Archive for March 7, 2012


March 7 2012 at 11:30am 
By DAVID GARDNER


IOL osama may 19REUTERSFormer al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Fresh doubts have emerged over the White House version of Osama Bin Laden’s death after leaked e-mails suggested the Al-Qaeda leader’s body may have been flown back to America.

According to the Obama administration, Bin Laden was buried at sea about 12 hours after his death, supposedly in keeping with Islamic tradition.

But e-mails hacked from a well-connected US intelligence company suggest the terror boss, who was shot and killed during a Navy Seal raid on his Pakistan compound, was taken back to America to be examined and then cremated.

Various details of the raid in May last year were contradicted in the wake of the shooting, including the initial report that Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield, but this is the first time such an important factor has been called into question.

The e-mails were allegedly obtained by the hacker group Anonymous from the US intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, and were part of more than 2.7million messages taken from the company’s servers and posted on the Wikileaks website.

In one, Fred Burton, vice-president for intelligence at Stratfor, wrote to a colleague at 5.51am on the day Bin Laden was killed, saying: ‘Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane. Than [sic] onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda.’

The Dover Air Force base in Delaware is the entry point for all US military casualties.

In an earlier e-mail,Burton said: “Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank goodness.”

After the killing, some Muslim clerics said Bin Laden should have been given a full Islamic burial. Now conspiracy theorists are claiming that he may have been taken alive to America.

However, in his last communication at 3.10pm, the Stratfor executive appears to be more in tune with the White House version of events, writing: “Down and dirty done. He already sleeps with the fish…”

The e-mails were put online just days after Anonymous claimed they could provide “the smoking gun” for a number of crimes.

In a statement, Stratfor called the hacking attack a “deplorable, unfortunate – and illegal – breach of privacy”.

It added: “Some of the e-mails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic. We will not validate either. Nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimised twice by submitting to questioning about them.”

The White House declined to comment on Tuesday night. – Daily Mail

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/was-osama-s-body-flown-back-to-us-1.1250853

Wikileaks: Bin Laden body was flown To US military mortuary

US President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Vice President Joe Biden (L), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden. (file photo)
Wed Mar 7, 2012 7:11PM GMT
Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane. Than (sic) onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda.”

Email leaked from Stratfor vice president for intelligence, Fred Burton

Emails leaked from the US-based global security think tank, Stratfor, obtained by hacker group Anonymous suggest that Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea but instead flown to US for cremation.

The whistleblower website Wikileaks has released the email belonging to Stratfor vice president for intelligence Fred Burton, in which he says “Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank goodness.”

“Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane. Than (sic) onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda,” a subsequent email on the same day stated.

Burton goes on saying that “If body dumped at sea, which I doubt, the touch is very Adolph Eichman like. The Tribe did the same thing with the Nazi’s ashes. We would want to photograph, DNA, fingerprint, etc.”

However, in his last communication on the subject with George Friedman, Stratfor’s chief executive, Burton said “Down and dirty done, He already sleeps with the fish…”

The email is among a trove of five million messages hacked from the firm. Stratfor subscribers include major corporations, military officials and international government agencies. The US weekly business magazine Barron’s has likened Stratfor to a “shadow CIA”.

US President Barack Obama claimed that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces on May 1 in a hiding compound in Pakistan.

A US official later announced that bin Laden’s body was abruptly buried at sea, falsely boasting that his hasty burial was in accordance with the Islamic law, requiring burial within 24 hours of death.

However, burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not have a timeframe for burial.

US officials also claimed their decision for a sea burial was made because no country would accept bin Laden’s remains, without elaborating on which countries were actually contacted on the matter.

PG/JR 

BIN LADEN NOT BURIED AT SEA. BODY FLOWN TO THE US.

In another stunning example of “Obama Transparency,” Wikileaks documents reveal that Osama’s body was not buried at sea, as the Obama regime claimed, but was flown to the US on a CIA plane. Why? Great question. Ask Leon Panetta, since he was the one who ordered the raid that killed bin Laden. It’s probable that he knows the answer.

