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Title: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 12:48:18 am
Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 12:49:32 am
Osama Bin Laden is dead, President Obama announced Sunday night, in a televised address to the nation. His death was the result of a U.S. operation launched today in Abbottabad, Pakistan, against a compound where bin Laden was believed to be hiding, according to U.S. intelligence. After a firefight, a small team of American forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body, the president said.

The announcement that Obama would speak came at 9:45 p.m., less than an hour before he was initially scheduled to go on the air. The unusual hour, and the fact that the White House gave no details about the topic, set off a flurry of speculation.

Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding in a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

DEVELOPING...


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 12:51:01 am
Today 0:47 AM Amazing Image Of Firefighters In Times Square

Grist's David Roberts has tweeted this image from The New York Times:

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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:06:08 am
Osama Bin Laden Dead: Obama Speech Video And Transcript (VIDEO)


First Posted: 05/ 2/11 12:40 AM ET Updated: 05/ 2/11 01:07 AM ET

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama announced in a live address to the nation that Osama bin Laden is dead. Video and the transcript of his remarks are below.

WATCH (via MSNBC):

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42852983#42852983

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.


Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:08:35 am
Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama Speech at White House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqAMkDstPiU


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:12:19 am
05/01/2011 10:46 PM Rep. Peter King Commends Obama
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the killing of Osama bin Laden: “I commend President Obama on the announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Today, the American people have seen justice. The leader of the United States’ top enemy has gotten what he deserves for orchestrating the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. “In 2001, President Bush said ‘we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.’ President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words. President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against al-Qaeda.

“This great success would not have been possible without the tireless work of countless brave men and women who have served around the world in this War on Terror.”


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:12:56 am
05/01/2011 10:49 PM President Bill Clinton: 'A Profoundly Important Moment'

"This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaida's other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children.

I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks."


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:13:26 am
05/01/2011 10:59 PM George W. Bush: 'No Matter How Long It Takes, Justice Will Be Done'

President George W. Bush said:

    Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:14:01 am
05/01/2011 11:06 PM Gov. Romney: 'A Great Victory For Lovers Of Freedom And Justice Everywhere'

Today, the Romney for President Exploratory Committee released the following statement from Gov. Romney on the killing of Osama bin Laden:

“This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden's many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist.”


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:15:06 am
05/01/2011 11:14 PM Cheering, Honking Of Horns Heard In New York
PeterThorneNews    @ PeterThorneNews : I'm in nyc at ground zero - cheering honking of horns strangers hugging singing god bless america


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:17:47 am
05/01/2011 11:22 PM PHOTO: Crowds Chant Near 1 World Trade Center

HuffPost's Rob Fishman reports that crowds have collected on Church street beside 1 World Trade Center, chanting "USA USA."
Photo Courtesy of Rob Fishman
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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:18:18 am
05/01/2011 11:31 PM U.S. Navy Seals Were Reportedly Involved

CNN reports that U.S. Navy Seals were involved in mission that killed Osama bin Laden, a senior defense official said.
05/01/2011 11:29 PM U.S. Official Believes Osama Bin Laden's Adult Son Killed During Raid
REUTERSFLASH    @ REUTERSFLASH : U.S. official says believes Osama bin Laden's adult son, two other adults killed during raid on his compound


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:18:56 am
05/01/2011 11:33 PM U.S. State Department Warns Of Violence
REUTERSFLASH    @ REUTERSFLASH : U.S. State Department warns of greater risk of anti-American violence following Osama bin Laden death


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:19:44 am
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05/01/2011 11:37 PM PHOTO: Celebration In New York

HuffPost's Rob Fishman has provided the following image from Ground Zero:


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:20:12 am
05/01/2011 11:41 PM Impromptu Songs And Cheers At Ground Zero

HuffPost's Rob Fishman reports from Ground Zero:

A few-hundred-strong crowd has gathered along Church Street across the way from the lighted skeleton of 1 World Trade Center.

Most of them holding iPhones and cameras, and mostly young, they're breaking out impromptu into songs and cheers — "We Are the Champions," The Star Spangled Banner, USA, USA! Moments of intensity are punctuated by silence until the next chant starts afresh.

