stand to be an explosion, fire right? look at original photo's! Please there where books sitting on chairs and papers still stiing on desks not even a little charred. The evidence is right in front of use. Even in original video footage the day the "plane" supposedly hit the pentagon look at the hole before the second collapse.... just take a look, I think you'll be quite suprised at what you find. I'm just saying do some digging on your own do not believe what I am saying nor what anyone else tells you.....

      September 12, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. jb707

    He is dead, destroyed, finished, undone. The enemy wont admit it because it's a victory for us. They will let the legend live on. Just my opinion, but we haven't heard anything from they guy in years which raises an eyebrow. As for people on here saying we created Bin Laden as he is, you're partially right in that we did support his cause against the Soviets but we never thought he would turn on us. It's sad that he did betray us but you have to work with people that hate your enemy even if they don't have the same beliefs. What if Great Britain turned on us tomorrow (kind of a stretch)? Would you thumb your nose at the fact we were allies and trade partners with an enemy? We can't even predict what will happen tomorrow accurately, how can you even predict what will happen in 20 years?

    September 10, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  20. Greg

    I agree with Clinton that both Pakistan AND Afghanistan know where bin Laden is hiding... what I don't understand is why the followers of Ahmed Shah Massoud, The Lion of Panjshir, have not taken retribution, and instead are as culpable as the Taliban in his assassination because they allow bin Laden to play hokie-pokie along the borders between the two countries... Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari, and Pervez Musharraf are jokes and the only thing keeping them from fully jumping into bed with the Taliban is the continuous flow of money from the United States propping up their governments, otherwise they wouldn't even be viable in the 'hunt' for bin Laden at this point.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  21. a further truth


    your idea is a very valid one but I believe it goes even deeper than that. After the original bombing of the World Trade Centers, the FBI needed a way to arrest the masterminds behind it although they had little proof to put them away with direct connection. The way they did this was through a law in the United States that was, and still is, used against organized crime to put away top mob bosses who have no direct connections to any of the crimes committed. In order to do so though, there needed to be an organization that these men were a part of, otherwise the law would not allow that to happen.

    That organization became al Queda. It is a name that was created by the FBI in order to use the laws of the United States to apprehend those responsible for the attacks. al Queda existed before al Queda even knew it did. The various extremist groups that came together to become al Queda only did so after the United States began calling them that. The media ran with it and it became a global phenomenon. There was very little coordination or unity amongst the Middle Eastern extremist groups. By creating the idea of al Queda, they actually unified these extremist efforts and, in reality, al Queda materialized around this definition.

    I am in no way saying the FBI is responsible for terrorist attacks or they planned attacks against the United States or even that terrorist attacks would not have happened if the label of al Queda was never created, but al Queda never became a unified group until the concept of al Queda was created and broadcast across the globe.

    Makes you think.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chubs Bigfat

    Bin Laden's been in Iran for the past nine years.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  23. Eric Callicoat

    Perhaps Bin Laden hasn't nor will ever be brought to justice for his crimes because 1) the US is fulfilling its promise to his blood father the Prince of Arabia Fahad now deceased to never harm a hair on his royal oil enriched head. Maybe the US should kick Saudi Arabia out of bed, start allowing US automakers to build cars that run on hydrogen instead of gasoline, and quit drilling for oil at such an alarming rate. Geeze, if the oil is what keeps the pistons from busting out the crankcase of a car and couldn't be safely replaced with water, then I wonder what all those billions of barrels of oil are doing deep in the earth and why it seems we rationalize it can be replaced with water, or mud? Maybe it keeps the TECTONIC plates lubed up there, geology students!
    Or maybe its because Obama is a muslin and will soon make his pilgrimage to Mecca. He may as well if he intends to keep in us in the 'oil' bed with Saudi Arabi. Iceland is just a drop in the arabian oil 'bucket' so it didn't matter much when they mandate 2 years ago that hydrogen be burned instead of gasoline in all internal combustion engines in the next 8 years. No big loss there to the US / Arab Oil Money Machine, but if the US Executive Branch were to grow a pair that would sure make it less of a possibility the we'll soon be called the "United States of Arabia".
    Maybe an extinction event will be precipitaded by the global warming caused by gas money greed that will kill only the human species instead of the whole of life on earth like could have happened the other day when the asteroids passed between earth and the moon. That would be the only fair thing any God could do for such an ungratefull and selfish species.
    Or perhaps it's because 2) the media is in that same bed in a 3 way with US policy on Arab oil dependancy. If not, why so many reality shows and horrifying news stories. Who cares if Octomom or Kate Gosslin is the next bachlorette? Thank God you media guys couldn't bury the Gulf Oil disaster because you surely would have since the only news you seem willing to report is bent on occupying the average hard working (taxpaying) mind and distracting it from the truth that we could pick an alternate fuel source like hydrogen anytime WE wanted to. But greed OR censorship will probably keep you guys from doing the next right thing and post this so you can keep the noise jamming going into the average american mind.

