Cindy Sheehan, Grieving Mother and War Critic, Doesn't Believe Osama Bin Laden is Dead

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Cindy Sheehan, who became a national symbol of the anti-war movement when her son Casey was killed in Iraq, has taken to (what looks like) her official Facebook page to cast doubt on President Barack Obama's claim that the United States killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday. Sheehan grabbed headlines back in 2005 when she camped outside of George W. Bush's ranch in Texas to protest the wars and later ran unsuccessfully for Congress. Since, she's protested Obama too, and has worked recently with the Socialist Alternative. Today, she appears to have really lost it. She's not the only one.

"I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you're stupid," Sheehan writes, already setting up a fair and measured conversation. "Just think to yourself--they paraded Saddam's dead sons around to prove they were dead--why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea? This lying, murderous Empire can only exist with your brainwashed consent--just put your flags away and THINK!"

Hundreds of comments follow, ranging from the loony to the incensed, both from those on her side and those quick to tell her to chill. "I guess you believe the lies?" Sheehan responds to one critic. "How's your flag doing?" Later, she just gets testy and comments simply "fuckwads," leading us to wonder if this really is Sheehan after all; one would think she knows that she at least has the ear of the public and would act accordingly.

At Politico comes a report that Bin Laden's death "was already fueling conspiracy theories; as the administration resisted releasing even photographs of the slain terrorist leader on Monday, a predictable haze of myth and rumor had already, inevitably, began to rise around him."

For example, radio host Alex Jones, who Sheehan now says she shuns, had his own theory: "Government had Osama bin Laden frozen for years." Proof, obviously, is on its way.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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Gwupete
Gwupete

Cindy Sheehan lives in California, right?  C'MON 9.5 Earthquake!!!

jsmiggins
jsmiggins

This woman is a nutjob. I like how she tells people to think, as if all the evidence is out there and people just need to put the pieces together. As for people claiming that if he's dead they should show the body, why? They said he's dead. If you don't believe the government, a photo will probably not change your mind. With these conspiracy theorists, there's an explanation for everything. Just ask Lyndon LaRouche. Anyone who thinks Osama wasn't killed recently can join the people who believe we never walked on the moon and wear tinfoil hats. I would imagine Al-Qaeda admitting he's dead must be embarrassing for this woman, but I suspect the pain of not being the center of attention must be worse for her.

Behoove1
Behoove1

Cindy speaks with the arrogance so typical of the conspiracy-minded. I think half the people who shout conspiracy only do so because they're so smug and want to feel that "only I can see the truth, the rest of world are sheep!!!" It's great to question your government, but laughable if you are suspicious of every damn thing they say.

Teo
Teo

There are many incidents like this in history.Hitler's body and grave site were hidden for over half a century to discourage his veneration while many thought he escaped to retirement in South America. Pity Cindi, her life revolved around her only child and even in his death it still gives her life purpose.Her beef doesn't have anything to with OBL,only the manufactured way we went to war..Pat Tilman's mom on the other hand, would have a more compelling argument about truth being the first casualty of war and the power of propaganda.

Jason
Jason

Even if bin Laden WAS just killed (which I highly doubt, due to previous statements over the years from military, FBI and CIA agents, and foreign sources, that BL was killed or just died of kidney failure years ago) why wouldn't they capture and interrogate him, to find out how he (supposedly) shut-down the most secure defense system in the world on 9/11? Wouldn't that be priceless information which could be used for protection of the "Homeland"?

Instead they (supposedly) kill him, and dump him in the ocean within 24 hours.

Cindy Sheehan is neither crazy, or unpatriotic: she is a truth-teller about our "government"...And that is TRUE patriotism.

Heather
Heather

Two words work magic in the same way that a hypnotist uses the snap of his fingers to control anyone under his spell, "conspiracy theory". Only in this case mainstream media is the hypnotist and a majority of American people are under the spell. A snap of the fingers, or the utterance of those two words effectively block the hypnotized from seeing any reality other than that which the hypnotist dangles in front of them. When the show monkey's perceptions of reality are sufficiently controlled, they'll eat onions thinking they are apples and believe lies thinking they know the truth. It's all just a show that begins with a click of the fingers or two magical words.

Wolf Rhys
Wolf Rhys

You people are cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

So basically 100+ people were able to fabricate the whole thing. A liberal President, conservative military leaders, soldiers of varying backgrounds. All liars with one common cause: to increase Obama's approval ratings nowhere near an election.

Brilliant.

Nemo
Nemo

The writer of this article should be ashamed...is this the "journalistic integrity" we should expect from writers who are the people who are supposed to hold govts "feet to the fire?" This guy wouldn't even light a match in the same office building as govt he's such a coward.

What do they do now in interviews? You swear to abide by every govt story and question nothing? Good. Hired.

Joran Van Der Sloot could not be convicted withOUT Natalie Holloway's body, it was sooo important to have PROOF, and for five years he went free. And here this complete idiot journalist decides anyone who questions the govt in any way to provide PROOF that what they say is true, he defines as a conspiracy theorist. How convenient. They don't call them LAMESTREAM for nothing. What next? Murderers going free and saying, oh yeah, a body...no problem I saw the victim yesterday at the mall. Case closed.

