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Bin Laden charges officially dropped

Osama Bin Laden's charges have now been officially dropped

Osama bin Laden may now be in paradise, at the bottom of the sea or in an even darker place, but one thing his soul no longer needs to worry about is federal terrorism charges. On Friday, federal authorities filed court papers to drop terrorism charges against the fallen Al Qaeda leader.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved the routine procedural request made by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges that is typical when defendants under indictment die.

Bin Laden was killed in May when the Navy SEALs stormed his hideout in Pakistan. He later was buried at sea.

The original indictment was brought in a federal court in New York City in June 1998, accusing Bin Laden of supporting an ambush responsible for the deaths of 18 American soldiers in Somalia in 1993. Charges were eventually added to include the August 1998 dual bombings of two American embassies in East Africa that killed 224, and for his role in the suicide attack on the destroyer Cole in 2000.

Bin Laden's role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was not included in these charges.


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Photo: Bin Laden, shown on Dec 24, 1998, speaks to reporters in the mountains of Afghanistan's Helmand province. He led the Al Qaeda network, which has claimed responsibility for attacks on symbols of U.S. power around the globe. Credit: Associated Press

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He wasn't charged with 9/11?

Is it finally time to find out who is responsible for 9/11? I sure hope so.

Who writes this stuff? Ridiculous first paragraph.

under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.
Just how do you plan on stoppin me? That is the question.

So you mean he was not convicted yet?

Obama a war criminal

How do you know Bin Laden was killed in May?

Why wasn't Bin Laden charged for the 9/11 attacks?

Your next article should answer these questions.

It takes an observer to observe reality. With the death of OBL. his observational skills just went kerplunk, and reality will no longer be knocking on his door. Seventy-two virgins or seventy-two Virginians are not dancing inside his bullet laden head. OBL is but a memory to us now, a memory that will be lost once we meet the same fate as him.

Andrew Malcolm: Your "creative" writing sucks!!! What an idiotic opening sentence. You have wasted the electricity it took to type that. You have wasted the time of many readers. Furthermore, stating that the murderer of a few thousand people "may be in paradise" legitimizes the terrorists' beliefs. How about grow some balls, and directly state that bin laden may now forget about the charges while he suffers in hell?

A simple formality, but it is still a very important symbol. However, now that Osama is dead all we are left with is increased debt from war expednditures, 3000+ brave American soldier dead, and stuck in multiple conflicts where the final goals are still not outlined and ambiguous at best.

Osama was never involved in 9/11 ...why don't you people understand this? Even Bush said later that he wasn't charging OBL with the attack on 9/11. You people don't research anything!

Nice lead.

So... about that 9/11 dealio... Are the feds suggesting we "drop" that too? We, the people, still have so many unanswered questions. It's not like the answers involve national security, right? If it does, wouldn't America be more secure if we knew the truth about who/what/when/where/why/how this catastrophe happened on US soil? We NEED to know. Even those who don't WANT to.

Whew! I was worried about how I was going to get to the trial. It's not easy coming back to life and as far as I'm concerned, not really desirable either. I don't know what all they fuss is; they knew that my boys had some planes and were coming their way. I'm surprised they let us through. George looked so innocent there reading fairy tales to the school children and that look on his face when he got the news, an oscar winning performance. Zuckerman never did give me that piece of insurance he was awarded, but what can you expect from a bunch of real estate moguls with ties to Israel. I didn't expect them to try to take the whole region though. Sure got greedy though, didn't they. Once the smell of the spoils wafted toward wall street from Iraq, they just started taking everything in sight.

So, if he's not dead, he's off the hook?


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