One man in the crowd, Jack Krupey, has lived in New York for three years. He was away in college on 9/11 but grew up nearby.

"Shock and excitement," he said. "We just wanted to come down and see what was going on and celebrate with everyone."

"It's weird to live so close to a piece of history like this."

His friend, Christine Banker, had just come to visit from Rochester — only for the night.

"Who could have picked it?" she said.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:23:28 am
05/01/2011 11:46 PM U.S. Reportedly Ensuring Osama Bin Laden's Body Is Handled Properly
AP    @ AP : BREAKING: US ensuring bin Laden's body is handled in accordance with Islamic tradition, official says.

05/01/2011 11:44 PM Twitter Erupts With Reactions

Beginning with Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Twitter erupted with reactions on word of Osama bin Laden's death Sunday night.

Urbahn said he was told by a reputable source that bin Laden had died. The news was confirmed shortly thereafter by numerous news outlets and later President Barack Obama himself.

View some of the most interesting Twitter reactions here.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:24:34 am
Today 0:04 AM 'Small U.S. Team' Reportedly Involved In Operation At The Compound

CNN's Live Blog reports:

    CNN's Chris Lawrence, citing U.S. officials, reports that the compound where bin Laden was found - in Abbotabad, Pakistan, about 100 kilometers outside Pakistan's capital of Islamabad - was three stories tall, and about eight times larger than any of the buildings around it.

    An official said a "small U.S. team" was involved in the operation at the compound - the official would not confirm any U.S. military involvement. An official said bin Laden resisted the assault - and was killed in the firefight.

    Three other men were killed in the firefight, and a woman being used as a human shield was also killed, the officials said. There were no U.S. casualties, the officials said. The U.S. team was at the compound for about 40 minutes, officials said.

    A U.S. helicopter crashed during the raid because of mechanical reasons, an official said. It was destroyed, the officials said.

05/01/2011 11:50 PM U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Remarks On Osama Bin Laden's Death
Reuters    @ Reuters : FLASH: British Prime Minister David Cameron says Osama bin Laden's death "will bring great relief" across the world


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:25:21 am
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Today 0:06 AM Brothers Celebrate Near Ground Zero: 'It Means Everything'

HuffPost's Rob Fishman reports:

Francesco and Mario Vivacqua, brothers from Queens, held aloft an American flag on Church St. near ground zero. They've lived in New York all their lives and saw smoke from outside their school windows in 2001.

"First we watched the president's speech and then we came down here," said Francesco. "Our pride brought us down here."

"It means everything," said Mario.

"Terrorism has overshadowed our world for so long." added Francesco. "To get one of its biggest leaders marks a new chapter. Showing that we actually have the power to get the guys proves that we can move forward now."


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:31:53 am
Today 0:23 AM PHOTO: The Night Is Captured On Cameras

HuffPost's Rob Fishman says, "The night is surely being commemorated: Nearly everyone is holding up a phone or camera."
Photo courtesy of Rob Fishman

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Today 0:17 AM Hitler's Death Reportedly Also Announced On May 1st

MSNBC reports that Hitler's death was also announced on May 1st.
Today 0:16 AM Eight Years Ago, Bush Delivered 'Mission Accomplished' Speech

Eight years ago, Bush gave his "Mission Accomplished" speech.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:32:43 am
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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:33:47 am
Today 0:25 AM U.S. Monitored Compound For Months

ABC News reports:

    The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there. He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan, Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with a seven-foot wall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone of television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-killed-navy-seals-firefight/story?id=13505792


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:34:22 am
Today 0:31 AM Osama Bin Laden Reportedly Shot In The Head

CNN: Osama bin Laden was shot in the head during a U.S. raid, a congressional source familiar with the operation says.
Today 0:28 AM Crowd Celebrates Outside White House

HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports from outside the White House:

The last spontaneous celebration outside the White House was on election night in November 2008. This crowd is about a third that size and smelling much less of alcohol. Some folks, though, are drinking beer on Pennsylvania Ave., where the crowd is spilling out into Lafayette Park.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:40:02 am
Today 0:37 AM New Yorkers Flock To Ground Zero

HuffPost's Rob Fishman reports from Ground Zero:

It took Greg Baumam and Caz Crane about 12 minutes to bike to ground zero from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They've lived in New York for two years, having moved from Delaware and Florida respectively.

