Here Come the Wacky Conspiracy Theories
Frozen, alive, or zombie-fied?
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 4:41 AM CDT
Afghan newspaper front pages report the killing of Osama bin Laden.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – The fish had barely begun to nibble on Osama bin Laden before wild conspiracy theories about his demise—or lack of—began to circulate. The US government is considering releasing photos and video of the dead al-Qaeda kingpin, but in the meantime, conspiracy theorists are having a field day:

  • Radio host Alex Jones, who has long insisted that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks, believes the government "had Osama bin Laden frozen for years," Politico reports.
  • Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, meanwhile, is among those who think bin Laden may be still alive and kicking. "I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you're stupid. Just think to yourself—they paraded Saddam's dead sons around to prove they were dead—why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea?" she asked.

  • Other conspiracy theorists find the timing of the announcement suspect, believing that President Obama was trying to boost his re-election chances or even one-up George. W. Bush on the eighth anniversary of the latter's so-called "Mission Accomplished" speech, a professor of communications tells LiveScience.
  • Bin Laden was identified using a DNA test that reportedly compared his DNA against a sample from the brain of his dead sister, notes the Washington Post, which wonders "Is it just a coincidence that yesterday was the beginning of Zombie Awareness Month?"—and decides "yes."

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May 4, 2011 1:18 PM CDT
Reply to Fascist Jack- But NSO tells us the sun IS burnt out, sorta' of- Google "Deep Solar Minimum" Solar output is in a 100yr minimum, coolest its been since 1913 (not quite a century) In 2008 NSO (National Solar Observatory) solar scientists warned of BRUTAL WINTERS ahead due to low solar output and cooler seasonal temperatures- were they right? I dunno' but in NM by this time (May) we usually have our coolers running, NOT our furnaces- Solar scientists laugh at Global Warming concept- from their records, temperature of Earth tracks the solar output quite well, up and down.
May 3, 2011 10:52 PM CDT
Whether OBL was actually killed or not, I don't see what's so wrong about asking questions. After someone lies to you so many times, then how could you ever believe them? US gov't could provide all the pics & videos they want but pics & videos could be faked.
May 3, 2011 10:52 PM CDT
Bin Laden is alive and well in a secret compound on the moon, with Elvis.