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NATO official: Bin Laden living comfortably in Pakistan

NATO official: Bin Laden living comfortably in Pakistan

By Zachary Roth zachary Roth Mon Oct 18, 12:03 pm ET

Osama Bin LadenOsama bin Laden is living comfortably in northwest Pakistan, protected by local tribespeople and some members of the country’s intelligence service, a NATO official has told CNN. The news undercuts the U.S. government’s depiction of the al-Qaida leader as on the run, one terror expert tells The Upshot.

U.S. intelligence officials have long believed that bin Laden is living in the remote tribal region of northwest Pakistan. But at times, the government has also claimed that the al-Qaida leader has had to move frequently from one safehouse to another, impairing his ability to plot attacks.

The NATO official’s comments undermine that claim, Michael Scheuer, a former special adviser to the chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, told The Upshot. “It exposes the lie that Bush and Obama have been telling us since 9/11, that he was running from rock to rock and cave to cave,” Scheuer said.

[Photos: More images of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden]

“Nobody in al-Qaida is living in a cave,” said the unnamed official.
Scheuer, who has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. approach to fighting al-Qaida, said it’s unlikely that the comments reflect any valuable new piece of information.  “If this were genuine intel, they would not go public with it,” he said.  “They would try to kill him.” Instead, he said, the NATO official’s goal is probably to put pressure on Pakistan to move its army into North Waziristan as part of the fight against the Taliban — something NATO has been urging the Pakistani government to do for weeks now.

Brian Katulis, a national security expert at the Center for American Progress, also downplayed the comments.  “There’s always been a sharp focus on how do we close the chapter by capturing or killing bin Laden,”  Catulis told The Upshot.  “I don’t know that [the NATO official’s comments] are based on anything new or real.”

[Related: Officials report ‘homegrown terrorist’ problem]

Earlier this month, Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed optimism that bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, would eventually be caught.  But according to Scheuer, the evidence that bin Laden is living in relative comfort and stability cuts against that expectation. “We’re just facing reality at last,” Scheuer said. “Bin Laden lives among people who: a) regard him as an Islamic hero; and b) whose tribal mores require them to protect a guest with their own lives.”

Scheuer continued:  “Despite what our leaders are saying, a guy who’s not moving around is not vulnerable to attack.”

Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik, denied to CNN that bin Laden and al-Zawahiri are in Pakistan.

(File photo of bin Laden: AP)

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It’s the Occupation, Stupid: Islam isn’t to blame for suicide terrorism, foreign military occupations are

It’s the Occupation, Stupid: Islam isn’t to blame for suicide terrorism, foreign military occupations are:

Rahm and the General Are Gone; Time to Put Freeman Back to Work

Rahm and the General Are Gone; Time to Put Freeman Back to Work, by James M. Wall

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Rahm and the General Are Gone; Time to Put Freeman Back to Work 

by James M. Wall

We have two weeks to endure until November 2, that blessed day when these depressing mid term elections finally give the nation a new congress.

Once those elections are over, President Obama has at least two more years in which he must work around the Congress and address himself to restoring moral fiber to his handling of the atrocious conduct of the Netanyahu-Lieberman government of Israel.

I suggest he start by restoring Charles Freeman to a position of influence in his administration. Freeman’s removal in March, 2009, was an early signal that Obama was more interested in appeasing the Zionist forces in the Congress, in Israel, and within his own White House team, than he was in taking bold steps toward ending the slaughter of innocents that continues under the guise of the latest Peace Talks charade.

More than a year and a half after his sudden departure from the White House, courtesy of AIPAC, Freeman is still speaking his mind. On October 15, of this year, he spoke at Tufts University. He opened his speech:

     As an American, I look at the results of U.S. policies in the Middle East and they remind me  
     of the T-shirt someone once gave me. It said: “Sinatra is dead. Elvis is dead. And me, I don’t
     feel so good.”

     The Middle East is a constant reminder that a clear conscience is usually a sign of either
     faulty memory or a severe case of arrogant amorality. It is not a badge of innocence. These
    days, we meticulously tally our own battlefield dead; we do not count the numbers of foreigners
    who perish at our hands or those of our allies. Yet each death is a tragedy that extinguishes
    one soul and wounds others. This deserves our grief. If we cannot feel it, we may justly be
    charged with inhumanity.

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DEBORCHGRAVE: New World Disorder

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General Petraeus turns up the heat on Afghanistan, Pakistan



Invading Pakistan (how many more Americans will have to die/get wounded & maimed as a result of such?):

After reading the above article (by Eric Margolis) the mention of the neocon ‘divide and conquer’ plan for Pakistan is most interesting because friend Dr. Stephen Sniegoski discussed such for Iraq in his ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book (see & as well). Now we can take a look at the following URL to see who has been advising General Petraeus:

Neocons Resurfacing under Obama