"We just took him out, man!" said Crane. "He took out that building," Crane added, pointing across the way toward ground zero.

"They just started coming from all over the place," Crane said, signaling to the sprawling crowds that have enclosed the site of the former World Trade Center.

"We had to try like three different times to get in here," said Baumam.

"Just celebrating justice," said Crane, as they clapped their hands and joined the USA! chants.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:42:43 am
Howard Fineman

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A Post-Osama America: What Bin Laden's Death Means For Obama, Our Country
Obama Bin Laden Speech

First Posted: 05/ 2/11 01:36 AM ET Updated: 05/ 2/11 01:48 AM ET

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WASHINGTON-- Nearly a decade ago, President George W. Bush stood atop the rubble of the World Trade Center and became the sheriff with the bullhorn who vowed to kill or capture Osama bin Laden. But it was left to his successor, known more for faith in diplomacy than force, to Get Our Man.

"Justice has been done," a relieved and proud President Barack Obama said in the East Room late Sunday. Americans had shown their unity and determination by bringing bin Laden to justice with a bullet to the head in a suburb compound of Islamabad, he said.

We need to remember we are one country, the president said, with an unquenchable faith in each other and our future.

It would be nice to think that he is right.

It would be nice to think bin Laden's wanted-dead-or-alive end will be a profound tonic: for faith in our political system, in our presidents, in our military and intelligence operations; for our sense of security; for our sense of our moral, material and even psychological well-being; for our belief in our future and national unity as a people.

The crowd in Lafayette Park near the White House thought so, chanting "USA! USA!" Elsewhere in the country, people lit fireworks, New Yorkers gathered at Ground Zero and college students who were in grade school during the attacks cheered in quadrangles.

Every decent heart is with them and with the families who suffered in the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath.
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But this is a salving moment, not a saving one. The world and the country have simply changed too much since Al Qaeda's attack on that bright sunny September day nearly ten years ago.

We are still America, but we are a beleaguered America.

A decade ago, the U.S. Treasury was flush with money; we were in reasonably good spirits about our fate despite a divisive election decided by the Supreme Court.

Ten years later, we are $14 trillion worth of broke. We joke nervously about how the Chinese own us now, or soon will. We are still fighting two and a half wars in the Muslim arc from Libya to Afghanistan, wars we can't afford to fight yet can't quite decide to abandon. The gap between the richest and the rest of us has reached Dickensian proportions. Americans are distrustful to the point of disgust in their political and business leaders, in Congress, in the media. In the rest of the world we remain feared for our might but, for the most part, not well respected even as we try to repair our diplomatic standing.

We are not a garrison state, but security consciousness is a costly and corrosive part of our everyday life.

Still, the short-term sense of satisfaction is real, and restorative, said David Winston, a Republican polltaker not allied with any GOP 2012 candidate. "Killing or capturing Bin Laden has been a top objective for years, and for the president to be able to announce his death is a major accomplishment," he said. "It's a remarkably positive event in and of itself, but no one knows -- I certainly don't -- know where it will lead from here."

For Obama, the death of bin Laden is the best news he's gotten since the American auto companies started turning a profit again.

Two weeks ago, reporters who privately met with the president to talk about the economy -- ironically, in the War Room of the Old Executive Office Building -- were struck by how tired and testy he seemed. At the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, he told lots of jokes about his birth certificate. The audience laughed with him, but the mere fact that he spent time on the matter was not a sign of strength.

Far more important: The president's standing in the polls was at an ebb, his report card for handling the economy at its lowest position since his inauguration.

Mindful of all of that -- mindful of questions about his effectiveness, his leadership, his commitment -- Obama made the case in his brief address to the nation Sunday that it was HIS decision to refocus U.S. efforts and assets on bin Laden himself. HE had ordered that new renewed focus after his predecessor had dropped the ball in Tora Bora and the years after.

This was the president as effective commander-in-chief, out-sherriffing the man who had claimed the "one riot, one ranger" legacy of the Texas Rangers of the frontier days.

Some of the likely GOP contenders for 2012 were willing to praise not only the results, but the people who made it happen. "Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and our president," said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

White House aides will pocket the accolades, but soon enough, the battle over America's future will resume.

