Kristina Borjesson: Morphing Osama

I found this prominently as a guest contribution on Buzzflash.
They seem to be more and more inclined to go towards 9/11 truth

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Kristina Borjesson

Late in December 2007, The Associated Press reporter Salah Nasrawi wrote a story about a Bin Laden audiotape that had just been released. Headlined "Bin Laden Threatens Israel, Warns Iraqis," Nasrawi's piece details Osama's dire threats to expand al Qaeda's jihad in Israel and to "liberate Palestine, the whole of Palestine from the (Jordan) river to the sea," threatening "blood for blood, destruction for destruction."

Then, 11 paragraphs down, Nasrawi writes: "The authenticity of the tape could not be independently confirmed. But the voice resembled that of bin Laden. The tape was posted on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, issues the group's messages."

If the tape can't be vetted, it shouldn't be used. That's Journalism 101. At the very least, the fact that it can't be authenticated should be mentioned in the story's title and continuously mentioned throughout the story as the quotes are being used. Worse, all the mainstream TV outlets picked up on Nasrawi's story and liberally quoted "bin Laden" without bothering to use the word "purported" or another adjective indicating they had no proof it was Bin Laden on the tape. Collectively, what these journalists are doing is worse than outright lying to the public. They are literally helping dangerous people with deadly hidden agendas create a virtual reality by unquestioningly conveying their messages.

Nasrawi didn't just bury the authentication problem in his story. He also referred to earlier, equally questionable "bin Laden" communiques. "The tape was the fifth message released by bin Laden this year, a flurry of activity after he went more than a year without issuing any tapes. The messages began with a Sept. 8 video that showed bin Laden for the first time in nearly three years. The other messages this year have been audiotapes."

Reporting on unauthenticated bin Laden tapes as if they were real is, shamefully, getting to be an old practice. In November 2002, a "bin Laden" audiotape surfaced and a senior State Department official explained to CNN that the voice on the tape was indeed Bin Laden's, but that "we don't know yet whether anybody put it together, spliced or computer-generated it."

Just how could "anybody" computer-generate bin Laden's voice and create an entire bogus statement?

On February 1, 1999, William Arkin, writing for washingtonpost.com, described a voice-morphing technology that government scientists at Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico had developed.

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Of course, Osama Bin Laden could be dead

Mike Rivero over at WhatReallyHappend.com, amongst others, maintains that Osama Bin Laden is dead. This is based on published obituaries, and other evidence.

Here is a snipet found while googling: from http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2007/10/25/damn_...

http://www.welfarestate.com/binladen/funeral/-------------

Translation of Funeral Article in Egyptian Paper: al-Wafd, Wednesday, December 26, 2001 Vol 15 No 4633

News of Bin Laden's Death and Funeral 10 days ago

Islamabad -

A prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement announced yesterday the death of Osama bin Laden, the chief of al-Qa'da organization, stating that binLaden suffered serious complications in the lungs and died a natural and quiet death. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, stated to The Observer of Pakistan that he had himself attended the funeral of bin Laden and saw his face prior to burial in Tora Bora 10 days ago. He mentioned that 30 of al-Qa'da fighters attended the burial as well as members of his family and some friends from the Taleban. In the farewell ceremony to his final rest guns were fired in the air. The official stated that it is difficult to pinpoint the burial location of bin Laden because according to the Wahhabi tradition no mark is left by the grave. He stressed that it is unlikely that the American forces would ever uncover any traces of bin Laden.

Also
http://uniorb.com/RCHECK/deadbinladen.htm

Death of Osama bin Laden in 2001

Although the corpse of bin Laden would never be found, various sources alluded to the circumstances that led to his death in the Middle East.

According to United Press International (Oct. 31, 2001), bin Laden underwent clandestine kidney treatment by Dr. Terry Calloway (Canadian urologist) for 11 days in July at the American Hospital in Dubai. During his hospital stay, bin Laden met with a U.S. CIA agent, according to French daily Le Figaro and Radio France International. The day before the infamous September 11 terrorist attacks, bin Laden entered a military hospital for further kidney dialysis treatment in Raqalpindi, Pakistan, reported by CBS (Jan. 28, 2002).

