6 Years since Washington Post article about FBI and Bin Laden

On August 28, 2006, Dan Eggen of the Washington Post published this article about the FBI and Bin Laden.


About the lack of 9/11 being mentioned on Bin Laden's wanted poster, Prosecutor David N. Kelley said:

I'd be troubled if I were asked to put up a wanted picture where no formal charges had been filed, no matter who it was.

We would be troubled too, if we started 2 wars without formal charges.

The FBI maintains a separate "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, which includes bin Laden and 25 others who have been indicted in U.S. federal courts in connection with terror plots. But this second Bin Laden listing also makes no mention of Sept. 11.

Future indictments may be handed down as various investigations proceed in connection to other terrorist incidents, for example, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The article implies that Bin Laden organized the 9/11 attack. He praised it but never claimed to have organized it.

This article was published on August 28, 2006. It has been 6 years since then, with no further evidence coming forward, not even from the "treasure trove" from the alleged Bin Laden raid in May 2011.

FBI spokesman Rex Tomb stated there was no hard evidence linking Bin Laden to 9/11.


In a recent article, I wrote about the incredible lack of reporting on al Qaeda in the years before 9/11.

The Washington Post did not report on al Qaeda until the summer of 1999, and the reporting was highly speculative about the power behind this new threat.

"The indictment describes bin Laden as the leader, or “emir,” of al Qaeda, a “global terrorist organization” with tentacles that allegedly reach from his hideout in the mountains of Afghanistan to followers in Texas, Florida and New York.

…But for all its claims about a worldwide conspiracy to murder Americans, the government’s case is, at present, largely circumstantial. The indictment never explains how bin Laden runs al Qaeda or how he may have masterminded the embassy bombings. Only eight of the 17 suspects are alleged to have been in Kenya and Tanzania around the time the embassies were bombed."

Colum Lynch; Vernon Loeb, Bin Laden’s Network: Terror Conspiracy or Loose Alliance?, The Washington Post, August 1, 1999

Two years later, terms like "allegedly" and "claims about a worldwide conspiracy" and 'circumstantial" were transformed into absolute certainty.