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September 23, 2006

OBL Update: Intelligence Is Definitely Real, Though That's Not To Say It's Accurate

This background from the Washington Times seems pretty definitive on the fact that there is a belief by Saudi intelligence that Osama is dead.

Osama bin Laden is dead. At least according to Saudi intelligence sources cited by a French newspaper, which in turn claims to have obtained a document leaked to them by French counter-intelligence services.


Bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist is believed to have died last August as a result of typhoid fever while he was in a remote part of Pakistan, according to the French newspaper.

The report of bin Laden's death was however not confirmed by official sources in either Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.

But a Saudi intelligence source told United Press International: "We are not saying he is dead, but there is a lot of truth in the report." The Saudi source, who spoke on condition that his name not be revealed, confirmed the existence of a Saudi intelligence report relating to the health of bin Laden. And according to that Saudi Arabian intelligence document, it states, "bin Laden was very ill these past few weeks."

The Saudi source told UPI the French intelligence report must have concluded that Saudi authorities believes bin Laden to be dead.

"There is no way we can prove that bin Laden is dead until we can see the body," the Saudi intelligence source told UPI. But, he stressed, "A good portion of what is in the report is true."

For the moment, the source went on to say, "We do not confirm bin Laden's death. "We don't know."

Making the report all the more credible was the choice by those in French counter-intelligence of where to leak the Saudi report, the regional L'Est Republicain, rather than one of the larger Paris-based dailies.

Alas, without a body, we'll never really know. This can only be disproved -- by a new videotape referencing very recent events -- but probably never proved.

"Proof" can only come after a couple of years of continued radio silence. There won't be some dramatic moment when everyone agrees he's dead; little by little, his silence will speak to his status.

Expect a barrage of Osama bin Ladin tapes to be released now. But this monster was in love with the sound of his own effeminate voice. He's the world's most infamous podcaster, recording audio blog entries all the doo-dah day. Those tapes will reference either recent events or the goddamned siege of Vienna or loss of Andalusia. Hoping for the latter.

Gateway Pundit has more.

CNN: Ill, Not Dead: According to Stop the ACLU.

He's also got Adnan Hajj's Reuters photo of bin Ladin's body. (Snark.)

The Big "Taliban Funeral"? AJ Strata wonders what several commenters wondered -- if that big Taliban funeral that our military didn't attack was in fact Osama's.

I think it's just a coincidence... shouldn't a SEAL team have gotten a sample of that body by now, if that were the case?

Liberals Celebrate! From the HuffPo:

by: springsm on September 23, 2006 at 09:15am

Sure he is dead. Bin Laden was the sock puppet of CIA whose stooge is the ISI. He had nothing to do with 9/11. Go the fbi.gov. Look for yourself. Where is there any mention that he is wanted for 9/11?

The government conspiracy theory is full of holes. Only an idiot would accept the official conspiracy narrative that Bin Laden was the mastermind behind 9/11. Where is the evidence? There is none.

If you want to look for who is behind 9/11 look into Pakistan’s ISI and who really runs it. It is a CIA creation. Through the ISI, the CIA created the terrorists as a means of controlling Central Asian countries who possess huge reserves of gas & oil.

Now lets hope Bush dies.

Don't dare question their... aww, fuck it.

Thanks to BB.

Pakistan Has Typhoid Epidemic: And an epidemic of a lot of water-borne illnesses. And it's a strain that's difficult to cure:

We report a case of ciprofloxacin treatment failure in a typhoid fever patient at a tertiary care hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This case shows not only the emergence of fluoroquinolone resistance in typhoid salmonellae but also the inadequacy of the current laboratory guidelines for detection of this resistance.

Dan notes that there is a vaccine for typhoid, and it seems bin Ladin would certainly have been vaccinated at some point. Still-- there are a host of water-borne illnesses plaguing Pakistan; he may have contracted a different one, and been incorrectly diagnosed with typhoid. Or perhaps the vaccination simply failed.

An Unpleasant Way To Die: From Dan's link:

"There is a pattern to an outbreak. It starts with diarrhoea and other severe forms of gastroenteritis followed by malaria and then typhoid," explains Agboatwala. "There is a strong chance of a cholera outbreak here''.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney's still chugging along with a cybernetic heart made of titanium, plasticized heroin, and orphan skulls.

Kind of sucks to live in a cave, huh?

Whoops: I headlines this "OBL RIP Update," just as shorthand.

Thanks for pointing out I really shouldn't wish this bastard any peace, even in death.

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