That would work… except Moussaoui was not convicted for any role in 9/11 thus negating bin Laden’s evil plan. Had bin Laden the aim that you suggest, he would have done better to distance Al Qaeda from Moussaoui altogether (of course he couldn’t because the evidence was there).
Though again, in making the statement, all ‘bin Laden’ succeeded in was validating the trial verdict.
I have a hard time accepting bin Laden was really that stupid…
Especially knowing the U.S. intelligence apparatus really is that clever.
AFGHANISTAN'S Taliban regime has confirmed that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the attacks on America, is under house arrest.
The terrorist leader and America's most wanted fugitive was reported by Pakistani newspapers to be under house arrest in Kandahar in the south west of Afghanistan.
Today a spokesman for the Taliban embassy in Pakistan confirmed the reports, initially made in Pakistani newspapers, and told United Press International: "We have placed him under control after the attacks."
October 4th, 2001: -
A high-level delegation led by Qazi Hussain Ahmad, head of Pakistan's most important Islamic party, the Jamaat-i-Islami, met Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader, in secret on Monday. Omar agreed that bin Laden should be taken to Pakistan, where he would be held under house arrest in Peshawar.
The proposal, which had bin Laden's approval, was that within the framework of Islamic shar'ia law evidence of his alleged involvement in the New York and Washington attacks would be placed before an international tribunal.
The court would decide whether to try him on the spot or hand him over to America. The secret deal was agreed after a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday at which Mulla Abdus Salaam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, and Hamid Gul, former director of Pakistan's inter-service intelligence, and Qazi were present.
Gen Musharraf and Wendy Chamberlain, America's ambassador to Pakistan, were told of the mission beforehand and yesterday Qazi met the Pakistani president to relay the proposal.
"He was told that, while he backed the idea, the stumbling block was that he could not guarantee bin Laden's safety," said a source close to the delegation.
Under the proposal, Jamaat-i-Islami would have guarded bin Laden at a house in Peshawar that would have been equipped with a dialysis machine to treat his kidney condition.
Then come December 2001, bin Laden was being smuggled through the Tora Bora mountains at the Afghanistan/Pakistan border (as per Omar's plan to take him to Pakistan). CIA forces on the ground had hard intel of his presence and believed they could have captured him right there if U.S. Central Command had sent reinforcement as agents requested. Rather it appears high-level officials facilitated the plan and instead bin Laden was allowed to escape.
U.S. Senate report: -
On or around December 16, two days after writing his will, bin Laden and an entourage of bodyguards walked unmolested out of Tora Bora and disappeared into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal area. Most analysts say he is still there today.
The decision not to deploy American forces to go after bin Laden or block his escape was made by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld...
An Afghan Northern Alliance commander, who assisted the U.S. forces at Tora Bora, further added that the ceasefire between the Al Qaeda militants and U.S. led mission was in fact arranged by another commander working for the ISI, and this was done with specific intention of allowing bin Laden and his escort to escape safely into Pakistan.
To summarize: -
- bin Laden was placed under control/house arrest immediately after 9/11.
- high level Taliban, Pakistani and U.S. officials agreed that he should be detained in Pakistan.
- bin Laden was allowed to, and did, cross into Pakistan as arranged.
So now we know the arrangement, just where do we find bin Laden?
Of course in Pakistan.
A building in a military district, which the CIA concluded was “custom built to hide someone of significance”.
More specifically (read slowly and let it sink in): -
- a compound with security gates
- and 12ft high walls, topped with barbed-wire
- monitored by security cameras
- having no phone or internet connection
- where the rubbish is burnt rather than left for collection
- a courtyard for exercise
- and armed guards
- a building excluded from the official Pakistan census
The fact cannot be escaped that this description is perfect fit to a prison.
Inside the house, the Navy SEAL team had to blast through the wall to reach the upper floors – it was a jailbreak in reverse.
Media commentators caught on: -
The world’s most feared terrorist was entirely in their hands and at their mercy. The last years of his life must have been maddeningly claustrophobic. The Khans may have been his protectors, but they were also his prison guards.
Lt Col Ralph Peters, whilst praising the U.S. operation: -
“I think the reason bin Laden stayed there so long was very straightforward - he was a prisoner in a gilded cage. The Pakistani ISI had him there, he wasn't free to go. They were in my view keeping him there until they needed him. So it was a gentle imprisonment.
I worked with the Pakistanis at least briefly in the 90s, I have followed them for a long time. And there is no way the Inter Services Intelligence Agency, the Pakistani CIA plus equivalent, didn't know where this guy was, they had to know. There is no doubt that the ISI knew he was there and helped him. It is my supposition that he wasn’t free to go, the deal was he wasn’t free to go and they protected him.”
Raelynn Hillhouse, an American security analyst with contacts in the intelligence services: -
“My sources tell me that the informant claimed that the Saudis were paying off the Pakistani military and intelligence (ISI) to essentially shelter and keep bin Laden under house arrest in Abbottabad, a city with such a high concentration of military that I'm told there's no equivalent in the US.”
Another security analyst, Juan Zarate: -
“One of the things that surprised me (in viewing the video) is, with bin Laden having been in this compound for about five, maybe six years, it's a little bit like he was under house arrest. He was really a prisoner, in a sense, in this compound. And so, what we may be looking at is a dimension of the prison that he was in for about five years there in Abbottabad.”
Funny thing, there is no ‘official story’ regarding circumstance of the compound. In public, no tough questions were asked of the Pakistan government. It was all swept under the carpet – who cares, bin Laden is dead.
Bin Laden then crossed into Pakistan.
Any tapes after are circumspect – they can be genuine, fabrication, or a combination.
That is simple to vet and/or fabricate once bin Laden is under control.