Archive | May 4th, 2011

OH, C’MON!! U.S. official: Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea


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Senior U.S. officials say the body was buried within 24 hours, according to Islamic practice and tradition.

A U.S. official said Monday that Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea, hours after U.S. PresidentBarack Obama announced that American forces had killed the terror mastermind in his Pakistan hideout.

Times Sq bin Laden 2.5.11 Reuters Americans react to the death of Osama bin Laden in Times Square in New York, in the early hours of Monday, May 2, 2011.
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After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition.

That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted man would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.

Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who masterminded the September 11, 2001  attacks on the United States is dead and the U.S. had recovered his body, U.S. President Barack Obama said from Washington late Sunday.

“Justice has been made,” Obama said in a heartfelt address from the White House, as he remembered the close to 3,000 people victims of the 2001 attacks.

The United States first discovered a lead on bin Laden’s whereabouts in August 2010, and Obama recounted his meeting with CIA head Leon Panetta, in which he said the capture of the al-Qaida leader was to be a top priority.

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Iran TV: IsraHell warplanes massing at U.S. airbase in Iraq to strike Iran


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IsraHell army says it has no knowledge of report on Iran state-run TV, which could not be corroborated by any other source.

Iranian state television ran a report on Monday saying Israeli military aircraft were massing at a U.S. air base in Iraq for a strike on Iran.

The report, for which there was no immediate corroboration, appeared on the website of Press TV.

Bushehr - AP - Aug. 21, 2010 The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant is seen, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.
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It quoted what it said was a source close to the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi’ite cleric who opposes the U.S. presence in Iraq and who has close ties to Iran’s leadership.

Israel accuses Tehran of using its declared civilian nuclear reactor program to conceal a plan to develop atomic bombs that would pose a massive threat against it.

Israeli leaders have not ruled out military action against Iran.

However, there has been no recent indication of increased tensions and no other information on Monday to corroborate the Iranian television report.

An Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman said she had no knowledge of any such report, adding that the military did not comment on operational matters.

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Clinton Vows Wars Will Continue



State Dept Issues Travel Advisory Amid Predictions of More Attacks

With the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death spawning major celebrations in several locations in the United States, one might be forgiven for briefly thinking the death of the al-Qaeda leader might actually change America’s foreign policy.

Bin Laden was, after all, not just the leader of one faction, but the US government’s chosen figurehead for all terrorism everywhere. 10 years of the hunt meant trillion of dollars in war spending, thousands of soldiers and upwards of a million civilian deaths, but last night the message was ‘all’s well that ends well.’

This morning, however, it isn’t even that, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassuring the world that America’s assorted wars would continue in the wake of bin Laden’s death. Indeed, the killing is being presented less as a game-changer than as a vindication for the overall policy of endless war worldwide.

“You cannot defeat us,” Clinton insisted, while adding that the death of bin Laden some ten years after 9/11 proved that the US would “never abandon its pursuit of justice.” Incredibly, it seems bin Laden’s death has emboldened the hawkish Clinton, who also said the US would “boost” its counterterrorism efforts after the news.

At the same time, the State Department issued a global travel advisory for Americans, warning of a possible backlash over bin Laden’s death in the near term. Even if this backlash is not realized, the continuation of the wars is likely to ensure that anti-US sentiment will linger.

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Bin Laden Israel’s stooge against Islam’


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Deputy Head of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Esmail Kowsari A senior Iranian lawmaker says Osama bin Laden’s death clearly shows that the al-Qaeda leader had an expiry date and the US was obliged to kill him.“Bin Laden, whom all Muslim nations despised, was simply a stooge in the hands of the Zionist regime [of Israel] to show a violent image of Islam following the 9/11 attacks,” Deputy Head of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Esmail Kowsari told Mehr News Agency on Monday.

“The death of Osama Bin Laden reflected the removal of a one-time US pawn, and marked the end of an era and the start of another in US’ subversive policies in the region,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the news of bin Laden’s death had left the US and its allies with no excuse to stay in Afghanistan.

“This development (Bin Laden’s death) plainly demonstrates that there is no need for a major military deployment to counter one individual,” Mehmanparast stated.

In a televised speech on Sunday, US President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden had been killed in a US operation in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a US official says bin Laden’s body has been buried at sea, alleging that his hasty burial was in accordance with Islamic law, which requires burial within 24 hours of death.

