Ex-US Official Belies Claim Osama bin Laden was Killed in Abbotabad

Refuting President Obama’s claim that a US Navy SEALs team had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, former US Assistant Secretary of Treasury Department, Paul Craig Roberts, has claimed that bin Laden had died due to renal failure a decade earlier in December 2001.

Paul Roberts writes:
“This fake story together with the fake movie and the fake book by an alleged SEALs team member is the way the fake story of Osama bin Laden’s murder is perpetrated. Osama bin Laden had died in December 2001 of renal failure and other health problems, having denied in his last recorded video any responsibility for 9/11, instead directing Americans to look inside their own government. The FBI itself has stated that there is no evidence that bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. Bin Laden’s obituary appeared in numerous foreign and Arabic media and also on Fox News. No one can survive renal failure for a decade, and no dialysis machine was found in the alleged Abbottabad compound of bin Laden, who allegedly was murdered by SEALs a decade after his obituary notices”.

The ex-US Assistant Secretary of US Treasury Department further writes in his article:
“No one among the crew of the ship from which the White House reported bin Laden was buried at sea saw any such burial, and the sailors sent messages home to that effect. Somehow a burial was held onboard a ship on which there are constant watches and crew on alert at all hours, and no one witnessed it. Additionally, the White House story of the alleged murder of bin Laden changed twice within the first 24 hours. The claim that Obama and his government watched the action transmitted live from cameras on the SEALs’ helmets was quickly abandoned, despite the release of a photo of the Obama regime intently focused on a TV set and alleged to be watching the live action. No video of the dead was ever released. To date, there is no evidence whatsoever on behalf of the Obama regime’s claim. Not one tiny scrap. Just unsubstantiated self-serving claims”.

Paul Roberts further states that he has made available on his official website witnesses interviewed by [some] Pakistan TV [channels] saying that only one helicopter landed in Abbottabad and that when the occupants of the helicopter returned from the alleged bin Laden compound, the helicopter exploded on takeoff and there were no survivors.

He states, “In other words, there was no bin Laden corpse to deliver to the ship that did not witness a burial and no SEALs hero to return who allegedly murdered an unarmed bin Laden. Moreover, the BBC interviewed residents in Abbottabad, including those next door to the alleged “bin Laden compound,” and all say that they knew the person who lived there and it was not bin Laden”.

Paul Roberts then makes a startling claim:
“The reason the SEALs team was prevented from talking is that no member of the team was on the alleged mission. Just as the ship from which bin Laden was allegedly buried has no witnesses to the deed, the SEALs unit, whose members formed the team that allegedly dispatched an unarmed terrorist mastermind rather than to take him into custody for questioning, mysteriously died in a helicopter crash when they were loaded in violation of procedures in an unprotected 1960s vintage helicopter and sent into a combat zone in Afghanistan shortly after the alleged raid on bin Laden’s compound.”

It may be recalled that 30 US military personnel were killed in the eastern Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 when insurgents shot down an American military helicopter. The media reported at that time that the dead included 25 Navy SEALs from the same unit that carried out the May 2, 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed bin Laden. They were being flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Going by the contents of Paul Craig Roberts’s article, “There were news reports that the families of these dead SEALS do not believe one word of the government’s account. Moreover, the families had reported receiving messages from the SEALs that suddenly they felt threatened and did not know why. The SEALs had been asking one another: ‘Were you on the bin Laden mission?’ Apparently, none were. To keep this a secret, the SEALs were sent to their deaths. Anyone who believes anything the US government says is gullible beyond the meaning of the word”.

Paul Roberts had earlier claimed in an article on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, “ ‘corrupt’ Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11. The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who had died in the towers. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state”.

Reacting to the much publicized coverage of some recent claims by members of the US Navy SEALs team that reportedly killed bin Laden in Pakistan, Paul Roberts has claimed on the website of Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy (http://www.paulcraigroberts.org) in a detailed article titled “Another Fake Bin Laden Story” that Osama’s alleged death at the hands of a SEALs team was a propaganda orchestration to give Obama a hero’s laurels and subvert any Democratic talk of challenging his nomination for a second term.

