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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Press (May 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566567831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566567831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this cumbersome if intriguing extended essay, Griffin (The New Pearl Harbor) argues that Osama bin Laden is dead and that the tapes attributed to him are fakes designed by the U.S. to maintain support for antiterror initiatives and the Iraq war. Griffin sifts through a mountain of circumstantial evidence including statements from such officials as former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who have both stated that bin Laden may have been killed shortly after September 11. Keeping him alive serves propaganda purposes, Griffin contends, and he meticulously, if not entirely convincingly, dissects each message, of bin Laden's messages, from December 2001 to October 2008, to reveal how these communications have been conveniently timed and constructed to suit the needs of the Bush administration (particularly when it came to linking al-Qaeda to Iraq), going so far as to suggest they were fabricated with voice morphing technology. Griffin's research is worthy of consideration, but as the war in Afghanistan intensifies, the question of whether or not Osama bin Laden remains alive becomes an afterthought as newer challenges emerge. (Aug.)
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After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the reasons for George W. Bush's invasion of Afghanistan was to uproot al Qaeda and "get" its leader, Osama bin Laden, "dead or alive." President Bush was widely criticized by his opponents, including presidential candidate Obama, for failing to achieve this objective. Why has the United States, with its massive intelligence apparatus and military might, not been able to apprehend bin Laden? In this provocative book, Griffin (codirector, Ctr. for Process Studies, Claremont Sch. of Theology: The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions), a leading conspiracy theorist on the subject of 9/11, seeks to solve this puzzle by asking, What if Osama bin Laden is no longer alive? He points out that the last time a message to or from bin Laden was intercepted was December 2001. Using a vast array of public statements and writings by public figures, military analysts, and former CIA officials and relying on publicly available data, Griffin deconstructs the report of the 9/11 Commission and highlights its omissions. He also examines purported messages from bin Laden since 2001 and finds little evidence that these in fact have come from bin Laden himself. VERDICT After presenting evidence worth pondering about bin Laden's possible demise, Griffin concludes more broadly by evaluating the policy implications of pursuing a debilitating war in Afghanistan. His highly recommended work is worth consideration by both general readers and students of 21st-century international affairs. Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile --Library Journal June 1 2009

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So much evidence of propaganda & spin.......
For each and every one, Griffin identifies key indications of fakery or strong reasons to be suspicious of its authenticity.
Thomas C. Fletcher
Short, to-the-point read about Osama bin Laden.
David McPherrin

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Fletcher on May 23, 2009
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OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE? by David Ray Griffin is a crucially important and timely examination of the whole range of evidence bearing on the question, is Osama bin Laden still alive? The importance of this question for the present comes from the fact that the United States under its new president is escalating its offensive in Afghanistan and expanding the war into Pakistan, and has claimed that the "hunt for bin Laden" is one of its principal motivations for doing so. Either explicitly or implicitly, the US government and major media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post continue to assert that bin Laden is alive, hiding in the tribal territories on the "AfPak" border, posing an undiminished threat to US security.

In his gripping new book, Griffin strikes at the root of this pretext for war by closely examining all the evidence that has come out since September 11, 2001, either indicating that bin Laden is still alive or that he is in fact dead. His conclusion is that bin Laden is certainly dead, and that in all likelihood he died in very late 2001. Griffin shows that many US experts in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency came to this very same conclusion long ago, but their views, which do not support the continuation of what President Obama, borrowing the term from Dick Cheney, calls "the long war," have received very little media attention. Were they to do so, one of the main props for the war regime would be undermined.

In Chapter 1, "Evidence that Osama bin Laden is Dead", Griffin surveys in detail the many different indications published in the major media in late 2001 and early 2002 that bin Laden had been very ill and had died.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By David R. Wayne on May 22, 2009
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"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just"

--Thomas Jefferson

When you can no longer trust mainstream media for the truth (and at this juncture one cannot) it is reassuring to know that there are independent and highly virtuous researchers who will independently seek out the facts. David Ray Griffin has meticulously documented how we were lied to time and time again in the events leading to war -- WMD? -- Please! How many children died because of such lies?

He now focuses on further research that is also crucial in its nature, fundamental to Democracy, and of great import to anyone seeking truth.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By E. Woodworth on May 26, 2009
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The implications would be enormous.

But how could a regularly appearing, living legend be dead?

This little book begins by taking us back to the long-forgotten news reports of 2001, resurrecting the media confusion about the status of bin Laden's health, and uncovering reports of his death in December, 2001. At that time, even the White House was indicating that bin Laden might be dead.

If bin Laden died in 2001, it would mean that all his subsequent communications were bogus. If, on the other hand, the communications were not bogus, then the early reports of his death would have to be discounted as incorrect.

"Dead or Alive" is a quest to settle this issue. In a tightly knit, logically structured approach, Prof. Griffin provides an in-depth analysis of most of the purported OBL messages from 2001 to January 2009.

As the reader reviews these 19 communications in one or two sittings -- rather than over a period of nearly 8 years -- many strange discrepancies come to light.

For example, there is the problem of an early and ailing OBL, white-haired, with a limp left arm, and apparently close to death - reversing, within a period of weeks, into a vibrant, robust, black-beared figure on November 9, 2001, and confessing to the events of September 11th.

Closely examined, the later, robust figure, can be seen to have a broader nose, a wider face, and shorter and thicker fingers, than the earlier figure. And the November 9th figure wrote briefly with his right hand, whereas OBL was known to be left-handed.

Later communications also reveal a change in the pattern in bin Laden's use of Muslim religious language and ideas.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Flood on June 3, 2009
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For the key to this morning's (03 June 09) manufactured "news," which takes the Jack-O'-Lantern out of the closet once again to scare the kiddies, turn off the TV and read this short book by the dean of 9/11 debunking, David Ray Griffin. Obama needs "anti-terror" creds (i.e. a pretext for extending the American empire), and the latest phoney "message" fills the bill.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Debora on July 1, 2009
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Thank you, Dr. Griffin, for this informative and important analysis. Your meticulous research and level-headed, logical approach to your findings make it perfectly clear that Osama bin Laden is no more. Any attempt to show us "proof" that he is still alive should immediately be rejected as propaganda, either created by the government itself or by its henchmen. You have without doubt made the lives of those individuals a lot harder. Everyone should read not only this book, but all your others so as to be able to see through the smoke screen the government continues to put up regarding 9/11. Thank you for all you have done.
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