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Osama Bin Laden’s Son-In-Law: Guilty As Charged. And Other News…

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Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law is guilty – by association! And of conspiring to kill Americans as al Qaeda’s spokesman after the 9/11 attacks…

Looks like the apple-in-law doesn’t fall far from the tree! Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a senior adviser to Osama bin Laden and husband of Bin Laden’s daughter Fatima, was convicted in a Manhattan federal court on charges to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists. The 48-year-old Kuwaiti-born cleric became famous/infamous for his fiery speches on behalf of Bin Laden after Sept. 11, in which he praised the terrorist attacks and promised that future attacks would definitely be carried out. Ghaith claimed he was just a mouthpiece for Bin Laden and simply delivered his talking points. But a jury of ever so slightly biased New Yorkers didn’t fall for it and returned a guilty verdict. Ghaith, who was captured last year in Jordan, could be sentenced to life in prison for his crimes – but at least he’s not on a hunger strike at Guantanamo! New York Times

Lions chewing on a giraffeThe Copenhagen Zoo has done it again! A month after the Danish zoo decided to kill off a perfectly healthy 2-year-old giraffe by dissecting it in public and feeding it to the lions, they’ve now decided to do away with the lions too. The zoo/butcher shop has announced it will kill two aging lions and two cubs to prevent inbreeding and any kafuffles that might occur when they introduce a new male to the enclosure. Apparently the new arrival, a three-year-old male, wouldn’t have been accepted by the pride if the older male was still there. “Furthermore we couldn’t risk that the male lion mated with the old female as she was too old to be mated with again due to the fact that she would have difficulties with birth and parental care of another litter,” the zoo said. And then they decided to kill off the cubs too because would have been killed by the new male lion anyway. Maybe the getting a new lion wasn’t the best idea? CTV News

122 ObjectsIt’s an oil slick! It’s a pile of garbage! It’s an unidentified orange rectangle! Now it’s 122 random objects! After a spew of false alarms, the rescue crew searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are hoping the 122 new objects spotted in the Indian Ocean are from actually the sought after aircraft. Satellite images have captured some objects that are bright and possibly of solid material and 75 feet in length, spotted roughly 1,500 miles from Perth, Australia. Extra vessels and aircraft arrived in the search zone on Wednesday after taking a short pause in their rescue efforts due to gale-force winds and heavy rain. Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters: “We will never give up trying to find the plane, to ensure closure for the families and find out what happened to MH370.” And then he went on to kick the grieving Chinese relatives while they’re down. “Time will heal emotions that are running high … Chinese families must understand we in Malaysia also lost loved ones,” said Hishammuddin, implicitly criticizing Chinese relatives who have accused Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines of lying to them and causing the deaths of their loved ones. “I have seen images [of relatives] from Australia: very rational, understanding this is a global effort, not blaming Malaysia.” The Guardian

Bling BishopGermany’s Bling Bishop gets das boot. The Vatican gave Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the German bishop who came under fire for his new $43 million church funded residence, the boot on Wednesday and told him never to come back. While Pope Francis was touring around preaching austerity this and austerity that, the Bling Bishop was off buying 15,000 euro bathtubs and 25,000 euro conference tables. Tebartz-van Elst has apologised for any “carelessness or misjudgement on my part”, but he denies any wrongdoing. Buying a 15,000 euro bath with church money is always the right thing to do! Reuters

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Did Pakistan Know Where Osama Bin Laden Was Hiding Out?

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When Osama bin Laden was discovered to be hiding in a three-story house less than a mile away from a Military Academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan and not some hidden cave in the mountains, everyone thought either Pakistan must have known about it or Pakistani intelligence is… less than intelligent.

Pakistan has long denied they knew about Osama’s whereabouts and the U.S. has corroborated this story. But in a new article in The New York Times Magazine, Carlotta Gall, who spent more than a decade reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Times, suggests otherwise. Apparently documents collected from Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan and the word of an anonymous Pakistani official both contradict the official story from Pakistan and the U.S. that Pakistani military officials were unaware that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad. According to the report, the chief of Pakistan’s intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, “knew of Osama’s whereabouts,” according to its source, and the U.S. has “direct evidence” that Pasha knew where bin Laden was.

Carlotta Gall says that documents from bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound contained correspondence between the terrorist and other militant leaders, indicating they were protected by Pakistan’s intelligence service. Bin Laden often traveled in convoys in plain sight to visit fellow terrorists and he was “always knowingly waved through any security checkpoints.”

The U.S. still maintains that Pakistan had no idea where bin Laden was hiding out.

“AS US officials have said, we have no reason to believe that anyone in the highest levels of the government knew about the location of bin Laden. That continues to be true,” White House National Security Council spokesperson said when asked about the news report.

Pakistan would have made an official response too, but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently dealing with a cat/peacock situation. After finding the remains of a peacock and a very full cat on the lawn of his residence, Sharif interrogated the 21 officers guarding his home. 18 were cleared of any wrongdoing but three were suspended for negligence (aka not stopping the cat from eating his peacock). You know what… maybe they didn’t know about Osama bin Laden after all. Too many peacock crises to deal with.

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Walmart Yanks Osama bin Laden Costume

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Walmart is pulling an Osama bin Laden costume from their shelves after receiving complaints from the Sikh community. Well there goes my Halloween costume idea…

The Sikh Coalition said the turban-themed costume was offensive to 9/11 victims and perpetuates “negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities.”

“If you lost a loved one during the 9/11 attacks or during our nation’s war against Al Qaeda, or if someone attacked your father in a hate crime because he wears a turban, I doubt this costume would make you comfortable,” said Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition.

Although the Sikh advocacy organization went on a letter writing rampage to numerous retailers, they didn’t get through to all of them. The costume, manufactured by Fun World, is still available at other fine retailers such as Sears and Rite Aid.

But who would want to dress up as Osama bin Laden anyways? Bin Laden is sooo 2011. Why not try another one of America’s enemies? There’s certainly no shortage!

Potential costume ideas: Bashar al-Assad, Edward Snowden, Al-Shebaab Mall Attackers, President Obama… and the list goes on!

Naughty LeopardBut if you’re thinking about going the “sexy cat” route for Halloween, you may be out of luck if you shop at Walmart. The superstore has also removed a “Naughty Leopard” Halloween costume from its shelves after people complained it was too sexual. Note: the costume was for toddlers.

Via: The Huffington Post

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