Paul Roberts had also been a former editor for The Wall Street Journal after retirement and has authored almost a dozen books including “How America was Lost: From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State”, which was published in 2014.

By: Paul Roberts

“Yes sir, I will do it”

I was extremely pleased at the ground-breaking ceremony of a world class Road Safety Institute and Driving School at Karachi. But some bad news about the home province of the Founder of the Nation and the country dismayed me a lot and I wished to be at Baba’s grave. DIG A D Khowaja told the driver to take us to the Quaid’s mausoleum. When we went up stairs we met the commander of the Naval Guard. I expressed reservations about the security and he agreed. After the salute and prayers I was overwhelmed by emotions. The whole life of the Quaid and his struggle went through my mind. The socialite and the most well dressed and affluent lawyer of Bombay Muhammad Ali Jinnah when took the banner for the rights of Muslims, he abandoned everything else in life. Thereby it was only one vision and mission to give Muslims a separate identity, and stature as well as to protect their rights. He sacrificed everything — his health, family, and life — to attain the objective. With his frail tuberculosis ridden body, he confronted the mighty and powerful and snatched from them the greatest blessing of the world — Freedom.

Not only did he save us from a life of servitude and gave us an independent state but bestowed everything upon us, bequeathing all his properties to different educational institutions. Reportedly before departing, Quaid-i-Azam left his greatest legacy ‘Pakistan’ to the youth and said, ‘my children, the safety of Pakistan is in your hands. It is paramount for this that you fulfil your responsibilities with honesty and uphold the rule of law’.

While praying at the grave of the founder, I felt as if the Quaid was asking whether I would be ready to give any sacrifice if needed for establishing rule of law in Pakistan? And whether I would fulfil the responsibility of safeguarding the Nation?

I saluted again and said, “Yes sir I will do it”.

Standing there it seemed as if I am standing in front of the Quaid and he is taking account of the performance of my entire service. It reminded me of a few incidents and challenges. It had been a couple of months that I was appointed as young ASP when a very influential ‘Gaddi Nasheen’ was involved in an offence. Upholding the law was necessary. My boss (SSP of the District) was a disciple of the ‘Gaddi Nasheen Pir Sb’, therefore, the local police was reluctant to proceed against him. The local member of the assembly, who was also from the same family, came to me and threatened; “Don’t set a bad precedent by registering a case against the ‘Gaddi Nasheen’. This has not happened since 500 years”. Upon entering my office a glance at the portrait of the Quaid gave me the solution to the problem, ‘Rule of Law’. I myself had to go to the Police Station, and I guess this was the first time that a case was registered against the most important person of this family and the same was handled in accordance with law. My next posting was Bhalwal a large Sub-Division of Sargodha. I was investigating a murder case myself when the telephone rang in my office and it was the minister of interior at the other end who wanted to get two of the accused persons released. After the telephone conversation, I looked at the portrait of the Quaid again and found not only guidance but courage as well. The most influential minister kept insisting in a threatening tone for the release of the accused but God gave a junior ASP the resolve not to succumb to pressure and uphold the principles of justice.

As a police officer, my ranks and posts kept changing. Then I had to face bigger challenges. I was posted in a big city and the stars on my shoulders were replaced by a crescent. One of the opposition leaders was very outspoken and was a pain in the neck of the ruling party. However, he was quite popular in his constituency. A high level meeting was held a day before the Local Bodies election and police and administration were directed that he must not win the elections at any cost even if we have to take away the ballot boxes. During patrolling on the polling day, I noticed that his camp was filled with supporters and the ruling party candidate’s camp was deserted. The highest administrative officer of the district relayed a wireless message, with the orders to stop the polling as was directed in the meeting. As I rose from my chair, I remembered the guidelines of the Quaid, ‘impartiality at any cost’. I rushed to the constituency and saw that the polling was in progress in a peaceful manner. When the DSP and the magistrate tried to stop the polling, I put my foot down and told them firmly that polling would continue. Look! our job is the maintenance of peace and not otherwise and we should behave like neutral empires. At that moment my operator handed me a phone and the same administrative officer was on the line. He said, “You know… there are clear instructions from the top’ I had the courage to reply, “Sir I have instructions from a higher authority to remain impartial”. In utter surprise he asked whom I was talking about… “Sir the same authority to whom the top owes the govt and you and me owe our prestigious jobs. I mean the founder of the Nation” — the line was disconnected.

