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  • Andrea To Daschle: Republicans Saying 'We', I Mean, White House, Politicizing OBL Anniversary

    05/01/2012 11:53:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A brief but telling episode from As The MSM Mask Slips . . . On her MSNBC show this afternoon, chatting with chum and fellow Obama fan Tom Daschle about the anniversary of the killing of OBL, Andrea Mitchell said: "What do you think of the Republican criticism that we are politicizing it, that the White House, I should say, is politicizing it"? View the video here.
  • Osama Bin Laden's Death One Year Later

    05/01/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-1-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Special repost for a special day. Here's a special message for everyone rushing to pat Obama on the back for this momentus occasion.
  • OBL's Death a Victory for the Adults (1 year later, still on the money)

    05/01/2012 9:28:01 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-3-2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    The children are celebrating and taking credit for the death of Osama bin Laden, but make no mistake about it, this is a win for the adults. This will give Obama a short-term boost in the polls, but I submit after a few days or weeks of liberal celebration, reality will start to sink in for more and more Americans. Now by adults, I mean folks mature enough to understand that the world is a mean place ruled by the aggressive use of power and that the only way to stop evil from ruling is for the good guys to...
  • Arianna Huffington: President's bin Laden ad "despicable"

    04/30/2012 7:13:03 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    CBSNews ^ | 4/30/2012
    (CBS News) Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the The Huffington Post, called the Obama campaign's decision to tout the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a campaign advertisement "despicable." The ad questions whether presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "I don't think there should be an ad about that," Huffington said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of...
  • Obama’s bin Laden ad “despicable,” says … Arianna Huffington (Watch Video)

    04/30/2012 1:35:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And she's exactly correct. On CBS This Morning, progressive activist Arianna Huffington slammed the Obama re-election campaign for questioning whether Mitt Romney would have made the call to take out Osama bin Laden, and equated it with Hillary Clinton's "3 AM call" ad in 2008:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO "I don't think there should be an ad about that," Huffington said Monday on "CBS This Morning". "I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is...
  • Chuck Todd: Republicans 'Overreacting' To Obama's Osama Football Spike

    04/30/2012 7:42:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Classic MSM jujitsu. Chuck Todd has attempted to turn the issue of President Obama's unseemly spiking of the football on the anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden into an attack on Republicans for reacting to Obama's politicization of the event. On his MSNBC show The Daily Rundown, Todd began his discussion of the matter this morning by asking the Washington Post's Dan Balz whether he was surprised by how "aggressive" the Romney campaign has been on the matter. A bit later Todd suggested to Clarence Page that Republicans were "overreacting" to Obama's boasts. Right. Romney should run a...
  • Obama’s Shameful Disrespect of Seal Team 6

    04/28/2012 10:06:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 28, 2012 | MacRanger
    Got a problem with Obama’s using the succesfull mission of Seal Team 6 to kill Bin Laden as a political weapon. Shameful. But even more so, it’s a misrepresentation of his role. “Only the memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage...

    The CYA memo: The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.
  • Mumbai attack 'mastermind' Hafiz Saeed linked to Osama bin Laden

    04/04/2012 7:24:04 AM PDT · by cold start · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4 april 202 | Rob Crilly, Rawalpindi and Dean Nelson
    A $10m bounty was placed on the head of a Pakistani militant leader after the US obtained evidence he had been in close contact with Osama bin Laden, planning terrorist attacks, according to a former American intelligence official. Documents found by US special forces at bin Laden's final hideaway in Abbottabad last year apparently linked Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, with the al-Qaeda leader. Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and adviser to Barack Obama on Afghanistan and Pakistan told The Daily Telegraph that the evidence showed bin Laden played a key role in planning the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 166...
  • UPI Exclusive: Pearl tracked al Qaida

    09/30/2002 5:18:35 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 3,611+ views
    United Press International ^ | September 30, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was investigating the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 airplane hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington when he was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, according to two former Central Intelligence Agency officials. Bob Baer, a former case officer in the agency's Directorate of Operations, said he provided Pearl with unpublished information about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has since been accused by American officials of being one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a top aide to Osama bin Laden. Mohammed is...
  • Pakistan seals assets of doctor who played key role in Usama bin Laden raid

    02/27/2012 1:11:32 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    The Pakistani doctor who was instrumental in the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound has had all his assets sealed by the government, according to local news agencies. Shakeel Afridi and his family also had their bank accounts frozen. He is currently being held for treason by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and could face the death penalty for his role in the May 2011 raid that took down the world's most-wanted terrorist. The doctor allegedly helped conduct a vaccination program in the village of Abbottabad in an attempt to get within bin Laden’s compound and obtain DNA from the Al...
  • Osama bin Laden 'had stoned fantasies about marrying Whitney Houston and murdering Bobby Brown'

    02/16/2012 7:31:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K. Tabloid) ^ | 16th February 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>Osama bin Laden 'had stoned fantasies about marrying Whitney Houston and murdering Bobby Brown'</p> <p>Like all beautiful, successful women Whitney Houston had more than her share of male admirers. But few stars could have provoked such unwanted attention as that which the singer received from one of history's most depraved and despicable men, terror chief Osama bin Laden. Extraordinary as it might seem, bin Laden is said to have lusted after Houston, dreamed of marrying her and at one point even plotted to murder her husband Bobby Brown.</p>
  • Britain frees radical cleric Abu Qatada

