The death of Osama bin Laden back in 2001, appears to still quicken the imagination.
And it is not without reason.
The al-Qaeda terrorist group leader was reportedly killed on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a US Navy SEALs special operation. In September 2011 then-consul at the US embassy in Riyadh addressed a letter to bin Laden's son, Abdullah bin Laden, acknowledging his request for his father's death certificate.
The US embassy in Saudi Arabia said no record of Osama bin Laden's death certificate existed, secret communications released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed Friday.
"I am informed by the US Department of State's Office of the Legal Advisor that no certificate of death was issued for Usama bin Laden," Glen Keiser wrote in the letter revealed by WikiLeaks.
Barack Obama has launched a fresh operation to find him. Working with the Pakistani Army, elite squads of U.S. and British special forces were sent into Waziristan this summer to 'hunt and kill' the shadowy figure intelligence officers still call 'the principal target' of the war on terror.
This new offensive is, of course, based on the premise that the 9/11 terrorist is alive. After all, there are the plethora of 'Bin Laden tapes' to prove it.
Yet what if he isn't? What if he has been dead for years, and the British and U.S. intelligence services are actually playing a game of double bluff? What if everything we have seen or heard of him on video and audio tapes since the early days after 9/11 is a fake - and that he is being kept 'alive' by the Western allies to stir up support for the war on terror?
Incredibly, this is the breathtaking theory that is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts... But the weight of opinion now swinging behind the possibility that Bin Laden is dead - and the accumulating evidence that supports it - makes the notion, at the very least, worthy of examination.
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