In an interview with CNN (Jan. 19, 2002), Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf hinted, “He (bin Laden) is dead for the reason he is a ...kidney patient.” Musharraf also mentioned that bin Laden took two dialysis machines with him into Afghanistan.

A few days later, Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN (Jan. 21, 2002) gave his professional assessment of bin Laden’s medical condition based on the videotape broadcasted by al Jazeera on December 27, 2001. He explained that bin Laden’s ghastly appearance — “grayness of beard, paleness of skin, very gaunt sort of features” — is often associated with chronic kidney failure or renal failure. He also noted that bin Laden couldn’t move his left arm probably due to a stroke because people suffering from kidney failures have a higher risk for stroke. Dr. Gupta pointed out that dialysis machines require electricity, clean water and a sterile environment to function properly. Without an operational machine, a patient could only survive for less than a week.

And from Michael Rivero: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osama_dead.html
quoting the New York Times, The Death of bin Ladenism,
By AMIR TAHERI
Published: July 11, 2002:

Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December [2001] and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information. The remnants of Osama's gang, however, have mostly stayed silent, either to keep Osama's ghost alive or because they have no means of communication. Click for full sized image
With an ego the size of Mount Everest, Osama bin Laden would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive. He always liked to take credit even for things he had nothing to do with. Would he remain silent for nine months and not trumpet his own survival? [New York Times. July 11, 2002]

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/11/opinion/11TAHE.html?ex=1089432000&en=3...

On a dissenting note:

http://english.pravda.ru/world/europe/25-09-2006/84631-osama_bin_laden-0

Saudi authorities rejected the information originally published by French newspaper L'Est Republicain about the death of world’s most wanted terrorist, the founder of al-Qaeda terrorist network, Osama bin Laden. An official statement released by the government of Saudi Arabia said that it was speculative information the reliability of which was not confirmed by independent sources.

It is worthy of note that the above-mentioned provincial French newspaper published not really an article but a commentary to the facsimile report of the France’s military intelligence. The report particularly referred to certain sources in Saudi Arabia which claimed that Osama bin Laden died of typhoid fever on August 23 in Pakistan. The headline of the report had the top secret stamp and the abbreviation of the special service – D.G.S.E. The service, the newspaper wrote, sent the report to the President of France Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. The French Defense Department has not rejected the authenticity of the document.

I have no idea where the truth lies.

Regards

You're missing the point

Unauthenticated videos were used to "prove" the official story.

The truth is simple. The official story is not supported by any reliable evidence, and it's the government's burden to prove how almost 3,000 people died on 9/11, not to mention prove its justification for attacking Afghanistan.

No, I am augmenting the point, not missing it

I am actually not missing the point, I am just pointing out other ways in which Osama related events could be a complete fraud. If the obituaries are legitimate, not themselves a scam, then we have a fraud (the videos) built upon a fraud. If the obituaries were incorrect, why was there not a significant retraction in all places where they were published? Perhaps there was, I have not been able to determine this. If Osama is indeed dead, as indicated by obituaries in the New York Times and various other papers, why are the videos treated as legitimate.

Regards

OK, sorry

I'm just thinking we should stick with the simple fact that there is no reliable evidence of bin Laden admitting to 9/11. There is no reliable evidence of KSM admitting anything, either. Destruction of tapes by CIA makes this simple point stronger. We should always have placed the burden of proof on the government, given the importance of what it was asking us to believe.

But you're right, reports of his death makes it easier for people to question authenticity of the videos.

Wouldn' verification of his death be the strongest card?

It occurred to me this morning that if we were able to:
1 - confirm his death with solid evidence; and,
2 - force the mainstream media (dream on) into acknowledging his death unambiguously;

we would be able to nullify any and all claims that videos after the death were the work of Bin Laden. We would no longer have to discuss things such as difference in nose shape, beard colour, handedness, and so on. All of these are weak in themselves, although collectiively they do raise strong doubts for informed minds.

Anyway, points 1 and 2 above are both problematic obviously.

Regards

Many stories like this...

Can you imagine the day when the US Government admits that it allowed this administration to cover-up the true nature of 9/11 Attacks and it led to 100,000s of deaths in multiple countries?

