Open/Close All Full Name: Osama bin Laden Born: Nov. 30, 1956 in Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaOsama bin Laden is one of the most dynamic, mysterious, controversial and misunderstood figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia both state that bin Laden masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was killed by an elite U.S. military force in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. In fact, it’s highly doubtful that either of these statements is true.Many people around the world consider Osama bin Laden a hero, one of our era’s greatest freedom fighters. He fought for a cause he believed in, not for money or power. He fought against not just one but two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States. Osama bin Laden was the polar opposite of George W. Bush and Obama — corrupt politicians who never fought in a war but directed many terrorist attacks, torturing and murdering countless thousands of people in Iraq, Afghanistan and several other countries.Early LifeOsama bin Laden was one of more than fifty children of Muhammad bin Laden, a self-made billionaire who emigrated to Saudi Arabia from Yemen as a laborer. Muhammad became a director of major construction projects for the Saudi royal family, with whom he established a close relationship. This enormous wealth later contributed to Osama bin Laden’s stature as a militant leader, though he was also revered for his piety and bravery in combat.Freedom FighterOsama bin Laden studied in college until 1979, when he joined the Mujahideen forces who were fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. It was in this capacity that bin Laden reportedly worked for the CIA. Banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, bin Laden shifted his base to Sudan, until U.S. pressure forced him out in 1996. After establishing a new base in Afghanistan, he allegedly declared war against the United States. His alleged involvement in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings landed him on the FBI’s lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists.Lies and PropagandaEncyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia both claim that Osama bin Laden formed al-Qaeda in 1988. However, many people believe al-Qaeda was actually created by the CIA or that it doesn’t even exist. The truth about Osama bin Laden may never be known, but it will certainly never be found in mainstream sources.The U.S. government’s version of the events of September 11, 2001 is simply too full of “red flags” to be believable. Bin Laden allegedly went into hiding in December 2001 after evading capture by U.S. forces in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora cave complex. However, many skeptics believe George W. Bush directed the military to allow bin Laden to escape in order to prolong the war.A number of videos and audio recordings attributed to Osama bin Laden were later released. However, the authenticity of these recordings are widely disputed; many people believe they were created by the CIA or some other U.S. government operative.DeathThe first obvious clue that the story about Osama bin Laden’s assassination was another fairy tale was the report that the U.S. Navy dumped his body at sea. Why would the U.S. military invade Afghanistan and spend countless billions of dollars in a hunt for Osama bin Laden, only to dump his body in the ocean? Surely, they knew people would doubt their claim that U.S. Navy SEALs had bagged Osama, which is precisely why they would have been expected to bring back his remains as evidence.Ironically, a helicopter carrying the very SEALs who allegedly killed bin Laden was shot down by Afghan freedom fighters about three months later. Angry relatives later sued the U.S. government, claiming it had virtually painted a bullseye on the helicopter (see Unanswered Questions Plague Seal Team 6 Losses). This series of strange events prompted many conspiracy theorists to speculate that the U.S. government wanted the helicopter shot down so that the SEALs on board could never reveal the truth — that they did not kill Osama bin Laden.Many people believe that Osama bin Laden died of kidney failure sometime between 2001 and 2011.What is the Truth?The claim that Osama bin Laden declared a holy war against the United States, which he accused of looting natural resources from Muslim countries, occupying the Arabian Peninsula (including the holy sites of Islam) and supporting U.S. puppet governments in the Middle East is believable. After all, the U.S. has a long history of exploiting other nations, and it does have puppet governments and military bases scattered throughout the Middle East. Some sources suspect bin Laden’s goal was to draw the U.S. into a war in the Muslim world that would overthrow moderate Muslim governments and reestablish the Caliphate (i.e., a single Islamic state).Of course, it’s now clear that the U.S. was bent on waging war throughout the Middle East and Africa with or without Osama bin Laden.Freedom Fighters | Martyrs | Muslims Related Resources, Notes, Links, etc. See the Geopeda version of this article.