Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Osama Bin Laden Has Been Dead Since December
By Feroze Mithiborwala
ccun.org, September 14, 2009
"If they didn't have an Osama Bin Laden, they would have
Milt Bearden - CIA agent, in an interview with anchor Dan
Rather of the CBS (September 12, 2001)
"The reason why 9/11 is not
mentioned on Osama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no
hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11. He has not been formally
indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard
evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11".
(Rex Tomb, spokesman, FBI's
Chief of Investigative Publicity)
Now that even Asif Ali Zardari the
President of Pakistan & General Musharraf are stating that Bin Laden is
dead, it is high time that we in India began to both debate as well as
challenge this sheer calumny.
Basically the truth and the fact of the
matter is that Bin Laden has been dead since the latter half of December
2001. So then why did Bush-Cheney & now the Obama-Hillary combine, as well
as the Neoconservatives & Zionist ideologues, continue to insist & actively
propagate the myth of Bin Laden?
First let us address the 'Politics
of Fear', that is an integral part of the flawed 'Global War on Terror',
which is part of the Neo-Zioncon doctrine of 'Controlled Chaos'. The ghost
of Bin Laden serves multiple purposes both at the Global and Indian context.
In India, Bin Laden is used to generate fear in the mind of the Hindu
community, the epitome of "Islamic terror" and thus distrust & hatred for
the Muslim is its natural corollary.
For the Muslims he is meant to
be the "false hero" and to wrongly inspire youth to follow the flawed path
of extremism and terror.
The other primary strategy in propagating
the myth of Bin Laden is so that every political struggle against US-Zionist
Imperialism is converted into a struggle for the supposed cause of Islam and
Muslims and thus reduce every struggle to a narrow religio-sectarian agenda,
to the negation of all political, economic & social factors. Every Bin Laden
message appeals to "Muslims to wage a jehad against Christians, Jews, Hindus
and Buddhists". The agenda is to communalise, divide, confuse and thus
weaken society. The agenda is also to further isolate and marginalise
Muslims from the mainstream struggles & spread Islamophobia. For example the
Palestinian national freedom struggle against Israeli colonial occupation is
reduced to a mere Muslim cause as per Bin Laden's announcements & thus
weaken the global Palestinian solidarity movement which is today striving
for the total "Boycott of Israel".
Now let us come to a few facts
that will help us establish that Bin Laden has been dead since the last
eight years and more.
During the period 4-14th of July, 2001 (only
two months prior to the 9/11-WTC terror attacks), Bin Laden was in the
American Hospital in Dubai. According to the United Press International (Oct
31, 2001), Bin Laden underwent kidney surgery and treatment under Dr. Terry
Callaway. According to both the French "Le Figaro" & the "Radio France
International", Bin Laden was visited by a top US-CIA agent. This report and
the one below are further substantiated by CBS anchor Dan Rather, Peter
Bergen, investigative journalist Barry Petersen and Prof. Michel
More astonishing is the fact that just a day prior to the
September 11 attacks, Bin Laden was undergoing treatment in the Military
Hospital in Rawalpindi itself (Le Figaro - Jan 28, 2002). So both the
Pakistani Military establishment and the ISI as well as the CIA were more
than aware of Bin Laden's whereabouts.
A few days later Dr. Sanjay Gupta (a highly respected Indian-American
within the Medical fraternity) gave his assessment that both due to the
heavy US bombing of the Taleban areas as well as the fact that kidney
dialysis requires a special environment, it is impossible for a patient to
survive beyond a week.
According to Pentagon sources, Bin Laden's voice could not be detected
beyond December 14, 2001.
Reports of Bin Laden's death have been so
widespread that it is a wonder as to how the myth of OBL has been kept
alive. Now consider the following reports:
Dale Watson, the FBI chief of counter-terrorism said on BBC that he
thought that OBL was dead.
In fact the announcement of OBL's death and
the funeral as well, appeared in the Egytian newspaper Al-Wafd on December
26, 2001. Also refer to an article by Robert Burns (26/04/02) on this
Even the Israeli intelligence had announced the death (World Tribune).
They also said that the new messages are possibly fabrications.
Reports of his death have appeared in the New York Times (July 11, 2002)
as well the Guardian (UK) and the Telegraph (UK).
Both Musharraf and Karzai have been reported saying the same on CNN.
Most recently the most remarkable revelation on this matter was made by
none other than the late Benazir Bhutto. In an interview with David Frost on
Al-Jazeerah English (November 2, 2007), she made the stunning announcement
that Bin Laden was dead and had been murdered by Omar Sheikh. Interestingly
Omar Sheikh was an ISI operative and was also responsible for the murder of
Daniel Pearl. The most telling part is the deafening silence of the
The BBC did carry this interview but edited this line.
If this is not "Breaking News", then what is?
