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Is White House Blocking Search for Bin Laden?
Pentagon Would Use Special Forces to Nab Bin Laden in Pakistan, New York Times Says

By MARTHA RADDATZ - June 30, 2008

The Pentagon has drafted a secret plan that would send U.S. special forces into the wild tribal regions of Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, but the White House has balked at giving the mission a green light, The New York Times reported today.

The Bush administration, which has seven months left in its term, gave the go-ahead for the military to draw up the plan to take the war on terror across the Afghan border and into the mountains of Pakistan where bin Laden is believed to be hiding, according to the newspaper.

Intelligence reports have concluded that bin Laden has re-established a network of new training camps, and the number of recruits in those camps has risen to as many as 2,000 in recent months from 200 earlier this year.

Although the special forces attack plan was devised six months ago, infighting among U.S. intelligence agencies and among White House offices have blocked it from being implemented, the Times reported.

The Bush team would like to leave office next January having put bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks, behind bars or in his grave.

But sending U.S. forces into Pakistan would be controversial and risky. The rugged mountain area is populated by bin Laden sympathizers, hurting the chances that such a raid could succeed. It would also trigger a diplomatic outcry from the Pakistani government.

The United States has conducted a series of aerial drone attacks on Taliban and al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, killing several key Qaeda figures and narrowly missing bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, in one strike. But an attack earlier this month killed several Pakistani border guards instead and has made Pakistan less willing to allow U.S. strikes on its territory.

The Taliban of Pakistan, who are close al Qaeda allies, have grown alarmingly stronger in Pakistan's lawless border areas and threatened the regional capital of Peshawar last week.

Pakistan's new coalition government, which has made a series of truces with the militants in recent months, was forced over the weekend to launch an offensive to push the militants back from the outskirts of Peshawar.

Pakistan called the operation a success, even though none of the heavily armed militants in the area were reported killed.

Pakistan announced Sunday that Bush had invited Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Washington next month. High on that visit's agenda is the question of whether Pakistan can restrain the Taliban by itself or whether the United States could decide to take action in the tribal areas.

A separate report said the Bush administration has also begun a "major escalation of covert operations against Iran ... to destabilize the country's religious leadership."

The charge was made by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Hersh claims that elite American commando units are operating inside Iran and that Congress has authorized $400 million for the covert operations.

The article claimed that U.S. special forces have been conducting clandestine operations against Iran since last year and have seized members of the Iran commando force al Quds and taken them to Iraq for questioning.

The U.S. ambassador in Iraq Ryan Crocker denied the report.

"I'll tell you flatly that U.S. forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into Iran, in the south or anywhere else," he said in an interview from Baghdad Sunday.

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Bin Laden Is Dead

I know about dialysis. My father was a dialysis patient for 15 years. Depending on your level of kidney function, patients have to have the dialysis process every couple of days or every other day to survive. The process takes about 4 hours for the patient and it takes an hour or two to set up the process and prepare the machinery. The susceptibility to infection is one of the main concerns for dialysis patients. The process must be done in a very clean if not sterile environment. Portable dialysis machines require a great deal of supplies for each treatment. The filters, tubes, needles, solutions and other supplies are one use only. There must be a skilled nurse to administer the treatment. Many complications can arise during the process.

It is ludicrous to believe that Bin Laden could evade capture as a dialysis patient.

I believe he is dead.

Even if he wasn't killed by Omar Sheik, as was stated by Benazir Bhutto, he would have died of infection or some other complication from his disease.

Can you imagine setting up a sterile environment on the run in the caves of Tora Bora or in the mountains of Afghanistan?

If they wanted to capture or kill him, it would have been quite easy, when he was alive. He would be a sitting duck for 4 hours every other day or every couple of days.

Of course I don't believe OBL had anything to do with the attacks on 911.

They just keep perpetuating the myth about this "boogie man" because it serves their need to instill fear and justify their self serving fascist actions.

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And the PSYOP contines

Yes, Dorothy, bin Laden is really dead.

Of course, dialysis could not be done in a cave and whoever thinks it can, is clueless. I am so frustrated by seemingly intelligent people discussing bin Laden as if he is still alive, when if those same "intelligent" people just looked at what is known about bin Laden's medical history, they would know it would be impossible for him to be alive today. What a fairy tale this is as is the whole 19 hijackers story. What a dumb nation America has become.

Hard to accept these stories at face value

It's all so secret. What is al Qaeda's true operational capability? What was it in the lead up to 9/11? In the late 90's?

On Tuesday the Pentagon charged al-Nashiri in the Cole bombing plot. What was the extent of surveillance at the January 5-8, 2000 al Qaeda meeting in Malaysia which was attended by al-Nashiri? Was KSM at that meeting? Why did CIA withhold details of the Malaysia summit from the FBI, especially after the Cole attack?

Did CIA meet with Bin Laden in Dubai in 7/01? Is this story not relevant simply because it doesn't mesh with the WoT narrative? What was Bin Laden's true relation to the Saudi royals? Why were so many special op missions to kill Bin Laden aborted in the late 90's? Why did Berger keep stealing documents from the National Archives? Why did Bush keep Tenet on?

Too many unanswered questions and too many journalists who lack curiosity.

Administration Blocked Terror Investigations Pre & Post 9/11

We all know about the pre-9/11 terror investigation obstructions and yet there have also been post 9/11 failures to go after Al Qaeda in Pakistan (whoever they are).


Because I suspect there is a fear within certain quarters of government that the capture of "terrorist" figures would ultimately lead to western intelligence connections (and their ties to the ISI).

How many chances did the US

How many chances did the US have to capture or kill OBL?

But ya, most likely dead, and one of the reasons Benazir Bhutto was killed for saying it.

Benazir confirms Osama bin Laden is dead


Martha Raddatz and the New York Times have proven time and again that they are utterly complicit in the crime of the century.

The fantasy continues...

Al Queda is on a tropical island, having cocktails with Ann Thrax and Sal Monella.... plotting to take over the planet :-)


It's time to pull out the bogeyman as elections near!

Unfortunately, it is not surprising. Republicans have got to raise the color code on the terror meter before November. What better way than to bring back bin Laden?

bin Laden is dead...
...don't believe them!


Raddatz says: "The Pentagon has drafted a secret plan that would send U.S. special forces into the wild tribal regions of Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden...." Then she says: "The Bush team would like to leave office next January having put bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks, behind bars or in his grave."

Trouble is, their guy McCain isn't exactly setting the world on fire.

Bin Laden didn't do 9/11. He may have been dead for years. So what? Do any of you think any of that matters?

If in late October Bush and Cheney were to trot out some corpse--any corpse--and say it's bin Laden, most of the country would buy it. Just as they've bought the whole 8-year hoax. It could even be arranged for McCain to get some of the credit.

What do you suppose Barack Obama would say then?

Right on, Jeff!!

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest." - Benjamin Franklin