EXPERT: BIN LADEN’S DNA RESULTS ARE INCONSISTENT
ED: Note to ANYONE who entertains the idea that events leading up to the burial at sea of bin Laden’s body are based on true facts, you need help! Any writer or media source that backs up these illusionary claims is worthy of moral scrutiny and should be branded as hasbara.
“It could be because someone made a mistake in the beginning, or someone’s not telling stuff or the media misinterpreted, but it’s all speculation at this point,” Budowle said.
The DNA test results that were reported also were inconsistent values, he said.
“If you have a sample from the individual from years before and it is a direct comparison, you can have a very, very high probability, like 99.9 percent. However, if you are comparing indirectly and do not have a sample from the individual but comparing to a relative, you’re only getting partial information, so the power is reduced unless you have a lot of relatives,” Budowle said.
The more family members one has to compare to an individual’s DNA, the better the result for identification.
Bin Laden’s DNA test results also depend on what family member was used.Budowle said he did not know what officials used to compare DNA results for bin Laden, but speculated that they used the standard routine genetic markers first, which are used in most crime labs.
“My guess is that you would be unlikely see his [DNA] because it didn’t look like he was active himself.
He seemed to use others to do the work, so the chances of his DNA leading us to other cases may be remote,” Budowle said.