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Bin Laden Buried At Sea, His DNA Is Tested

From an unquestioning Reuters:

U.S. tests bin Laden’s DNA, used facial ID: official

Mon May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is conducting DNA testing on slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and used facial recognition techniques to help identify him, a U.S. official said on Monday.

Bin Laden was identified by the assault force that killed him in a firefight in Pakistan in which he resisted and was shot in the head, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Results of the DNA tests should be available in the next few days, the official told Reuters.

It’s odd. Last night all of the news networks assured us that Mr. Obama would not have announced that Mr. Bin Laden was dead unless they had confirmed it through DNA testing.

Even so, it is quite curious that we are also being told this morning that Osama Bin Laden was "buried at sea" this morning. (See below.)

The strike force was on the ground for less than 40 minutes and the operation was watched real-time by CIA Director Leon Panetta and other intelligence officials in a conference room at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the official said…

CNN had a live feed?

According to the UK’s Guardian:

Bin Laden’s body buried at sea

US officials say Osama bin Laden’s swift burial complies with Islamic custom, although burial at sea is uncommon for Muslims

Brian Whitaker
Monday 2 May 2011

The dilemma of what to do with Osama bin Laden’s body appears to have been quickly resolved if reports that he has been buried at sea prove correct.

Burying him on land could have led to his grave becoming a centre of contention as well as raising questions about where he should be buried.

"Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult," a US official said, adding: "So the US decided to bury him at sea."

Fears about Bin Laden’s burial place turning into a shrine for Islamists were probably unfounded, since the Wahhabi/Salafi tradition rejects such things. Even Saudi kings are buried in unmarked graves.

We’re not so sure about this. Mohammed’s body is buried under the ‘Mosque of the Prophet’ in Medina, where it is visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year. In fact, it is part of the regular Hajj package tour.

We suspect that the terrorists would have loved to see Mr. Bin Laden buried at some suitable place, such as beneath the ‘Ground Zero Mosque.’

Senior US officials initially told news agencies that his body would be disposed of in accordance with Islamic tradition, which involves ritual washing, shrouding and burial within 24 hours.

By all means we must treat the body of this mass murderer with all due honor and respect.

Although the swift burial complies with Islamic custom and should therefore avoid causing any offence in Muslim countries, the apparent haste could lead to claims that the person killed was not really Bin Laden – though the US authorities have taken DNA samples and appear to have no doubts.

The Obama administration has probably begot another conspiracy industry. In any case, we won’t be completely satisfied until we see his long form death certificate.

The 24-hour rule has not always been applied by the US in the past. For example, the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein – sons of the Iraqi dictator – were held for 11 days before being released for burial.

Perhaps the Bush administration wasn’t quite as concerned about offending the delicate Muslim sensibilities.

Burial at sea is rare in Islam, though several Muslim websites say it is permitted in certain circumstances.

One is on a long voyage where the body may decay before the ship reaches land. The other is if there is a risk of enemies digging up a land grave and exhuming or mutilating the body – a rule that could plausibly be applied in Bin Laden’s case.

This is confirmed by numerous sites, including our favorite holy men at Islam Question & Answer.

For sea burial, according to alislam.org, the body should be lowered into the water "in a vessel of clay or with a weight tied to its feet". The website adds: "As far as possible it should not be lowered at a point where it is eaten up immediately by the sea predators."

Such tender sentiments. Personally, we would have preferred to see his body paraded through the streets of New York City and Washington, DC, where we could have thrown our shoes at him – in true Islamic fashion.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Bin Laden Buried At Sea, His DNA Is Tested”

  1. canary says:

    Steve, your comments and this one
    “In any case, we won’t be completely satisfied until we see his long form death certificate.”

    Thanks for making me laugh.
    Hopefully, they’ll get to diving down and after placing bin Laden’s corpse to facing Mecca according to Islamic burial custom.
    They can pour some oil drill cement over his body so it stays in that position.
    Leave the head uncovered for baby fish to nibble more holes to hide in till they are big enough the big fish can’t eat them.

    • canary says:

      Did they examine the bullets to see which Navy Seal gets the 25,000,000 million dollar reward. Surely, they’ll split it.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I hope they wrapped it in bacon before feeding it to the fishes.

    In olden days we would have put his head on a pike and displayed it for all to see. Damn I miss the old days.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I know you’re all feeling the same disgust that America should have as it’s public face, such mincing wieners.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Just give us the general GPS coordinates for the dump site and we will organize “Dump on Bin Laden” tours with special arrangements allowing the tourist to “fertilize” the sea above him.

  5. JohnMG says:

    …..”The dilemma of what to do with Osama bin Laden’s body appears to have been quickly resolved if reports that he has been buried at sea prove correct…..”

    Did anyone consider cremation as an option? Sort of a “preconditioning” of the body for his stay in eternity.

    And as for his DNA being definitive……his sons would have the same DNA characteristics, so………..good luck wi’ dat, Obama.

  6. BigOil says:

    This piece of sub-human debris was given a burial in accordance with Islamic custom – while most of the 3000 people he vaporized were vanquished without even a trace of DNA for their families to mourn.

    Personally, I’d have favored displaying the body for a week in a pig stye, then detonate a MOAB over the body.

  7. Moonspinner says:

    Osama hid behind a woman and then was buried at sea. It gives a new meaning to Chicken of the Sea.

  8. Natural Born Citizen says:

    I think they should have treated OBL the way Black Jack Pershing was rumored to have done to put down Muslim insurrections in the Philippines ; drawn and quartered, drenched in pigs blood, and buried face down in the dirt.

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