Osama Bin Laden – questions

The Osama Bin Laden story is raising a number of questions the answers to which will be very interesting.  One wonders if there is a special department at the White House that specialises in making decisions that encourage conspiracy theories, because that is what will spawn from this story.

Although fully aware that any unanswered questions or discrepancies in the official story will be seized upon as evidence that the public is not being told the truth, some of what we are being told doesn’t seem to quite add up. In saying that it seems there is little doubt Osama Bin Laden is dead.  Only future recorded messages from Bin Laden that refer to incidents or events taking place after today could dispel that.

Questions:

1. The assault on the compound commenced at around 6:30pm UK time (5:30pm GMT) according to the BBC. 14 hours and 15 minutes later AP in Washington had announced that Bin Laden’s body had been buried at sea.  Is it feasible that in such a short time frame Bin Laden’s body was moved 230 miles from northern Pakistan to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and allegedly Kabul, medically examined, identified using DNA evidence, photographed and viewed by independent witnesses, then flown from there a minimum of 700 miles to the sea to be disposed of?

Update: The timelines are even tighter than initially reported.  The assault on the compound actually commenced at around 9.00pm UK time.  So that means the AP report from Washington at 8:45am today announcing that Bin Laden’s body had been buried at sea was filed less than 11 hours and 45 minutes hours after the assault began.  We have confirmation of the time of the assault on Twitter from a resident, Sohaib Athar, who reported the helicopters and explosions as they happened, as shown in the image below (UK time on the clock and hours elapsed on the Tweet)…

2. What type of DNA test was used that could sequence the DNA strands and provide a positive identification of Bin Laden within a maximum of 9 hours?

Update: It is now being reported by Sky News that DNA has been taken, but the results are not due for a couple of days.  So contrary to initial reports the body has only been identified by photographs, not DNA.  Despite this it has been flown out to sea and disposed of.

Update II: Here we go again, 19 hours after the assault AP is reporting US officials as saying DNA tests prove the man killed was Bin Laden. Now I’m not a DNA expert but even urgent DNA tests seem to take at least 2-3 days, so how this has been achieved so quickly is quite remarkable.

3. If the Americans were, as they claim, handling Bin Laden’s body according to Islamic rites, why have they moved the body from land where it could be buried and instead disposed of it at sea?

4. A 4 bedroom house with 4 bathrooms, 2 lounge rooms, a study room, a nice lawn, a drawing room and a dining room situated very close to the Bin Laden compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad, sells for around 13m Pakistan rupees, or about £92,000 (below).

We hear the compound was a £1m complex constructed 5-10 years ago, had no telephone or internet connection and never put rubbish out for collection. It was eight times bigger than any other residential building in the area with walls three times higher than any other residential property nearby, and situated just a couple of hundred yards away from the Pakistan Military Academy, in a heavily militarised security zone. Are we to believe the Pakistanis had no idea or no interest in who was living there?

No doubt more questions will arise and they will be added to this post…

10 Responses to “Osama Bin Laden – questions”


  1. 1 Martin Brumby 02/05/2011 at 12:52 pm

    And who released the obviously photoshopped picture of him?

    I could have done a more convincing “photograph”.

    The conspiracy nuts will be turning cartwheels.

  2. 2 PhilJourdan 02/05/2011 at 1:11 pm

    just more questions to go along with the curious way the case is being handles. if the facts as presented so far are correct, again, the administration is handling it in exactly the wrong way.

  3. 3 FaustiesBlog 02/05/2011 at 2:19 pm

    Why is the media not commenting on the fact that that Osama’s burial at sea means that nobody can now perform an autopsy?

  4. 4 The Gray Monk 02/05/2011 at 4:17 pm

    The obvious reason for burial at sea is that it cannot now become a focal point for jihadi pilgrims.

  5. 5 Barking Spider 02/05/2011 at 7:08 pm

    And it all happens in the space of a few days since Obumble’s fake “birth certificate” was torn to shreds by the blogosphere!

    The news of this “operation” stinks to high heaven!

  6. 6 PhilJourdan 02/05/2011 at 9:29 pm

    Or embarrassing revelations for the administration.

  7. 7 Brian H 02/05/2011 at 9:34 pm

    DNA matching is now very fast, with microchip-based tech. You can be sure the military has the latest greatest gear.

  8. 8 greg2213 03/05/2011 at 2:50 am

    Quite the feat for such a rapid burial.

    Lessee… 2 hours chopper ride back to launch base, another two to get him to the main base with the jets and the medical facility, a few minutes to grab samples, a few more to wrap him and load him onto a waiting jet, two hour flight to an aircraft carrier in the Arabian gulf, and that leaves a few more hours to dump him.

    I guess it could be done, especially if it was set up ahead of
    time due to the expectations of having a body to dump. Seems reasonable to me that if it’s all set up ahead of time that it could be done that quickly.

    We know a raid happened, we assume someone was bagged, and since it was a raid that was completely unauthorized by the Pakis (aka: an act of war) there’s no way they’re hanging around for pics. Of course, the Pakis are not really in a position to complain much.

    Apparently Obama and Co watched a video of it happening in real time (head cams on the Seals?)

    Interesting stuff. I wonder what the real truth is and how close the Obama version really is. And if it isn’t OBL, or it’s otherwise shown to be a lie in some way, then what does that do to Obama?

  9. 9 Tom 03/05/2011 at 1:06 pm

    There is no legitimate reason to so quickly dump the body, none.

  10. 10 Anita 04/05/2011 at 4:25 pm

    Don’t know why someone would shoot someone else DEAD if they were unarmed and of no threat. I would think that Obama would have come out as a bigger HERO if OBL was captured alive and brought back to the USA for trial. It would have made Obama look like he actually knows what he is doing. Just would have made more sense to bring OBL in alive if he was unarmed. The Seals basically murdered OBL.


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