At the center of that battle: What to do about the war in Afghanistan, from which bin Laden launched his attack? In the latest polls, half of the American people disapprove of Obama's handling of that war. A majority of Americans want it ended.

Will the death of bin Laden hasten the time of our departure? Experts doubt we can stabilize the country in any permanent fashion. Richard Haass, a diplomat and Afghanistan expert, expressed deep doubts about the war there.

Led by college students for whom the attacks were the formative experience of their childhoods, people waving banners and American flags filled the streets of Washington and New York to celebrate the news of bin Laden's death. But do they think we need to remain in Afghanistan -- and, on a more limited basis -- in Iraq? Or Libya?

The death of bin Laden won't end that debate; it will intensify it.


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:45:26 am
Osama Bin Laden Killed By Navy Seals in Firefight

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This April 1998 file photo shows exiled al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A person familiar with developments on Sunday, May 1, 2011 says bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. AP Photo



By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , JAKE TAPPER (@jaketapper) , RICHARD ESPOSITO and NICK SCHIFRIN (@nickschifrin)
May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden was killed not by a drone strike, but up close during a firefight with U.S. troops. He was not living in a cave when he died, but in a million-dollar mansion with twelve-foot walls just 40 miles from the Pakistani capital, where U.S. forces killed him Sunday.

The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there. He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan, Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with walls more than 12 feet tall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone or television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone.

According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.
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This April 1998 file photo shows exiled al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A person familiar with developments on Sunday, May 1, 2011 says bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body.

Two Bin Laden couriers were killed, as was one of Osama Bin Laden's son, as was a woman reportedly used as a shield by one of the men. Other women and children were present in the compound, according to Pakistani officials, but were not harmed. U.S. officials said that Bin Laden himself did fire his weapon during the fight.

One of the U.S. helicopters was damaged but not destroyed during the operation, and U.S. forces elected to destroy it themselves with explosives.

The Americans took Bin Laden's body into custody after the firefight and confirmed his identity. According to a senior administration official, the U.S. is "ensuring it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. It's something we take seriously and therefore it's being handled in an appropriate manner."

According to Pakistani officials, the operation was a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation, but U.S. officials said only U.S. personnel were involved in the raid.


"The United States has conducted an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and a terrorist responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children," said President Obama Sunday night in an address to the nation. "A small team of Americans carried out with the operation with extraordinary courage. After a firefight, they killed Osama Bin Laden, and took custody of his body."

Abbottabad is a city of 90,000 in the Orash Valley, north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, and east of Peshawar. It is 40 miles by air from Islamabad.


http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-killed-navy-seals-firefight/story?id=13505792


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:46:25 am
Today 1:03 AM The Trail To Osama Bin Laden

MSNBC's Bill Dedman reports:

    It started with a courier's name.

    Senior White House officials said early Monday that the trail that led to Osama bin Laden began before 9/11, before the terror attacks that brought bin Laden to prominence. The trail warmed up last fall, when it discovered an elaborate compound in Pakistan.

    "From the time that we first recognized bin Laden as a threat, the U.S. gathered information on people in bin Laden's circle, including his personal couriers," a senior official in the Obama administration said in a background briefing from the White House.


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:47:35 am
Today 1:36 AM Senior Admin. Official Credits 'Years Of Careful And Highly Advanced Intelligence Work'

The White House Press Office reports that a Senior Administrative Official said at a press briefing:

    The operation itself was the culmination of years of careful and highly advanced intelligence work. Officers from the CIA, the NGA, the NSA all worked very hard as a team to analyze and pinpoint this compound. Together they applied their very unique expertise and capabilities to America’s most vexing intelligence problem, where to find bin Laden.

    When the case had been made that this was a critical target, we began to prepare this mission in conjunction with the U.S. military. In the end, it was the matchless skill and courage of these Americans that secured this triumph for our country and the world. I’m very proud of the entire team that worked on this operation, and am very thankful to the President for the courage that he displayed in making the decision to proceed with this operation.



Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:50:15 am
Kristen Breitweiser
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9/11 widow and activist

Justice for My Husband
Posted: 05/ 2/11 12:52 AM ET


The news of the death of Osama bin Laden gives me a sense of long-awaited, meaningful closure.

