Skip to main content

This morning in Alaska, as the power flickers in the 80 mph wind, and rain on ice makes getting the newspaper impossible, I'll survive.  But turning to my laptop, instead of yesterday's newspaper delivered today, I read that the trans-administration national security apparatchiks have a new Osama bin Laden tape for us.

I don't know whether this guy is dead or alive.  Do you? If so, why?

This will be brief.  I'm not going to go into the arcane subjects of the tunnels of Tora Bora, the difficulties of carting dialysis machines up and down icy mountain trails, software programs for voice manipulation, and so on.

I'm not going to tell you whether or not I believe bin Laden is alive or dead.  I'm not going to ask you so much what your view on the dead-vs-alive issue so much as this:

Q:  What is the best proof you've seen since Tora Bora, that Osama bin Laden might actually be alive today?   Have you seen any verifiable "proof of life" on the guy since early 2002, that couldn't have been manipulated?

And there is a poll...

Update (10:30 a.m. Pacific):  OK, at this point, almost 2x as many poll respondents feel 'it doesn't matter" or "don't know," as say "alive."  

Comments have yet to posit an existent, let alone recent "proof of life."  

I'd like to ask another question for commenters:  What advantage would bin Laden gain from not posing for a picture next to the front page from yesterday's or last week's Los Angeles Times?

Originally posted to Progressive Alaska on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 08:59 AM PST.

Poll

Is Osama bin Laden...

18%34 votes
48%88 votes
17%32 votes
15%29 votes

| 183 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site