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  1. Nov 16, 2009 #1
    Usama Bin Laden--9/11 Charge?

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/terbinladen.htm" [Broken] is a link off the FBI's most wanted terrorist to Usama Bin Laden.
    It's noted that:
    Where are the charges for 9/11?
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2009 #2

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    Perhaps that's the "other terrorist attacks" or perhaps Bin Laden is not believed to have had a direct hand in the operational execution of 9/11.

    Personally, I don't think he should be on a "most wanted" list. He's not in the FBI's jurisdiction.
     
  4. Nov 16, 2009 #3

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    Remember, they got Al Capone for tax evasion.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2009 #4
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    Bin Laden was wanted before 9/11 due to attacks against the United States for several years before. I think 9/11 bumped him up on the list. Unfortunately, I think having him on the list now serves more of a political purpose now than anything serious.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2009 #5

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    Between testimony of other al-Qaeda members, backed up by satellite phone records, there's very good evidence for conspiracy charges on the '98 bombings.

    As far as evidence that's already been released, you have a video tape made 2 months after the attack where the bin Laden and Khaled Al-Harbi have a discussion that suggests that both knew of the attack before it occurred. You have a taped confession by bin Ladin made 3 years after the fact and 3 days before a US Presidential election. You also have two tapes made in 2006 where bin Laden claims that he was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

    The 2004 and 2006 tapes would probably be worthless, as one was almost certainly released solely to affect the US Presidential election and the other could be considered an attempt to raise the reputation of a beleaguered al-Qaeda in an effort to improve recruiting. It's not unheard of for people to confess to crimes they didn't commit with the main obstacle to tossing a confession being to show why the person might be motivated to confess to something they didn't do. The 2001 tape might prove knowledge, but it's generally hard to jump from pre-knowledge of a crime to conspiracy to commit the crime. I think it would be easier in the case of the head of a terrorist group knowing ahead of time a terrorist attack by some of the members of the terrorist group, but it still requires something additional to make the jump.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2009 #6
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    I found http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1563958.stm" [Broken] BBC article that tells a little. more. It does not seem that there is any conclusive evidence for linking Usama with the 9/11 attacks!
     
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  8. Nov 16, 2009 #7

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    That BBC piece is dated 15 days after the attack. Much more information has become available since then.

    Per Wright's Pulitzer winning The Looming Towers, the origination and responsibility of the 911 attack went something like this:
    1. Osama Bin Laden launched Al Qaeda in the Sudan in the early 90's, using his family wealth and based on the reputation he created by funneling and leading Arabs into Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. He thus created and led the organization the subsequently spawned all of the 911 hijackers.
    2. Bin Laden, upon return to Afghanistan in the 90's, creates and is the primary funding conduit for several terrorist training camps where most (possibly all) of the 911 hijackers trained for a time.
    3. Believing that the jihadists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor_massacre" [Broken] were ineffective,
      Bin Laden issues a fatwa in the late 90's that enjoins all Moslems everywhere to concentrate instead on attacking the United States. Though he acknowledged US military and economic strength, he literally believed a few spectacular attacks could destroy the US's ability to continue as a world leader.
    4. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who had been part of Al Qaeda for a couple years, conceives the idea to crash several air planes into various US targets; he approaches Bin Laden with his plan Bin Laden is personally involved in vetting the targets; he personally veto's a KSM proposed grand standing finale where KSM himself would kill all the men on the last plane, then land the plane to free the women an children.
    5. The Hamburg German's appear in the Afghan AQ camps shortly after, providing the needed sophisticates who could merge into the US society and take pilot training, and the plan goes forward.

    That much is documented on the history prior to the attacks, then we have Bin Laden's statements after 911 All of this seems to be more than enough for prosecution even if he never personally bought an airline ticket or box cutter.

    By that you mean not that he's hiding outside the United States, but that he's responsible for an act of war against the US, vice committing a crime? Certainly the FBI or other federally agents routinely participate in grab jobs with foreign police forces and extradite the suspects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramzi_Yousef" [Broken], 93 tower bomber and nephew to KSM, was snatched from Pakistan by the Pakistan ISI and US federal agents. Whoever grabs him, I believe he should be tried under military jurisdiction.
     
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  9. Nov 16, 2009 #8

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    I'm not so sure, but in any case, I'm not real interested in arguing it.
    Yes.
    No one should grab him. Even if I agreed that he should be tried, it is not worth the lives of soldiers or FBI agents to go after him. And I don't: he's far beyond the bounds of what the justice system is equipped to deal with. He is quite simply not worthy of such treatment.

    Killing him via remote control from Montana would be far more appropriate.
     
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  10. Nov 16, 2009 #9
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    Are you being emotional here?
     
  11. Nov 16, 2009 #10

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    I see your point, and agree - if he could be positively identified and singled out from innocents, which is unlikely.
     
  12. Nov 16, 2009 #11

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    No, why - are you?
     
  13. Nov 16, 2009 #12

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    It is unlikely that "innocents" would be allowed to get near him, except perhaps for the purpose of using them as human shields, but even that is unlikely.
     
  14. Nov 16, 2009 #13
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    I was referring to
    I didn't quite get what you meant here but I understood that you are characterizing him so evil that he don't deserve a fair trail under any justice system including one that prosecuted war criminals. I would favor in putting him under some international court if he ever get caught.
     
  15. Nov 16, 2009 #14
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    What would happen to Bina Laden if he is ever caught alive anyways? Would he be put on trial at the International courts? American? Somewhere in the middle east?

    Would he be put to death? Life in some sort of military prison? Put in stocks in the middle of New York?
     
  16. Nov 17, 2009 #15

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    There will be a media frenzy and someone will end up shooting him as he exits a courthouse. Cue conspiracy theories
     
  17. Nov 17, 2009 #16

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    Yes, you did not get what I meant. Anyway, there isn't really any more to explain* - you simply read something that wasn't there. Reread it and don't insert your own emotions or assumptions about mine. The statement was technical, not emotional.

    *I could write a thousand words about that thesis, but the general technical problem with trying an Afghan cave dweller in an American court is so obvious there really isn't any need to expand.
     
  18. Nov 17, 2009 #17
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    I have a serious problem with the 9/11 hijackers and the mastermind being tried in New York City. It will be credited as a show trial and there will be no way that anyone could say that the jury was impartial.
     
  19. Nov 17, 2009 #18

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    Bin Laden could me mixing in some Pakistani community that doesn't know who he is. The commonly held view that he's 6'5" and stands out in a crowd is a myth. Before the US invasion of Afghanistan in '01 he kept close company with his three wives and dozens of children in the camps. Now, if he and Zawahiri still have military value to the Afghan war, then possible harm to innocents has to be considered a cost of war, but not if the goal is simply to carry out justice to Bin Laden.
     
  20. Nov 21, 2009 #19
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    Used to be that the crime was tried where it occured. this concept of jurisdiction isn't perfect. And indeed we may see efforts to change venue. Really, there is no alternative without a declaration of war and a military tribunal system which functions.

    I'm not sure that this bullrings NY as a target. The fairest and most open way we proceed reduces the future threat IMHO.
     
  21. Nov 22, 2009 #20

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    Why does a military tribunal require a declaration of war? Or more to the point, why would we even go to the effort to arrest him if we could just kill him instead?
     
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