White House invites conspiracy theories over Bin Laden death
This announcement marks the government’s latest flip-flop on the matters surrounding the al-Qaeda leader’s death.
Only hours earlier, CIA Director Leon Panetta went on the record to say that “we have to reveal to the rest of the world that we were able to get him and kill him.” Now the latest word out of the White House, as revealed by Carney, is that “The President has made a decision not to release any of the photographs of the deceased Osama Bin Laden.”
There is no doubt that Obama’s Wednesday afternoon decision will only ignite conspiracy theories that have been rampant with alternatives to the death of Bin Laden since the news broke late Sunday night. Wednesday’s flip-flop is only the most recent to raise eyebrows on the matter, serving as the latest example of the government continuing to change their story regarding the weekend’s events.While Bin Laden was first reported as engaged in a firefight and using a human shield, the White House has since revealed that, not only was Bin Laden unarmed, but that no such shield existed. The government now says that the supposed shield, a wife of Bin Laden's, charged at US troops, was shot at and has been not mortally wounded, though has failed to comment any further.
Now, some well known politicians and figures are saying that the government’s latest decision only invites conspiracies.
Fox News' Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has deemed Sunday’s assassination as an example of an extra-judicial killing by the US military. That is, troops slayed someone that was neither a solider nor posed an immediate threat. Says Napolitano, all western countries, including the US, has laws that make these illegal. Coupled with recent statements supposedly made by Bin Laden’s daughter that her father was captured, then executed, these allegations further obscure any transparency in how and why the execution took place.
Documentary filmmaker Jason Bermas has been weary of the reports of Bin Laden’s death since the get-go, and the ongoing flip-flops by the US government has done little to put his worries at ease. “The story will change and change again,” said Bermas, who calls Sunday’s announcement nothing more than a publicity student for the Obama Administration, claiming that the fact that “Super Obama has gotten the bogeyman” will only serve to increase his re-election odds and paint him and his cabinet as heroes as the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches in the coming months.
This is far from the first time the government has changed their story, says Bermas, recalling the incidents of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, both of which were exaggerated by the government before the truth eventually came clear.
“I think maybe it’s … because government likes secrecy,” says Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul. “Whether it’s the federal reserve or our foreign policy, think of how many times we’ve gone to war by distortion of the evidence.”
“When the people distrust the government, it is called a conspiracy theory,” he adds. “Everything is a conspiracy, but I think the best thing is you should only believe the conspiracies that are true.”