Ten years since the senseless, heartless murder of my husband and 3,000 innocent others, final justice has been meted out -- though not swift it is certainly sweet.

My 12-year-old daughter will wake tomorrow to a safer world, hopefully a more peaceful world. And that brings me a rare sense of relief.

And I am enormously grateful for the tireless effort and incredible courage and bravery of our counter-terrorism agents who for ten long years remained focused and undeterred in their mission to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 01:58:12 am
Meredith Bagby
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Author, Publisher, Annual Report USA

Obama: The Man Who Got the Job Done
Posted: 05/ 2/11 01:19 AM ET


Sunday, just before midnight, President Barack Obama told the American people that Osama Bin Laden was dead. Thanks to an American-led mission, Bid Laden had been cornered in a compound outside of Islamabad, and after some gunfire, was killed.

Over the next days, details will emerge of the actual event. But what we can say tonight is that President Obama will receive great political accolades for his efforts. He is already being positioned as the leader that focused on the right mission rather than the wrong war.

In his statement, President Obama laid out very clearly for the American people, that this event was a direct result of his, the President's, intentions. He used the phrases often and conspicuously such as "at my direction" and "I repeatedly made clear" and "I gave the order that..."

He explained that he had told CIA Director Leon Panetta that tracking down Bin Laden would be his top priority. After many years of intelligence gathering, the President said the CIA got a "lead." In August of 2010, the President was informed: "Bin Laden was in a compound deep within Pakistan." That compound was found last Friday at which point the President gave the order to action ending the life of the greatest villain of our time.

Congratulations flood in from political and cultural leaders alike. What looks like thousands of people are gathering outside the White House -- led by White House staffers -- to cheer, sing the national anthem, and wave the American flag. Some are climbing trees. Others flash cameras. More are on their way. Facebook news feeds are jammed with congratulations and comments. Twitter accounts are flashing. We are all huddled around our televisions and laptops.

Obama told us this evening: "This marks the most significant achievement in our war against terror." It also marks what could very well be a turning point in the Obama presidency. Beleaguered by a stalled economy, stinging partisan politics, and the most challenging public policy issues of our time, Obama's approval rating has languished.

But Sunday's success will give Obama new fuel. His staff is positioning him as the man who got the job done. He's the tough leader who gave the order to Leon Panetta. He's the apt negotiator who brought Pakistan in line to help. He's the hands-on manager who had five top security briefings over the past three months in order to plan for the actual ambush.

This success and the exuberance that Americans are feeling will thrust Obama into the election season with new energy. It will also smother any complaints from the Right about this President's commitment to national security. Democrats now want you to ask the question: Who can really get the job done on issues of national defense?

Former President George W. Bush released a statement of his congratulations saying that this was a "victory for peace" and a lesson for the world that "no matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

How long it took was nearly ten years. No doubt, the Republicans will say that President Bush laid the groundwork for the capture and death of Bin Laden. However, it will largely be perceived as an empty argument. Sunday's success is because Obama gave laser focus to the mission, rather engaging in a tangential war in Iraq. He invested in deep intelligence, rather than from-the-hip militarism.

For that, in the coming weeks and months he will be aptly rewarded.
 

Follow Meredith Bagby on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bagbyreports


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:00:20 am
Firas Al-Atraqchi
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Assoc. Professor of Practice in Journalism at American University in Cairo

If Only Bin Laden Had Been Killed 13 Years Ago
Posted: 05/ 2/11 01:01 AM ET


The killing of bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces is likely to be a cathartic moment for the world -- almost as if a war has come to an end -- but his termination comes much too late.

And the war is not truly over until the real mastermind of the al Qaeda operation -- Ayman al-Zawahiri -- is brought to justice.

Bin Laden -- a figurehead of the ugly face of extremism and an example of how any faith can be perverted to serve political (not religious) goals -- should have been taken out when the CIA became aware of his role in the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

He should have been taken out after the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen's coast.

He should have been taken out on September 12, or 13, or 14, 2001.

Instead, bin Laden evaded capture and lived on as a leader of a terrorist organization and embodiment of what the "War on Terror" was all about.

