Tora Bora

Dead or Alive? (Osama bin Laden), by Charles Ferndale

The following article in Pakistan's "The News International" explains thermobaric bombs, which were applied to the caves in Tora Bora in December 2001, and which "are described as the most destructive non-nuclear bombs in existence".

In this article, Mr. Ferndale concludes: "Before December 2001, Tora Bora was an area rich in wildlife. It was, for example, home to huge flocks of the beautiful partridge, the chukor, native to that region. After December 2001, nothing could be found alive there; not even beetles and lizards. So either Osama bin Laden was not in those caves and tunnels in December 2001, or, if he was, then he was killed then and there."

DEAD or ALIVE?

Thursday, January 21, 2010
By Charles Ferndale

Originally published at http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=219828

Senate Report: "Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed To Get Bin Laden And Why It Matters Today"

http://foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Tora_Bora_Report.pdf

TORA BORA REVISITED: HOW WE FAILED
TO GET BIN LADEN AND WHY
IT MATTERS TODAY
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On October 7, 2001, U.S. aircraft began bombing the training
bases and strongholds of Al Qaeda and the ruling Taliban across
Afghanistan. The leaders who sent murderers to attack the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon less than a month earlier and the
rogue government that provided them sanctuary were running for
their lives. President George W. Bush’s expression of America’s desire
to get Osama bin Laden ‘‘dead or alive’’ seemed about to come
true.

Two months later, American civilian and military leaders celebrated
what they viewed as a lasting victory with the selection of
Hamid Karzai as the country’s new hand-picked leader. The war
had been conceived as a swift campaign with a single objective: defeat
the Taliban and destroy Al Qaeda by capturing or killing bin
Laden and other key leaders. A unique combination of airpower,
Central Intelligence Agency and special operations forces teams
and indigenous allies had swept the Taliban from power and ousted

Senate report: Bin Laden was 'within our grasp'

Senate report: Bin Laden was 'within our grasp'

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 41 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force, a Senate report says.

The report asserts that the failure to kill or capture bin Laden at his most vulnerable in December 2001 has had lasting consequences beyond the fate of one man. Bin Laden's escape laid the foundation for today's reinvigorated Afghan insurgency and inflamed the internal strife now endangering Pakistan , it says.

Staff members for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Democratic majority prepared the report at the request of the chairman, Sen. John Kerry , as President Barack Obama prepares to boost U.S. troops in Afghanistan .

A fake hunt for Bin Laden...? (A test for Obama) - CannonFire.blogspot.com

(See also Juan Cole's report on the "no-hunt" story: http://www.juancole.com/2008/11/afghan-article-says-us-bin-ladin-hunt.html -rep.)

Cannonfire.blogspot.com is a popular "liberal" blogger who is now buying into a "conspiracy theory";

"I do feel certain, or at least persuaded, that the American people were never told the full truth about what happened at Tora Bora."

This is someone who, in a links list titled "The Real 9/11 Truth Movement", links to Debunking911.com to "debunk" demolition theories- and in the same links list, links (several times) to articles at http://www.911Review.com that debunk the "no 757 at the Pentagon" and other disinformation. Strange disconnect, as 911Review.com also debunks the disinformation that plane damage, jet-fueled office fires and building mass turned the WTC towers into rapidly inflating dust clouds and small piles of rubble.

Better Bad 9/11 Blogging

ROSIE O’DONNEL 9/11 TRUTH VIDEO SIEZED IN TORA BORA CAVE
9/11 COMMISSION SAYS IT WOULD HAVE INCLUDED BUILDING 7 IN THE FINAL REPORT IF IT HAD KNOWN ABOUT IT.

The BetterBadNews panel discuss reports that two computers siezed in a recent Al Qaeda raid had Rosie O’Donnel video clips stored on their hard drives. The subject of the video’s was the 9/11 Truth movement.

The video clips clearly show Rosie telling viewers to look outside the United States for news to find out what’s really going down. “in America we are fed propaganda”, she says.

Donald Rumsfeld and Tim Russert are also seen admiring a detailed drawing of Osama Bin Laden’s advanced network of modern military caves in Tora Bora that never existed.

Rosie O’Donnell said recently on the ABC televison program, “the View”