October 27, 2004


FBI Official rushes from Islamabad to New Delhi: Indians Put Security Forces on Red Alert After Ben Laden Sighting in Laddakh (Arun Rajnath, October 25, 2004, South Asia Tribune)

Fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been spotted in the Tibet-Laddakh region, close to the North-Eastern tip of Pakistan, bordering India and China, Indian and US officials believe.

A high-ranking official of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flew from Islamabad on Sunday to meet top Indian officials here in Delhi after reports of Bin Laden’s presence in the region.

According to sources, following the meeting between Indian security bosses and the FBI, the New Delhi Government has put its security forces in the North Western region, specially the Kashmir Valley, on 'red alert.'

Vigilance on the Kargil-Leh Highway and area along the Tibetan border has also been increased. Security forces are likely to undertake combing operations in the Laddakh region before the start of snowfall.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2004 2:45 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah.....

Call me when his frikkin' head is on a pike.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 27, 2004 2:58 PM

I don't think you can put it on a "pike." A saltshaker, maybe...

Posted by: Timothy at October 27, 2004 3:02 PM

I prefer the pig-leather-wrapped-noose-and-convenient-lamp-post method myself.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 27, 2004 3:08 PM

Do you seriously believe a billionaire whose family in intimately involved with the Saudi royal family and who needs dialysis on a regular basis is hiding in some cave on the Tibetan border that can only be reached by yak?

The season's over in Monte Carlo, so perhaps the FBI would be better served visiting Mykonos or the Costa del Sol.

Posted by: Bart at October 27, 2004 3:12 PM

It is nice to see them jerking Kerry's chain like this.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 27, 2004 3:19 PM

I don't believe this until it happens.

Posted by: pchuck at October 27, 2004 3:43 PM

Don't get all excited. It's just Karl Rove having a little fun.

Posted by: AllenS at October 27, 2004 3:55 PM

And just as Kerry was pushing hard to say we are in a Al QaQaa-uagmire.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 27, 2004 4:42 PM

The U.S. secretly had an Osama head put on top of that old animatronic Abe Lincoln replica from the 1964 World's Fair, since he and bin Laden were roughly the same height and body type. The olnly problem would be making sure the modified bin Laden doesn't also come equipped with an endless recording of "It's A Small World After All" (though I suppose that would be a proper form of torture for the real Osama, were he not already an ex-terrorist).

Posted by: John at October 27, 2004 4:51 PM

"It's a Small World After All?"

Why be so gentle. There are far more insidious tunes we could "strum" his fate with.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 27, 2004 5:00 PM

Let's face it, if we DID nab Osama today, it's a fair bet the admin would NOT say it, just because it would look so patently duplicitous, even if it was all above board.

But one does have to wonder.... The Indians and Paks know the score out there. AQ wants Musharaf hanging from a lampost... and that's when they're in a good mood. How d'ya suppose Mushy feels about Mr. Kerry in general?

The Indians and Mr. Bush have been getting along rather nicely, it seems to me.

Could it be someone over on the other side of the planet trying to stir the pot here?


Posted by: Andrew X at October 27, 2004 5:55 PM

"Let's face it, if we DID nab Osama today, it's a fair bet the admin would NOT say it, just because it would look so patently duplicitous, even if it was all above board."

I do non think they are that nobel or self sacrificing.

The real problem is that what ever was left of OBL was excreted by the birds and bugs that ate it a couple of years ago.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 27, 2004 10:49 PM

Well, this thread's about done, but anyway....

It's not a matter of being "noble or self-sacrificing". It's a matter of, if 52% of the total of undecideds or very weak Kerry's see the big announcement, and say "God, they really DID hold onto him until now, how despicably cynical"... then a big "we got Osama" announcement actually HURTS Bush, believe it or not.

I'd say that started being true around last weekend, and will remain true until Nov. 3rd.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 28, 2004 8:16 AM