The official added that finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted man was difficult, so the US decided to bury him at sea.

This is while Grand Sheik of al-Azhar in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Ahmad al-Tayeb, has condemned the US measure to deposit the body of bin Laden into the sea as a violation of Islamic laws.

The burial at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs,” al-Tayeb said in a statement.

He said that the dead should be given full respect regardless of their nations or beliefs, adding that a corpse would be respected once it is buried.


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Oh, C’mon!! — Osama Bin Laden’s body ‘identified by sister’s brain’


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Osama bin Laden was shot in the head and chest by US Navy seals
Osama bin Laden was shot in the head and chest by US Navy seals Photo: Sipa Press/Rex Features

Osama bin Laden’s body was identified by US authorities by matching a DNA sample to one taken from his late sister’s brain, according to reports.

When his sister, who has not been named, died from brain cancer several years ago in Boston the FBI immediately subpoenaed her body so that it could later be used to identify the al-Qaeda leader if he was caught, it was claimed.

The brain was preserved and tissue and blood samples taken from it were used to compile a DNA profile, ABC News reported.

The tissue sample was reportedly then matched to the DNA of the man shot dead by US troops in a raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

He was shot in the head and chest by US Navy seals in a firefight in the compound, which had been monitored by the CIA for months.

US officials confirmed that the body had been identified by a DNA test conducted in Afghanistan. He was later buried at sea.

A national security official told CNN there were multiple confirmations of bin Laden’s identity, adding that they used “facial recognition work, amongst other things, to confirm the identity.”

A government spokesman said the burial had been “handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition”.

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Iranian MP: Bin Laden Killed for Fear of Intelligence Leakage


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TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has killed the Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, in a bid to prevent any possible leakage of intelligence and information about the US-Al-Qaeda joint terrorist operations, a senior Iranian legislator underscored on Monday.

“The West was fully satisfied with bin Laden’s performance during the past years and today… it was obliged to kill him to prevent possible leakage of the priceless intelligence that he had,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Javad Jahangirzadeh told FNA on Monday.

He mentioned that the West seeks to rebuild its damaged face in the international community, and reiterated that Bin Laden’s survival could endanger the interests of the western countries and disclose their past and future clandestine operations.

Jahangirzadeh warned the world countries that the West has hatched a new plot to find new pretexts for invading and occupying the Muslim countries.

Obama announced on Sunday that bin Laden was killed in a US operation in Pakistan.

Obama said he had directed helicopter-borne US armed forces to launch an attack against a heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday acting on a lead that first emerged last August.

“A small team of Americans… killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body,” Obama said.

Senior US officials said that in addition to bin Laden, three adult males died in the raid, two who were believed to be couriers for the Al-Qaeda leader, and one who was said to be one of his adult sons.

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Osama bin Laden’s Second Death


by crescentandcross


By Paul Craig Roberts

If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans.

Think about it. What are the chances that a person allegedly suffering from kidney disease and requiring dialysis and, in addition, afflicted with diabetes and low blood pressure, survived in mountain hideaways for a decade? If bin Laden was able to acquire dialysis equipment and medical care that his condition required, would not the shipment of dialysis equipment point to his location? Why did it take ten years to find him?

Consider also the claims, repeated by a triumphalist US media celebrating bin Laden’s death, that “bin Laden used his millions to bankroll terrorist training camps in Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan, sending ‘holy warriors’ to foment revolution and fight with fundamentalist Muslim forces across North Africa, in Chechnya, Tajikistan and Bosnia.” That’s a lot of activity for mere millions to bankroll (perhaps the US should have put him in charge of the Pentagon), but the main question is: how was bin Laden able to move his money about? What banking system was helping him? The US government succeeds in seizing the assets of people and of entire countries, Libya being the most recent. Why not bin Laden’s? Was he carrying around with him $100 million dollars in gold coins and sending emissaries to distribute payments to his far-flung operations?

This morning’s headline has the odor of a staged event. The smell reeks from the triumphalist news reports loaded with exaggerations, from celebrants waving flags and chanting “USA USA.” Could something else be going on?

No doubt President Obama is in desperate need of a victory. He committed the fool’s error or restarting the war in Afghanistan, and now after a decade of fighting the US faces stalemate, if not defeat. The wars of the Bush/Obama regimes have bankrupted the US, leaving huge deficits and a declining dollar in their wake. And re-election time is approaching.

