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Reports of Bin Laden Death Likely Exaggerated

It was pretty difficult to read or hear anything else on the news sites and television on Saturday, September 23, besides the report in a regional French newspaper of Bin Laden’s supposed death from “a severe case of typhoid.” My reaction was much like that of Mark Vaile, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, in the International Herald Tribune:

“It would be a great boost in the war against terror but it wouldn’t mean the war against terror is over,” Vaile told television’s Nine Network.

“The al-Qaida network is well established, we know that, and it’s going to be an ongoing battle,” he said.

The regional French newspaper l’Est Republicain printed a copy of a confidential document from the DGSE intelligence service on Saturday citing an uncorroborated report from a “usually reliable source” who said Saudi secret services were convinced that bin Laden had died.

Viewing the news of Bin Laden’s demise with the same skepticism I detected in Mr. Vaile’s statement, I started checking sources of generally reliable information and found this, at the Northeast Intelligence Network’s site:

You can’t believe all the news that’s originated from Saudi sources, printed in French newspapers, and broadcast on major news outlets throughout the U. S., Canada, and Europe.
That’s the word from Hamid Mir, Osama bin Laden’s official biographer and the only journalist to interview the elusive al Qaeda emir in the wake of 9/11.
[…]

In an exclusive release to the Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press, Mr. Mir called the report was “rubbish” and said that it represented “old wine in an new bottle,” an apparent allusion to Congressman Curt Weldon’s statement last March to The Philadelphia Inquirer that bin Laden had died in Iran.

Mir maintains that bin Laden is alive, well, and living the lawless frontier of Pakistan. He says that the al Qaeda leader completed his plans for an “American Hiroshima” – – a nuclear attack on major metropolitan areas throughout the U. S. and has gained the approval of some Muslim scholars to kill millions of American civilians.

That’s kinda what I figured. No offense to anyone but if we are unable to locate a live Bin Laden accurately, then how in the world are we to believe that the French equivalent of the Conroe Courier was able to verify a report of his death? Actually, I suppose that we weren’t suppose to believe the report was verified, because while virtually every news outlet in the world hopped on the bandwagon to report the report of his death, none that I read ever said that they had in anyway verified anything.

The article at Northeast Intelligence Network went on to state:

Mir says that Adnan el Shukrijumah, the al Qaeda agent who has been singled out by bin Laden to commandeer the American Hiroshima, has been given orders “to increase the level and the scope” of the attack.

Last week, Abu Dawood, the leader of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, warned U. S. Muslims that they must leave the U. S. without further warning.

As I stated in my last entry, I very likely will NOT start building a fallout shelter. However, this report, in addition to those about which I wrote last week,  was enough to prompt a family review of plans made after September 11, 2001 as to what we would do, and where we would meet, if we were in separate locations if something like a dirty bomb were to be detonated. No reason for panic – but preparedness, in today’s uncertain world, is not only a healthy reaction – it is a logical one.

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September 24, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

3 Comments »

  1. Pretty much what I thought, too, when reading of his demise. “Would that it is, but I won’t believe it until I get a first hand report from Hitler that bin Laden is his new roommate in the Netherworld Hellton.”

    Comment by Wino | September 24, 2006 | Reply

  2. Like the majority of folk, I wasn’t jumping up and down in celebration either. I didn’t believe the reports of his death.

    Comment by Lee | September 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. More on Al Qaeda’s nuclear weapons programme

    http://www.crusade-media.com/news1.html

    Consider the religious fatwa titled “A Treatise on the Legal Status of Using Weapons of Mass Destruction Against Infidels” that Osama bin Laden secured from Shaykh Nasir bin Hamd al-Fahd, a young and prominent Saudi cleric justifying the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against Americans, in May 2003 – Why would Bin Ladan look for such a fatwa?

    Comment by John Ackins | January 6, 2007 | Reply


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