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Opinion: $25-million bounty on Bin Laden is still being advertised by the FBI

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A $25-million bounty was on the head of Osama bin Laden when he was gunned down by Navy SEALs late Sunday night. But did the reward disappear when the ghost left the terrorist’s body?

According to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist Web page, the bounty still stands.

‘The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Osama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association,’ says the website, next to a picture of Bin Laden with the word ‘deceased’ beneath his infamous face.

Scott Cleere, whose father died in the Sept. 11 attacks, told the Telegraph U.K. he thinks the soldiers who killed the Al Qaeda leader should receive the millions.

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‘I’d like to see if these six Marines will get the bounty reward for him. And I would hope that they do, because they do deserve it,’ Cleere said.

Harry Edwards, a State Department spokesman, told CNN that for safety reasons the agency ‘does not generally discuss nominations for awards.’ Also, if money were granted, it might not be the entire $25 million because that princely sum is merely the ‘maximum amount.’

‘If it were paid,’ Edwards said, ‘it could be less.’

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