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September 23, 2006

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tomeg

I would not be surprised at all if this weren't a stealth campaign tactic for Bush/GOP campaign. Not because I despise the Global American Junta, but for strictly political strategy reasons. The timing is just too sweet. FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) is a legendary acronym for Microsoft's weapons to depress sales of an announced product that might compete with its own. Watch for how this "news" is spun directly, or outsourced, by the GOP and Fox News. Could hold a clue.

Dirk

Interestingly Fox is currently doing its best to keep the "Clinton responsible for Bin Laden being alive" story afloat with a "Crazed Clinton" headline and clip on its website

Gag Halfrunt

Interestingly Fox is currently doing its best to keep the "Clinton responsible for Bin Laden being alive" story afloat with a "Crazed Clinton" headline and clip on its website

As opposed, of course, to the previously operative fact that Clinton bombed that Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and that pharmaceutical factory in Sudan in a shameless attempt to distract attention from the Monica Lewinsky affair...

praktike

more here:

Alexis Debat, a former French intelligence official who is now an ABC News consultant, also is skeptical.

"There is no hard information the report is true," Debat said.

In fact, a source tells Debat the report is based solely on an informal conversation between a French diplomat and low-level Saudi diplomat at social function in Islamabad. The French diplomat felt obligated to pass on the details of that chat to headquarters in Paris and it is has since caused quite a stir.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=2482492&page=1

tribalecho

Hi Abu. Just wondering if you saw the article last week in Asia Times about bin Laden's greatly improved health and tactical situation?

http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/HI14Df03.html

Issam

Since the inforamtion was leaked by the Frensh who wholeheartdly despise the Bush administration, then I really doubt the theory that the GOP or Fox news are behind the consipracy. However, I am sure that they have their own interest of using it in the next upcoming election.

d

Whatever the veracity of this report, it just amuses me to no end to think that Bin Laden might have outlived the "dead or alive" boasting of the Bush administration long enough to die of a "water-borne illness" like giardia (or whatever it is he's supposed to have contracted). I suppose it would be only mildly more embarrassing to Bush if the planet's greatest mass murderer had been felled by E. Coli contracted from a Jack 'n the Box somewhere in south Jersey...

quo vadis

What if some clever counter-terrorist suspected that Bin Laden was no longer alive, and that his organization was hiding that fact in order to perpetuate his wily Holy Warrior image?

What better way to simultaneously demonstrate that he is dead and destroy his legacy than to float a story of an ignominious death due to disease in a remote hiding place. Great Holy Warriors don’t die because they’re afraid to leave their caves.

moloch-agonistes

The source of this disinformation is obvious. Al Qaida is trying to capture the "Left Behind" vote by giving out the impression that OBL may be Jesus Christ. I think he's on his Fifth or Sixth Coming by now.

(Which would I guess cast Bush as Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor. The difference being that the latter actually got his man.)

luci

Bin Laden's been dead for years, I'd guess.

He supposedly releases audio statements, which also have the risk of detection as they are ferried out from his hiding place through couriers - wouldn't the tiny "extra" (marginal) risk of a video announcement be outweighed by the large propaganda benefits of a video?

His released "statements" could be a similar dynamic to the statements from Zarqawi (and the "al Qaeda in Mesopotamia" site) - those might have been created by the pentagon (as per the WashPost story) or by locals: Islamist offshoot groups wanting to claim affiliation with al Qaeda (for rectruiting, PR) or by Sunni/Baathists to have deniability for their bombing activities, when desired, etc.

IOW, the players involved (intelligence agencies, al Qaeda remnants, other radical Islamic groups) all might have aligned incentives to keep the status quo narrative out there. And now someone floats a story that he's dead, for whatever reason. When he appears live, on video, holding a newspaper or talking about a recent event, I'll believe he's alive. Since he hasn't for some time, odds are he's dead.

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