    September 10, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  24. General Dr Bad

    After the iraq INvasion, Bin Laden Surrendered to me same tiem as Ahki Omar ghadafi.
    we were wroking on the terms for him to turn him self in.
    he wanted us to release his Men in exchange.
    Thats when the idiot bush made the mistake of atcking me, and i have ben kicking your idiot asses ever since.
    i have bin Laden and i wont give him to them. and they cant come and get him.
    now you go fuk your idiots selves some more and go murder more babies. (YOUR babies))

    September 10, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  25. Xion

    Honestly...who cares? Our government is so worried about whats going on in other countries that they can't even focus on the needs of THIS country. Maybe if we took some of that money going into the war effort and funneled it into our education systems, we would end up with a better educated populace. Better education will advance our society, not war. So really, who cares where Osama is? If he's not dead, then he's obviousely either very ill, or very smart by staying hidden. Let him keep doing so and move on to more important things on the homefront.

    September 10, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  26. huxley

    Ossama said from the get go he'd break the USA . WELL??

    September 10, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • General Dr Bad


      Ossama said from the get go he'd break the USA . WELL??
      (buhs beat him to it) rotflmfao,
      it is obvious no one watched obams state of the disuninon. i guess you ALL missed where he saluted ptriot bush and admited bush is stil running your wars.
      you now have about 2 hours left to find my M.I.A ArmY nurse.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  27. Govt Critic

    After all this time, it is not politically expedient to capture Osama Bin Laden. Given all the international assets and agencies, and the bounty on his head, he should have been located/captured already, but has not. If he were to be found alive, he would no longer give the US govt creditability to continue its military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. This would then domino backwards to lessened threat, less need for combat operations, less need for increased funding for military, etc. The US Govt does NOT wanty OBL found, dead or alive!

    September 10, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  28. bin laden hunter

    in 200 yrs we will still be searching for bin laden cause our gov loves to fuel this lie about 9/11. The gov is your "bin laden"

    September 10, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  29. Charlotte Crist

    Now, back to the question..."Why haven't we found bin Laden yet?"...1.) It isn't in our political best interest...2.) He's smarter then us...3.) He's on his home turf...4.) We cant...5.) $25 million isn't enough...6.) We don't want to...7.) He's dead already...8.) Nobody wants an IOU from us...9.) He's current on his taxes...AND # 10,) is...WHO WANTS TO KNOW?

    September 10, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Because He is in Texas with Bush!!!

      September 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jean-Arthur

    Actually, I cannabalized him and his remains were lapped up by my dogs....

    September 10, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jan Dutch

    To MC Why don't the real moslims take action against their misguided brothers (and sisters) ? If they stood up against them, terror would not be associated with Islam !!

    September 10, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I guess that makes You like a Racist right???

      September 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bill W

    Bin Laden is likely never to be found dead or alive.He hasn't been found,because this country,and it's allies,are not willing
    to do whatever it takes to get this cold blooded murderer.He has slipped through our hands many times,simply because we
    choose not to act,out of political weakness.We have also led ourselves be led around by the nose,by these phonies in
    Pakistan,who keep the hope of finding him alive,as long as we send them our hard earned dollars.They play us for fools,
    to be sure.The other blame rests with weakness and stupidity via poor communications and info sharing between our
    "intelligence" agencies.People who should have worked together to get this loser,did not work together.

