Who gets the Osama Bin Laden $25 Million Bounty?

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Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, who will get the reward of up to $25 million offered for the information leading to this terrorist?

Osama Bin Laden was number one on the FBI‘s “Most Wanted” list, and now the word “deceased” appears under his picture. Bin Laden’s capture, either dead or alive, came with a reward up to $25 million, according to the State Department "Rewards for Justice Program." Who will collect that award today?

Bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history and he alluded capture for 10 years. The CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies have worked in the past decade to locate Bin Laden, who was found hiding in plain sight among relatives in Islamabad, Pakistan.

An important asset for fighting the war against terrorism has been the reward money set up by the State Department. The "Rewards for Justice Program," which is run by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was created in 1984.

Since it’s creation the “Rewards for Justice Program,” has paid out more than $100 million to over 60 people, according to CNN. The program provides this reward money to people who provide “actionable information” that has prevented acts of international terrorism or has put terrorists behind bars, as it states on its website.

Harry Edwards, a spokesman for the State Department, tells CNN that the department does not generally discuss nominations for the awards. The reward offered for Osama Bin Laden was up to $25 million dollars, if it were paid, it could be less, Edward conveys. In the case of Osama Bin Laden it is possible that no money will be awarded, Edwards said. It was unidentified detainees that provided the key piece of information that led the investigators to Bin Laden’s location according to what President Obama’s administration officials.

Rewards have been granted for the capture of other terrorists. A reward was paid out for the information that led to the capture international terrorist Ramzi Yousef. He was convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The largest reward paid out to date was the $30 million awarded for the information provided on Uday and Qusay Hussein, Saddam Hussein’s sons. This was paid to one person. Both these brothers were killed during a firefight wit U.S. forces.

Rewards that the government is currently offering includes one for information on Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al Quaeda’s second-in-command and the apparent heir to Bin Laden. This reward is for up to $25 million for this man. 30 other terrorists have rewards on their heads, with the average monetary value of $5 million for each.

The maximum reward for any one target is $50 million, which was what the cap was raised to in 2008, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not authorized that amount, according to Edwards.

The State Department does not usually disclose details about the recipients of the awards for safety reasons, but there have been some high profile cases that have been awarded in the public eye. In the Philippines a total of $10 million was awarded on four different occasions to recipients of the reward program.

Reference: CNN, The State Department Rewards for Justice Program


My guess is nobody... We (U.S.) did this by ourselves in spite of the fact that most of the free world is against US... All they want is our money.... and to come to their rescue when they are in trouble (of course).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dear Journalist, I know that in the spur of the moment you forgot to use correct English when you said "he alluded capture for 10 years". Well, "alluded" means to make reference to a (previous) comment or subject, whereas, "eluded", to avoid adroitly, is what you most likely wanted to say. Thanks.

Submitted by Paul David (not verified) on
Thr U.S. government anti-terrorist division received information about the hiding place of Bin Laden in late 2007 early 2008 , in the American Embassy in China. A Pakistani approached me in another city and asked for help in talking to someone in the Embassy abiout the whereabiouts of Bin Laden , He told me that Bin Laden was hiding under rthe palace of the President at that time and that there are many tunnels to provide entrance and exit, also that the president knew he was there and providing safekeeping. Obviously this information was correct but the government did not proceed on it ,probably due to not wanting to embarass the Pakistani government. These people are unstable and money will sway there direction and loyalty. After I turned over this individual to the government he disappeared.

Submitted by Paul David (not verified) on
If you checked the files in the Embassy of U.S. in Guatemala you will probably access his name F.O.I.A ,,many years ago before 911 he and Usay and Ouday Hussein (before they were killed) and the fool that is the president of Iran, Mamud were running amuck in Guatemala,there are over 5000 Palestinians there and they blended in with there , of course there, the Police didn't care about them, only the money they received from being" blind". But then again there may have been some hiding going on from others. I believe that the time has come for America to quit worrying about what people will think and leave these people to eliminate each other. They will continue to do it whether or not we are there. I believe that we should as was once said "Walk softly and carry a big stick" not "Walk softly and carry a big handkerchief".

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
how about the family's of the victims not only at the towers but all the victims. Tired of the goverment getting everything and others suffer. Glad the Bastard is dead. As for the protesters kiss my american loving ass.

Submitted by aphraem (not verified) on
I found Osama Bin Laden .Idesrved $25 Million Bounty.I found Osama Bin Laden. I deserve my award. I need to talk with you as soon as possible. God bless you Thank you very much Aphraim F. Aselassie My .address w140-142 Montgomery Ave, Bet.W 176th St Bronx New York 10453 All my searching and information Was sent to Washington D.C In addition all my Information was given to the U.S, Marine in Chamber Street on 2007-2008, 2010. I did extraordinary intelligent heroism, and bravery job. The last that I discovered was Taliban’s training Monkeys as the terror fighters Army. This was on 2010.

Submitted by aphraem (not verified) on
I found Osama Bin Laden .Idesrved $25 Million Bounty.I found Osama Bin Laden. I deserve my award. I need to talk with you as soon as possible. God bless you Thank you very much Aphraim F. Aselassie

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