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Påstand

It is evidence of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden not being behind the terror attack on September, 11 2001, that Osama bin Laden was not wanted by the FBI for this crime0.

Background

The claim circulated primarily among conspiracy theorists prior to the liquidation of Osama bin Laden on May 2nd, 2011, by American elite forces. It was argued that, since the FBI did not specifically write on the warrant that Osama bin Laden was wanted for the terror attack on September 11, 2001, it must mean that Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with the attack.

Facts

Prior to September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was already wanted for other acts of terror to such an extent that adding to his sheet would not change anything1. During the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the prosecutor presented documentation that linked Osama bin Laden to the terror attack2.

In order for a person to be wanted by the police, evidence must be presented before a judge. On November 4, 1998, a New York court ruled that the evidence presented against Osama bin Laden for his involvement in the embassy bombings in Africa was sufficient to issue a warrant for his arrest and his top aides3.

Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda had since 1998 been suspected of other acts of terror against American interests. One such act of terror was the bombing of U.S.S. Cole, outside Yemen, on October 12, 20004. Osama bin Laden was not wanted by the FBI for this crime either. The reason for this is that he was already a wanted man. Another warrant for his arrest would not change anything.

This is standard operating procedure at the FBI. If people wanted for terrorism commit new acts of terror, those acts are not necessarily added to the warrant. Once, however, when they are caught, more charges can be brought against them. This was the case of Osama bin Laden:

“Future indictments may be handed down as various investigations proceed in connection to other terrorist incidents, for example, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.”5

This procedure makes it easy for the FBI to charge and search for a person, once and for all, based on a justified suspicion of a single crime. Once the person has been apprehended, he can be questioned, and the prosecutor can then decide which charges should be upheld, which will be dropped, and which should be added.

An additional and more plausible explanation of why Osama bin Laden’s connections to September 11 and the U.S.S. Cole are not specifically mentioned, is that it is not in the interest of the FBI and the CIA to reveal too much about how they connect suspects to a crime. It would require both to reveal all, or in part, who their sources were. The Danish police is likewise not particularly open about their criminal investigations, but it does not mean that the Danish police is conspiring against Danish citizens, merely because they don’t tell everything to the public.

There is no doubt that the FBI did suspect Osama bin Laden for being connected to both the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and the September 11 attack, and that they had evidence to back up that suspicion. The reward offered by the FBI for Osama bin Laden increased dramatically after September 11, 2001, ending at no less than $25 million for evidence leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden6 plus $2 million from two American unions, the Air Line Pilots Association, with 53,000 members, and the Air Transport Association of America7. That the latter amount was added, was due to the fact that planes were involved in the September 11 attack, which was not the case with the attacks in Africa and Yemen.

Apart from the warrant for the embassy bombings, this text could also be found:

“IN ADDITION, BIN LADEN IS A SUSPECT IN OTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.”

Thus, Osama bin Laden was also wanted for other acts of terror than the embassy bombings like the attack on U.S.S. Cole and September 11.

Logic

It would be illogical to, on one hand, blame Osama bin Laden for the terror attack on September 11 2001, and, on the other, not want him for the crime. It would expose a conspiracy at once.

It would also be illogical to increase the reward for Osama bin Laden immediately after the terror attack on September 11, 2001, if he wasn’t a suspect in that attack.

Since there are firm legal and practical guidelines for how the FBI issues warrants, namely not to update a warrant just because the suspect adds new criminal acts to his sheet, it would awaken suspicion to SLUDDER!!!

The legal reasoning is that you can only be a wanted person, or not be one. However, you can be a more important “catch”, which typically is seen by you being on the “Most Wanted” list. Osama bin Laden was on that list, as the most wanted person, considering the size of the reward, which was the highest worldwide.

Conclusion

The claim is therefore:

  • False
  • Illogical
  • Self-contradicting

Sources

  1. Michael Højgård Hansen, i11time.dk, 15. januar 2009
    Løbeseddel fra i 11. time uddelt i Bogense, januar 2009
    David Ray Griffin, Infowars.com, 2. november 2009