Can't Stop 9/11 Fever

Somebody is Lying

Benazir Bhutto said Osama was killed by Omar so and so. These posts here claim he died back in 2001 of kindey failure or some other such ailment. The last released footage of him looked so weird everyone said "huh?". And we know morphing exists, of sound AND video. Then the guy was a CIA asset back in the day. And why would .Gov waste their precious time trying to decode an Osama tape for "hidden messages" when the whole damn tape is a message? Why is .Gov disseminating Terrorist threats and propaganda to begin with?

It's just too much.

About the Bhutto thing...

She misspoke. She meant to say "Daniel Pearl" who was allegedly "murdered" by Omar Sheikh in 2002. Bhutto acknowledged that OBL was alive during an interview on CNN the day after David Frost's interview, and in an interview 10 days later on National Public Radio:

Benazir Bhutto interviewed on CNN, November 3, 2007
http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0711/03/cnr.06.html

Benazir Bhutto interviewed on NPR, November 13, 2007
http://www.attytood.com/2007/11/shouldnt_you_be_looking_for_os_1.html
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16243418

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Very Strange Though if she Misspoke...

It's hard to see how she could have said so clearly, "Omar Sheikh who murdered Usama Bin Laden" when she meant Daniel Pearl!

Even stranger is that David Frost didn't ask anything about that...

Then the BBC played a sanitized version of the same interview with the Usama Bin Laden revelation missing..

Furthermore, if December 15, 2001 is the last confirmed communication by Bin Laden, then the timeline would be consistent.

Was Bhutto forced to change her story or did she simply misspeak?

Regardless, if UBL is still alive, he is not the one in the recent videos. And this is what's important. We are being lied to.

Thanks for the links. I was going to write a letter to the editor about Bhutto's revelation that Bin Laden is dead. Maybe I shouldn't do so now?

No, not strange. It happens in life every day

Bhutto also said bin Laden was alive many times leading up to the Frost interview and at least twice after it. She misspoke. It happens.

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"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

Several things...

Osama likely died in December 2001 from kidney failure. Why else would he expose himself seeking kidney treatment in July and September at the US military hospital in Dubai and at the Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi! He was desperate for a miracle cure, because he was very ill (and he looked it).

Most of these tapes are of such a poor quality that they are laughable. The latest video production puts the nail in the coffin.

If Osama was alive he wouldn't need to talk over a still image of himself, and he wouldn't need to splice audio together to form phrases. This is junior high school level Jihadism.

He would also make his own video calling out the fakes, if he was alive (and free).

I also agree that Bhutto misspoke and meant to say "Daniel Pearl" in that video.

Osama 2.0 would like us to read CIA fraudster Michael Scheuer's work, if you recall.

Scheuer is the man who studiously avoided capturing bin Laden before 9/11, when his job description seemed to imply that he should.

Scheuer's former department, the "Alec Station" was shut down, and no longer looking for bin Laden as of July 4th 2006. They do love sliding things through on holidays. Rah rah America.

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Schroedinger's Osama

A few things done in the early years by Nico Haupt were spot on, and it's always worth recalling his Osama-O-Meter of reported Binladin sightings in the first year after 9/11, which I keep archived here:

http://summeroftruth.org/osama-o-meter.html

(Use the link for a better, more readable layout!)

Reported Post-9/11 Sightings of Osama

October 22, 2002 09:29 AM

Original Source: Forums at democraticunderground.com

Ewing2001 compiled this Bin Lad-o-Meter:

09/11/2001 Afghanistan, harboured by Taliban (US GOV, various sources)

09/12/2001 "Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement said Saudi militant Osama bin Laden, taking shelter in Afghanistan, was not responsible for the terror attacks on the United States. "What happened in the United States was not a job of ordinary people. It could have been the work of governments. Osama bin Laden cannot do this work, neither us," Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Mutmaen told Reuters from the southern city of Kandahar." (Hindustan Times)

09/13/2001 "...the most important thing for us is to find Bin Laden" (G. Bush)

09/28/2001 "...I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act." (Bin Laden in Ummat, khilafah.com)

10/07/2001 "...Bin Laden has four doubles to confuse western intelligence' (AFP Dubai)

10/29/2001 border area with Tajikistan (USA TODAY)

