Hunter S. Thompson Predicted Invasion Of Iraq And Early Death Of Bin Laden

John Vibes
June 11, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) On Thursday, August 29th 2002, famous journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson did an interview with Mick O’Regan from Radio National’s Media Report, an Australian Radio show. In the interview, Thompson predicted the invasion of Iraq and discussed how Osama Bin Laden may have already been dead, suggesting the idea that Bin Laden was kept alive by the media to justify military action in the Middle East. He had actually made this point about Bin Laden the day after the 9/11 attacks.

Writing in a column for ESPN on September 12, 2001, Thompson said that “The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for peace in our time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are at war now — with somebody — and we will stay at war with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives. It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive “figurehead” — or even dead, for all we know — but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye. Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.”

His column ended with the following prophetic message: We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them. This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now.”

Referring back to the 2002 interview with Australian host Mick O’Regan, Thompson got deeper into media deception and so-called “conspiracy theories,” saying that “the public version of events that is reported on the news is never what actually happened, and these people are willing to take that even further, so I don’t assume that I know the truth about what went on that day, he said.

He then listed a number of other reasons that the government would have had the motivations or means to either allow the 9/11 attacks to happen or cause them to happen. When Thompson made these bold statements, O’Regan quickly questioned him about his “conspiratorial” mindset. Hunter responded by saying that we still have more questions than answers about 9/11—and that was just a year after the fact, before serious independent investigation revealed that the official story was even more flimsy than Thompson could have ever imagined.

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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at

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