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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

FBI to cough up the Osama Bin Laden reward money?

Off the Most Wanted list!
I thought I'd look at the FBI's most wanted list. I got the thought from the BBC who likened the search for Bin Laden as something resembling a chase from the Wild West. It was the Geronimo link that did it for them.

Well, well. There was a reward. The FBI tells us enticingly - "The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Usama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association." I got the distinct impression that President Obama said last night that he "was briefed on a possible lead" - but Bin Laden got shot dead. How does that square with the FBI's "apprehension or conviction" terms of business.  They've simply put up a "deceased" picture as if that's that.

Will this informant now get the reward money or was the idea all along to keep the cash by killing the guy? $25 million is a lot of money. Squealers might get put off. The next best bet on the list is Ayman Al-Zawahiri, also going for a $25 million reward on the same "apprehension or conviction" terms. Either the FBI is serious in putting up such cash or there are some dodgy dealings going on. I think we should know if anyone is entitled to this money or not.


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