Conspiracy theories are running rampant about Osama bin Laden’s death. Was it really the terror kingpin that was shot down? Was it U.S. or Pakistani forces? Was it just an excuse to justify a security crackdown? Leading the intrigue brigade is Cindy Sheehan, the woman who camped out for weeks at President George W. Bush’s Texas compound after her son was killed in Iraq, the Los Angeles Times
"I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you're stupid," the anti-war activist posted on Facebook. "Just think to yourself — they paraded Saddam's dead sons around to prove they were dead — why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea?"
Joining Sheehan was Stella Olender, whose daughter Christine was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
"Is it true or false? I don't know," Olender said. "To me that seems strange, that they disposed of it and no one [besides] whoever was right there knows what happened."
A report on Alex Jones’ Infowars website contends that the administration would use the operation to increase security measures. “Naked body scanners in airports are now set to increase, ridiculous rules about not being allowed to carry liquids on board an aircraft that were set to expire are to be extended, and commuters are already being subjected to increased warrantless searches and harassment.”
Even the official Chinese news agency Xinhua is questioning the U.S. government’s official version that bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a precision strike on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The Chinese say Pakistan killed bin Laden, and the Americans just swooped in at the end to claim credit.
“A Pakistani helicopter was shot down by unknown people in the Sikandarabad area of Abbotabad,” Xinhua reported. “The Pakistani forces launched a search operation in the nearby area and encountered with a group of unknown armed people. A fire exchange followed between the two sides.
“When the fire exchange ended, the Pakistani forces arrested some Arab women and kids as well some other armed people who later confessed to the Pakistani forces they were with Osama bin Laden when the fire was exchanged and bin Laden was killed in the firing.”
After the terrorist kingpin’s body was recovered, “two U.S. helicopter flew to the site and carried away the dead body of Bin Laden,” reported Xinhua.
Doubts about the U.S. military’s views of events have risen in recent years, fueled by events such as the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq and the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. Both times, the initial official versions later were found to be well wide of the mark.
The White House already has acknowledged that part of its versions of Sunday night’s operation was overblown. Bin Laden was not armed and did not use one of his four wives as a human shield as had originally been claimed by John Brennan, the deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Brennan was one of the people shown in an official White House picture watching the raid live with President Barack Obama.
"This is hours old and the full facts are still being ascertained as those involved are debriefed,” an unidentified Obama administration official now acknowledges.
Bin Laden’s wife did not die from a bullet to the head — she was merely wounded in the calf.
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