January 16, 2010
In order to keep the myth alive that Osama bin Laden is out there and still a threat, the State Department released an updated a 1998 photo of the late CIA asset earlier in the week. “The State Department has updated its 1998 file photo of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, digitally altering it to account for a decade of age and possible changes in his facial hair,” the Associated Press reported. “Bin Laden, 52, is believed to be hiding in the Pakistan frontier bordering Afghanistan, though his exact whereabouts has been unknown since late 2001.”
|The real (and long deceased) Osama on the left, the FBI composite in the middle, and the aggrieved former communist leader Gaspar Llamazareson on the right.|
On December 21, 2001, the Egyptian newspaper al-Wafd reported that Bin Laden “suffered serious complications in the lungs and died a natural and quiet death” and was buried in an unmarked grave in Afghanistan.
Former Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf said he believed Osama died in 2001 from kidney failure and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Bin Laden’s appearance in recently early videotapes indicated he was undergoing kidney treatment.
In early 2002, CBS News reported that Osama was in Pakistan on September 10, 2001, “getting medical treatment with the support of the very military that days later pledged its backing for the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan.” Noted author Ahmed Rashid added that “Pakistan intelligence had helped the Taliban buy dialysis machines and the rumor was that these were for wanted for Osama bin Laden.”
The French newspaper Le Figaro reported on October 11, 2001, that Osama underwent surgery in an American Hospital in Dubai between July 4 and 14th, 2001. “During the hospital stay, the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking the main elevator of the hospital to go to bin Laden’s hospital room.” The CIA agent later man bragged to a few friends about having visited Bin Laden.
If the U.S. government and the CIA “didn’t have an Osama bin Laden, they would invent one,” former CIA agent Milt Bearden said in an interview with Dan Rather on September 12, 2001.
In fact, this is precisely what the CIA did after Osama passed away in late 2001.
On December 13, 2001, the government released its first bogus videotape. “The pentagon released a tape of Osama bin Laden discussing the successful attacks of September 11. Administration officials said it makes clear that bin Laden was the mastermind behind the operation,” reported Jim Lehrer of PBS.
“Administration officials wouldn’t reveal exactly how or when they got it, except to say it was found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in. The U.S. Government translated the Arabic conversation and provided subtitles. The tape, which has a home video quality, shows bin Laden sitting on the floor in a bare room in a house in Kandahar. With him are several other men, including two aides and an unidentified cleric, or Sheikh. Bin Laden, identified on screen as UBL, made it clear he planned the September 11 attacks,” added reporter Ray Suarez.
The tape features a man that looks nothing like Osama — his skin is considerably darker, his nose wider, and he is about fifty pounds heavier than Osama. Remarkably, the Pentagon was successful in pawning this obviously manufactured tape off as the real McCoy, at least to the gullible.
“Perhaps due to the widespread hilarity evoked by Fatty Bin Laden, the next Ousama-from-beyond-the-grave message had no images: It was an audio tape delivered to al-Jazeera in the fall of 2002. The CIA verified it as ‘authentic,’ but ended up with egg on its face when the world’s leading voice identification experts at IDIAP in Switzerland reported that ‘the message was recorded by an impostor,'” Kevin Barrett wrote in 2006.
[efoods]A series of bogus tapes followed the fat Osama tape, including one dubbed Osama’s Grecian Formula tape. Anne Giudicelli, a former French diplomat specializing in the Middle East who runs the Paris-based consultancy Terrorisc, said the video shows that “bin Laden is well aware that his reappearance on the world stage” and that is why he dyed his beard “a youthful black” for the 2007 video.
As it turns out, the State Department is in hot water over its effort to keep the Bin Laden myth going into a new decade. “A Spanish politician said on Saturday that he was ‘stupefied’ by the FBI’s decision to use his photograph to compose its latest image of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is considering taking legal action,” the CIA’s favorite newspaper, The Washington Post, reports today. “In the last few days I have seen the security services involved in some very strange things, some major failures, but I would never have believed they could have affected me so directly,” said Gaspar Llamazares, a former leader of Spain’s communist party Izquierda Unida.
Special agent Jason Pack told the newspaper a forensic artist had been unable to find suitable features from the FBI’s database of photographs and used a picture from the Internet instead. “The forensic artist was not aware of the identity of the individual depicted in the photograph,” Pack said, adding that the image would be taken off the FBI website.
It was a mistake the FBI used a photo of a noted communist in its Osama composite?
Right. And cave dwelling Muslims with box-cutters made NORAD stand down on September, 11, 2001, too.
It took less than 24 hours for bloggers and internet sleuths to ferret out the truth behind the latest effort to resurrect Osama bin Laden from the grave. Either the FBI is totally incompetent or they take all of us for idiots.
If not for the tireless work of alternative journalists, this latest bit of government fakery would have gone undiscovered and unchallenged by the corporate media. It is not their job to challenge official lies and fabrications, but publish them without critical comment.