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« Reply #15 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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« Reply #16 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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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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« Reply #18 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



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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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2011, 01:32:43 am »



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« Reply #20 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.

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« Reply #21 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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« Reply #22 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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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2011, 01:42:43 am »

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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


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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« Reply #24 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.


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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.
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« Reply #26 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.

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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2011, 01:50:15 am »

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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.
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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2011, 01:58:12 am »

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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.
 

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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.
 

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