11/19/2001 between Kandahar and the Pakistan border nearby Chaman and Spin Balda (TIME)
11/21/2001 between Kabul and Kandahar (Telegraph UK)
11/22/2001 cave complexes in the Sur Ghar mountains east of Kandahar or a second region, in Tora Bora east of Jalalabad (NY POST)
11/22/2001 nearby border of Pakistan (AP)
11/23/2001 probably in Pakistan (India Reacts)
11/26/2001 area of Jalalabad (www.skynet.be)
11/27/2001 in caves of Tora Bora, next to Kandhar and Jalalabad (NBC, Bush warned, it might take "3-10 years" to find him)
11/29/2001 delivered food to the remote cave complex by mule convoy, close to the Khyber Pass and the Pakistan border (Sun UK)
11/29/2001 Tora Bora (Times UK)
12/1/2001 escape routes in the Khyber and Bajur areas, connected to ToraBora (EyeSpy Mag)
12/3/2001 caves of the Hada mountains, south-east of Kandahar, British elite force SAS missed him "by two hours" (Dawn)
12/6/2001 Melova/Tehelka, about 8 km west of Tora Bora (Tehelka.com)
12/7/2001 already in Pakistan, maybe in Somalia, or even in Europe (AIP), no longer in Kandahar (Mullah Omar, afgha.com)
12/7/2001 already left Tora Bora for the Spin Ghar mountain (NY POST)
12/7/2001 on one of 23 vessels on the sea with unknown locations (ABC)
12/8/2001 Osama was seen "yesterday", "riding back to Melawa after visiting his men on the front lines" (Commander Kalan Mir /Independent UK)
12/9/2001 in a cave fortress in Afghanistan (Al-Jazeera)
12/9/2001 escaped from Tora Bora and is now hiding in the forrest of Sping Ghar mountain (DER SPIEGEL) at Tahenka, some miles from ToraBora
12/13/2001 crossed into Pakistan "10 days ago" (Christian Science Monitor, but PakNews denied)
12/17/2001 officials "overheard bin Laden on handheld radio in the White Mountains" (TIME)
12/17/2001 in the snowy mountains of Tora Bora (Las Vegas News)
12/22/2001 Bin Laden is dead (Pentagon)
12/22/2001 Bin Laden could be dead (Reuters)
12/22/2001 "can be in Tora Bora" (Tommy Franks/Reuters)
12/27/2001 killed in Tora Bora or smuggled out of the country several weeks ago (Officials, EyeSpy Mag)
12/27/2001 alive and under protection by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam in Pakistan (CNN)
12/27/2001 Pakistan, because of a new tape (MSNBC)
12/28/2001 Pakistan (Gulf-News)
12/28/2001 not in Tora Bora (Gulf-News)
12/28/2001 Peshawar/Pakistan (Myafghan.com)
12/28/2001 near the border with Pakistan (Qari Ahmadullah, the defeated Taliban's chief of intelligence, Myafghan.com)
12/28/2001 "he is either in Afghanistan or in some other country or dead" (Rumsfeld to scattered laughter, at the Pentagon)
12/28/2001 "He may be dead, he may be in Afghanistan, he may be in lots of places or Pakistan" (Rumsfeld, Baltimore Sun)
12/30/2001 supported by the Pakistani Secret Service ISI and maybe in Pakistan (Yunis Quanuni, Afghan interim minister)
12/31/2001 hiding in the Baghran area of Afghanistan's Helmand province (CNN)
1/1/2002 Iran (Reuters)
1/1/2002 boarded a boat in the vicinity of Gwader, Pakistan and made his way to eastern Hadhramaut region in Yemen (Wayne Madsen, Cryptome.org)
1/1/2002 boat trip to Arabia (Hadhramautis)
1/2/2002 inside Saudi Arabia (Prof. Nelson Valdés, Counterpunch)
1/4/2002 dressed in a Western suit and shaved, anywhere (ABC)
1/5/2002 Pakistan (Tribune India)
1/5/2002 Salt Lake city, USA (Salt Lake City News)
1/6/2002 Pakistan (MyAfghan.com)
1/6/2002 Tora Bora (US Forces/myafghan.com)
1/15/2002 fled the entire region by sea (ABC)
1/15/2002 has left Afghanistan and Pakistan (Vince Cannistraro/ABC)
1/16/2002 province A, B or C (Rumsfeld, Pentagon)
1/18/2002 CIA reacts angrily to an ABC news report that said they had confirmed Osama bin-Laden had escaped the region by boat (EyeSpy mag)
1/18/2002 Bin Laden is dead, victim of kidney failure (Musharraf/AP)
1/18/2002 declining to elaborate (US Intelligence, AP)
1/20/2002 he could be alive, he could be in Afghanistan, he could be somewhere else...or in Sudan, in Somalia, in Kashmir, in Chechnya, in southern Saudi Arabia, or on the Yemen border (Rumsfeld, Pentagon)
1/20/2002 hiding in Afghanistan (British Foreign Office, The Advertiser UK)
1/26/2002 Bin Laden still alive, escaped from ToraBora (Daily Telegraph)
2/2/2002 managed to escape Afghanistan via a southern coastal town in Iran formerly called Gwatar (EyeSpy Mag)
2/2/2002 left ToraBora (CIA, NY Times)
2/7/2002 CIA-drone missile 'might' have killed OBL (CNN)
2/11/2002 killed, CIA started to do DNA test on unidentified man (NY POST)
2/11/2002 still alive (Bob Graham, Richard Shelby, Senate Intelligence Committee , NY POST)
2/11/2002 "Mir Ahmad was a little tall. But he was not Osama bin Laden" (Wash Post, on man killed after being mistaken for ObL)
2/12/2002 "Can't even verify that we have bin Laden DNA" (ADM. STUFFLEBEEM, Pentagon)
2/12/2002 "It's impossible to answer the question" (ADM. STUFFLEBEEM, Pentagon)
2/12/2002 Bin Laden is dead (Musharraf/Reporter at Pentagon)
3/4/2002 escaped from Jalalabad (SCANT intelligence, Mercury.au)
