Do the security services protect the 'terrorists'?
In 1995, Michael Scheuer became head of the CIA unit tracking Osama bin laden.
In May 1999, former CIA agent Michael Scheuer knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was living in Kandahar city, in Afghanistan.
But President Bill Clinton refused to act.
Scheur was removed from his job of tracking bin Laden.
Scheuer resigned completely from the CIA in 2004, unwilling to remain silent after the whitewash report on 9/11
Clinton had ten chances to kill or capture bin Laden between May 1998 and May 1999. George Bush had several chances.
It was recently claimed that Osama had been living in luxury in Pakistan.
Was that simply the American narrative to discredit him?
"I think it was," says Scheuer.
(Osama Bin Laden by Michael Scheuer. Article in Scotland on Sunday on June 5th 2011)
The CIA's Bin Laden Hunter Was Ordered to Stand Down 10 Times according to an article in The New American 6 June 2011
Michael Scheuer told the Daily Telegraph in a recent interview that on 10 separate occasions he was prevented by his superiors from capturing or killing Osama.
In 1995, Osama was running several businesses in Sudan.
Scheuer suggested disrupting these businesses.
"We formulated operations and submitted them for approval but they would not approve any of them," Scheuer told the Daily Telegraph.
In 1997, when Osama was in Afghanistan, Scheuer trained some Afghans to capture him.
There were at least two 'clear opportunities' to capture Osama by the middle of 1998, according to Scheuer.
But in both cases, says Scheuer, the CIA bosses refused to take action.
In August 1998, Osama's network allegedly bombed two American embassies in Africa.
Scheuer told the Telegraph that there were at least eight other chances to get Osama.
But top CIA officials still refused to authorize Osama's capture or assassination.
In 1999, sent a letter to the top CIA officials asking what was going on.
Scheuer was dismissed from his position.
He was reinstated after the 9 11 attacks.
A few months later, Osama was reportedly in the mountains of Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan.
But, high-level officials let him escape.
A Senate investigation in 2009 explained that "calls for reinforcements to launch an assault were rejected. Requests were also turned down for U.S. troops to block the mountain paths leading to sanctuary a few miles away in Pakistan...
"The vast array of American military power … was kept on the sidelines."
According to the report, the decision not to capture or assassinate Osama, or cut off his escape route, was made by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his top commander, Gen. Tommy Franks.
"The review of existing literature, unclassified government records and interviews with central participants underlying this report removes any lingering doubts and makes it clear that Osama bin Laden was within our grasp at Tora Bora," says the Senate report.
Other examples of bin Laden being deliberately allowed to escape by senior officials in the United States and other governments have appeared in recent years.
Currently, Obama is backing rebels in Libya and certain rebel leadership elements are known to be affiliated directly with al-Qaeda and related groups.
1. On 27 February 2008, alleged terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre, in Singapore.
The detention centre has armed guards, high wire fences and CCTV cameras. Singapore is a country where "security breaches are virtually unheard of",
Kastari is the suspected Singapore leader of the Southeast Asian 'terrorist network' Jemaah Islamiyah.
Jemaah Islamiyah has been blamed for bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, on Indonesia's Bali island in 2002. (Singapore detention center officials sacked over terror leader's ... / A PERFECT HIDING PLACE)
Singapore authorities have alleged that Kastari planned to crash seven bomb-filled trucks at various locations around Singapore.
In January 2006, Kastari was arrested by Indonesian anti-terror squads in Java and deported to Singapore.
He was suspected of plotting to bomb Singapore Changi Airport in 2002, and, according to the Singapore Police Force, he had initially planned to do so by crashing a plane into the airport.
However, Kastari has never been formally charged with any terrorism-related offences; instead, he was detained under the country's Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without trial.
3. Jamal al-Badawi was convicted in 2004 of planning and carrying out the USS Cole bombing.