    September 10, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. Daudi

    Its not just Osama we have been unable to catch...its the whole lot of them releasing videos with annoying regularity...or did they all die too ? Wishful thinking backed by little knowledge

    September 10, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  34. kern

    ben ladin has been dead for years and the u.s. has fallen for this hook line and sinker. there is probably has million tapes prepared by bin ladin before he died and the taliban is using them when ever they want to scare america with what they want you to think he is saying to the us. lets get real if this guy is alive wit kidney problems running around from cave to cave he needs to be in the record books with how he does this and is still alive. my guess is that he is a matar to the taliban and their using this to scare people that still think he is alive. wake up america!

    September 10, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. Rose

    Bin Laden will never be found. This was all a game played by the Bush regime to scare Americans into giving up thier Rights. I do not understand how humanity can continue to do this dance throughout time...over and over again. A civilization reaches a certain level of enlghtenment, leading to tolerance and then ignorance follows as a generation or 2 get used to this, rather than build on it. This leaves all in a civilization, vulnerable to those who have ill intentions, by creating a naivite in the general public. Fear overpowers our will for our individual rights as citizens. Families are ripped apart and only those with integrity and undertsanding of this pattern speak up, and are then chastised by the ignorant masses as crazy and paranoid.

    The U.S. Government is sorely lacking in integrity, as it has been since the 1960's. All great empires/civilizations go through this period and it inevitably leads to it's demise....whether 10 years from now or 100. I am curious to see if America continues on this wave. History dictates that it will. Humanity there has not reached a maturity level that would enable it to recooperate. America has allowed and indeed enabled it's own demise.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ignerent Masses

      Ha ha wow you sure are paranoid what size tin foil hat will you need for armagedan?

      September 10, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |




    September 10, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Igasses

      And you think you are safe from terrorists in Italy?! This is not just americas problem.

      September 10, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)


      September 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sandra Bonanno

    Simple........ We are fighting for something we are told to believe via media and its propaganda, while he and his group of Muslims are fighting for a cause they truly believe in whole-heartedly. I do think he will be killed in a drone strike but not before America is bankrupt due to a War of Attrition which is the Ultimate goal of The Mujahideen. Hence; Micheal Scheuer the author of Marching to Hell.....

    September 10, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  38. Jews and history

    Yacobi......... Don't you hear the saying of " I never had argument with a scientist without defeating him and I always defeated by ignorants"" You here arguing with people do not know even who killed Jesus Christ never mind if he ascended as they said. so they need 1000 years of education to understand what you are saying, from the beginning of your posting and you talking about science and logic but they talk out of there ignorance.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  39. street smart

    our government is know where he is but they don't capture him yet ?they scare he will blow up every where?you know why?he smart too?he play his game with our life?he know that we looking for him but he not scare ?he be on tv and video tapes show that he is not dead yet?he tell all his men if he be capture you much do what i want you to do is kill kill kill and blow up life .that why no one bring him out ?smart game he make?

    September 10, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Stupid is as "Stoopid" does

      Do what? Are you even trying to make sense?

      September 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. poopsie

    Well all you people are wanting to know if bin laden is dead? i hope h had a terrible death. Who cares one last muslim to worry about now another million more to go. Think about all those good people that died on that tragic day sept 11. They don't do nothing except to kill innocent people and touch there kids from infants to how to fire a gun instead if playing in the sandbox. How sick. I hope they all die in that flood cause obviously only ones helping are there own. i know i wouldn't. good riddence to all muslims!!!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Sawfar

    The question should be: Are we realy want to find Bin Laden?..For the one with a very short memory...Not long ago when our Marines came too close or within reach of Bin Laden and let him go...Let's not forget that the only plane in the sky over the U.S.A flying during the 9-11 attack was a plane with Bin Laden Family jetting outside the country. As far as I am concerned I do not be surprused if Bin Laden staying and living in Florida with the Nut Pastor that want to burn the Quran....

    September 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Demps

    Because we already caught him in 2002... He lives in Tampa and goes by the name Oscar Ben Laydon. Makes more $$$ for the banking cartels that control the world to be able to bring that scary old skeleton out of the closet when Americans start to think about just how much we've been spending on trying to catch him!

    September 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Les Bruse

    They can't find him because they are looking in all the wrong places. I think he is in Canada, Iceland, or Alaska. Anyway, the Al-Qaeda idiots are still around and always will be. Trying to stop the al-qaeda is like trying to stop people from smoking pot. It will never happen. You can't do it. New people are being recruited into this group from all over the world. One big mistake was letting them buy and run all of our inter-city stores in the USA. (from Yemen). Thats one way they are getting the money and the people. They need to go to Yemen and then Canada to find him.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  44. John Hennessy Black

    The myth regarding bin laden's "Kidney Disease" has really been debunked many years ago, for number 1.

