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FBI Bin Laden Poster: No 9/11

Jeff Ferrell / KSLA 12 | October 26 2006

Flashback: Washington Post Doesn't Answer Why No Bin Laden 9/11 Indictment

Long before the war in Iraq, the "War on Terror" began in Afghanistan and the hunt for Al Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden. So, why then is there not a single reference to 9/11 on the FBI'S '10 Most Wanted' poster of Bin Laden?

First of all, it turns out, Bin Laden has never been indicted for the attacks of September 11th. The FBI poster reads: "Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world."

Regarding the 9/11 omission in the FBI poster, Special Agent Sheila Thorne in the bureau's New Orleans office told us quote, "the indictment could be superceded if necessary." In other words, charges relating to September 11th could be 'tacked on' later-- for something described as 'The Pearl Harbor of our generation.'

So, we decided to contact the White House for their reaction to the 9/11 omission in the FBI poster. But when we told Blair Jones in the White House press office that we wanted a statement 'independent' of anything the FBI told us, Jones said quote, "we speak with one voice."

You may remember, it was just nine days after 9/11 that the President addressed a joint session of Congress where he blamed Al Qaeda, even mentioning its leader Usama Bin Laden by name. Then came December 13th, 2001, when the Pentagon released Bin Laden's so-called confession video. The FBI even revised Bin Laden's poster two months after September 11th. And five years later there's still no 9/11 reference.

We asked retired Barksdale Air Force Base Brig. General Peyton Cole, the former Commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing and its fleet of B-52 bombers, for his reaction on the omission. General Cole told us, "it's puzzling and begs the question why not?"

FBI Special Agent Thorne called KSLA News 12 right before news time, telling us that our question is not one the FBI should answer. Thorne told us the decision whether to indict Usama Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks is made by the U.S. Justice Department. We'll keep you posted.

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