Then I was given the command of a big district. Two stars were added to the crescent on my shoulder. Some influential people of the city, who were involved in land grabbing, incidentally dispossessed a widow of her house. When I reached my office after hearing of the incident in a newspaper, I could not look at the eyes of the Quaid. I thought that the Quaid would certainly be asking, ‘what kind of a protector or Mohafiz you are? If you cannot provide protection to a poor widow of my country then you do not deserve to wear this uniform and you should go for some other job’. I gave instructions to the SHO and the DSP but they were helpless as the land mafia was associated with a minister who was responsible for their postings and transfers. I could not sleep the whole night with the feeling that Baba was unhappy with me. Early next morning I went to the place took over the possession of the house and handed it over to the widow and also arrested the ruffians. I came back to the office and saluted the Quaid. I felt as if the Quaid was very happy.

Command, and the badges on the shoulders increased and now I was commanding a Division.

The then dictator in a bid to get rid of a resistant judiciary arrested the judges of the Supreme Court and by doing so threw our country back to sixteenth century. After hearing the tragic news as I entered the office of DIG Kohat in a broken heart, I faced the ‘Quaid’ again and he also seemed extremely perturbed. I was struck with grief. After a while when I raised my head the directions of the Quaid were running through my head like news tickers, “only the lawful orders be obeyed”. I had received my guidelines. The district commanders were in my office the next day for directions, “Sir! We have received instructions from the government for the arrest of certain lawyers and journalists, what are your orders?” I replied, “Rule of Law and not law of the rulers shall be implemented, innocent people will not be arrested and unlawful orders will not be followed”. Despite orders of the regime, no lawyer or journalist was arrested in Kohat Division. A few days later, office-bearers of the bar and media came to my office and asked on whose orders the detentions were held back while people were detained in the whole country? I replied, “On the orders of the Founder of the Nation who has given us the gift of independence”.

My next destination was the largest province of the country and the command of its largest division. After two years I was confronted with the toughest test. By-elections were being contested. The most powerful bigwigs of the ruling party were adamant to win the elections at all costs. They clearly told me that “they could not afford to lose the elections because that would damage the government”. I told them that “if they use unfair means, that would damage govt’s credibility”. A minister’s camp insisted on the unlawful use of police, which was not allowed. When insistence or pressure increased, I clearly told the minister, “I may be replaced by some other officer. But if I am here, I would follow not your desires, but the orders of the Quaid, because of whose blessings you are a minister and I am a DIG. As per directions of the Quaid-i-Azam, police will remain impartial and non partisan”. Election results were not allowed to be changed so the DIG was changed. Some police officers expressed apprehensions that the Police Department would suffer due to change of command. I told them that “if I had become part of this rigging and not taken action against it, I would have fallen from grace in my own eyes and I would never have considered myself worthy of this uniform”.

My heart was content, I did not have any burden of shame to face the Quaid.

Praying at the grave of the Quaid, I took the oath, ‘Oh great benefactor of millions of Muslims of the sub-continent! Keeping your soul as witness, I vow not to let any blemish come on this uniform. If required, I will not only sacrifice this job but my life to implement the rule of law in your Pakistan’. Then I prayed to God Almighty, “O Lord of the lords! take away this sacred uniform from me if any of my actions or decisions are based on my personal interests rather than justice and rule of law; and bring upon me public humiliation, if any of my actions is against the interests of Pakistan. O! Creator of the worlds, protect my country and keep it prosperous till the Day of Judgment.” When I returned from the mausoleum I felt relieved.

