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:: August 01, 2002 ::
Osama bin Laden is dead

Newsweek magazine ran a piece titled, "Bin Laden: Is He Dead Or Alive?" (June 29th, Mark Hosenball and Michael Isicoff) in the "Periscope" section.

Well "up periscope," this cult leader is as they say, "sleeping with the fishes," or more likely buried somewhere beneath the rubble in a cave at Tora Bora. He is long gone.

It seems though that the US government can't make up its mind and is conflicted about bin Laden. Some think he is somehow still alive, because his followers supposedly can't "keep a secret," at least not that one. While the FBI's highest ranking anti-terror official Dale Watson admitted that an "egomaniac" like bin Laden couldn't keep quiet this long.

For once the FBI seems to have it right. Like many other cult leaders historically, Osama bin Laden is little more than a self-indulgent megalomaniac. Some mental health professionals might prefer a more precise clinical description, such as "psychopath."

Bin Laden, like David Koresh and Shoko Asahara before him, clearly relished the spotlight. He enjoyed the attention he received through interviews, photo ops and his own videos, which he released to the media.

It is impossible to believe that such a man could keep a low profile for this long.

Note: CultNews got this one wrong. Osama bin Laden made this clear through a video played just before the 2004 presidential election.

[Posted by Rick Ross at 01:44 PM][Link]

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