    Number 2, we really do not have the intelligence in America – clearly demonstrated by comments here – to find him.

    Number 3, these folks in the mid east will not give him up – even for the 25 million offer for him – as they are not as greedy as Americans.

    Finally, we all should know by now that even if we should stumble over him, he would commit suicide rather than ever allow himself to be captured; in point of fact, he has multiple bodyguards with him at all times to do just that, should he ever face the possibility of capture.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ringo

    He doesn't exist. He's as real as Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. johnp

    After reading all these comments and analyzing life, it is really irrelavant. We as a human race act like we are avialable forever. News Flash, 75 years at the most, so really, who gives a damn.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. americandad

    Bin Laden will not get caught because he is in Saudi Arabia and we will not go into Saudi Arabia because they are a powerful country. Bin Laden is Saudi Arabian and he is very wealthy.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Brad

    $25 millions, Dead?

    September 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Give me the 25 million because He died a year ago...

      September 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. SG in California

    Our Gov does not want to kill, or find Bin Laden. It would take the wind out of anti-terrorist funding.....OH.... they don't want that to happen. I mean EVERYTHING is geared to GREED these days. Just go to ANY store and you'll see for yourself what I'm talking about. Bin Laden Dead??????? Never happen............

    September 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stupid is as "Stoopid" does

      Well, now that statement isn't very well thought out. Everyone dies at some point.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        The only reason the Iraq War was started so that the Bush and Cheney could get Richer!!!

        September 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Bin Laden is probably dead already!!! The Tarriest are just using Him to keep the war going... Hopefully soon the Taliban will force the Tarriest in talking PEACE with the rest of the World!!! That is if We can keep the Racist from putting more fire to the fighting...

      September 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Conspiracy

    Its obvious that the Bush admin. has been pampering Bin Laden from the beginning and more than likey captured and sheltered him in a secure location somewhere to cover up any conspiracy linked to the government. He is obviously living in a civilized enviroment of some type, his past few TV appearances have showed him to be clean cut, groomed and doesnt appear to be lacking sleep. If a guy lives in a cave he would not be as clean as he is and he wouldn't look so well rested and not to mention its hard to get medical treatment in a cave. Maybe his captures wheel him out every now and place him in front of a camera to preach insanity to stir up fear to releave to focus on the big picture "OIL" that certain officialls make millions off of. Speaking of which how fat is Bush and Cheaneys bank account looking now? I gurantee those Halliburton cheques don't bounce.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. MAS

    He is Dead! Why doesn't anyone ever talk about this possibility. Once a video movie star and now, no peep from him at all. He is Dead....Why do we continue to talk about him. He is obviously D.E.A.D.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. roskis

    BISSMILLAH!!! i ask GOD (ALLAH) the almighty to continue to protect,guide and hide his OSBL.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Steve

    They killed him but didn't say anything to prevent him from becoming a martyr.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  54. LarryKegel(US Army)

    We have to stop waring about Bin Laden and find a way to make PEACE with the Taliban!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Veritas

    It is in the interest of US right wingers as well as the Al Qaeda leadership to keep bin Laden "alive" although he died years ago.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  56. dest7

    I believe the government has known where he was in the past but there is no political will to take him out at any price. Obama would probably give him a cabinet post if he was found or apologize for our uncaring behaviour.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. UB12

    He's working for us now.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Veritas

    bin Laden is dead already

    September 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. mudbone9

    Even if he is alive he has been made irrelevant. He no longer controls the day to day operations of Al Qaeda as it has become decentralized. Osama is a psychopath and a coward. A true leader would get out and take a more active role despite the perils. Instead he asks others to die for his cause while he hides like a scared pathetic little goat. No honorable person would have any respect for a leader like that. Then of course members of Al Qaeda have no honor nor would they know what it means.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      well written

