President Barack Obama: Special forces have killed Osama bin Laden

Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 10:52 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," the president said.

The development comes just months before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden's al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people.

The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.

Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.

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Jimmy Dick May 1, 2011 | 10:57 p.m.

Tonight is about America. Great news. The only thing better would be if his number two got blown away with him. Good job to my fellow service members and keep killing the terrorist scum! USA!

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hank ottinger May 1, 2011 | 11:18 p.m.

We should demand to see a long form death certificate.

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Michael Williams May 2, 2011 | 9:55 a.m.

Hank: I've never played the "conspiracy theory" game, but this seems like a good time to play.

Who says he's dead? Is Guantanamo getting a new resident that will NEVER see the light of day...or a lawyer...or an Iman....nobody....ever? This guy knows everything. Wealth of info? Waterboarding-R-Us? Will a new batch of senior terrorists and hidden cells sloooooowly begin to....mysteriously disappear? What kind of documents were found at the compound?

What sort of intelligence led to his capture? Word is, they followed a courier identified 4 years ago. How was the courier identified? Did the policies of George Bush do it? Or interrogation of Guantanamo inmates? Other captures? Torture? Leak? Tattletale? Is this why Guantanamo for business?

We'll NEVER know......which is as it should be.

I'm proud this President authorized this raid. I'm happy he succeeded. I'm happy he's becoming a realist. I'm happy he's acting as a President should, as contrasted to a pie-eyed candidate appealing to an ivory-tower base with no anchor in the real world.

Nice job, Mr. President. Nice job, Panetta, and all the intelligence types.

And, especially, nice job Navy Seals.... who had the ONLY real butts on the line with this one!!!!!!!!!!!

PS: Hey, this conspiracy stuff is kinda fun!

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Ellis Smith May 2, 2011 | 11:47 a.m.

Considering where ben Laden was living (country. locality), does Pakistan now have ANY remaining credibility in the war against terror?

Of course Pakistani officials weren't notified before the raid was carried out! If they had been been notified, ben Laden wouldn't have "been at home."

While elimination of den Laden may be a happy occasion, the situation points out what makes this war is so difficult.

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Michael Williams May 2, 2011 | 12:16 p.m.

Ellis: I think you are right on all points.

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Ellis Smith May 2, 2011 | 3:28 p.m.

@ Michael Williams:

I watch channel 6.2, MHz Network, quite a bit. A point was made Sunday just hours prior to the announcement of bin Laden's death that recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have put bin Laden's philosophy somewhat on the back burner. The unrest currently present in those areas deals far less with the concept of jihad (holy war) and far more with a desire of citizens for more representative forms of government.

Jihad, by definition, is to be waged against infidels by the faithful (see the Koran). What's now going on in Egypt, Libya, etc., is mainly between disagreeing people who are all or mostly all of the same (Muslim) faith.

It's highly doubtful that Osama's vision of an "ideal world" would have included anything remotely resembling democracy.

How much do we think Osama was paying someone for his recent accommodations? I'm betting either the rent was very high or the landlord(s) very devout, or maybe both. :)

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