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From the Associated Press:

Pakistani leader: Bin Laden 'may be dead' - or not

As if it mattered, the whole thing's here.

In 2006, Reason had the Shocking Truth About Osama bin Laden.  


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  1. nyah, nyah, miseed me, missed me!

  2. Osama is dead. I’ve been saying it for years. I wavered a while back when some new tapes came out. But I’m again convinced he’s dead and has been for a very long time:

    Nor does the tapes’ Osama sound like Osama. In 2007 Switzerland’s Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which does computer voice recognition for bank security, compared the voices on 15 undisputed recordings of Osama with the voices on 15 subsequent ones attributed to Osama, to which they added two by native Arab speakers who had trained to imitate him and were reading his writings. All of the purported Osama recordings (with one falling into a gray area) differed clearly from one another as well as from the genuine ones. By contrast, the CIA found all the recordings authentic. It is hard to imagine what methodology might support this conclusion.
    In life, as in math, you must judge the function |of a factor in any equation by factoring it out and seeing if the equation still works. Factor out Osama. Chances are, 9/11 still happens. Factor out al Qaeda too. Maybe 9/11 still happens. The other bombing plots sure happened without it. But if you factor out the KSM group, surely there is no 9/11, and without the KSM group, there is no way al Qaeda would have become a household word.

    Excellent article taking a poke at Occam’s Razor:

  3. We will not know whether he is alive or dead until we open the box.

  4. Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago and have been reading it over the past few days.

  5. There is no way the feds are ever going to let Osama die. This bogey man justifies way too much of their policy. He is going to end up like Elvis. He going to seen in Vegas twenty years from now.

  6. Keyser Soze is dead.

    Long live Keyser Soze!

  7. I still want to see his head on the end of a pike.

  8. Osama’s head, that is.

  9. Curse you, Schrodinger, I wanted to say that.

  10. We’ve seen this time and again: US or Pak govts hint at OBL’s death. He appears on video or taped announcement to refute it. It’s just a tactic to get some more intel on the man.

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