BIN LADEN: Why the US Administration and media are creating a conspiracist’s wet dream.

Fake ‘death picture’ photoshop and sea burial raise doubts.

Obama….will the official account change?

Today, America is celebrating the death of a madman. But only eighteen hours later, doubts are growing about the Obama administration’s version of events.

Veteran Sloggers have been told ad nauseam of my disbelief in 97% of conspiracy theories: most of them are bollocks. But if the American administration was positively trying to start a thousand conspiracy theories, it couldn’t have made a better start than it has during the 18 hours since Osama Bin Laden was ‘assassinated’. The first thing somebody needs to establish is who released a two year old crude photoshop fake of Bin Laden’s bullet-riddled head to the media.

All the major UK national titles carried the image, which it transpires originated from Associated Press early this morning GMT. But as yet AP hasn’t commented on the where and who of it surfacing, beyond officially withdrawing the picture. (Interestingly, the blogosphere debunked it, not the mainstream media).

In the last hour, NBC quoted a senior U.S. official saying that the Obama White House is still deciding whether to release a genuine photo of the dead bin Laden. “It is really, really graphic,” the official said, adding that U.S. officials are trying to decide whether it is just too graphic to put out. Too graphic to put out? Are they mad? Of course they must put it out: but either way, who put out the fake, and why?

Next is the quite inexplicable decision to bury Bin Laden at sea. The Slog can find no trace of any Islamic tradition of burying followers at sea. President Obama’s speech last night EST affirmed that, “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body….”. And then dumped it in the ocean. Why?

The obvious (and sensible) answer is to ensure neither body nor future grave can be turned into some form of shrine; and, in the sea, the corpse will be picked clean and then sink into the seabed forever. But they could have stuck him on ice in Fort Knox, just in case anyone called for an independent confirmation of the baldly asserted DNA claims. Maybe they have.

In the meantime, this morning, news filtered back from Islamabad to Sloggers’ Roost that there are further huge inconsistencies in Obama’s ‘reconstruction’ of how the Bin Laden operation was assembled. I still await two confirmations on this story. Stay tuned.