oing after bin Laden" has served,
over the last five years, to sustain the legend of the
"world's most wanted terrorist", who "haunts Americans
and millions of others around the world."
Donald Rumsfeld has repeatedly claimed that the
whereabouts of Osama bin Laden remain unknown: "It
is like looking for a needle in a stack of hay".
In November 2001, US B-52 bombers carpet bombed
a network of caves in the Tora
Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan, where Osama bin
Laden and his followers were allegedly hiding. These
caves were described as "Osama's last stronghold".
CIA "intelligence analysts"
subsequently concluded that Osama had escaped from his
Tora Bora cave in the first week of December 2001. And
in January 2002, the Pentagon launched a Worldwide
search for Osama and his top lieutenants, beyond the
borders of Afghanistan. This operation, referred to by
Secretary of State Colin Powell as a "hot pursuit", was
carried out with the support of the "international
community" and America's European allies. US
intelligence authorities confirmed, in this regard, that
al Qaeda has been significantly shattered, ... the
most wanted man - bin Laden himself remains one step
ahead of the United States, with the core of his
worldwide terror network still in place. (Global
News Wire - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, InfoProd,
January 20, 2002)
For the last five years, the US
military and intelligence apparatus (at considerable
expense to US taxpayers) has been "searching for
A CIA unit with a
multimillion dollar budget was set up, with a mandate to
find Osama. This unit was apparently disbanded in 2005.
"Intelligence experts agree", he is hiding in a remote
area of Pakistan, but "we cannot find him":
intelligence analysts are convinced that Osama bin
Laden is somewhere on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Lately, it has been said that he's probably in the
vicinity of the a 7700m Hindu Kush peak Tirich Mir
in the tribal Chitral area of northwest Pakistan."
Hobart Mercury (Australia), September 9, 2006)
President Bush has
repeatedly promised to "smoke him out" of his cave,
capture him dead or alive, if necessary through ground
assaults or missile strikes. According to a recent
statement by president Bush, Osama is hiding in a remote
area of Pakistan which "is extremely mountainous and
very inaccessible, ... with high mountains between 9,000
to 15,000 feet high....". We cannot get him, because,
according to the president, there is no communications
infrastructure, which would enable us to effectively go
after him. (quoted in Balochistan Times, 23 April
The pursuit of Osama
has become a highly ritualized process which feeds the
news chain on a daily basis. It is not only part of the
media disinformation campaign, it also provides a
justification for the arbitrary arrest, detention and
torture of numerous "suspects", "enemy combatants" and
"accomplices", who allegedly might be aware of Osama's
whereabouts. And that information is of course vital to
"the security of Americans".
The search for Osama
serves both military and political objectives. The
Democrats and Republicans compete in their resolve to
weed out "islamic terrorism".
The Path to 9/11, a five-hour ABC series on "the
search for Osama" --which makes its debut on the 10th
and 11th of September to marks the fifth anniversary of
the attacks-- casually accuses Bill Clinton of having
been "too busy with the Monica Lewinsky scandal to
fight terrorism." The message of the movie is that
the Democrats neglected the "war on terrorism".
The fact of the matter is that every single
administration, since Jimmy Carter have supported and
financed the "Islamic terror" network, created during
the Carter administration at the outset of the
Soviet-Afghan war. (See Michel Chossudovsky,
Who is Osama bin Laden, 12 September 2001). al Qaeda
is a instrument of US intelligence: a US sponsored
Where was Osama on
There is evidence
that the whereabouts of Osama are known to the Bush
September 10. 2001, "Enemy Number One" was in a
Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi, courtesy of
America's indefectible ally Pakistan, as confirmed by
a report of Dan Rather, CBS News. (See
our October 2003 article on this issue)
could have been arrested at short notice which would
have "saved us a lot of trouble", but then we would not
have had an Osama Legend, which has fed the news chain
as well as George W's speeches in the course of the last
According to Dan Rather, CBS, Bin Laden was hospitalized
in Rawalpindi. one day before the 9/11 attacks, on
September 10, 2001.
Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) told CBS that
bin Laden had received dialysis treatment in
Rawalpindi, at Pak Army's headquarters.
DAN RATHER, CBS
ANCHOR: As the United states and its allies in the
war on terrorism press the hunt for Osama bin Laden,
CBS News has exclusive information tonight
about where bin Laden was and what he was doing in
the last hours before his followers struck the
United States September 11.
This is the
result of hard-nosed investigative reporting by a
team of CBS news journalists, and by one of the best
foreign correspondents in the business, CBS`s Barry
Petersen. Here is his report.
BARRY PETERSEN, CBS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over):
Everyone remembers what happened on September 11.
Here`s the story of what may have happened the night
before. It is a tale as twisted as the hunt for
Osama bin Laden.
has been told that the night before the September 11
terrorist attack, Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan.
