Geography professor claims to have found Osama bin Laden

The pursuit and whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks amongst others, is “the political question of our time,” insists UCLA geography professor Thomas Gillepsie. 

And he thinks using mathematical models for tracking endangered species may hold the key to finding him.

Their research published in MIT International Review also concluded he should also be in a large town with a similar culture to Afghanistan where he can remain largely anonymous.

The most likely candidate is in Parachinar, 12 miles inside Pakistan, which housed many mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Finally after looking at his need for electricity for dialysis, high walls, spare rooms for his entourage, and trees to hide from prying eyes, satellite pictures show just three suitable houses.

“We believe that our work involves the first scientific approach to establishing his current location” the research concludes.

“The methods are repeatable and can be updated with new information obtained from the US intelligence community.”

Kim Rossmo of Texas State University, who has worked with the military to find terrorists told USA Today: “The idea of identifying three buildings in a city of half a million especially one in a country the authors have likely never visited is somewhat overconfident.”

 And yet?  What’s the harm in at least trying an approach like this?  The full report is here in PDF format. [via Reddit]

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