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Has Osama Been Surrounded And Bush Has Not Acted ?

A British Sunday Newspaper is reporting that Osama and about 50 bodyguards have been located and are being tracked by a U.S. NSA satellite in the mountains just north of Quetta, Pakistan. The special forces are "absolutely confident" there is no escape - and are awaiting orders from Bush.
Bin Laden 'surrounded'

February 22, 2004
A BRITISH Sunday newspaper is claiming Osama bin Laden has been found and is surrounded by US special forces in an area of land bordering north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Sunday Express, known for its sometimes colourful scoops, claims the al-Qaeda leader has been "sighted" for the first time since 2001 and is being monitored by satellite.

The paper claims he is in a mountainous area to the north of the Pakistani city of Quetta. The region is said to be peopled with bin Laden supporters and the terrorist leader is estimated to also have 50 of his fanatical bodyguards with him.

The claim is attributed to "a well-placed intelligence source" in Washington, who is quoted as saying: "He (bin Laden) is boxed in."

The paper says the hostile terrain makes an all-out conventional military assault impossible. The plan to capture him would depend on a "grab-him-and-go" style operation.

"US helicopters already sited on the Afghanistan border will swoop in to extricate him," the newspaper says. It claims bin Laden and his men "sleep in caves or out in the open. The area is swept by fierce snow storms howling down from the 10,000ft-high mountain peaks. Donkeys are the only transport."

The special forces are "absolutely confident" there is no escape for bin Laden, and are awaiting the order to go in and get him.

"The timing of that order will ultimately depend on President Bush," the paper says. "Capturing bin Laden will certainly be a huge help for him as he gets ready for the election."

The article says bin Laden's movements are monitored by a National Security Agency satellite.

On Thursday last week, General Richard Myers, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said America had been engaged in "intense" efforts to capture bin Laden, who was believed to be hiding in the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But he insisted that the focus of the search had not narrowed for months.


The Sunday Telegraph

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Bush is waiting for the last months of the campaign season. 21.Feb.2004 16:51

Anarchist

The article, if verified, may force him to move earlier. Bin Laden works for Bush, but so did Saddam, so I don't think he'll have any problem arresting his buddy.

hard to belive the satellite thing 21.Feb.2004 23:05

plik

"The article says bin Laden's movements are monitored by a National Security Agency satellite."

First of all, it is the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) that builds and operates the nations spy satellites. It is conceivable that the NSA has their own satellite now, but regardless of whose satellite it is, the problem with spy satellites is that in order to get good photos from space the satellite has to be fairly close to earth -- close enough that they must rotate faster than the earth in order to not fall down, which means they cannot stay over one location. They can only get photos of a given location for a short time as they go zooming past. In order to stay over one location they have to be in geosyncronous orbit, which is way further up and would make high res. pictures quite hard if not impossible to get without a camera the size of a house; and while it may be possible to launch a house on a very large rocket these days, one would assume the NRO/NSA wouldn't want to do that because the larger the spacecraft, the easier it is to spot from earth as it reflects a larger amount of light, and thus the less "secret" their spycraft becomes.

bush may not be the only one up for re-election 21.Feb.2004 23:40

geosynchronous spin

 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040221/wl_afp/britain_politics_blair_040221234254

And Bush's b*tch just loves to start lots of rumours himself. Love the painful whoppers he was telling for Xmas that not even Bremer would endorse until he found out who said 'em. Not saying it isn't true, but it does remind me of the one where Bin Laden's grocery boy ratted him out. Yeah right. Vaguely good for someone's approval rating, that's about it.

I''ve been betting on June for his capture for three months 22.Feb.2004 02:30

Hi

I'm still convinced that this June, Osama will magically appear. If anyone dares question it on t.v. they'll get an earfull of O'Reillys, "Oh come on! You don't really believe that?!?!", and such.

Then on to Iran and Syria!

NRO 22.Feb.2004 02:41

j

Yeah, the NRO operates satellites, but they send the information to thier "customers", like the CIA and NSA, ect...

According to  http://www.nro.gov

They knew where Saddam was for days 23.Feb.2004 09:47

History Buff

They kept Saddam in a hole for days, and pulled him out just when things were getting hot for Bush and phony Tony.