He was getting medical treatment with the support of
the very military that days later pledged its
backing for the U.S. war on terror in
intelligence sources tell CBS News that bin Laden
was spirited into this military hospital in
Rawalpindi for kidney dialysis treatment. On that
night, says this medical worker who wanted her
identity protected, they moved out all the regular
staff in the urology department and sent in a secret
team to replace them. She says it was treatment for
a very special person. The special team was
obviously up to no good.
military had him surrounded," says this
hospital employee who also wanted his identity
masked, "and I saw the mysterious patient helped out
of a car. Since that time," he says, "I have seen
many pictures of the man. He is the man we know as
Osama bin Laden. I also heard two army officers
talking to each other. They were saying that Osama
bin Laden had to be watched carefully and looked
after." Those who know bin Laden say he suffers from
numerous ailments, back and stomach problems. Ahmed
Rashid, who has written extensively on the Taliban,
says the military was often there to help before
camera): Doctors at the hospital told CBS News there
was nothing special about that night, but they
refused our request to see any records. Government
officials tonight denied that bin Laden had any
medical treatment on that night.
it was Pakistan's President Musharraf who said in
public what many suspected, that bin Laden suffers
from kidney disease, saying he thinks bin Laden may
be near death. His evidence, watching this most
recent video, showing a pale and haggard bin Laden,
his left hand never moving. Bush administration
officials admit they don`t know if bin Laden is sick
or even dead.
DEFENSE SECRETARY: With respect to the issue of
Osama bin Laden`s health, I just am -- don`t have
United States has no way of knowing who in
Pakistan`s military or intelligence supported the
Taliban or Osama bin Laden maybe up to the night
before 9/11 by arranging dialysis to keep him alive.
So the United States may not know if those same
people might help him again perhaps to freedom.
CBS News, Islamabad.
(CBS News, 28
January 2002 emphasis added, the complete transcript
of CBS report sis contained in annex to this
should be noted, that the hospital is directly under the
jurisdiction of the Pakistani Armed Forces, which has
close links to the Pentagon. U.S. military advisers
based in Rawalpindi. work closely with the Pakistani
Armed Forces. Again, no attempt was made to arrest
America's best known fugitive, but then maybe bin Laden
was serving another "better purpose". Rumsfeld claimed
at the time that he had no knowledge regarding Osama's
health. (CBS News, 28 January 2002)
The CBS report is a crucial piece of information in our
understanding of 9/11.
refutes the administration's claim that the whereabouts
of bin Laden are unknown. It points to a Pakistan
connection, it suggests a cover-up at the highest levels
of the Bush administration.
Dan Rather and Barry Petersen fail to draw the
implications of their January 2002 report. They suggest
that the US had been deliberately misled by Pakistani
intelligence officials. They fail to ask the question:
Why does the
US administration state that they cannot find
they are to stand by their report, the conclusion is
obvious. The administration is lying. Osama bin Laden's
whereabouts were known.
the CBS report is accurate and Osama had indeed been
admitted to the Pakistani military hospital on September
10, courtesy of America's ally, he was either still in
hospital in Rawalpindi on the 11th of September, when
the attacks occurred or had been released from the
hospital within the last hours before the attacks.
other words, Osama's whereabouts were known to US
officials on the morning of September 12, when Secretary
of State Colin Powell initiated negotiations with
Pakistan, with a view to arresting and extraditing bin
Laden. These negotiations, led by General Mahmoud Ahmad,
head of Pakistan's military intelligence, on behalf of
the government of President Pervez Musharraf, took
place on the 12th and 13th of September in Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage's office.
could have been arrested at short notice on September
10th, 2001. But then we would not have been privileged
to five years of Osama related media stories. The Bush
administration desperately needs the fiction of an
"outside enemy of America".
Known and documented Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda is a
construct of the US intelligence apparatus. His
essential function is to give a face to the "war on
terrorism". The image must be vivid.
According to the White house, "The
greatest threat to us is this ideology of violent
extremism, and its greatest public proponent is Osama
bin Laden. Bin Laden remains the number one target, in
terms of our efforts, but he's not the only target."
Recent Statement of White House Assistant for Homeland
Security Frances Townsend, 5 September 2006).
The national security doctrine rests on the fiction of
Islamic terrorists, led by Osama who are portrayed as a
"threat to the civilized World". In the words of
President Bush, "Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have
made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler
before them. The question is will we listen? Will we pay
attention to what these evil men say? We are on the
offensive. We will not rest. We will not retreat. And we
will not withdraw from the fight until this threat to
civilization has been removed." (quoted by CNN,
September 5, 2006)
The "hot pursuit" of Osama in the rugged mountainous
areas of Pakistan must continue, because without Osama,
referred to ad nauseam in news reports and official
statements, the fragile legitimacy of the Bush
administration collapses like a deck of cards.
Moreover, the search for Osama protects the real
architects of the 911 attacks. While there is no
evidence that Al Qaeda was behind the 911 attacks, as
revealed by nuerous studies and documents, there is
mounting evidence of complicity and coverup at the
highest levels of the State, Military and intelligence
The continued arrest of alleged 911 accomplices and
suspects has nothing to do with "national security". It
creates the illusion that Arabs and Muslims are behind
the terror plots, while shunting the conduct of a real
criminal investigation into the 911 attacks. And what
were dealing with is the criminalization of the upper
echelons of State.
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