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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden, the long-time figurehead of the al Qaeda terrorist network, has been buried at sea after being killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, U.S. authorities report.

Huh? His body wasn't brought to the United States for autopsy and detailed computer forensic investigation? We have to take the word of the authorities that there was a DNA match.

Notice that, by not bringing the body to the United States -- and getting rid of it at sea so that it can't be exhumed -- it becomes impossible to match his bio-signatures against purported videos of him, particularly the one in which he claimed responsibility for the attacks of 9/11 after initially denying involvement.

U.S. officials told CBS News that bin Laden's body would be handled in accordance with Muslim traditions, which include strict rules on burial taking place within 24 hours after death.

Sources confirmed to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that his body was released into the sea from a U.S. Navy vessel on Monday, likely into the Indian Ocean.

Bin Laden was a Saudi national, but officials tell CBS News that the Kingdom was unwilling to have his remains repatriated.

He was killed in a U.S. raid launched early Monday in the relatively-well-heeled town of Abbottabad, near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

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