FOX News Compares Osama Bin Laden’s Compound To Elvis’ Graceland!!

Why do people snicker and deride FAUX News?

Reason number 5,864.

On FAUX News this afternoon Neil Cavuto had his undies all in a bind over the fact people are stopping by to see the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday.  Not realizing that lots of folks might stop by the sight for the news story itself, Cavuto leapt to the conclusion that the compound will become a shrine and new hangout for terrorists.

Then speaking to one of the ‘reporters’ that could never find a job for a real news network, Cavuto asked the question that spun me around in the kitchen as if the earth had stopped.

“Does this feel like Elvis at Graceland”

It is insane to compare the folks who come from around the world to pay respect to the musical legend that grew up in a shot-gun house in Tupelo, Mississippi, and then gained fame so he could buy Graceland, with the despicable bin Laden.

Not funny.  Not cute.  And certainly not what one should expect from  a real news network.

But then this is FAUX News.

But what else should be expected from a ‘news’ network that showed fake video tape earlier this year of palm trees blowing in the wind from……Madison, Wisconsin!

In case Cavuto has forgotten, here is a reminder of where Elvis Presley lived.

Sarah Palin Says President Obama Should Not Be “Pussy-Footing” Over Osama Bin Laden Photos

Looks to me that Sarah Palin feels she has not had enough attention given all the news about the killing of Osama bin Laden.  So in her usual Wasilla-Hillbilly way Palin makes a play for the headlines. 

What Palin does not understand is that the last few days have demonstrated the amount of intellect and fortitude required to be President of the United States.  President Obama has been masterful in his job, and we are well aware that the last many months have been one long series of manuevers to make for the events that unfolded Sunday. 

There is no doubt Palin does not have the  mental skills required for the Oval Office.  In addition, Palin’s track record of  quitting in the middle of an elected term underscores her lack of resolve.   What would the men of the SEAL unit have done had Palin decided to quit and go shoe shopping on the day the tapping of bin Laden was to take place?

No one has ever accused Palin of being ‘Stable-Mable’.  Therefore to have her enter into any discussion at all about the events that this nation is now watching unfold is just amusing.  It goes to show Palin’s inordinate fascination with herself has no bounds, and that headlines are about all she can create.

Sarah Palin, on Twitter:

“Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it’s part of the mission”

White House Not To Release Osama Bin Laden Death Photo

U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to release photographs of al-Qaid leader Osama bin Laden’s body, a senior administration official told NBC News on Wednesday.

The decision comes a day after CIA director Leon Panetta said that a photo proving the death of Osama bin Laden “would be presented to the public,” but the comment quickly drew a response from the White House saying no decision has yet been made.

“The bottom line is that, you know, we got bin Laden and I think we have to reveal to the rest of the world the fact that we were able to get him and kill him,” Panetta said in an interview with Nightly News.

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In addition, in an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, President Obama says he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.

What Type Of Islamic Training Did Osama Bin Laden Have?

Many have long stated, flat-out, that Osama bin Laden, and others like him bastardize Islam and the teachings of the Prophet.  I think that to be very true.  Bin Laden did more to shame Islam and the religious people who observe the faith than anyone else in modern history.

In so doing, bin Laden and those like him have undermined Islam by giving the religion a false face.  Bin Laden allowed certain demographics to think what he was doing with his fanatical bent was in some way reflective of Islam itself.  In fact, it was not! 

 Bin Laden led a lot of folks down the wrong path, be it a citizen in America who thinks all of Islam is corrupt and violent due to bin Laden, or some poor sap who thinks a suicide-laced pair of underwear on a plane will get him closer to God..  

So with the killing of Osama bin Laden it is time again to ask about the religious background of this leader to many, and danger to all.  What moral underpinnings did he subscribe to for the life he lived?

Osama bin Laden had no official religious training but developed his own theology of Islam.

“We don’t know that (bin Laden) was ever exposed to orthodox Islamic teachings,” said Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of religion and Islamic studies at Duke University.

The writing of ideologues in the Muslim Brotherhood influenced bin Laden heavily, Moosa said.

“He takes scriptural imperatives at their face value and believes this is the only instruction and command God has given him – unmediated by history, unmediated by understanding, unmediated by human experience. Now that’s a difference between Muslim orthodoxy and what I would call uber- or hyperscripturalists,” Moosa said.

The vast majority of Islamic scholars and imams say the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed happened in historical context that needs to be understood when reading and interpreting the Quran.

“If the likes of bin Laden, if they had spent one day or maybe one month possibly, in a madrassa (Muslim religious school) and understood how the canonical tradition is interpreted, they would not go onto this kind of destructive path they go on,” Moosa said.

In the entire leadership structure of al Qaeda, “no one has had any sort of formal religious training from any seminary,” said Aftab Malik, a global expert on Muslim affairs at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization. He is researching a Ph.D. on al Qaeda.

“What you had was an engineer and a doctor leading a global jihad against the whole world,” Malik said. “That would never happen in normative Islam. It’s just such an aberration.”

