[HCCN] Different view of the Osama Bin Laden killing (assassination)

Dick Atlee atlee at umd.edu
Mon May 2 13:31:54 EDT 2011

I am having a very "Alice in Wonderland" sense about all this. ALL of 
the discussion I've heard about this so far has ASSUMED that in fact it 
was bin Laden who was killed in Pakistan. I sent the following to the 
the BBC's WorldHaveYourSay service:

"Given the amount of evidence that OBL died in December, 2001 -- end 
stage renal disease, necessity of frequent dialysis, increasing 
haggardness in videos (except for the famous November 2001 version that 
obviously wasn't OBL), statements by the foremost OBL experts that the 
later vidos (and audios) were faked, and by  CIA staff working on the 
OBL case at that time that "everyone knew he was dead," a funeral 
announcement and obituary -- this all takes on a truly surreal tone, 
which isn't helped by the unnecessary "burial at sea," which, like the 
removal of the steel from Ground Zero, constitutes destruction of evidence."

A couple of years ago, David Ray Griffin put together a fascinating 
book, "Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive," which covered all that evidence 
and more. To me, the question is, why is this happening now?  Other than 
hearing about the government warning us that retaliation may be 
imminent, I can't see a purpose. And given what I believe is a false 
assumption at the very root of all that is happening now, I don't think 
we're going to find out.


PS: I'm not sure how many people are aware of the fact that (a) bin 
Laden denied any involvement in 9/11 and consistently condemned it, and 
(b) the FBI does not list him as wanted for those "attacks" because, 
they have said clearly, they have no hard evidence to support a connection.

Larry Dansinger wrote, On 5/2/11 9:40 AM:
> This (below) was sent as a Letter to the Editor. It is very likely that 
> any view other than celebration will not be tolerated (herd mentality), 
> let alone accepted. I hope you can help me promote a view that killing, 
> whether assassination or not, is not a form of justice.
> Larry Dansinger
>                                              May 2, 2011
> To the editor: 
> Altho many in this country and around the world are celebrating the 
> death of Osama Bin Laden, I am not. 
> While we claim to be guided by the “rule of law,” the US engages in 
> targeted assassinations, not just for Bin Laden but for others 
> considered to be our enemies. What ever happened to trial by jury? Why 
> would the world respect the US when we kill our opponents rather than 
> subjecting them to any justice system.
> It’s hard to believe that Special Forces soldiers could not have wounded 
> Bin Laden and then brought him to justice. It’s hard to confirm that the 
> person killed is, in fact, Osama Bin Laden, despite claims that the DNA 
> are matched, because he was buried at sea. 
> I heard a radio broadcaster describe Bin Laden, until his death, as the 
> greatest living mass murderer in the world. But if Bin Laden was 
> responsible for 3,000 US deaths, or even many more if all deaths caused 
> by Al Qaeda are included, what about the thousands who have died as a 
> result of Gadhafi’s attacks against his own people in Libya? What about 
> the hundreds of thousands who died because of policies by Sudan 
> president Omar al-Bashir against the people of Darfur, or George W. 
> Bush’s wars that may have cost over a million lives in Iraq, 
> Afghanistan, and Pakistan? 
> It’s time to follow the “rule of law” by bringing all these mass murders 
> to justice instead of killing them or allowing them to run free.
> Larry Dansinger
> rosc at psouth.net <mailto:rosc at psouth.net>, (207) 525-7776

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