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Default Bin Laden conspiracy theories: why the falsehoods flourish in the Muslim world - 05-12-2011, 11:01 PM

Editor’s Note: Matthew Gray is a Senior Lecturer at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University and the author of Conspiracy Theories in the Arab World: Sources and Politics. For more from Gray, visit Foreign Affairs.
By Matthew Gray, Foreign Affairs
Immediately after the death of Osama bin Laden was announced, rumors about it swirled through the streets, coffee shops, and Internet cafés of the Middle East, Pakistan, and other parts of the Muslim world.
What are the prominent conspiracy theories?
The raid took place, some claimed, only to hand U.S. President Barack Obama a political victory, or to give him political cover for the troop drawdown in Afghanistan. Other, more outlandish theories proposed that bin Laden had been collaborating with ....

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Default 05-13-2011, 02:32 AM

well we just don't know what is the truth do we? it is not only in the muslim world that people are sceptical, toramana. america has a poor record on truth telling and they sure started their explanation about the assassination of obl, with a lot of fumbling.
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Default 05-15-2011, 10:59 AM

It aint a conspiracy theory no more...

its just propaganda

Exclusive: Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: officials

(Reuters) - A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.
Reports from Abbottabad have said that bin Laden's compound was cut off from the Internet or other hard-wired communications networks. It is unclear how compound residents would have acquired the pornography.
But a video released by the Obama administration confiscated from the compound showed bin Laden watching pictures of himself on a TV screen, indicating that the compound was equipped with video playback equipment.
Materials carted away from the compound by the U.S. commandos included digital thumb drives, which U.S. officials believe may have been a principal means by which couriers carried electronic messages to and from the late al Qaeda leader.
Three other U.S. officials familiar with evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases.
(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria; editing by Warren Strobel)


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Default 05-15-2011, 08:36 PM

because many conspiracy theories in the muslim world are not conspiracy theories at all. while many of the beliefs in the muslim world are based on falsehoods, that is because of a lack of information.

the same can not be said about the falsehoods in the west against the muslim world. these people have access to vast amounts of knowledge yet choose to live in ignorance, what is their excuse? they would rather watch american idol than read about what their own government is doing in the middle east and north africa, but come voting time they think they know their **** because they read a sentence scrolling across the bottom of the screen on cnn.

There is nothing in our book, the Qur'an, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone lays a hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion.

- Malcolm X
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