In the headline of an article published on its web site today, MSNBC asks the question, Did Morgan Spurlock find Osama bin Laden? According to the article, the film maker who gained fame for his 2004 film, Super Size Me, is making just such a claim.
Furthermore, MSNBC reports, Morgan Spurlock has sold the rights to a film which documents his trek into Southwest Asia which resulted in him locating the alleged mastermind of the Islamic terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda.
That, my friends, is quite a claim, especially when one considers the fact that members of the United States defense and intelligence communities have, for some six years, devoted vast human and technological resources toward reaching the same goal.
When one considers how Spurlock likely accomplished his feat and who might benefit from it, the claim becomes more believable and prompts me to ask and answer several questions:
- How might Spurlock have accomplished this feat? Only with help from allies of bin Laden.
- Why would allies of bin Laden help a Western film maker locate the most-wanted man in the world — the focus of a worldwide manhunt since Sept. 11, 2001? Because such a discovery, when announced to the world, accomplishes two things for bin Laden: First, it makes Western intelligence and military experts look bad when a non-military, non-government film maker accomplishes what military and intelligence experts supposedly could not; and, second, it strengthens bin Laden’s standing among those adherents to his brand of radical Islam.
As a means of minimizing the negative impact of Spurlock’s effort, I recommend Americans everywhere take shot at making the claim, I FOUND OSAMA BIN LADEN. When they do so, with items like the shirt above, the news value of all such claims will diminish and, in turn, bin Laden will reap fewer benefits from efforts such as those by Spurlock.