Originally Posted by jazzguru
No, I think many people really do believe it was worth tens of thousands of lives, trillions of dollars, and fewer civil liberties to assassinate one man. Is that hype or insanity?
Here's three more absurd things about this entire trillion dollar mine of steaming bullshit that's being crammed down our throats:
(1) It's taken $1trillion, 10 years, the world's biggest manhunt *ever*, the combined resources of the CIA and the entire US military/intelligence/law enforcement apparatus, MI6, Mossad, Interpol, ISI, etc .,etc., etc., three long wars (two of them longer than World War II), the rounding up of thousands of people all over the world and the loss of civil rights for so many here, just to track down one man .... and now he's allegedly dead, we have zero hard proof/evidence to verify that the person killed was indeed OBL.
Up until the end of 2001, Osama bin Laden, while been on the FBI's most wanted list for bombings in Africa and elsewhere, has been interviewed 3 times by Jamal Khashoggi (Saudi Arabian), three times by Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (most recently in November 2001), three times by UK journalist Robert Fisk, once by Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai, once by ABC's John Miller, once by US journalist Peter Arnett, Adrian McLiman, Tayseer Allouni (from Spain) October 2001, Abdel al-Bari Atwan (of Arabic paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi ), and more.
Numerous journalists have waltzed into Bin Laden's hiding place with seemingly little difficulty (apart from a vetting procedure and a journey to remote villages), successfully conducted interviews with him, some on video, and had them published in the press and on television.
The following two incidents have been neither confirmed, nor disproved either: He was reported to have been in Dubai in July 2001 for medical reasons
and was visited by a CIA official. And on the night of September 10, 2001 ...
\ .... it was reported that he spent the night at a Pakistani military intelligence facility in Rawalpind
i that "reported to Washington DC on a daily basis".
And then they tell us that the entire might of the US law enforcement/intel community and military since the early 1990s has been unable to find him?
This is BULLBISCUITS! Gimme a break.
(2) In the days right after 9/11, a number of bin Laden's relatives were hastily allowed to leave the US *before* they could be quizzed by the FBI etc... whisked out of the country on specially approved flights while all other aircraft, commercial and private, were grounded by the FAA.
But now, the US wants to question his wives, 10 years later? Why not then, but its OK now?
This does not compute.
(3) There was a $27 million reward (two sums, one $25 million, and an additional $2 million) on the head of Osama bin Laden, dead or alive, since shortly after 9/11. In 10 years, if he was indeed alive for that long... there must have been many people who knew of his whereabouts, status, etc etc.. but not a single person was interested in turning him in, in return for untold wealth and probably, lifelong protection.
That scenario seems decidedly far-fetched.... and doesn't ring true either.