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Do you WANT him to find Bin Laden's body?

One Man's Quest to Find Bin Laden's Watery Grave

John Hudson John Hudson - Mon Jun 13, 2:14 pm ET

Next month, a 67-year-old salvage diver from Fallbrook, California will journey to the North Arabian Sea to comb the depths of the ocean in search of the body of Osama bin Laden. It's a very expensive obsession this man has, and it made him very popular in the national and local media this weekend. Here's what we know about Bill Warren, the Osama hunter who refuses to give up.

 Who is this guy?  He's a self-proclaimed "expert underwater treasure hunter." According to the New York Post, he has found "more than 200 wrecks" and is "confident he can find bin Laden's body." He told CNN that "there's no treasure that's ever eluded him, and doesn't expect bin Laden's corpse to be the first." He insisted, "There's never been a shipwreck I didn't find."

 
Why's he doing it?  The man is skeptical of the White House, especially after it refused to publish photos of bin Laden's corpse. "I am mainly doing it to prove a point to see if he is really dead," he told San Diego affiliate Channel 6. "We do this because we are patriotic Americans and feel that President Obama failed to provide the proof," he told TMZ. The New York Post got the best quote from him. "The Obama administration should have released the photo, like we did with Billy the Kid, or [John] Dillinger, or even Saddam Hussein," he said. "I have a Russian girlfriend, and she tells me that over there, in intelligence circles, they don't believe bin Laden's really dead."


How's he going to do it?  Apparently, Warren has some considerable resources. He told ABC News he's going to rent a remote-operated submarine paid for by funding from his "associates." He estimates the trip will cost about $1 million. Channel 6 says he has investors lined up from Chicago, Scotland and New York. He boasted a little more to the local affiliate:

  Warren claims he has a good idea where bin Laden's body is located, and said his 180-foot boat is waiting in Western India with high-tech equipment that can point out just about anything in water.

 

"It's what they found the Titanic with, it's sidescan sonar, and it's very high tech," Warren said.

 

Is he worried the body may be decomposed beyond recognition? Nope. "The fish can't get at it. It's in a sealed Navy burial bag, zipped up," he said. "White canvass rubber lined inside, 200-pounds of weights." New York Post has more  details on his budget expectations. "He expects to spend about $400,000 on a two-week jaunt next month. He plans to rent a ship in India for $10,000 a day, and spend another $1,000 a day for a remote-operated submarine."

 

Related: What the Navy SEAL Helmet Cams Saw During the Bin Laden Raid

What's he going to do with the body?  "We would photograph, videotape, and do a DNA test, and then try to figure out what we are going to do with his body after that," he told Channel 6. And if he's really hurting for cash after the expedition, he's got a back up plan. "He says after he finds Bin Laden it is possible he'll sell his corpse to the highest bidder," reports Channel 6. "I'm very serious about it" Below is his interview with ABC News:

 

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:27 PM on Jun. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (14)
  • This guy is a publicity hog. I saw the story in the North County Times this morning too; he's done reality shows and says he wants to prove the death to his Russian girlfriends (plural). Yes, he's been on TV regarding his search for a mail-order bride.

    He has said that he would like the FBI reward... but didn't know it's been rescinded.

    I liked the comment from one NC Times reader: The orange dye has soaked into his brain.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:29 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • i dont think his body was dropped in ocean at all , i think the govt. has it
    letstalk747

    Answer by letstalk747 at 1:30 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • Its just SICK...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:30 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • He says after he finds Bin Laden it is possible he'll sell his corpse to the highest bidder," reports Channel 6. "I'm very serious about it"


     


    jaw drop

    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 1:30 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • To each their own....
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:34 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • I don't care if he does or not. He is a private citizen and can do what he desires as long as it's within the law.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:36 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • Not really.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 1:52 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • I don't think he will find it because I do not think its there.

    amazinggrace83

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 2:17 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • Essentially amounts to grave robbing. There's a reason the body had to be handled immediately. If he were to find it and bring it up, he's going to piss off more than just a few extremists. It's no different than if he went to a Catholic or Jewish cemetery and dug up someone's grave to see what's inside. Don't think there's any religion that views desecration of the dead lightly, even if it is someone they don't like. Even Dahmer was baptized in prison.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:34 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

  • no
    nichamli

    Answer by nichamli at 3:18 PM on Jun. 14, 2011

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