Thursday, May 5, 2011

Osama bin Laden was under House Arrest

     If you were the world's most wanted criminal and had to be able to flee at a moment's notice, how would anyone get that "moment's notice" to you? We're told that Osama bin Laden was living completely off the grid, with neither telephone nor Internet connection. (link)

     Wasn't bin Laden in need of frequent kidney dialysis? How would he reach a doctor in case of emergency, and why couldn't he be tracked down by way of doctors who gave house calls for dialysis treatment?
     If he was living completely off the grid, how did he contact his henchmen all over the world to do their dastardly deeds? The way I hear it, he put out more videos, audios, and other electronic messages than a rock star. His henchmen were everywhere, taking directions from him: in tourist areas, in synagogues, and under children's beds at night or in their closets, to mention a few.
     According to Michael Bunker, the author of Surviving off the Grid, it wasn't possible for bin Laden to do all he was accused of doing and still be off the grid, unless he had major help from high-level sources in government.  (link)
     Bunker's explanation fits most, but not all, the known facts. His theory doesn't answer my next question: Would the world's most dangerous terrorist be unarmed?
     Another explanation better fits the facts as we know the facts. Osama bin Laden was under house arrest and was killed at the most politically opportune time. As for the failure of Pakistan's intelligence service ISI to find bin Laden, the ISI had thought that he was dead. In a David Frost interview conducted shortly before the death of Benazir Bhutto, she mentioned that bin Laden had been murdered a few years earlier. Thus, the ISI had no reason to look for bin Laden.  (video)
     Let's take a quick look at the history of Osama bin Laden.
     The bin Laden family has close economic and political ties to the family of George H. W. Bush.
     The economic connection comes by way of the Carlyle Group, a global asset management fund founded in 1987 by William Conway, Daniel D'Aniello, and David Rubenstein. The Bush family are major investors, as were (until after 2001) the bin Laden family. The Bush and bin Laden families also shared ventures in the oil business.  There are yet other shared business connections between the two families.
     With Central Intelligence Agency funding and guidance, bin Laden left college in 1979 to become a leader in the mujahideen fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan. He continued to be a CIA asset throughout the Ronald Reagan Administration, at least until 1989. Bear in mind that then-Vice President Bush had been a CIA director and maintained close ties to the Agency. Regardless of whether al Qaeda exists as an organization, or a database, or in some other form, there's no question but that it was—and possibly still is—a CIA operation.
     During that same period—that is, from 1979 through 1989—the U.S. government created, funded, and guided the Taliban. Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski openly boasted about having created the Taliban. Brzezinski is now a top foreign policy adviser for Barack Obama.
     Did Osama bin Laden continue in his role as a CIA asset?
     In 1997, a neoconservative think tank called the Project for the New American Century described a vision for the future that reads eerily like a blueprint for the world as we've seen it since September 11, 2001. They lamented that their dream would be very slow becoming a reality unless they were blessed with "a new Pearl Harbor." They got their wish on September 11, 2001.  For the free PDF download of the PNAC blueprint, click here.
     In 1998, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had created the Taliban, laid out a strategy for world conquest in his book The Grand Chessboard. Of course, none of this strategy could become more than a pipe dream absent the "new Pearl Harbor."  He, too, got his wish. Are we to believe that all this time, money, and energy was spent on mere fantasies that coincidentally became realities? Is that the way that highly intelligent, educated, rich, and otherwise successful people spend their resources?  For the free PDF download of The Grand Chessboard, .click here.
     I won't go into the issues surrounding Insider complicity in the events of September 11, 2001. There are plenty of other articles and sites that make a solid case for this accusation.
     Given all these facts, and given the strong indicators that bin Laden enjoyed the protection of powerful Insiders, there is more than ample reason to suspect that bin Laden continued to be under the control of intelligence agencies. The high level of security surrounding his compound in Pakistan wasn't just to keep people out; it was also to keep bin Laden in.
     A final question remains: Why was Osama bin Laden killed?
     Only two days before the raid, Barack Obama and NATO were taking flak for a raid in Libya—the one in which the son and grandchildren of Moammar Gadhafi were killed. Under international law, it's a war crime to target civilians for a military attack. When a United States SEAL team did the same thing to Osama bin Laden, most people thought it was great, and the murder of Gadhafi's grandchildren slipped down a memory hole.
     What a dashing way to begin a presidential election campaign!
(Note: A person writing to the Huffington Post seems to have scooped me on this one because I was a bit slow in completing this article.  On May 2, a writer called Nastywolf commented that he suspected that Pakistan had been keeping bin Laden under house arrest and was hoping to hold him for some opportune moment; but that the U.S. "stepped in and ruined their game." (link) The theory that the U.S. and Pakistan were doublecrossing each other in this matter is interesting indeed.)

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