In George Orwell’s masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Emmanuel Goldstein is the nemesis of Big Brother even though he is never seen or heard. Invented by the inner party, he provides the false opposition needed to justify their actions.

Bin Laden plays a similar role in the fiction of 9/11.

Who is Osama Bin Laden and is he even alive?

Osama Bin Ladin, also known as Tim Osman – was a long standing asset of the CIA and was recruited by them in the 1980’s to help drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. A Saudi by birth, Bin Laden created a ragtag group of dissidents called Al Qaeda. Bin Laden was later charged in connection with the 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

After 9/11, the Bush administration blamed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda for the attack. That link provided the justification for bombing Afghanistan. However the FBI never listed 9/11 as Bin Laden’s work and when questioned about it, Rex Tomb, the FBI’s Chief of Investigative Publicity, is reported to have said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.” Sibel Edmonds, who worked as a translator for the FBI, has also stated in her deposition that the US government had a close working relationship with Bin Laden right up until 9/11.

There is also the question of whether or not Bin Laden is still alive. In 2001 he was suffering from renal failure. Various reports out of Pakistan stated that he died in December 2001. Click here to read a newspaper article on the subject. Or click here for a more recent article.

In 2007, Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto also stated that Osama bin Laden was dead. Shortly afterwards she was assassinated.

Irregardless, Bin Laden lives on in videos that appear whenever the American public is not sufficiently terrified. Like Emmanuel Goldstein, he has become a part of a continuing nightmare.

“…of course….In the end, Goldstein implies that “the war” might not exist; the Oceanian populace know the external world solely via the Party’s propaganda, and that the rocket bombings, ostensibly by “the enemy”, might be self-inflicted (as Julia suggests), therefore, “the war” is a lie. Moreover, it might possibly be that Eurasia and Eastasia are fabrications, and that Oceania is the sole world power. In such ambiguity is the meaning of perpetual war: internal subjugation disguised as defence against foreign subjugation, the theory and practice of oligarchical collectivism…”

– 1984, George Orwell