Yet another Osama thread I know . I'm thinking about the pros and cons of capturing him alive .I believe the US forces had the capability of capturing him alive if it was made a high priority Pros : 1) Can torture/waterboard whatever to get valuable info about the remaining al-queda / taliban organization , hideouts (Normally I am against torture). What his previous hideouts were , people who gave him material aid from his escape of those afghan caves to his final hideout . 2) Less conspiracy theories about his death . 3) Trial under the law leading to his eventual death sentence . Cons 1) More publicity/visibility for him throughout his trial 2) Might cause alqueda /sympathizers to take people hostage to demand his release even if it wont be accepted 3) Might make him more of a martyr in people's minds being sentenced to death by an US court than just dying to a hail of bullets . I think the main pro of getting information from him , might or might not work . Has the potential to get wrong info as well. Torturing such a high profile detainee might also trigger a severe backlash . And of course there is the possibility that he might make the whole trial into a circus giving publicity to his deranged views , thus inspiring even more people to follow his footsteps . What do you think?