No Confirmation on an Article Announcing bin Laden’s Death

Some in the conspiracy camp (which includes me. sorry, no reference here, but most likely) have speculated that bin Laden’s death could serve as a ruse to get more votes come election day. My economics professor – in regards to oil prices – would tell you the same thing: people up top are simply manipulating prices to fit in with their political agendas. The main thing I’d like to point out here is that neither case is without its merits. As someone who believes bin Laden is a likely pawn used by the PTB to drum up support for the war(s) abroad, the bin Laden issue, even with Bush’s imminent retirement, is likely to continue indefinitely. Remember, it was being groomed as a much broader “War on Tyranny”, which, in the words of Donald Rumsfeld,

It will be a long, hard slog. Wikiquote: Donald Rumsfeld

Right. A hard slog that Americans like himself won’t have to go through, right? The neocons in the White House are turning the conservatives of this nation into an army of armchair generals. Allow me to close with this thought (if anyone could find a source on this, it would be appreciated): in the game of geopolitics, soldiers are seen only as throwaway pawns to achieve the objectives of the elite.

Published: September 24, 2006

PARIS, Sept. 23 — French officials said Saturday that the government could not confirm intelligence information published in a French newspaper that the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden died in Pakistan last month. On Saturday, the newspaper, L’Est Républicain, quoted an internal memorandum from France’s foreign intelligence service, the D.G.S.E., as saying, “Saudi intelligence services seem to be sure that Osama bin Laden is dead. The elements gathered by the Saudis indicate that the head of Al Qaeda was the victim, while he was in Pakistan on Aug. 23, 2006, of a strong case of typhoid fever that led to a partial paralysis of his lower limbs.” A senior French intelligence official confirmed that the document was authentic but said the information was “absolutely, absolutely not verified.” The official said the memorandum had been sent to the president, prime minister and some ministries as a regular report on terrorism-related intelligence traffic. President Jacques Chirac responded to questions from reporters by saying, “This information is in no way confirmed, in no way whatsoever.” The defense ministry, which oversees the D.G.S.E., said it would investigate how the memorandum had been leaked. In Washington, an American intelligence official expressed strong doubt about the report, which he noted was not the first rumor of Mr. bin Laden’s death. “We can’t confirm this,” said the official, who discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity. “I think it ought to be treated with a great deal of skepticism.” Tony Snow, the White House spokesman, said he could not confirm the report. According to the account, the French memorandum said the Saudis first heard Sept. 4 that Mr. bin Laden had died, but were awaiting further details, including the location of the body, to announce the news. The information was passed from Saudi Arabia by a non-Saudi who had proved reliable in the past, said the French intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement on its Web site that it had no evidence that Mr. bin Laden is dead, and called the report “purely speculative.” Pierre Taribo, the editor in chief of L’Est Républicain, a regional daily, defended his newspaper’s decision to publish the unconfirmed memorandum. “It’s a note that exists, and from this point on we consider that we did our job, which is to inform,” he said in a telephone interview. Several reports of Mr. bin Laden’s death have surfaced since he went into hiding in 2001. His last confirmed videotaped message was released in late 2004; several audio tapes attributed to him have been released this year. Scott Shane contributed reporting from Washington. TechnoratiTechnorati: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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