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Bin Laden Buried at Sea; Hoax Death Photos Emerge

Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, according to U.S. officials, the AP reports:

Binladen After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, did not immediately say where that occurred.

ABC News The Note adds:

U.S. officials tell me the last thing they want is for his burial place to become a terrorist shrine.

To avoid that, an informed source tells me, the intention is the bury his body at sea -- leaving no definitive location for the final resting place of his body.

A senior administration official tells my colleague Jake Tapper this about the body:  "We are ensuring it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. It's something we take seriously and therefore it's being handled in an appropriate manner.‬"

Already, hoax death photos have emerged online.

U.S. officials told CNN that photos of a deceased bin Laden do exist but have not been released.

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  1. Are you f*cking kidding me!? Here is an idea: burn him to ash, pour them on the street by the WTC and let people piss them into the gutter.

    Posted by: Tonez | May 2, 2011 7:41:46 AM

  2. I find it interesting. Now there is no body? We are supposed to take the CIA's word on it?

    Posted by: lessthan | May 2, 2011 8:45:10 AM

  3. Just f*cking great! As if the conspiracy theories weren't going to be bad enough even with a body, photos, DNA analysis, etc. now they are just going to dump the body so that no one can find. Sounds like a great plan to me. WTF?!?!?!

    Posted by: Matthew | May 2, 2011 9:13:48 AM

  4. What are they supposed to have done? If they had buried him on land, as they stated, it would have been more trouble than it's worth. As for conspiracies; you could present the body to a theorist and allow them to do all their own tests and they would still find a reason it doesn't fit into their pet theory.

    If he isn't dead, all he has to do is put out a new video saying "Um, no I'm not." It would be political suicide for anyone to declare for certain that this guy is dead in such a manner, and it not be true. Period.

    Posted by: LiamB | May 2, 2011 9:23:23 AM

  5. "We" should take Islamic practice and tradition seriously after what he did to the United States? Gimme a break! Is this Obama's trump card for re-election??? (Love my own use of the word Trump!!!)

    Posted by: johninPA | May 2, 2011 9:38:52 AM

  6. Mmmmmkay..... not buying it...

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 2, 2011 9:56:47 AM

  7. If this is true, this is a huge mistake. Does no one think things through, in Washington? Buckle Up for another conspiracy campaign; Chair, Donald Trump?

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | May 2, 2011 10:49:52 AM

  8. "What are they supposed to have done? If they had buried him on land, as they stated, it would have been more trouble than it's worth. As for conspiracies; you could present the body to a theorist and allow them to do all their own tests and they would still find a reason it doesn't fit into their pet theory."

    Agreed. Conspiracy theorists are generally uninterested in facts or evidence; the fact that the birthers continued even after Obama released the birth certificate is proof enough of that.

    Only time treats substantive doubt. And there will always be some people who will entertain implausible conspiracies.

    Posted by: Zach | May 2, 2011 11:15:37 AM

  9. I'm not sure I believe this. Maybe most of the body was buried, but all of it? It's of too much political importance to have nothing left.

    Posted by: anon | May 2, 2011 11:26:58 AM

  10. So the most wanted man in the world is killed and there is no body...

    Posted by: tranquilo | May 2, 2011 11:35:40 AM

  11. Right. How convenient. Also, Islamic tradition does not include burial at sea, so if they're trying to piss off Al-Qaida (sp) more that's a good way to do it. Insult to injury.

    Posted by: Bravo | May 2, 2011 11:35:45 AM

  12. And while we're on the subject, why the hell didn't they give Adolf Hitler a nice mausoleum or something? You know, a big shrine with a spot light that shone, "WORLDS GREATEST VILLAIN" in bold letters into the night sky. That would have been nice.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | May 2, 2011 11:42:24 AM

  13. If people can't believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, how in the HELL are they going to believe that Osama Bin Laden is dead?

    Posted by: Tre | May 2, 2011 12:12:06 PM

  14. The Obama admin. may come to regret so-hurridly burying OBL at sea. There's a reason that in less-squeamish times you beheaded a traitor, rebel leader, or Pretender and placed his head on a pike above the gates of the city. It was prove that he was dead to both his supporters and yours, and proof-positive that he wasn't coming back.

    Personally, I'd have rather OBL's skull, along with Saddam's, be used as gold-lined candy dishes on the head-table at White House State Dinners.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | May 2, 2011 12:23:44 PM

  15. The body should have been cremated with a carcass of a pig. Of course we should have taken him alive and then dropped him unarmed and in shackles onto the streets of New York. The fine people of New York would have ensured that no remains would be found!

    Posted by: Chris | May 2, 2011 12:29:13 PM

  16. I like Chris's idea!

    Posted by: Eric | May 2, 2011 1:26:12 PM

  17. They should have FedEx'd his head to his #2 with a card that said, "Guess who's next?"

    Posted by: TyInTenn | May 2, 2011 7:20:42 PM

  18. NOW you will see what ARABS....PAKISTANIS ALL THINK OF US!!! NOW you will see the hatred they have for us better wake up people!!

    Posted by: Shannon | May 3, 2011 12:43:38 AM

  19. I remember when I found out about this. It was on the billboards of businesses in my town and on the radio and everything. It seems like it was forever ago but it really has only been just a few years.
    Abed Nadier |

    Posted by: Abed Nadier | Jan 27, 2014 2:20:42 PM

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