Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OBL is dead - Again

The CNN and the BBC both concur that Osama bin Laden was a figure of historical importance. Wherever possible the dates of birth and death of personalities deemed of historical importance are recorded. The implication is that these dates are themselves of historical importance. For one thing, they establish beyond reasonable doubt the non-involvement of the concerned party with events which occurred before they were born, or after the date of their demise.

David Ray Griffin is an indefatigable and skilled researcher* who has spent the last decade revealing truths and exposing falsehoods (to anyone disposed to listen) in connection with 9/11, on which subject he has written many books. One of them concerns the likely date of death of Osama bin Laden - on or around 13 December, 2001. OBL was an extremely shadowy figure. Not only his whereabouts, but even events in which he was allegedly involved (such as 9/11) have largely been the subject of conjecture (OBL twice denied involvement in 9/11, and the FBI admits it has no evidence to arrest him for this crime). Consequently, that mystery, or at least contention, should surround the date of his death is perhaps not to be wondered at.

All second-hand information passes through a social filter before being accepted as the truth by any given society. Lacking direct experience of an event, the quality of a fact depends on the quality of the authority. The higher the authority the less evidence needs to be produced, and the fewer questions can be asked. One in absolute authority would be under no obligation to produce any evidence whatever, or to respond to any questions.

The information supplied in the attached essay is in every way better grounded in objective evidence and believable testimony than the reporting of OBL's alleged death in the mainstream media over the last few days. Its only defect is that it lacks the latter's claim to being an accepted social authority.
(CNN's claim that genetic identification has been obtained raises more questions than it answers, and OBL's remains have been, we are told, irrecoverably disposed of). The authority we have invested in our mainstream media is, it would seem, close to absolute.



* (There are actually 2 minor errors in the attached. "Pakistan" is mentioned twice in one sentence - the second mention should read "Afghanistan". There is also a date error, where the report of OBL's kidney failure apparently occurred prior to the event itself. I think neither mistake detracts from the overall soundness of the writer's conclusions.)

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