Article by Alex Newman.
Reputed terrorist mastermind and former U.S. government ally Osama bin Laden has been killed by a military operation in Pakistan, President Barack Obama and other American officials claimed on the night of May 1. Bin Laden’s body was subsequently dumped at sea, according to news reports. But not everybody is convinced that officials are telling the truth.
“Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama bin Laden — the leader of al Qaeda and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” Obama claimed during a press conference from the White House, followed by colorful language about a “cloudless September sky” and “black smoke” billowing from the Pentagon almost a decade ago.
Huge crowds gathered outside to wave flags and celebrate the news. And across the Internet, the story sparked a tidal wave of reactions and reports.
But numerous inconsistencies have already become apparent. China’s official press agency, for example, is reporting that — contrary to Obama’s asssertions — bin Laden was actually killed in an operation by Pakistani security forces. U.S. personnel, according to the Xinhua wire report, only arrived later to pick up the body.
Other analysts are claiming — citing obituaries and official statements published around the world — that bin Laden has actually been dead for years. Countless Internet postings appeared following Obama’s announcement calling the news a “lie” or “hoax.”
Radio host Michael Rivero, for example, ridiculed the President’s claims — essentially calling them lies with a hidden agenda. Rivero has maintained for years that bin Laden was dead and that there are still questions surrounding the September 11 terror attacks and al Qaeda that need to be addressed. “Obama’s announcement of Bin Laden’s death is a desperation ploy either to start WW3, distract from the crashing economy, or simply to revive his failing chances at a second term,” wrote Rivero on his a popular news-aggregating service. “In any event, Obama is full of crap claiming credit for ‘getting’ Bin Laden when he has in fact been dead for almost ten years.”