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« on: May 02, 2011, 12:48:18 am »

Osama Bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces




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« Reply #1 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.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 12:51:01 am »

Today 0:47 AM Amazing Image Of Firefighters In Times Square

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« Reply #3 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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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 01:08:35 am »

Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama Speech at White House

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« Reply #5 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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« Reply #6 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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« Reply #7 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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« Reply #8 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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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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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."
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« Reply #11 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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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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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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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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