Bin Laden and his murderous hive of followers became the bogeymen that justified the invasion of Afghanistan. The Taliban was tossed out of Kabul and U.S. forces chased al Qaeda throughout the world, but bin Laden lived on and became the haunting example of what could happen unless the U.S. adopted the strategy of preemptive war.

Regrettably, U.S. foreign policy came to be branded by bin Laden.

And so, while bin Laden's recorded statements of defiance were broadcast on Al Jazeera, the Bush administration used his threats against the West to invade Iraq, a country which had nothing to do with 9/11 or with al Qaeda, intelligence has since shown.

I remember something the New York Times' Maureen Dowd said in the buildup to the Iraq War:

"The administration isn't targeting Iraq because of 9/11. It's exploiting 9/11 to target Iraq. This new fight isn't logical -- it's cultural. It is the latest chapter in the culture wars, the conservative dream of restoring America's sense of Manifest Destiny."

Al Qaeda caused the deaths of 3,000 innocent people in the U.S. But bin Laden was also the worst thing that has happened to Muslims and their history; Islam -- a faith that preceded al Qaeda by more than 1,400 years -- came to be defined by this terrorist group in much of post-9/11 Western discourse.

Al Qaeda never had a foothold in Iraq until after the U.S. invasion and occupation; its misbegotten preaching of murder was alien to Iraqi society. But since then, the terrorist group killed Iraqis -- almost as if it were implementing an apocalyptic agenda to wipe the country of its people.

It did not "resist" the U.S. occupation, instead choosing to drive a wedge between Iraqi Shia and Sunni.

Al Qaeda was not a liberating force; it did not speak for Muslims or defend their rights, but has wrought destruction and religious malaise in the Middle East.

As President Obama rightly said, bin Laden was a mass murderer of Muslims and his religion was not Islam.

Tonight, I remember the hundreds of thousands who died in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bali, Spain, the UK, the U.S. and anywhere al Qaeda practiced his rituals of fear.
 

Follow Firas Al-Atraqchi on Twitter: www.twitter.com/firas_atraqchi


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:04:41 am
Today 1:46 AM Facial Imaging Used To Identify Bin Laden's Body

CNN's Live Blog reports that according to U.S. officials, facial imaging was one of the methods used to identify Osama bin Laden's body.

    One official said it was clear to the assault force that the body matched bin Laden's description, but they used "facial recognition work, amongst other things, to confirm the identity."

    A senior national security official said that they had multiple confirmations that the body was bin Laden, saying they had the "ability to run images of the body and the face."

    The national security official would not confirm if DNA testing was performed.


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:05:53 am
Today 1:50 AM PHOTO: New Yorkers Hold Memorial Candles At Ground Zero

HuffPost's Jordan Zakarin provides this image from Ground Zero:

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Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:06:47 am
Today 1:52 AM Osama Bin Laden Took Path Of Fanaticism And Terror

The Associated Press reports:

Osama bin Laden was born into one of Saudi Arabia's most prosperous families, but he left home in search of revolution, found a path of fanaticism, inspired a murderous organization that terrorized the West, and ultimately became the most wanted man in the world.

On Sunday, the most intense manhunt in history finally caught up with bin Laden, whose money and rageful preaching inspired the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and ripped a hole in America's sense of security in the world.

Reviled in the West as the personification of evil, bin Laden was admired and even revered by some radical Muslims who embraced his vision of unending jihad against the United States and Arab governments he deemed as infidels.

His actions set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and a clandestine war against extreme Islamic adherents that touched scores of countries on every continent but Antarctica. America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Read the full article here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-killed-in_n_856138.html


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:07:49 am
Today 1:56 AM Media Scrambles To Cover News

HuffPost's Michael Calderone reports:

NEW YORK – White House reporters sharing a laugh with President Obama on Saturday found themselves racing online and soberly appearing on camera 24 hours later to cover an East Room statement that will go down in history: Osama bin Laden is dead.

Obama addressed the American people around 11:35 p.m., almost two hours after the White House sent reporters scrambling with word of a surprise announcement that left many scratching their heads about what could be so pressing that it couldn’t wait until Monday morning.