      September 14, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  60. Mark

    Bin Laden is extremely intelligent and has the power to back him. Oh yes, he is hiding out in the hills and mountains throughout the region. If you had the money he possesses, no one could find you either. This predator is very much alive somewhere and our federal intelligence will not seek him out, due to overkill on foreign policy and this conflict we are involved with. This monster has so much power and has 3 countries to support him, we will never find him. In actual reality, he is supporting this war to last for decades to come- needless to add, he don't care! We are seeking him blindfolded! In addition, right now- he is mocking us and we are clueless of his whereabouts.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Wes in Oklahoma

    He could be the anti-Christ and if so he will be dealt with when the world ends on December 21, 2012. If not we need to be bombing those stupid muslims with pig blood until they turn him over to us.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • imanonymous

      dude u need to grow up... because of people like u, everyone hates islam.. u r piece of crap with 0 IQ and 0 common sense...

      September 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JC

    Muhammad had a vision.....and he told a story next day to his wife. And fooled entire generations ...such a pity..!!

    September 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. usual suspect

    His entire family is holed up in Iran. Anyone ever think to look there? Of course not, because we don't want to go to war with them.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  64. JC

    I think he is somewhere in a crowded city like Peshawar or Karachi or Quetta. Recognizing him without a beard would be difficult for anyone. Its easy to be underground in a crowded place than living in an isolated area. The Northwest frontier and FATA region is a strong hold for Taliban and Al Qaeda with tremendous local support. Little chance that he might have died a while ago and buried somewhere in the mountains. Lack of human resources for CIA might not let us see him captured for a long time. Just wait if he makes a wrong move to be busted.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Giovanni

    Bin Laden is not in Afghanistan, he is not in Iran, he is not in Pakistan, he is not hiding in a cave, but he is well protected by some government and he threatens that government to tell the world about politicians involved in international weapons, drugs and oil trafficking, he knows too much, let's think about the fake death of Saddam, he couldn't be killed in that easy way, Saddam is a point of connection with Iran and Palestine. Bin Laden doesn't need money, he could be living here in Southern Italy where police officers don't know anything about terrorism and they don't even worry about.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. daniel

    because he's either dead or never existed in the first place

    September 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Bud

    President Clinton received a call one day from a SF team on the ground that said they had bin Ladin in their sights and asked if they had a "Green Light." Clinton said NO. I accept that our government might not WANT to find him. Lord knows, NO ONE has been looking for him!

    September 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoopid People

      And how exactly do you know that Clinton said NO to a special forces sharpshooter? Wow people are stupid. This is a fine example of FOX news in action. If someone says it, then it must be true? Forget independent research, forget scientific inquiry, forget the available known facts. If it fits into your narrow uneducated world view, and it sounds like it MIGHT be plausible, you blindly believe it to be true. Let me guess, you also believe that vaccines cause autism, despite zero scientific evidence, and you believe Rush that global warming is a lie, despite the research of 100s of the smartest scientists in the world?...Nothing we can do about idiots like you now, the church and your television have molded you into the perfect angry, powerless simpleton they need to keep you voting for republicans. Or even better, to vote tea party! Just please, do not breed.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      That is not how I understand it went down. My understanding is that our "allies" in the Northern Alliance somehow prevented the special forces snipers from taking him out.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  68. ZAR

    Bin Laden is not important any more. The corrupt elements within our political system (specially the contractors and gov officials tied to them) and some companies are making big $$$ out of this war at the expense our tax money. They want this war to last forever. I think they are now trying to take the war across the boarder even into pakistan.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ryan

    If Bin Laden is still alive, I doubt his capture would ever be publicized, he would become a martyr.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Dale Y.

    He hasn't been caught yet because we don't want to catch him. His family still has important ties to the U.S. in high places. What could we possibly do with him if we caught him. We don't even know!

    September 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  71. DE in London

    Why hasn't Bin been caught yet?....there was a time when you could tune in to the big networks, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and listen to the reports on the latest efforts to find Bin. They typically mention where the forces are looking for him and where they might look for him next month.....Duh?. I knnow TV reception in a cave is not so good but standing outside with a sat phone getting updates is handy.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  72. JonoT

    Who cares, at this point. Catching Bin Laden will not bring any of the murdered people back. God will punish that piece of s**t.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • my 2 cents

      You saying GOD will punish him sort of sounds like something a taliban could say? You Bible thumpers crack me up. I bet you think you are going to live in a Beautiful Wonderous place forever and ever after you die too right? Sadly No, You Rot, into dirt, and become forgotten. Nobody tells tales of your story anymore. You religious types are the cause of war

      September 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        You must be a lonely man since the vast majority of Americans believe in God and you think that everyone who believes in God is a "bible thumper". You should use that great intellect (sic) and explain just what a "bible thumper" is, you loser.

