Friday, March 17, 2006 6:40 a.m. EST
Curt Weldon: Bin Laden Is Dead
Rep. Curt Weldon, who broke the Able Danger story last year revealing
that military intelligence had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta
as a terrorist threat before the 9/11 attacks, now says that Osama bin
Laden has died.
Weldon made the stunning claim during an interview Wednesday with the
Philadelphia Inquirer, which reported: "Weldon is making explosive new
allegations. He says a high-level source has told him that terrorist
leader Osama bin Laden has died in Iran, where he has been in hiding."
Weldon cited as his source an Iranian exile code-named Ali, telling
the paper: "Ali's told me that Osama bin Laden is dead. He died in
Weldon said he last spoke to Ali three weeks ago. The Iranian exile
was a prominent source for his 2005 book, "Countdown to Terror." The
book also contained the first mention of the Able Danger data mining
The Pennsylvania Republican has long alleged that bin Laden has been
using Iran for sanctuary.
In June last year, Weldon said in a TV interview: "I'm confident that
I know for sure that [bin Laden] has been in and out of Iran ... Two
years ago, he was in the southern town of Ladis, 10 kilometers inside
the Pakistan border. I also know that earlier this year, he had a
meeting with al-Zarqawi in Tehran ...
"If you look at the recent comments coming out of both the CIA and
some of our military generals in theater, they're now acknowledging
the same thing that I've been saying - that in fact, he's been in and
out of Iran.
"[But] no one can prove it exactly until we capture him."
"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner
16 years ago