Osama Bin Laden Nearly Foiled by Speeding Ticket

AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 8: Undated file picture of Saudi dissident Ossama Bin Ladin in an undisclosed place inside Afghanistan. Ossama Bin Ladin speaks while siting in front of a bannar inscribed basic Islamic tenet in Afghanistan. The billionaire Bin Ladin, member of a family of wealthy Saudi construction tycoon, is blamed for two bomb blasts in his home country in 1995-96 that killed 24 US servicemen. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
“Hello, officer, would you like an autograph?” Photo: AFP/Getty Images

According to an official Pakistani government investigation into how, exactly, Osama bin Laden was able to hide inside the country for nine years, the Al Qaeda mastermind was once nearly caught after his car was pulled over for speeding:


It’s not clear what “quickly settling the matter” entailed, but it was probably telling the cop, “Hey, sorry about that, but I’ve got bin Laden in the car,” and the cop saying, “Oh, okay, good luck!”