        September 10, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Organized religions all suck, regardless of the particular brand. That's what got us into this place in the first place. It's all manmade delusional nonsense, and why most people cannot see this is beyond me.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  73. bobobrazil

    He has been spotted trimming bushes, cutting the lawn at G Bush's ranch in Crawford. He looks like any other Hispanic grounds keeper with sans the beard . This was set in motion shortly after 9/11 when Bush met with Benni's family shortly after the attack.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  74. pagandoc

    He's dead, that's why. He was on Hemodialysis (HD) the mortality at 5 years for Hemodialysis patients is 50%. And if you know anything about the process of HD it's not something you can do in some cave.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  75. doris

    I think he is dead. He has kidney desese and cannot survive living in a cave all this time unless bush has hide at the ranch in texas

    September 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bangash

      you are right as both are partners in oil company

      September 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Chuck

    It's because George W went all out after Sadam instead of bin Laden from the get go....

    September 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Bin Laden is in Texas with Bush!!! That is why We can't find him...

      September 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan Dutch

      At last someone who tells the truth! Doubleyou started the war against Irak to divert the people from his failure to capture OBL. Had he sent those soldiers to Afghanistan the Al Quaeda would never have become so strong as they are now.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  77. Been Laughin

    My guess is he is cleanly shaven with a nice dyed haircut, chillin on a beach somewhere sippin' mai tais, laughing, Enjoying this whole war on terror that is his reality tv show...

    September 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  78. GhotiStyx

    I know this is a blog, but why on earth is CNN asking us? Isn't it the news organizations job to get the facts and analyses, then present them to us? I can make an opinion about anything, but it seems silly that a news organization would encourage us to create hypotheses rather than doing the work to find out what the barriers are to finding him and simply publish the results!

    September 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Elephant Scrotum

    Remember, an Elephant Scrotum Never Forgets

    September 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  80. DB

    The US needs Bin Laden "out there". This is to keep the perpetual money spending in high gear and to assert controls over the US people. The US (IMHO) could get BL in one day, if they wished, but why do so, then what?

    September 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEXPAT

      Your are correct DB, the Industrial Military Complex wants him out there, the Power in Washington wants him out there, and the big money in New York wants him out there, DEAD OR ALIVE it does not matter. If we do not have a big target then what is the point in Afganistan and Iraq. The final story must be told someday as to what happened to him to satifiy the questions of 9/11 and the fact that someone must pay for this terrible deed.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Ed

    ...Because he works for the C.I. A.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  82. a grain of said on a beach

    The Enron scandal should launch a national movement to leash the corrupt power of money in politics so that legislators and regulators can serve the public interest. ~ The American Prospect (2002)

    September 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  83. chuck

    He is the image of an enemy unseen. To catch him is to lose that unifying image used to fuel 2 wars.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  84. a grain of said on a beach

    not to mention the newly discovered Litium Ion resource Afghanistan just became...hmmm

    September 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      That lithium plus all the other "recently discovered minerals" is the main reason we're fighting in Afghanistan for our industies to later exploit them once the Taliban are "eliminated".

      September 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Just-A-Guy

    There are three possible reasons why we have not found osama bin laden:

    1. The folks looking for him are as incompetent as some have suggested on this board.

    2. He is in fact dead and his followers are trying to keep that a secret, as many have suggested.

    3. We know exactly where he is but choose not to act on that information becasue we do not want to capture him and inflame the Muslim world by putting him on trial or we do not want to kill him an make a martyr out of him. We know where he is and we do what we can to keep him bottled up and largely ineffective.

    Personally I think 3 is the most likely scenario, though 2 is a close second. Number 1 seems unlikely since there are supposedly hundreds of military, cia, and civilian types looking for him and they all can't be that stupid, not all of them.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • a grain of said on a beach

      3 is likely yes but need not forget Saddam and OBL ex-CIA – turned their backs on us and now you must be our scape goat. Hamid Karzi is next.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Just-A-Guy


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      • Just-A-Guy

        I saw osama bin laden last night working at the halloween store that just opened at the mall! At least it looked like him. He was with Lady Gaga or maybe it was Madonna.