“What bin Laden ends up doing is saying anyone who disagrees with him, any Muslim, is in fact an apostate,” he said. That includes Muslims who would not join his fight, he said. “It’s a distortion of the traditional teaching, and it just extends the parameters and the consequences in order to legitimate how when you’re fighting on the ground you’re fighting against your own people.”

Malik said, “The key issue is of apostasy,” referring to when a person leaves a faith. “One of the things Osama bin Laden deviates from is calling those people who do not implement Sharia, or God’s law, on the planet as apostates. If they did not implement Sharia, they deserved death. This is a major departure from normative Islam.”

“The second major deviation is the targeting of noncombatants. Even when you read in the Quran there are injunctions for fighting. But before and after the injunctions for fighting are calls for restraint. ‘Do not attack monks, do not attack women, do not attack children.’ And these are numerated heavily in the Hadith, which are uncontested,” Malik said, referring to the sayings of the prophet and his close companions.

“What bin Laden has done is ignored those injunctions,” he said. “The reason he has ignored them, in Osama bin Laden’s theology it’s basically a theology of anarchy.

“Once you let the genie out of the bottle you can’t put it back in, and that’s the big difference between al Qaeda theology and normative Islam. Normative Islam has heavy constraints – very, very heavy.”

US Says Killing Osama Bin Laden Was Lawful

This aspect of the killing of Osama bin Laden is fascinating.  Makes one want to have a specialized lawyer steeped in international law as an in-law and have them over for coffee and conversation.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was a lawful military target.

He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Bin Laden had made no attempt to surrender, and his killing was “an act of national self-defence”.

The US has acknowledged that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot dead in Monday’s raid by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Critics have raised concerns about the legality of the operation.

“If he had surrendered, attempted to surrender, I think we should obviously have accepted that, but there was no indication that he wanted to do that and therefore his killing was appropriate,” said Mr Holder, reports Reuters news agency.

What Would Media Do With Pictures Of Dead Osama Bin Laden

If the United States government were to release a picture of the body of Osama bin Laden, and if it was gory as has been described, what would the media do with that image?

I have been pondering that in my mind off and on over the past two days, and I still have no firm bottom line about how to proceed.  I am suspecting most major news operations are feeling the same.

Should I expect to see such a photo on the front page of The New York Times?  While internet searches, and blogs such as this one very well may use the released picture, would I want any kid in America to see this image on the newstand in the market while shopping with mom?  Probably not, depending on the age of the kid.  I can only image the onslaught of phone calls and nasty emails from outraged folks nationwide if newspapers plastered the image above the fold.  I really do not, in any way, think this will happen.

Yet the pictures are the very definition of news, and I have long argued, on every issue, that more information is always better.  My gut  tells me to use the photo, in some way, if they are released. We are mature nation, and can handle the truth.

That the photos themselves are controversal before the potential release of them adds to the value they serve as a new story.  Some people around the world think they need to see the pictures to prove bin Laden is dead.  That is not the case for me, or for many millions of others in this nation.  But given that there is uncertainty among some about the death of bin Laden, the ‘need’ to see the photos in and of itself is now a news story, and so the release of any picture would be a major part to the story.

Whatever else happens, one thing is for sure if the pictures are released.  There will be many discussions over time if the right call was made about how they were treated in the media.

Just another spoke of one of the most interesting stories the world has had in a very long time.

Osama bin Laden may be more interesting in death than he was alive.

Osama Bin Laden Had Cash On Body, Ready To Seek New Safehouse If Needed

The methods used by Osama Bin Laden to stay out of sight, and alive will make for many news stories in the weeks to come.  It was no small thing to avoid international recognition, and be prepared to flee at a moments notice to safer ground.  Evidence of that was found on the body of  bin Laden when he was killed Sunday in Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden had cash totaling 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed — sure signs that he was prepared to flee his compound at a moment’s notice — top U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress at a classified briefing in the Capitol Tuesday.

The evidence of cash — which amounts to about $740 in U.S. dollars — and phone numbers was divulged to support the administration’s belief that bin Laden was prepared to escape the compound if alerted to an impending attack, the source said.

Was The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden Legal?

International intrigue.

The use of deadly force against Bin Laden is unlikely to be challenged in an American court. But the White House’s account of the operation suggests it is mindful of legal issues. The al-Qaeda leader is said to have “resisted during the raid” – although it is not clear how he did so, as he is also said to have been unarmed.

Assassinations are banned under both US and international law. Extrajudicial killings are only allowed in an armed conflict.

According to British law professor Philippe Sands QC, of University College London, much will turn on what Pakistan knew and authorised, what the US objectives were, and what happened when they confronted Bin Laden.

Until the facts are established, it is unclear whether the raid and its consequences were legal or not, Mr Sands adds.

The US can certainly argue that it was entitled to take action to protect its citizens against a deadly enemy.

“Even if the use of deadly force was unlawful, international law recognises that there are exceptional circumstances where necessity precludes wrongfulness, and this will be said to be one of those case,” Mr Sands told the BBC.