Osama bin Laden Has Been Caught? Social Networking With A Facebook Page?
Well the US has been unable to put the number one global terrorist in their cross-hairs, so what makes Facebook think they have a better shot? Since 9/11, Osama bin Laden and his followers have been the top targets of the United States' War on Terror. Yet, he has eluded us at every juncture. Was Zuckerberg's posse able to capture Osama by allowing him to post his where-abouts up front and personal for all of us to peruse on a Facebook fan page?
According to The Times of India and The Sun in the UK, on April 17 that was the case. They both reported that "Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is reportedly using social networking website Facebook as a platform to show videos and speeches to Islamic militants." The reports went on further to say the page was named, "The leader of the Mujahideen, Osama bin Laden" and his address as "the mountains of the world."
The account had been active for less than a month attracting over 1,000 extremists giving Internet terror expert and author Neil Doyle cause to state: "Bin Laden, via his supporters, is clearly taunting his pursuers."
However, on the same day a Newser report indicated Facebook has shut down a month-old page purporting to be the online presence of Osama bin Laden. "There is no evidence to suggest that the account in question or the other dozens of people who have tried to present themselves as Osama Bin Laden have any relation to the terrorist," a Facebook rep stated. "As is our standard practice, we have disabled the account." (note: Does that mean, if they found out it was legitimate, they would have left it up?)
So close, but yet so far away. It looked like for a moment, that the mighty Mr. Zuckerberg had outwitted both Bush and Obama in capturing the world's top terrorist. But, I guess Public Enemy #1 will have to continue to avoid our reach… that, is... unless he thinks about starting an account on YouTube.