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FBI forensic artists have produced a picture (left) of the world’s No. 1 bogeyman Osama bin Laden having digitally altered his features to show the effects of age, and dressed him in western styled clothes to show how he might look now. Of course, it is true that there have been no confirmed sightings of the most wanted man for a long time and rumours abound that he may well in fact be dead following the heavy American bombing of the Tora Bora mountain range, it is also known that he had a serious kidney complaint that required regular dialysis, some people suggest that he may have even expired as a result of renal failure. However, he is still the reason why Britain and the US are engaged in the so called War Against Terror, a war in which those suspected of having taken part are not, have not, and will not be tortured willingly, knowingly, or even unknowingly by British agents or personnel or those friendly partner nations who we work with.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman has said (of the case involving the High Court battle between jailed Muslim terror suspect Shaker Aamer and the Government):

‘We do not accept allegations of UK involvement or “complicity” in his mistreatment.  We firmly reject any suggestion that we torture or mistreat people or ask others to do so on our behalf. Mr Aamer and his legal representatives have made a lot of unsubstantiated allegations.’

Yet it has taken months and months and months for David Miliband, the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary, to come to a decision to finally allow American security cleared lawyers to see papers relating to British Intelligence reports relating to Mr. Aamer’s questioning, the papers  are still not being aired in public. The case so far has dragged on for an inordinate length of time at great expense to the British tax payer, and is the second such case in which the Foreign Office has been found wanting by the High Court.

While Lord Justice Sullivan said the Government’s sudden change of heart was ‘clearly the most sensible solution’, he said: ‘the wasted time and money has just been enormous.’

He went on to condemn the manner in which disclosure had been ‘obstructed’ since last October, and said that the Government had ‘taken the matter up to the wire – only making concessions that were absolutely necessary’.

The picture on the right shows how digital forensic artists believe David Miliband has evaded the attention of the High Court since October and how he may appear next time he eventually travels to his constituency in South Shields. He has no relationship with the man on the left whatsoever.

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Written by curly

January 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

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  1. Did you see the story about this on the BBC? It seems the geniuses at the FBI pulled a picture of a Spanish MP of the internet and used it as the basis for their new Bin Laden image. The BBC story shows the two side by side – they didn’t even change the guy’s hair. Good to know that TWAT is being fought by such high-calibre people.

    The BBC story is at:


    January 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    • Yes I saw the story, and it does rather make you wonder, when they almost randomly choose some image from the internet.


      January 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

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