Osama Bin Laden Conspiracies

Some believe the Obama administration miscalculated how it handled the body of Osama Bin Laden and it has ignited unbridled conspiracy theories about the killing.



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It's Thursday May 5th.

Conspiracy theories continue to grow around the circumstances surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Ladin

Currently, Elvis - for one - finds the official story just a bit too convenient

This is the Current.

Bin Laden Conspiracies

We started this segment with an exchange between the deputy leader of Canada's new official opposition Thomas Mulcair and the CBC's Evan Solomon has catupulted the NDP into a bizarre controversy. It happened yesterday on Power and Politics on the CBC News Network.

The suggestion that the Obama Administration might not actually have any photographs of Osama bin Laden's dead body started making waves immediately and within a few hours, the NDP was in damage control. Last night, the party sent us a statement from MP Paul Dewar saying the NDP is happy the United States tracked down Osama bin Laden and that the party quote, has no reason to doubt the veracity of President Obama's statement.

Not surprisingly Mr. Mulcair's comments drew fire from the Conservatives. Newly elected MP Chris Alexander, called it quote an insult to everyone's intelligence to propagate that kind of conspiracy. The controversy comes amid a growing chorus of skeptism on both sides of the border. And not just over photos. We aired an exchange that took place on Fox News on May 2nd between host Andrew Napolitano and former CIA officer Michael Scheuer.

The conspiracy theories that Osama bin Laden isn't really dead continue. We aired a clip Here's White House spokesperson Jay Carney reading a transcript of an interview President Obama gave to 60 Minutes.

Jonathan Kay has been giving a lot of thought to the conspiracy theories that have emerged since the attacks of September 11th. He's the Comments Page Editor at The National Post and the author of Among the Truthers: A Journey into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Armageddonites, Vaccine Hysterics, Hollywood Know-Nothings and Internet Addicts (released next week) . Jonathan Kay was in our Toronto studio. Ali K. Chishti is a Pakistani investigative journalist. He writes for both The Daily Times and The Friday Times. We reached him in Karachi.

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