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Why Grand Rapids Resident Tom Lee Says FBI Owes Him $25 Million for Osama bin Laden's Capture
Michigan Live ^ | November 03, 2013

Posted on 11/03/2013 4:23:58 PM PST by nickcarraway

In 2003, eight years before Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says he told federal investigators exactly where to find the world’s most wanted terrorist.

That should qualify Lee for the $25 million award being offered for the successful capture of bin Laden, according to a letter his lawyers have sent to Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James B. Comey.

“It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years,” Lee said in an email interview with The Grand Rapids Press/MLive.com on Friday, Nov. 1.

Lee, an international gem merchant who frequently traveled in the Middle East, said he learned of bin Laden’s whereabouts from a Pakistani intelligence agent who told him bin Laden was in Peshawar, a city in Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

“The man further described how he had been dispatched on a mission by the ISI to relocate Bin Laden and his family from Peshawar to a small compound in Bilal, Abbottavbad,” according to the letter sent by Lee’s Chicago lawyer, Michael Kanovitz.

“This is the precise location where Bin Laden was eventually located and killed in 2011,” the letter said.

“I have no idea why they let him live for eight years,” Lee said. “At the time I told them where he was in Pakistan, they were still feverishly hunting for him in Afghanistan, which he left two years before.”

Lee, who claims to have provided the U.S. government with intelligence information on previous occasions, said the lack of action surprised him.

“For 20 years I was used to the government acting immediately on my intelligence,” he said.

In an Aug. 6, 2013, letter to Comey, Kanovitz said Lee has personally attempted to collect the $25 million award by contacting the Grand Rapids FBI field office.

“Unfortunately, all of Mr. Lee’s communications to that office have gone unanswered to date, as has his electronic submissions to the FBI via its website.”

Lee, a native of Grand Rapids West Side, has a long history of being involved in unorthodox adventures, including his 1997 purchase of a royal title as “Lord of the Manor” in Stanbury, England.

In the mid-1990s, Lee founded Gem River Corp. after discovering sapphire deposits in a remote region of Montana. The need to polish the raw sapphires led him to the Far East and Middle East to seek out gem polishers.

For a time in the late 1990s, Lee operated a heat treating facility in Kentwood that enhanced the color of the raw sapphires extracted from his mine.

Lee said he is halfway through his new book, the working title of which is, “We Only Catch The Dumb Ones, The True Story of an Unlikely Spy.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Michigan; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; binladen; binlandenlocation; fbi; grandrapids; michigan; obl; pakistan; peshawar; tomlee; waronterror

1 posted on 11/03/2013 4:23:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry Tom. I think Barry Soetoro already claimed the $25 million dollar prize.


2 posted on 11/03/2013 4:26:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (All your health decisions should be between a provider bean counter and the IRS - Obama)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"Unfortunately, all of Mr. Lee’s communications to that office have gone unanswered to date, as has his electronic submissions to the FBI via its website.”
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Wondering? what if he electronically submitted everyones address in Pakistan?
3 posted on 11/03/2013 4:30:05 PM PST by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Lord of the Manor”

My handle is ‘He-Man, Master of the Universe’. Or just He-man, or he or man.


4 posted on 11/03/2013 4:31:29 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway

Has anyone ever actually seen proof that he is dead?

I know I haven’t.


5 posted on 11/03/2013 4:32:05 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: tumblindice

How about the fact that the whole story was fabricated?


6 posted on 11/03/2013 4:32:42 PM PST by cumbo78
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t count on getting that 25 million from Obama, but your claim of notifying the US government in 2003 of OBL’s whereabouts is suspect.


7 posted on 11/03/2013 4:33:13 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: chris37

I haven’t seen any proof that he was still alive at that time.


8 posted on 11/03/2013 4:33:38 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

We don’t know if that coonskin really was nailed to the wall.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 4:35:59 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: cumbo78

He traveled to the other side of the world looking for people to polish his gems.
Why not just buy a sack of polishing compound and a tumbler?
He-Man


10 posted on 11/03/2013 4:37:47 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway

Nor me.

But what I have seen is that my government lies about every single thing, 100% of the time, all day, every day.

Do I believe he’s dead?

Not for a second.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 4:39:29 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: nickcarraway

Might now become target on the back.


12 posted on 11/03/2013 4:41:40 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mr. Lee has an IRS audit in his future.


13 posted on 11/03/2013 4:45:10 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: nickcarraway
Stone. The. Crows.

Barry 0'Cades people promised a million-dollar reward for something, and refuses to acknowledge or pay off.

The same campaigner who promised you can keep your doctor and health care plan.

From the same party whose leader fervently believes you have to pass a law before you can find out what's in it.

Or to re-clarify from the words of another member: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Whose previous leader once famously intoned: "I did not have ... relations with that woman, not a single time." and "It depends on what the definition of 'Is' is."

Oooh. Me little heart bleeds for him, it does. Cue the tiny violins, please.

14 posted on 11/03/2013 4:50:14 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks nickcarraway.
Lee, a native of Grand Rapids West Side, has a long history of being involved in unorthodox adventures, including his 1997 purchase of a royal title as “Lord of the Manor” in Stanbury, England.

15 posted on 11/03/2013 5:21:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Obama don't share no glory with nobody.

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16 posted on 11/03/2013 5:25:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: matt1234

Or a bus


17 posted on 11/03/2013 5:38:33 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway
...eight years before Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs...

WAS he really killed? This regime has lied about so much, I don't think Bin Laden is dead!

18 posted on 11/03/2013 5:55:11 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: nickcarraway

Offer a good settlement. A picture of Bin Laden’s body with 2 SEALS giving a thumbs up to the camera.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 5:58:21 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: cumbo78

Whoever wrote the script for “Bin Laden Raid: The Movie” probably used this guy’s letter to choose a location for the big scene.


20 posted on 11/03/2013 6:21:09 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: nickcarraway

I knew a lady in Houston who found some documents showing her ancestor loaned some money to the revolutionary government in 1778. It was supposed to have been paid back with interest which now would be in the millions. It was never paid. She sued and every court ruled in her favor. It got to the SC and that court simply said “no”.


21 posted on 11/03/2013 9:16:07 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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