There has always been a plan to capture Osama Bin Laden & bring him to trial for crimes here, 93 & 2001 attacks, in America. This plan was widely accepted and believed by most Americans.
Now I'm going to interject some reality. Osama Bin Laden could NOT be taken alive! Here's why. If he was alive & brought back to America for trial the problems would begin.
First; he would be a symbol terrorist could rally behind here & abroad. This would lead to escalation of terrorist attacks on Americans all around the world in higher incidents than exist today.
Second; being put on trial would have brought all kinds of issues with countries that Osama Bin Laden was accepted & shared his distaste of the USA. the political scene would explode with insinuations that Osama Bin Laden should be freed, he's not a terrorist but a freedom fighter, & not held for trial. More cause for terror attacks!
Third; if tried, convicted, then executed America would be the face of even more evil to the Muslim world. Osama Bin Laden would then be a very powerful symbol to rally fighters to Al Qaeda. His burial plot would be a gathering site for followers like Mecca is to Muslims. Osama Bin Laden the Martyr symbol of American atrocities on Muslims. Doesn't matter that Osama Bin Laden is not Muslim. The terrorist world would still rally & launch more attacks.
Now this brings me to the solution to problems mentioned above. One to the cranium, bury the body at sea. This solves most of issues keeping Osama Bin Laden alive. But leaves also another question. What could Osama Bin Laden have told that would of embarrassed several administrations. His rise in Al Qaeda was helped by America during the occupation of Afghanistan by Russia. What secrets could he have revealed.
So, let's examine all of this together. Balancing all of these possibilities one solution only could be possible. Kill Osama Bin Laden, bury him at sea, then deal with the minor fallout it brings. Nothing else makes sense, not to me & not to others who look past the surface of Main Stream Media & Washington DC double talk.