BNA reporter Cheryl Bolen, assigned Sunday to file “pool reports” for the press corps, informed her colleagues at 9:45 p.m. that “the president will make a statement as early as 10:30 p.m.” Meanwhile, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer notified the world via Twitter that Obama would be making a major announcement, but provided no details of what was to come.

Read the full report here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/bin-laden-killed-media-scrambles_n_856144.html


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:09:22 am
Today 2:04 AM Ground Zero Reacts, 'As Close As We'll Ever Get' To Victory

A sudden outpouring of New Yorkers made their way from around the city late Sunday night, celebrating jubilantly after President Obama announced that al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in a military operation.

Subways and cabs let out a steady stream of flag-carrying New Yorkers, as chants of "USA, USA" broke out before turning to group renditions of "God Bless America" and other patriotic songs. Homemade placards broke the night sky, while more daring partiers climbed light poles and traffic lights to lead cheers. A number of military veterans were on hand, too, soaking in the event as a sort of makeshift victorious homecoming.

"I guess we never had any sort of victory parade or anything, but we all came back, so maybe this is as close as we'll ever get to maybe calling something victory," said Navy veteran Adam Kuehne.

Read more and view photos here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead-ground-zero_n_856145.html


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Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:10:25 am
Today 2:07 AM U.S. Official: Bin Laden Buried At Sea
SaeedCNN    @ SaeedCNN : A U.S. official tells CNN that Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

Today 2:06 AM Bin Laden's Wives And Kids Reportedly Captured
BreakingNews    @ BreakingNews : Two of bin Laden's wives, 4 of his kids captured during operation - Al Arabiya via NBC News


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:15:24 am
Today 2:09 AM Thousands Celebrate In The Capital

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports from Washington, D.C.:

Thousands thronged to Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on Sunday night, many of them local college students coming out with their friends. People swarmed right up to the fence -- dangerously climbing lamp posts and trees to get a better look at the crowd -- until police officers put up barricades to keep them off the sidewalk. (Despite getting restricted to a smaller area, the mob remained friendly, shouting, "DC's finest!" and thanking them for their work.)

Some brought out their 2008 Obama-Biden campaign signs, and there were even a few chants of "Four more years!" A carnival-like atmosphere persisted, with cars honking, people dressed up as everything from Santa Claus to Uncle Sam, and the smell of cigar smoke and alcohol hanging in the air. Everyone who talked to The Huffington Post said they wanted to come out tonight to celebrate America and were excited at the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

"As a citizen soldier, I'm celebrating achieving one of the promises of the president, and obviously killing the number one terrorist," said Jaime Areizaga-Soto, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. National Guard and a candidate for the Virginia state senate who carried a "Latinos for Obama" sign. "It's a great day to celebrate as a soldier too, because obviously we've lost many of our brothers and sisters in this mission, and today we've achieved a critical part of the mission -- maybe the most important one."


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Adrienne on May 02, 2011, 02:23:33 am
Today 2:18 AM Students React To Bin Laden's Death: 'It's Gonna Be The 4th Of July Until The 4th Of July'

HuffPost's Leah Finnegan reports:

Paige Lavender was in math class when a friend ran in and said four ominous words: "We're going to war." It was Sept. 11, 2001. Two planes had just careened into the World Trade Center. Lavender was in the 7th grade.

Sunday, Lavender, now a senior at the University of West Virginia, received a phone call from her boyfriend telling her that the president was going to make an unusual speech that night. The journalism major immediately went to Twitter, where unconfirmed reports of Osama bin Laden's death were clotting the feed. When Obama formally announced the world's most wanted terrorist's death at 11:35 p.m., Lavender said she got chills.

Read the full article here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/students-react-to-bin-lad_n_856147.html


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Huntress on May 02, 2011, 03:14:14 am
Wow.  Ir's about time.


Title: Re: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces
Post by: Volitzer on May 02, 2011, 11:42:28 am
Wow first the phony Birth Certificate now the  death of the leader of al CIAda.

What an actor !!!

All he needs now is a leading role on a Trekkie starship and he'll be on the performance equal with actors like Patrick Stewart, Bill Shatner and Kate Mulgrew.

Looks like the Globalist have their fix in despite all his failures the past 3 years.