May 2, 2011 (With Updates)
The news of Osama bin Laden's death is raising cheers of patriotism and criticisms of conspiracy.
Late Sunday, President Obama broke into regular scheduled programing to let America and the world know of Special Force operations that besieged a "luxury" holding house in Pakistan where bin Laden was believed to be living. A courier that intelligence officials knew was a trusted associate of bin Laden led special forces to the holdout. There, Navy SEALs raided and killed bin Laden with two shots--a double tap.
To honor Muslim traditions, bin Laden's body was buried at sea. The traditions of Islam call for a dead body to be buried within 24 hours and news reports indicate that it would have been difficult to find a nation willing to take the body of bin Laden. So, they dumped the body in the ocean.
Monday morning the FBI updated their website featuring bin Laden's profile for the first time since November 2001. Prior to today, the website did not associate bin Laden to the attacks of 9/11--though during Sunday's speech by President Obama, the Commander in Chief was quick to attach bin Laden to that day's tragic events.
Died December 2001?
But is this breaking news or has the death of bin Laden been reported for years?
Multiple reports from the mainstream media indicate that there have been rumors of bin Laden's death from as early as December of 2001. Below are just a few articles that address the issue of bin Laden's death.
CNN reported in January of 2002 that "Pakistan's president [then, Pervez Musharraf] says he thinks Osama bin Laden is most likely dead because the suspected terrorist has been unable to get treatment for his kidney disease."
The BBC, in July of 2002 quotes then Federal Bureau of Investigation's counter-terrorism chief, Dale Watson: "I am not really sure of the answer... I personally think he is probably not with us anymore but I have no evidence to support that."
The New York Times in July 2002 also reported on the death of bin Laden--"The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information."
Though these are reports from years ago, it can be backed up with the many reported recent audio recordings from Osama bin Laden being fraudulent.
Update - 12PM CST
Oh, and thanks to PressTV for reminding us that "A 2007 Benazir Bhutto interview ... she says the al-Qaeda leader was 'murdered' years ago ..." Bhutto was assassinated shortly thereafter.
Washingtontimes.com:“American troops coming across the border and taking action in one of our towns, that is Abbottabad, is not acceptable to the people of Pakistan. It is a violation of our sovereignty,” Mr. Musharraf told CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel.
Early wire reports indicate the body of Osama bin Laden was disposed of at sea in honor of Muslim tradition to bury the body within 24 hours. Later morning reports expressed concerns from Muslims about the tradition of burying the body begin defiled by the body being dumped overboard. White House officials are now saying there was a religious ceremony held before being tossed.
From Fox News: "Religious rites were conducted on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier at about 1:10 a.m. Monday in the Persian Gulf."
While the beginning of surely more congressman coming out with some questions. From Graham questions bin Laden's Burial - The Hill.com. Senator Lindsay Graham told Laura Ingram "To me, that didn't make a lot of sense." As for the body, reports indicate that DNA tests were done proving it was bin Laden. But from the above linked article from TheHill.com -- "Michael Scheurer, a former CIA official, said Monday morning that the U.S. will likely release the photos to eliminate any doubt that he is dead." This is in the face of phony dead bin Laden photos spread virally.
Meanwhile, in the face of the current news cycle the Department of Homeland Security is cautioning America and its interests of potential retaliation from extremists. Also, the focus of the Global War on Terror will now be shifted towards Yemen where the supposed No. 2 al-Qaeda leader and American born Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki is held up organizing strikes like the 2009 underwear bombing attempt and other terror plots. Some background on Al-Awlaki, Fox News reported late last year that Al-Awlaki dined at the Pentagon several months after September 11, 2001.
Surely the most recent round of news of bin Laden's death will pacify the country from opposing the current foreign policy. Unfortunately, as is already apparent, the term "conspiracy theory" is being flung around to further compartmentalize the questioning of the official story. There are already efforts underway to link any "conspiracy theory" to Donald Trump's recent ballooning of the birth certificate issue--something that will only tarnish those who seek truth and accountability.