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As Long as Enemies of the State Keep Dying Before Trial, No One Should Trust the State

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There is no other way to say it: it was a political assassination.

Osama bin Laden was unarmed. SEALs captured him alive. Following brazenly illegal orders from Washington, they executed him. "The [Obama] administration had made clear to the military's clandestine Joint Special Operations Command that it wanted bin Laden dead," The Atlantic reported on May 4, 2011.

State-controlled media outlets like The Atlantic claimed that Obama was desperate to avoid a trial that would give the Al Qaeda leader a "high-profile platform for spreading his extremist views." Left unsaid, as so much is in the American steno-journalism reminiscent of the Soviet Union, was a more pressing reason to silence the Saudi scion.

As much as the families of 9/11 victims craved justice, it was infinitely more important to the U.S. political establishment to deny bin Laden an opportunity to publicly expound on his ties to the CIA and the CIA-funded Pakistani intelligence agency ISI when they were training and funding the "Afghan Arabs" who fought Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan during the 1980s. Letting people learn that 9/11 would likely never have happened if not for the CIA would have been...awkward.

Such is the fate of enemies of the state.

Last week, not so much an enemy but a man whose existence had become inconvenient, not exactly to the state but certainly to a cabal of powerful men including a former president as well as the sitting one, joined bin Laden in the kingdom of the dead.

The official narrative of billionaire accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death shifted faster than a New York subway rider when a homeless guy plops down next to them on a hot day. First they said Epstein had been on suicide watch, then that he hadn't. Prisons are full of cameras yet there's still no video of Epstein's death. Then, suicide watch or not, they claimed he'd been checked on every 30 minutes. Then more like every three hours. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with strangulation by a second person but then thought better of it and ruled Epstein's convenient demise a suicide.

I tweeted the morning of Epstein's passing: "Bill Clinton is the happiest man in America today." Clinton flew on Epstein's infamous "Lolita Express" private jet at least six times, including to such sex-tourism destinations as Thailand and Hong Kong. Perhaps he refrained from partaking of the under-aged prostitutes and rape victims Epstein stands accused of procuring for his traveling companions. Whatever happened or didn't, the Epstein-Clinton connection is sketchy as hell.

As is Epstein's suicide -- the first at the Manhattan Correctional Facility since 1998.

At this writing it seems unlikely that we'll ever know who killed Epstein, whether it be himself or someone else. What we do know is that, if we take the government at its word, it was incompetent and negligent to an unfathomable extent. Being insanely stupid and lazy is its defense.

Now we're descending into the usual idiotic post-death-of-a-pain-in-the-ass debate between credulists (those who believe anything the government and its pet media say) and conspiracy theorists. Truth: no one knows anything. We weren't there. The video was -- but they deep-sixed that.

We don't know how Epstein bit it but the fact of Epstein's death tells us everything we need to know about America today. No matter what, Epstein died because the government let it happen. He was a ward of the state, the highest of high-profile prisoners, a man whose trial stood to expose extreme wrongdoing at the expense of numerous horribly violated victims, yet no one in charge took steps to make certain that he appeared at every hearing happy, healthy and alive.

The powers that be's carelessness de minimis reflects their confidence that they shall never, ever, be held accountable for anything whatsoever.

So another man vanishes, few questions asked with many left unanswered -- intentionally.

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I have no problem with the point you've made here. The piece is good, but I do have a big problem with one of your examples...

"Osama bin Laden was unarmed. SEALs captured him alive. Following brazenly illegal orders from Washington, they executed him."

We have even less proof of this story than we have of Saddam's WMDs. It's a fraudulent narrative, at best, and really shouldn't be repeated as fact.

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I agree. This may be what happened, however there's no proof. There is proof that we sent SEALS in, there are reports that bin Laden was captured, killed, and buried at sea before anyone might identify a body. It seems like it would have been more advantageous to bring a live trophy back, so it's an unproven, very fishy story, at best, and one might wonder whether bin Laden was actually captured, killed and disposed of at that time. One indiction that things did not happen as stated in the official story is the subsequent death of a number of the young SEALS who had been on that mission. I live near the SEAL training area, and our local newspapers carried stories about their deaths because the families live in the area, but that information does not seem readily available when searching the internet.

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This is the norm in the U.S. now. All these evidence-free fairy tales just keep getting repeated and repeated as factual accounts, and the masses accept and adopt it all as real history. It's really quite the disturbing trend.

This may represent the single most destructive flaw in American culture.

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True.Especially when his death was more reliably reported to have occurred in late 2001.Besides all that,there is no way that a chronic renal failure patient on hemodialysis could have survived past 2007.

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Exactly. There's more evidence he died of renal failure before Christmas of 2001, than there is of any other scenario. What evidence has ever been offered to support he was alive up until "Great SEALs' Day"?

All that we were given were obvious, faked videos and clone actors that really looked nothing like him. Alas, that didn't seem to set off enough alarm bells, as the flag wavers continued to cheer, while their money was thrown at the War on Terror.

Like all these "official" fairy tales they like to tell, we're never given anything that would remotely serve as proof to back up the story, no matter how ridiculous it is.

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You forgot the DCC Madam

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Another example: Mc Veigh's trial was expedited, and so was his execution. His accomplice is still in prison but has not been able to spill the beans: last I read, his lawyer can barely visit him, and is barred from taking notes.


Bin laden: I am one of those who believes the way his body was thrown at sea, no pictures released, and no DNA provided, prove a look-alike was killed in his place.

With kidney dialysis as early as 2001, and a very weak condition, it is likely he died soon after (many experts have suggested.)

Several fake videos of Bin Laden appeared after 2002. How many real ones between 02 and his supposed killing?

It was an Obama propaganda operation.

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