Kropotkin
Kropotkin

I should re-phrase my question: Where is there any proof presented by the US that they actually killed Osama? Why allegedly dump the body so fast (in the ocean no less!!) without photos, videos and independent journalists who could be present to prove that it was him? The story is absurd, and Cindy is right to question it. This whole thing wreaks of BS.

Kropotkin
Kropotkin

Where's the proof that he is dead? There isn't any!

Peter
Peter

Osama was buried at sea in honor of the great maritime tradition of Saudi Arabia. Jeez, I can't believe that there are people who read the Voice who believe this horse shit....Voice of America, maybe.

USA
USA

I feel sorry for the reputation of her son..warriors don't fight for their country, they fight for the man to their left and right...but she would never know that having never served in the finest and most noble military in the history of the world. You are right Cindy...we are stupid and beieive UBL is dead. Must be nice being the Chief Spokesloon for your Inside-Out Upside-Down World. Now that you have been reduced to a sad pimple on a blog, Cindy, may I suggest you become the chairperson for the Adolf Hitler Scholarship Fund, Puppy Clubbers Anonymous, Fukishima Safety Award Committee, or Bungeeless Base Jumping Martyrs Brigade.

Joseph
Joseph

Is it a stretch to say that she has always been this unhinged, and that her son's death in Iraq was a convenient excuse for her to let it all hang out?

Guest
Guest

If she hates America so much maybe she shouldn't live here. Protesting an unjust war is one thing, but criticizing patriotism out of anger and hate is another.

Phelen
Phelen

Surprise! OBL's "kidney problems" were a myth to begin with. 

Oh and by the way, the most secure defense system in the world wasn't "shut down" on 9/11. The terrorists used something that has been in open discussion for years: Hijack an airliner (just pick a few out of the SEVEN THOUSAND that are in the air over the U.S. at any given time) and crash them into buildings. 

I guess that never occurred to you in your wild tin-foil hat fantasies eh?

Azra
Azra

and at some point during those 24 hours they claim to have confirmed his ID using DNA...now, i'm sure they have the best resources at hand but i'm also sure that conclusive DNA testing takes weeks, not hours.

Kropotkin
Kropotkin

Again, where is your evidence? Pointing to a speech your heard on TV doesn't count as evidence. And the reason we don't believe this BS is because most high level analysts, including many former CIA officers, have believed that Osama has been dead for years.

This recent murder is just too convenient for Obama, both for re-election and for a saving face exit on a lost war in Afghanistan.

Geocache1621
Geocache1621

in my opinion cindy is making a great point. i served 5 years in our military and i agree with the point she has made. it is a great point, and there are millions of other americans asking the same questions. she is just the one who is making the public statement and she deserves respect for that.

Heather
Heather

Patriotism, that's another good word to bring out the hypnotized zombies in the same way that "conspiracy theory" does. That's for bringing that to our attention Omgsoy! Now eat your apple dear but keep tissues handy just in case your eyes tear up...

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

She is a true patriot for having her own view on how her and your mind is being manipulated by nazi style propaganda. Maybe you should take a look at the situation. Already since Obama announced Osama was dead the whole birth issue washed to the side. His ratings have jumped up a lot higher than they were for what a judgement call on a mission he didn't get the intel himself. Tower 7 was not even hit by a fucking plane!! What did the fire jump across the buildings and somehow take down the fucking building!! Why the fuck did they throw the body in the ocean mafia style like they were trying to cover something up. Why the fuck would they give a fuck about islamic religious rights when they are dealing with a mass murderer.

All that is going to happen from this fuck supposedly being killed by special forces is more innocent people being killed for no reason. This does not change shit!! In fact it makes shit worse. It is funny how a week before Osama died wikileaks released a document saying if Osama died that Al-Qadia will unleash nuclear hell. Well have fun with that. Have fun with the tsa sticking they're finger up your ass you fucking ignorant fuck. I love this country more than anybody cried when i say the towers go down! I was elated when Saddam's statue was pulled down and nutted when we found him. But if you believe this shit then you deserve what is going to come. More un-constitutional laws! Welcome to the new world.

Phelen
Phelen

No, actually conclusive DNA testing takes weeks because you, the average person, are simply waiting in line behind plenty of other average people, for the lab to get to your case.In the case of Osama, I'm pretty sure there wasn't a line of people ahead of him in front of his file at that particular lab.

Darwin
Darwin

Kropotkin conspiracists like you aren't interested in evidence. You and sheehan have already decided what the truth is and are determined to advance it regardless of the evidence. Even if they had his body or a photo of it you still wouldn't believe.

Guest
Guest

In my opinion, it is very patriotic to criticize your country. I disagree with her insulting people who are patriotic, because I believe if everyone were more patriotic this country would be a better place. That was my main point, I am sorry if it didn't come through.

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