3/5/2002 walking across the border into Pakistan, "We saw Osama while standing in front of our guesthouse at 9pm,"says Jalalabad resident Babrak Khan (Christian Science Monitor, Sunday Telegraph)
3/13/2002 "just doesn't think about the man" (President Bush)
3/19/2002 Bin Laden is alive, doing phone calls (Sheikh Ahmad, Bin Ladens half-brother, CNN)
3/29/2002 unknown internet cafe, sending emails (Times of India)
4/5/2002 "I have no idea...maybe he's dug in one of those holes (President Bush, AFP)
4/6/2002 "Our goal was never to catch bin Laden" (Gen. Richard Myers on CNN; Novak, Hunt, and Shields)
4/9/2002 Laden narrowly escaped US raid in Pak (Times of India)
4/9/2002 Stayed for three days in Faisalabad and was able to slip out of the town barely a few hours before the FBI conducted a surprise raid (The Nation/Pakistan)
4/9/2002 "he may or may not have", "some of the nazi war criminals weren't caught for years... they found them in South America" (on Bin Laden's email, Rumsfeld/Pentagon)
4/9/2002 Osama not holed up in Faisalabad (PakNews)
4/10/2002 OBL is "alive and well and "eager to work with his brothers" (ANSA Italy/Drudge Report/Al Hayat)
4/17/2002 UBL didn't escape to Pakistan, but "bin Laden's right-hand man, Abu Zubayda had been arrested in Pakistan" (PakNews)
4/24/2002 harbored in the slums of Peshawar (Dawn)
4/29/2002 able to escape the clutches of US troops in Afghanistan (Yahoo News)
5/5/2002 near a place called Maidan, a village north of Miram Shah inside Pakistan (Afghan chief of military intelligence in Khowst, Hazrat Uddin, MSNBC)
5/5/2002 Osama bin Laden is alive and recruiting fresh support in Britain and Europe (Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Sky.com, left message on akhbar-alyoum -website, ed: same guy later analysed the dog gassing tapes)
5/7/2002 seen in Pakistan in eastern city of Khost, trimmed his beard (Hazrat Uddin, military intelligence chief , Times of India)
5/17/2002 Bin Laden still alive in neighboring Pakistan (Mullah Omar, myafghan.com)
5/19/2002 alive in March, because seen on new video (AP)
5/22/2002 U.S. military may have captured bin Laden (Todd Clark/Wells Fargo Securities, AP)
6/12/2002 Bin Laden was killed before Sep11th (Stanley Hilton, lawyer)
6/23/2002 Osama bin Laden is to give another televised address to the world on July 4th, probably planning attack on Las Vegas (Sunday Mirror)
6/23/2002 alive and left notes for recorded audiotaped message from Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, tape monitored in Beirut, Lebanon. Meanwhile the al-Tawhid group around jordanian Abu Katadah takes response for attack in Djerba, Tunesia (Al-Jazeera )
6/30/2002 alive as of late December, but may also be buried at Ali Khel (CIA, AlertNet)
7/02/2002 Bin Laden is alive (Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdulla, Reuters)
7/15/2002 wounded in a U.S. bombing raid on Afghanistan in December but in good health. Spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said she was aware of the report "but we don't have anything to add to it." (London-based Al-Quds Al-Arab/Pentagon)
7/17/2002 Bin Laden is dead (Dale Watson, resigned from FBIHQ in August 2002)
7/29/2002 hiding in Pakistan, drawing an immediate denial from Islamabad. "Pakistani intelligence -- the ISI -- know where he is. General Musharraf is the commander in chief of the armed forces and the ISI reports to him." (India's defence minister Fernandes, AlertNet) "Indian propaganda" (Pervez Musharraf )
7/30/2002 Bin Laden alive, preparing attack, will appear in a videotape (UPI, Ash Sharq al-Awsat London). Bin Laden's son will help out soon and "three, four, five, six, seven people who could" too (Rumsfeld)
8/12/2002 fled the rugged Tora Bora region on horseback last December, cut through Pakistan and made his way to another Afghan mountain stronghold (NY POST)
8/18/2002 survived last year's U.S. bombing, "living in some remote part of the country (Afghanistan) or in a neighboring country" (Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, Reuters)
8/20/2002 "...since bin Laden disappeared late last year he is rarely if ever mentioned by the President or his senior advisers ... (he is) killed in an Afghan cave or is still alive and in hiding" (ABC)
8/21/2002 Intelligence sources confirm bin Laden is dead. Osama bin Laden is dead and will be publicly pronounced so by the Bush administration just before the next presidential election in November 2004. "I have it from high level from inside the Bush administration...that bin Laden died of natural causes and that his family has given the body to the CIA." (Alex Jones, RedFlag)
8/26/2002 new letter by Bin Laden, he "wrote this message a few weeks ago": "I can tell from my place that these great venerations drawn around the super powers do not equal a mosquito wing." (islamonline.net/english/news/2002-08/26/article19.shtml)
8/27/2002 selling Bin Laden liquors (Xterror.com)

