Pentagon officials recently disclosed to the
Associated Press (AP) that they could not find any photo or video
evidence to confirm that Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed in
the Navy Seal raid in Pakistan a year ago.
AP has submitted more than 20 requests for
information surrounding the raid on Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound to
the U.S. Government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
It also told AP it
could not locate any images of Bin Laden’s body that were taken on the
U.S.S. Carl Vinson, the Navy aircraft carrier that reportedly lowered
him into the sea after his death.
In addition, the Pentagon admitted that it could not find an autopsy
report, death certificate or results of a DNA identification test for
Bin Laden, in spite of claims made by President Obama and reported by CBC News that a DNA test was performed.
These admissions follow a related FOIA response by the Department of
Defense in February, in which it stated that it had no emails concerning
the Bin Laden raid that were sent prior to its execution.
The Atlantic Wire
reported in February that the CIA claimed it had visual proof of Bin
Laden’s death, but the Pentagon’s admission that it does not have any
evidence of this kind still raises significant questions, since its
jurisdiction includes the Navy Seals that conducted the raid and the
Navy ship that buried Bin Laden at sea.
The latest revelation drew the suspicion of Lt. Col. Robert Bowman
(ret.), the former director of Advanced Space Programs Development for
the U.S. Air Force. “It makes the official story sound very fishy,”
Bowman said in an interview with Digital Journal. “Without proof, I’m
not buying it carte blanche.”
Bowman also pointed to the reports that Bin Laden died in 2001 or 2002,
which have been supported by former FBI counter-terrorism chief Dale Watson, former assistant Secretary of State Steve Pieczenik, former U.S. foreign intelligence officer Angelo Codevilla and other intelligence experts. “This smacks of a cover-up,” Bowman added.
Some organizations contend that the cover-up extends beyond the Bin Laden raid, including Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,
a group of over 1,600 technical professionals that is calling for a new
9/11 investigation. "The raid is not the only part of the Bin Laden
narrative that doesn't add up," said founder Richard Gage, AIA. "It's
also highly unlikely that Bin Laden and Al Qaeda had access to plant the
explosives that brought down the Twin Towers and Building 7."
Meanwhile, President Obama called for a time of remembrance and
contemplation on the anniversary of the raid. "I think for us to use
that time for some reflection, to give thanks to those who participated
is entirely appropriate, and that’s what’s been taking place," he said
on Monday, according to McClatchy News.
It remains to be seen how the public will reflect on the lack of
credible evidence surrounding the demise of the world’s most wanted