        September 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • abc

      Scenario #4) Bin LAden is hiding in Pakistan, but he is protected by pashtuns and Pakistan intelligence agency, the ISI. And USA cannot attack Pakistan, because they have the nuclear bomb and they can throw one on israel or india just to retaliate on allies of US.

      September 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  86. a grain of said on a beach

    did we not see Taliban leaders flown to Texas for Oil deal... nuff said
    Wake up

    September 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just-A-Guy

      Yeah.....and Elvis is still alive, there are aliens at Area 51 and the Moon-landings were all faked. Dude, you're the one who has to wake up and smell your buring paranoia!

      September 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jose Particular

    They haven't found Osama Bin Laden because they haven't looked in Kennebunkport, Maine yet.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Point well taken,Jose.Thank you.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Bin (not "Ben") Laden was last seen being driven home by Ted Kennedy somewhere up near Martha's Vineyard. He was spotted earlier playing golf with Obama and others from the elite ruling class.

      September 10, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte Crist


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  88. biggeorge22

    he doesn't matter anymore and it doesn't matter even if we do find him. This is a snake that will just grow another head as soon as you cut it off. They want to die to get their 40 virgins. So someone will just step up and take his place. Bin Laden is irrelevant and has been for years now.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • a grain of said on a beach

      he's only irrelevant now if had really wasnt to blame in the first place.
      If I killed 3000 people tens years ago and wasnt found yet, i'd still be wanted and should be pursued and convicted or killed in process. weak minded America will see that as mission accomlished lets go home. thats never been the end game. we dont need reasons to leave, we need them to stay. media ate it up and overplayed it so now it has to be produced.
      Saying that finding him isnt important is like saying he had very little to do with it. ah but we heard an audio

      September 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  89. christ

    i killed ben laden

    September 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Is that you,Phunnie boy? I was wondering just when you were going to get around to usurping His name.Anything to get a laugh out of life,right Phunnie boy? I thought so.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • a grain of said on a beach

      if you killed Ben Laden you got the wrong guy. Thanks for sharing though

      September 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why don't You kill Yourself??? Do the World a favor!!!

      September 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Jeff

    Osama Bin laden has been dead for many many years. He is just a rotting corpse buried in the Afghan mountains.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      But the right-wing thugs don't want us to know that,Jeff.They are using him as a scare tactic the same way they used the Communists back in the 1950's.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Communist

        Not only that, but now they are re-using the communist scare too. Everyone is a communist including our president! Ohhhhh so scary! Get out the tin foil hats fellas!

        September 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • jeno wagner

        he is alive and ok, and may be smoking Afghani hashish and opium to bide his time.

        September 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • a grain of said on a beach

      only a DNA sample would do me justice and believe me if he were dead we would know. Not meant to be found.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  91. pmhuertas

    Well,Osama may be dead. Osama is alive hiding in the usual way he did before. Osama moved to friendly country that can hide him. I still believe that he is hiding in the mountains in pakistan..And no until i see his dead bones with proof dna testing that he is dead...I will not believe he is dead....

    September 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Michael

    Well, the BBC reported Bin-Ladens death in December 2001. Since there have been ZERO video messages from OBL since then, it is safe to assume that the BBC was correct.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I agree completely

      September 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Carole Clarke

    He's been dead for years of kidney failure. The last photos of him show a very tired, weary man who had difficulty speaking and was not seen moving around as he used to. It's an old trick, to keep a leader alive for the enemy to focus on and his followers to remember. They did it with Hitler for years in South America and I believe with Shaka, the Zulu warrior-king in South Africa in the early 1800's. Napoleon Bonaparte came back from the dead so many times it became a joke but it was no joke for non-Apaches in Arizona when Cochise died and was secretly buried and rumored to still be alive until Geronimo took over. Although Osama may be dead, Al Qaeda is not and must still be crushed.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichelleS.

      Carole Clarke, I would be interested to hear your view on how to deal with Al-Queda. I dont think war on an entire country solves the problem of this gang committing international crimes. What are your thoughts?

      September 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Chris

    Because he got spatterred into several thousand pieces and /or burried under many very large bits of Afghan geology 7 years ago.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  95. kamal Kapoor

    Have you tried asking Kayani or Shuja Pasha?

