Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is Osama Really dead?

So the news is out. Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the al-Qaeda organization, responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets has been declared dead.....

He was a member of the wealthy Saudi family and was on the FBI's lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists for his involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings. From 2001 to 2011, bin Laden and his organization had been major targets of the War on Terror.

It is said that on May 1, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama authorized a raid on bin Laden's suspected location in AbbottabadPakistan. The operation was successfully carried out by United States Navy SEALs, with intelligence support from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During the 40-minute raid, bin Laden was fatally shot in the head.

Now there are a lot of other points associated with this.

One is about How America has released information. And that the timing of this is aimed at raising Obama’s popularity stakes.

Second, the image of bin Laden's body used by the AP, as well as the front pages of British papers like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, were faked. It was aPhotoshopped image — a composite of another photo of a bloodied corpse and one of bin Laden from 1998 — was initially published in April 2009 and has been circulating on conspiracy forums as proof that he had been killed.

See below:

After intelligence searches of the compound were conducted, his body was taken into custody at which point genetic and facial recognition tests were performed. U.S. officials say that DNA evidence confirms with 99.9 percent accuracy that it was indeed the body of Osama bin Laden shot and killed in Abbottabad yesterday. The DNA match was made by comparing physical evidence from bin Laden's sister, whose brain was preserved, and blood and tissue samples were taken and used to compile a DNA profile.Detailed photo analysis as well as matching features and height (he was six foot four) also helped confirm the identity of the Al Qaeda leader.

They are also saying that the Obama administration has actual photographs of bin Laden's corpse, but officials are still struggling over what to do with them, according to ABC News. The White House is weighing the benefits of releasing the photos to combat skepticism around the world about bin Laden's death versus the gruesome nature of the photos. (There are blood and brains visible in the head wound above his left eye.)

Third, they say that after positive identification, and within 24 hours of his death, bin Laden's body was taken out to sea for burialSo why was that done and so soon? The reason they say is that According to Islamic teachings and practice, the deceased must be buried with proper procedures within 24 hours. "There was no available alternative in terms of a country that was willing to accept the body, and we took pains to ensure that we were compliant with Muslim tradition and law, and sought to dispose of the body, using the appropriate procedures and rituals, within 24 hours," the defense official said.

Thus, these are some of the points concerned with this issue and we might never be able to know the whole truth. Maybe it was Osama who died as per what they are saying or maybe he might have died earlier too. The person who died might be the original or fake. At this point we will have to assume all this is true and go with the news and reports.

* There is a danger of virus infecting your system if you click on links claiming to show you the pictures or video of how Osama was killed, specially on Facebook. Please do not click on that. Nothing like that has been released. 

To end on a funny note, in IBN 7 a news channel, this news was going on and they made an error which is so terrible:

The news states: "Breaking News. Relieved by Obama's death- Britain."

The names Obama and Osama are so similar that there is a high chance of using one for the other by mistake, specially when you are talking about them so often.
Maybe it's better to just use Laden instead of Osama! What do you say?!

And Finally, a funny theory about how Osama was caught through Facebook.

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