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Is Bin Laden Dead?

Many believe that Bin Laden died years ago, and suggest that our politicians pretend he is still alive for political purposes.


As President Obama prepares to escalate the war in Afghanistan, staff members for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Democratic majority prepared a report at the request of the chairman, Sen. John Kerry.

According to MSNBC, the report states categorically that bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora when the U.S. had the means to mount a rapid assault with several thousand troops. On or about Dec. 16, 2001, bin Laden and bodyguards “walked unmolested out of Tora Bora and disappeared into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal area, where he is still believed to be based.” The only assertion in the report that has ever been replicated in the media and other intelligence reports is that Osama bin Laden was cornered at Tora Bora in Dec. 2001. The rest is speculation.

The report, however, seems to overlook the fact that bin Laden was suffering from diabetes, Hepatitis C, and an “untreated lung complication” and would have had to have “walked unmolested” out of the rugged mountains of Afghanistan under the surveillance of “thousands” of special operations troops with at least one kidney dialysis machine in tow. The report also does not mention that electricity to power dialysis machines may be difficult to generate on the move through the mountains of Afghanistan.

Osama bin Laden in Dec. 27, 2001 video

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta stated in Jan. 2002: “The sort of frosting of the appearance is something that people a lot of times associate with chronic kidney failure, renal failure, certainly someone who is requiring dialysis would have that.”

Gen. Peter Bergen concurred on CNN on Feb. 1, 2002 that in bin Laden’s Dec. 27, 2001 video, “he’s barely moving the left side of his body. So he’s clearly got diabetes. He has low blood pressure. He’s got a wound in his foot. He’s apparently got dialysis … for kidney problems. I mean, this is a man who has a number of health problems, apart from the fact that anybody running around the Afghan mountains is not going to be in great shape.” Other reports claimed bin Laden was wounded by shrapnel in his left hand and arm at Tora Bora in 2001 as well.

The latest report also ignores numerous reports in both mainstream U.S. media and international media that bin Laden is probably dead. In Jan. 2002, Pakistani president Gen. Pervez Mushharraf said in an interview with CNN, “I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a … kidney patient.” The BBC reported on July 18, 2002 that the FBI’s counter-terrorism chief, Dale Watson, says he thinks Osama bin Laden is “probably” dead. Afghan president Harmad Karzai concurred when he said on CNN’s Late Edition on Oct. 8, 2002, “I would come to believe that [bin Laden] probably is dead.” Before Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, she also said bin Laden is dead. Janes reported in Dec. 2002 that “bin Laden was never on the annual list of Islamist extremists issued by the espionage and security services” of Israel.