If we ask one question that the CIA does when an event like this occurs, we come up with a partial answer. Who benefited is the question.

It might be the US government that wanted his body available for some reason. If they wanted him gone for good, they would have actually buried him at sea. But that raises yet another question. Was Obama/Panetta afraid that someone would recover the body from the ocean floor, and how he was killed would create problems for the United States?

Another question that will probably go unanswered, if even asked, is does the body still reside here in the US, or has it been disposed of and forever unrecoverable? We’ll probably never know the answers to any of these questions.

http://rt.com/news/osama-body-wikileaks-stratfor-949/


Underwater River Nile Oil Pipeline? 

South Sudan, locked in a row over oil transit fees with neighbour Sudan, said on Wednesday it plans to build a temporary underwater oil pipeline along the Nile as part of a project to deliver crude for export from ports in Kenya and Djibouti.

The pipeline would extend from oilfields to the capital Juba where the crude would be transferred to trucks and taken on to Kenya and Djibouti, South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters by telephone.

Some 30,000 barrels of crude would be delivered to ports under the project, which could be completed by the end of the year, he said. – Reuters

http://www.iol.co.za/business/international/south-sudan-plans-pipe-for-oil-exports-1.1251138

South Sudan plans underwater pipe for oil exports

Wed Mar 7, 2012 3:08pm GMT
Sudanese oil workers maintain an oil pipeline at a Red Sea export terminal in a file photo. REUTERS/PA/FMS/HB
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By Hereward Holland

(Reuters) – South Sudan, locked in a row over oil transit fees with neighbour Sudan, said on Wednesday it plans to build a temporary underwater oil pipeline along the Nile as part of a project to deliver crude for export from ports in Kenya and Djibouti.

The pipeline would extend from oilfields to the capital Juba where the crude would be transferred to trucks and taken on to Kenya and Djibouti, South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters by telephone.

Oil provides about 98 percent of South Sudan’s income and is vital to the impoverished country as it tries to develop infrastructure and institutions devastated by a war that killed an estimated 2 million people.

South Sudan seceded last July under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war with Khartoum. But peace remains uneasy at best, with the north and south deadlocked over oil transit fees that have contributed to recent high global oil prices.

Some 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude would be delivered to ports under the project, which could be completed by the end of the year, Dau said.

“The temporary pipeline will be established under the water of the Nile from Tharjath (oilfield) up to Juba,” he said.

The landlocked new nation took control of about three quarters of the unified country’s oil output of roughly 500,000 bpd, but it needs to export its crude through northern pipelines to the Red Sea port of Port Sudan.

The two nations separated without agreeing how much the south should pay to use oil facilities in the north.

ALTERNATIVES

South Sudan, now seeking alternative routes to export its oil, plans to truck crude from oil blocks seven and three in Upper Nile state through Ethiopia to port at Djibouti, Dau said.

The crude will flow through the plastic pipeline from Unity State to Juba, and be trucked the rest of the way via Uganda or straight through Kenya to the port of Mombasa, he added.

“We hope that within this year we will start to export. It depends on the preparation of the road and the availability of these facilities,” Dau said.

South Sudan has signed agreements to build new pipelines through Kenya and Ethiopia that they hope to complete within 18 months, although analysts doubt the economic viability of the schemes.

A Norwegian company approached the south for the temporary pipeline project but no deal has yet been signed, Dau said without providing further details.

South Sudan’s government in Juba shut down its 350,000 bpd oil production in January after the north seized more than $800 million of the south’s oil and built a tie-in pipeline to divert it through refineries in Khartoum.

The two countries last month signed a pact agreeing to “respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs, rejection of the use of force, equality and mutual benefit; and peaceful coexistence.”

Then last week South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing an oil well. Sudan denied responsibility. The two governments met in Ethiopia on Tuesday to try to break the deadlock over oil transit fees.

http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE82606L20120307?sp=true

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