    September 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Daniel-2

    Quite simple.He most probably died of nephritis back in 2001 or 2002 and his remains are well hidden.The right-wing thugs in Washington need him,however,to scare the public into supporting these obnoxious wars against Islam.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LARRY

      Like Castro said "Osama is a CIA operative."

      September 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • bangash

        this is fact

        September 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeno wagner

      he may be hanging out with Jim Morrison, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Mama Cass and Sarah Paulin

      September 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Lambert

      I absolutely agree that he was killed or died in the early part of the war in Afghanistan but the war makers just could not allow that to become public information and stop the war and ultimately end the flow of cash into their own bank accounts.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        You are absolutely right on Dan!!

        September 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • allen

        So....those tapes that he has made, each one including references that CLEARLY show they were fairly current when made...those are fake, right? Let me guess, faked by the CIA, right? I suppose you also believe it wasn't a plane that hit the Pentagon, but rather a sinister attack by our government. How many tin foil hoats do you own?

        September 10, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
      • cody riche

        exactly right Dan. this is a problem that seriously needs to be addressed!!!!!!!!!asap

        September 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • cpom

        google "fake Bin Laden" and decide for yourself.

        September 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • truth is a female dog

        Right on the money Dan...pun intended.

        September 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • S.H. C.V.

      I doubt that Osama Bin Laden is dead. I think that with the enormous leaks in our intelligence organizations, someone would know the story, and have sold it somewhere. Nephritis is a managable condition even in a remote area, if you have the right equipment. It costs money, but Al-Queda has plenty of support in the muslim world. More likely, he's in hiding, completely insulated in a close knit, inbred, tribal community with very little contact with the outside world. To bad he doesn't owe back taxes, the IRS would have him in a heartbeat.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • T. Haywood


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    • The Simple Truth

      That's if you think the guy existed at all in the way it is claimed he did. The more likely scenario is the Osama bin Laden is essentially an 'enemy' that was either completely made up or used as a convenient scapegoat for the US 'War on Terror'. The US has in brief spent a trillions dollars in war efforts because of this man, and even with those trillions of dollars they miraculously could not find him. It is the entire US government, not just the "right-wing" or "left-wing" that is making Osama into a Goldstein ('1984'; Orwell) in order to prolong this unnecessary war and scare the American populace.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Realist

        Wow...What scares me is that Obama has spent in one year, what 9 years of war has cost...Your extreme paranoia is a little scary too.

        September 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sawfar

      The question should be: Are we realy want to find Bin Laden?..For the one with a very short memory...Not long ago when our Marines came too close or within reach of Bin Laden and let him go...Let's not forget that the only plane in the sky over the U.S.A flying during the 9-11 attack was a plane with Bin Laden Family jetting outside the country. As far as I am concerned I do not be surprused if Bin Laden staying and living in Florida with the Nut Pastor that want to burn the Quran....

      September 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • allen

      Last time I checked, we have a democratic controlled House and Senate, and a democrat in the White House. You're making about as much sense as a two year old.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Exactly! Washington needs Bin Ladin to stay alive in order to justify their presence in the Middle East. Americans wouldn't buy it otherwise. Washington takes us for a bunch of fools!!

      September 10, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |

      Where is he, best intell?

      September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      actually, it's because the left wing sissies want to hold hands and be nice to everyone, for all the good that does. Our response to 9/11 should have been's just that America lacks the will to do what needs to be done, because of spineless cowards like Daniel-2.

      September 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duck

        How many times did GW Bush hold hands with and kiss the saudi prince at his ranch. The republican nancy boy.

        September 11, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Well said! Losing that hatred of Bin Laden would surely put a damper on all the propaganda. He is either did, which is likely or, it is not in the best interests of the right wing thugs to actually find him.

      September 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoArizona

      Osama was killed in an action, in an Afghanistan cave. The family was notified and the companies owned by Bin bin Laden were transferred to the children. No DNA evidence could be found. We blew him to smithereens. Afraid of reprisal all was kept quite EXCEPT to the family

      September 11, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • STEVE sullivan


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    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That is happening to everyone!!! That is why I use My real name now...

      September 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohhiya

      Right... It's all the republicans fault..... Friend, you need help or a better education

      September 13, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |