ISI knows whereabouts of bin Laden: Tanner

Press Trust Of India
New York, March 04, 2010
First Published: 08:06 IST(4/3/2010)
Last Updated: 12:37 IST(4/3/2010)
ISI knows whereabouts of bin Laden: Tanner

The Pakistani intelligence agency ISI knows the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden but is keeping his location a secret and wants to use the Al-Qaeda chief as leverage over the US as it is wary of America's closer ties with India, noted military historian Stephen Tanner has said.

"We got to make a deal with Pakistan because I'm convinced that he (bin Laden) is protected by the ISI," said
Tanner, the author of Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban.'

Tanner says the ISI knows where bin Laden is hiding, but is not ready to say.

The American writer along with other experts were interviewed by CNN for a blog post on the channel's website
called 'Whatever happened to bin Laden'.

Noting that it was unlikely for bin Laden to be captured anytime soon, Tanner suggested that the ISI wants to keep him
as leverage over the US because it is wary of Washington's closer ties with New Delhi. Without the fear of a bin Laden
loose in Pakistan, the intelligence agency fears that the US would lose interest in the country.

"I just think it's impossible after all this time to not know where he is. The ISI knows what's going on in its own
country," Tanner said. "We're talking about a 6-foot-4-inch Arab with a coterie of bodyguards."

Another expert, Thomas Mockatis, who is the author of Osama bin Laden: A Biography was also quoted on the CNN blog suggesting that killing bin Laden would probably not be the best idea. "Killing bin Laden would not be a good thing," Mockatis says. "He's already a hero. Killing bin Laden would just create one more martyr."

Mockatis recommends that dismantling the terror infrastructure is more important than catching bin Laden.

There have been alleged sightings of bin Laden in Pakistan, and he is believed to be in North Waziristan, constantly
slipping back and forth from the Af-Pak border.

An associate professor of international security studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School in Massachusetts,
William Martel, even suggests that it would be better if bin Laden would not be captured as the debate on how the Al-Qaeda chief should be treated after his capture would create a firestorm.

"Do we read him his rights; do we run him through a military tribunal or civilian courts?" Martel says. "Capturing
him would pose more problems than not."
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No Real Proof He Is Alive

There seems to be about as much chance he is dead as he is alive, FWIW.

If he's alive, and if the ISI knows where he is,

the CIA surely knows too.

I don't know what to believe

but it's a sick joke on all of us. that's for sure.

Spinning Speculation for propaganda purposes

we can't let folks forget he's still a threat after almost a decade. The ISI knows where he is but just won't say. Yeah right! "William Martel, even suggests that it would be better if bin Laden would not be captured as the debate on how the Al-Qaeda chief should be treated after his capture would create a firestorm'" blah, blah, blah.

" All the federali's say they could have had him anyday! They let old Osama slip away , out of kindness I suppose."

I wouldn't be surprised if

I wouldn't be surprised if this was a trick to justify an intensification of the bombings on Pakistan and to keep the war on terror alive.

Quite ironic when you listen to one of the top men in french spying agencies saying clearly that Al Qeada is dead since 2002 and that the war on terror is bogus....

As if the US intelligence agencies wouldn't be able to intercept the ISI communications and infiltrate them.... come on... this is not USSR....

Steve Tanner, one of the first 200 CIA agents?

Is this the same Tanner?

"Tanner was an army intelligence veteran fresh out of Yale, hired by Richard Helms in 1947, one of the first two hundred CIA officers sworn into service."

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

"Man muß die Dinge so einfach wie möglich machen. Aber nicht einfacher" -- Albert Einstein

interesting possibility

according to wikipedia, "stephen tanner" the author served the state department from 1949 to 1969.

Osama bin Laden is almost certainly dead*

That doesn't mean his body is not sitting in a freezer somewhere, waiting to be unfrozen and used to support a claim that he was killed in a drone attack or some such nonsense.

I'm quite certain that the ISI knows exactly where his remains are, and that certain members of the CIA do, as well.

Let's get Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in front of some cameras and a microphone and ask him, he was quite possibly the last person to see bin Laden alive, after all. There are about a thousand other questions I'd like to ask him as well.

You just have to love how desperate these jokers are getting, eh?

[* I suppose bin Laden could be lounging around some tropical medical resort, after finally getting the new kidney(s) he clearly needed (and then plastic surgery, his family are billionaires, after all). The perps do have great health care...and I do remember reading a report somewhere that OBL had been spotted on an island off the Ivory Coast, getting medical attention some time well after 2001.]

Has anyone created a 9/11 Trivial Pursuit game yet?

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