Does not this statement warrant international attention? Would not have
this statement guaranteed higher TRP ratings and increased newspaper
circulation? But not a word. The complicity of the corporate media is
But then people ask me and rightly so that, "what
about all these Bin Laden-Al Qaeda tapes?, how do you explain that?". So
lets deal with that issue as well.
Bin Laden tapes have appeared
prior to his death in December 2001, but since then the world has been
subjected to a barrage of fake tapes. Prof. Bruce Lawrence of Duke
University, is the world's leading expert on these tapes and has studied
every tape since then and it is his analysis and that of Diana Lee, Wayne
Madsen as well as others that I put before you.
The first fake Bin laden tape was released by the Pentagon on December
13, 2001 and found in a deserted house in Jalalabad. It shows a stout and
healthy man posing as Laden and making the claims of the destruction of the
WTC. The most glaring error in the video is that the Laden duplicate is
signing the confession letter with his right hand. Bin Laden used his left!
Another Laden video appeared just prior to the US presidential election
on October 29, 2004, a few days after Bush had lost the first Presidential
debate to John Kerry the Democratic nominee. The calls for a jehad against
America helped to boost Bush's ratings and was a factor in his ultimate
The Bin laden audio tapes began to arrive in 2002. These tapes were also
meant to achieve and create a climate of fear at the global level. However
the experts at the IDIAP, the world's premier voice identification institute
based in Switzerland, have clearly stated that the voice on the tapes was
not that of Bin Laden.
Bin Laden and Al Qaeda tapes have also appeared in India and the
political agenda is the same. Last year (June 8, 2007) an Al Qaeda tape
surfaced in Kashmir claiming that Al Qaeda had established a base in India.
It appeared only a day after an Israeli Military delegation arrived in India
to advice the government to combat "Islamic terror in Kashmir". Even certain
Indian intelligence and military sources rejected the tape as a fake.
But now the pattern at the global level of releasing the Bin Laden-Al
Qaeda tapes has undergone a remarkable change. Earlier there would be a
direct relay of the tapes without any fanfare. But now unbelievably the
release is accompanied with a curtain raiser at a global scale. The release
of the tapes is announced a few days prior to the final release. The news of
the same appears in practically every newspaper and channel of note the
world over. The ground is prepared to ensure that as many people as possible
see the tape and register its message of fear and hatred. It is basically
akin to a curtain raiser for a new movie or a music video.
It was on the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that we were
subjected to this mirage. The announcement of the new Bin Laden message
flooded the airwaves and newspapers. We then saw a Bin Laden, hale and
hearty and with a black beard. The reports stated that Laden's bodyguard
(where did he come from and did he have a name?) had "revealed" that Bin
Laden was healthy and was living with his four wives (how cliched!), in a
compound (where, which country, city, location?). The media did not ask a
single question. Worse was to follow. After a few days we had another Bin
Laden photograph plastered all over the front pages, but this time with a
"white beard". Did the dye run off or had he lost his virility?. It was all
so ridiculous, but they got away with it.
Then the Mumbai Mirror (29/05/08) reported that a new Laden tape is due
in the next 24 hours. What's more, this time the contents of the tape were
also known to the "sources" even prior to the release. So we know then as to
who writes all the scripts for these tapes, don't we?. The report ominously
states that the tape "will urge jehadis to use nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons against civilians". It quotes intelligence sources that
have spoken to ABC News.
I too was very confused in the immediate
aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks but I began to ask
questions and seek answers independent of the corporate media, as the
unfolding socio-economic and political scenario did not make rational sense.
The incident that made me question and challenge the dominant paradigm was
On the 14th of February 2003, prior to the final
US-NATO attack on Iraq, an Al Qaeda tape appeared. It asked the Muslims of
the world to unite and wage a jehad against the Christians, Jews, Hindus and
Buddhists of the world. I was too stunned because of the simple fact that I
was aware that on the next day the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists,
people of faith and none, were going to march in their millions across the
streets of USA, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia along with their
Muslim brethren to oppose the impending war on Iraq. Clearly, the Al Qaeda
tape had been released with the specific agenda to divide the masses of the
world and further serve to demonise the Muslims. From that day I began to
maintain a record of the Al Qaeda tapes and I found a design, a clear
objective and purpose that was basically serving the cause of the Zionist
Terror is and has always been an instrument of Imperial
Zionist foreign policy. It is the politics of terror that is reshaping the
geo-strategic and economic map as well as leading to the deepening of the
religio-cultural & ethnic fault lines across the world. It is the myths of
terror that seek to confuse and weaken the anti-imperialist masses and their
struggles against neo-liberal globalization and perpetuate hatred for
Muslims and spread Islamophobia, which itself is now a global phenomenon.
Thus it is imperative that we expose these myths and the lies of
Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda. It is actually a very simple task and it must be