No one wants to believe that government would lie to them or that things are not what they appear to be.
The government, on the other hand seemingly likes to set itself up to be mistrusted with its use of secrecy.
On May 1, 2011 US President Barack Obama announced that US Navy SEALS had killed Usama Bin Laden in a raid. Bin Laden’s death was celebrated and rejoiced by large groups of patriotic Americans, including celebrations on the White House lawn. The Osama Bin Laden death photos will not be forthcoming any time soon, if at all.
In fact, with the abundance of patriotism, skeptics of the announcement have once again been labelled “conspiracy theorists” and even “terrorists”.
It seems the government’s policy of ridiculing anyone who does not agree with them has spread amongst the population as well. The initial knee-jerk reaction to anyone who questions the validity of Obama’s claim has been immediate rejection. The fact remains however that the government has released NO evidence of Bin Laden’s death; merely the statement alone seems to be enough to be considered undisputable fact.
The government simply needs to say something without providing evidence, and those that dispute it are held out of favour for “questioning patriotism”.
Questions Linger Concerning CIA Role
Le Figaro, a credible French daily news source, reported that Bin Laden was treated at an American hospital in Dubai between the dates of July 4th and July 14th in 2001.
Bin Laden was reportedly being treated by the urology department, headed by Dr. Terry Callaway in one of the hospital's VIP suites. Bin Laden has never been the cute and cuddly type; even before 9/11 he was already #1 on the World’s Most Wanted list for bombing US interests in both 1998, and 2000.
Le Figaro also reported that during his stay at the hospital, Bin Laden was visited by a locally known CIA agent stationed in Dubai. This agent was reportedly heard boasting to friends about his visit with the outlaw. The day after Bin Laden left the hospital, the agent was apparently recalled to headquarters.
Now, why wouldn’t the CIA arrest the World’s most wanted man at that point? When Russia invaded Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden was given tactical aid as well as weapons from the CIA and other nations and organizations to help repel Russian forces. Did the US still consider Bin Laden an asset even after the Al-Queda bombings of the US Embassy, and the US destroyer Cole?
Bin Laden had already ordered a mobile dialysis machine at this point, and his health was thought to be deteriorating. Some suspected he had less than 2 years to live in 2001. Much like the US government, Le Figaro has never disclosed its sources for this article.
The Bin Laden Photos
On May 4th, the public interest group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DoD and the CIA seeking all photos and videos of the Bin Laden military operation in Pakistan. Judicial Watch - an organization based on the slogan, "Because No One is Above the Law", feels that it is the public right to know the truth. Under FOIA law, each agency has 20 business days to appropriately respond the request.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton stated, "We are prepared to go to court to obtain this information."
Alongside shifting accounts of how Bin Laden was captured and killed, withholding photographic evidence doesn’t resolve concerns posed by enquiring minds.
The administration has stated that DNA evidence sampled from one of Osama’s sisters has proved to be a 99.9% match. Statistically speaking, all human DNA is a 99.9% match; it’s the remaining .01% that makes allows us to discern specific individuals. (Monkeys are a 98% match to human DNA.)
Dumping the Evidence
Osama Bin Laden’s body was apparently dumped at sea to prevent followers of Bin Laden’s to build a memorial shrine and attracting extremists. Burying the body within 24 hours of death seems to coincide with Islamic tradition, but a burial at sea only seems to support critics’ scepticisms as to whether or not Bin Laden was actually killed.
According to Islamic tradition, a body should be washed, buried within 24 hours of death and placed in a grave without casket facing the Qibla (the direction faced during prayer). The urgency to respect only parts of the burial process and not others seems to serve the Obama administration well, if "conspiracy theorists" are correct.
It seems to me that the utter disregard for the rest of the Islamic burial process itself is enough to ignite the fires of retribution amongst terrorists.
I don’t support Bin Laden or any of his atrocities against humanity in any way shape or form, but if simply asking healthy questions about a situation where no evidence has been provided makes me a conspiracy theorist, then so be it. I can live with that.
I tend not to take information I wasn’t privy to firsthand at face value. Asking the government questions is not only our responsibility, but it's our duty. That’s how it works from the town hall to the White House.
Killing the bad guys has raised President Obama from a dismal election outlook to a seemingly forgiven beacon of light once again. Considering the fact that this won’t stop the TSA from fondling us at the airport, nor is it likely to provoke complete withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan, I’m forced to believe that the timing of these events was more political pull rather than the Hope and Change the 2008 voters we’re so hopeful for.