By: Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema

Profile – Inspector General, National Highways & Motorway Police, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, PSP, TI
Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema has a vast experience in the field of Law enforcement and training. Mr. Cheema was educated from Cadet College Hassanabdal , Govt. College Lahore & Punjab University Law College Lahore. He served as ASP at Pakpattan , Muzaffargarh & Bhalwal. After promotion he served as Superintendent of Police, Rawalpindi and SP city Lahore. Then he was posted as SSP Rahim Yar Khan. He also served as District Officer, Frontier Constabulary, Shabkader.

In 1997-98 he served as Police Chief of Lahore. He also served as Personal Staff Officer to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He also served as Course Commander and Director Training in the National Police Academy, Islamabad.

After promotion he served as Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dera Ismail Khan, Abbotabad & Kohat and as Regional Police Officer Gujranwala & Sheikhupura. After promotion to Grade 21, he was posted as Director General Immigration and Passports. In June 2013, he assumed the Command of National Highways & Motorway Police.

Endless War

Since 9/11, the United States, by any objective assessment a globe-girdling military empire, has been sucked into an ongoing global civil war between brutal extremists (often fighting among themselves) and those, including us, they perceive as their mortal enemies.

We are rightfully outraged by cruel beheadings videotaped for internet distribution. The beheaders and suicide bombers are equally outraged by our extensive military presence in their ancestral homelands and drone attacks upon weddings.

Meanwhile, though the government of our mighty empire can read our emails and tap our telephones, the worldwide nonviolent movement to bring about positive change somehow flies completely under its supposedly all-seeing radar screens.

Academic studies (e.g., Chenoweth and Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict) have proven that, overall, nonviolent movements are more effective for reaching such goals than violent military ones.

Our media narrows discourse and fans the flames by only allowing U.S. citizens to see through the narrow lens of exceptionalism, polarization and violence. Fear mongers, legion in our culture, insist that adherents of Isis are hardly human.

But we should keep their humanity in our hearts even as we abhor their acts, just as we ought to abhor our own descent into torture and extra-judicial killings. People do not do what those Isis fighters do without having been rendered desperate and callous by some painful sense of injustice. As Auden wrote, “Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return.” The question for us is how we can best respond to evil without rationalising our own evil behaviour.

Setting aside the blurry distinction between the sadism of beheadings and the supposed good intentions of those who control the drones, our side and theirs share the conviction that the only solution to this great conflict is killing.

But the presumptions of both present American empire and possible Muslim empire are equally vain and closed-minded in their separate ways. Continued mass killing by either side will never resolve the underlying cultural disparities, and so unless we think in new ways, this planetary civil war will continue, multiplying recruits to terror faster than they can be exterminated – a perpetual motion meat-grinder of violence.

We can’t just leave the various extremist groups to fight it out among themselves. We have to lead, but why not lead in a new direction? Amid all the hand wringing about least bad options, there is a good option: change the game. Admit that the US occupation of Iraq led to some unforeseen outcomes. Call an international conference that includes representatives from as many parties that are willing to consider how to contain and end the violence. Agree to embargo the arms pouring into the region.

The possibility that we are already fighting a third world war, having forgotten the lesson of how little anybody wanted or expected to get into the first one, suggests the need to call upon the spirit of figures like King and Dag Hammarskjold, that world ambassador for peace. As we look down the time stream, it becomes harder and harder to guarantee who will and who will not be able to possess nuclear weapons. Even now some disaffected Pakistani general might be transferring a warhead to some non-state actor with malign intentions. It is equally possible that someone in the US military could go rogue with a nuke, initiating catastrophe.

The opportunity is for all parties to accept this possibility and build agreements based in a common desire for human survival – listening at last to the pleas of millions around this small planet who desperately want the madness of endless war to cease.

By: Winslow Myers