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Editor's Additions:
8/27/2002 Oliver North: "Bin Laden Dead" (NY Times)
"[North] is convinced that Mr. bin Laden is dead, quite possibly buried beneath the rubble of an American airstrike in Afghanistan. 'I'm certain that Osama is dead,' Mr. North said, his certitude on this subject - and so many others - just about palpable. 'I'm convinced of it, absolutely. And so are all the other guys I stay in touch with.'
Original URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/27/books/27NORT.html

All the other guys he "stays in touch with"? Is North still one of THEM or what? His old buddy and fellow Iran-Contra fall guy, Poindexter, has a new job with the government, so is it a stretch to think that North himself has also returned - to a covert function?

The article is about North's new novel, set in the 1990s. The protagonist, a North-like character on the White House national security staff, crusades to stop an attack on America by a conspiracy headed by Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. But his main nemesis is a Clinton-like president, who restrains him (and endangers the country) with reckless talk of due process. To the Times, author North admits that he doesn't actually believe in a Saddam-Osama connection. But what the hell, it makes a good script. The first printing of the book, by a Christian publisher: 300,000 copies.

10/19/2002 bin Laden reported in Saudi Arabia (www.debka.com)
"DEBKAfile reveals that the long-lost al Qaeda leader, Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, is alive and in Saudi Arabia. He is believed to have landed secretly at the end of September ... Two sightings of the elusive terrorist chief have now been reported – both in the wildest, most inhospitable regions of Saudi Arabia, the Rub al Khali, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula, and Najran on the Yemen frontier."
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