The various lies and deceptions, such as “weapons of mass destruction,” of the last several administrations had terrible consequences for the US and the world. But not all deceptions are the same. Remember, the entire reason for invading Afghanistan in the first place was to get bin Laden. Now that President Obama has declared bin Laden to have been shot in the head by US special forces operating in an independent country and buried at sea, there is no reason for continuing the war.

Perhaps the precipitous decline in the US dollar in foreign exchange markets has forced some real budget reductions, which can only come from stopping the open-ended wars. Until the decline of the dollar reached the breaking point, Osama bin Laden, who many experts believe to have been dead for years, was a useful bogyman to use to feed the profits of the US military/security complex.

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U.S. believes it can now destroy al-Qaida after killing bin Laden



osama bin laden - AP - October 1 2010


The United States will aim to destroy al-Qaida’s central organization now that its leader Osama bin Laden has been killed and its capabilities degraded by U.S. operations, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

Since the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, al-Qaida has spawned affiliated groups in the Middle East and North Africa and inspired attacks by so-called home-grown militants in Europe and the United States.

But White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said bin Laden’s death was the latest in a series of U.S. operations that have delivered “severe body blows” to al-Qaida’s central network in Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past year.

“We’re going to try to take advantage of this opportunity we have now with the death of al-Qaida’s leader, bin Laden, to ensure that we’re able to destroy that organization,” Brennan told NBC’s Today show. “We’re determined to do so and we believe we can.”

“We believe that we have damaged the organization, degraded its capability and made it much more difficult for it to operate inside of Pakistan as well as beyond.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said in an MSNBC interview on Monday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas had killed as many as 17 senior al-Qaida leaders before bin Laden’s death.

Brennan spoke a day after world leaders and security experts urged increased vigilance against possible retaliatory strikes by al-Qaida.

CIA director Leon Panetta warned on Monday that bin Laden’s death would “almost certainly” prompt his Islamist supporters to attempt some sort of retaliation.

But Brennan said U.S. officials were aware of no specific threat, nearly 48 hours after bin Laden’s death.

“But what we’re doing is, we’re taking all those prudent measures that we need to whenever there’s an incident of significance like this,” Brennan said in a separate interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Right now, I think we feel pretty confident that we are at the right posture.”

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Libya Buries Gadhafi’s Son as Mourners Call for Revenge



Moammar Gadhafi Did Not Attend Over Security Concerns

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s youngest son Saif al-Arab was buried today in the city of Tripoli, following his killing during a Saturday air strike by NATO forces. His brothers Saif al-Islam and Mohammed attended, but Moammar did not over security concerns.

The Saturday air strike destroyed Saif al-Arab’s home,killing him and three of Moammar Gadhafi’s grandchildren. The dictator was rumored to have been present in the home at the time, but was not harmed. NATO insisted the strike hit a military target.

The strike led to a number of questions about why the residence was targeted. Saif al-Arab al-Gadhafi had no government position, and lived mostly in Germany over the past several years. He had made no comments in favor of the regime’s crackdown.

The death sparked massive protests in Tripoli on Sunday, with demonstrators attacking Western embassies, destroying the British ambassador’s residence. The regime expressed “regret” over the destruction, and promised to repair all damage done.

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Senators Call for Suspension of Aid to Pakistan



Officials Doubt ‘Commitment’ of Zardari Government After Finding bin Laden

A number of Senators are calling on Congress to immediately suspend billions of dollars in annual foreign aid to Pakistan following yesterday’s killing of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad. Officials say the killing raises questions about Pakistan’s reliability as a US ally.

Though US officials have long insisted bin Laden was probably in Pakistan, the belief was that he was in a remote tribal area that the Zardari government maintains minimal control. The revelation that he was in Abbottabad, an affluent town not far from the capital city, has raised questions about why the Pakistani government didn’t know where he was.

“It is hard to imagine the police or the military had no knowledge,” insisted Sen. Carl Levin (D – MI), whileother officials said it was virtually certain that the Pakistani government was supporting bin Laden ahead of his death.

During his speech announcing bin Laden’s death, President Obama praised the Pakistani government in general and Zardari in particular for their cooperation in the killing. It seems, however, that the public line differs greatly from the private line.

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