    02/13/2012 10:47:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:43pm EST | Peter Griffiths
    LONDON (Reuters)—A radical cleric once described as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" was freed from a British prison to live under virtual house arrest on Monday after a court ruled that his detention without trial was unlawful. The Jordanian preacher known as Abu Qatada must wear an electronic tag to allow the police to keep track of him, spend 22 hours a day at his family home and is banned from using the Internet and mobile phones. Twice convicted in his absence in Jordan of involvement in terrorist plots, Britain says he is still a national security risk...
  • Bin Laden Zombie Film Coming This Summer

    02/12/2012 8:56:51 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 8 , 2012 | RANDY KREIDER
    Bin Laden Zombie Film Coming This Summer A Utah production company announced today that it has shot a movie based on the premise that Osama bin Laden rises from his watery grave and leads an army of zombie terrorists in a violent jihad of the undead. In the feature-length film, "Osombie: The Axis of Evil Dead," a NATO Special Forces unit races to defeat zombie bin Laden and his flesh-seeking militia, while also stopping the infection from spreading to even more terrorist corpses. According to the film's executive producer, Kynan Griffin, the script was written before the real al Qaeda...
  • We May Get to See Some of Bin Laden's Death Photos After All

    01/31/2012 7:48:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 31, 2012 | John Hudson, The Atlantic Wire
    We May Get to See Some of Bin Laden's Death Photos After All The American public may finally bear witness to some, but probably not all, of the postmortem images of Osama bin Laden taken on the night he was killed in Pakistan. That's the conclusion of Dan Metcalfe, the former director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy, after reading the government's response in a lawsuit from activist group Judicial Watch seeking "all photographs and/or video recordings" taken during the raid in Pakistan. “If you look closely at one small segment of the government's brief, it in...
  • Only one major media outlet reports terror suspect as Muslim

    06/17/2011 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 10 replies
    This morning police in Washington D.C. arrested Yonathan Melaku, a Muslim, for suspicious activity near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The twenty-two-year-old Melaku is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Ethiopia that also serves in the Marine Corp Reserves. He was found carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer and other materials making reference to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The first reports I saw came from the Drudge Report and neither made reference to Malaku’s religion. Then I remembered the stories about Asan Akbar who killed two members of his platoon and wounded fifteen more and Hasan Nidal who killed thirteen...
  • Candidly Speaking: Groveling to the Brotherhood

    01/18/2012 9:27:55 PM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/18/2012 | ISI LEIBLER
    It is profoundly disconcerting to read media reports of the unseemly competition between the US and Western governments to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of its electoral victory in Egypt. There are chilling parallels between such behavior and the disastrous European policy of appeasing the Nazis which paved the way for World War II. What those attempting to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood fail to comprehend is that this organization represents one of the most fanatical and dangerous of the radical Islamist groups in the region, with a dark record of violence and terrorism imbedded in its...
  • Osama's Sea Burial Caught on Tape

    01/01/2012 4:59:45 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Military Times ^ | May 12, 2011 | vlogger
    Everyone knows that burial at sea story was fishy. Here is the real truth.
  • Kathleen Parker: 'Everyone's Going To Say I'm An Obama-lover. Whatever.'

    12/18/2011 5:51:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somebody check the calendar. Aren't we almost in 2012? Yet there's Kathleen Parker, still gushing over Barack Obama like a member of the liberal media in the deepest throes of 2008 Obama-adulation. After extolling Obama's foreign policy approach as "cool" [mangling a basketball metaphor along the way], Parker defiantly declares: "I know everyone's going to say [I'm] an Obama lover. Whatever." Parker put her crush on display on Chris Matthews' weekend show. View the video here.
  • Bin Laden not at Qaeda helm before raid: US source

    12/07/2011 8:22:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 7, 2011
    Documents found in the Pakistan home where Osama bin Laden was killed in May show the Al-Qaeda leader no longer had any role in operations, a US expert who reviewed the evidence said. The expert, who asked not to be named, said the 200 pieces of evidence -- notebooks, files, computers and USB drives -- recovered by the US commandos who staged the raid in which he died, showed "it had been quite a while since he was involved in the day-to-day management of the organization." "The writings we recovered are mostly general position papers, along the lines of 'We...
  • Correcting the 'fairy tale:' a SEAL's account of how Osama bin Laden really died (dastardly)

    11/07/2011 3:37:27 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-7-11 | Vince Coglianese
    Published: 12:42 AM 11/07/2011 | Updated: 3:28 PM 11/07/2011 Forget whatever you think you know about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. According to a former Navy SEAL who claims to have the inside track, the mangled tales told of that historic night have only now been corrected. “It became obvious in the weeks evolving after the mission that the story that was getting put out there was not only untrue, but it was a really ugly farce of what did happen,” said Chuck Pfarrer, author of Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama...
  • Revealed: How Obama was playing golf until 20 minutes before Navy SEALs began mission

    11/06/2011 6:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/11 | Daniel Bates
    In the official photograph, he looked every inch the commander in chief. Strain etched on his face, Barack Obama watched as the raid to kill Osama bin Laden played out on a television in front of him. According to a new book, however, the President was not nearly that engaged – and was actually playing golf until 20 minutes before the operation began in earnest.Only then did he down his clubs and return to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency. A new book claims the official account was
  • Navy Seals speak out: How we killed 'Bert' Laden (sic - despise Dumb0 for leaking...)

    11/06/2011 12:09:01 PM PST · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Oz) ^ | 11/06/2011 | News Com
    US NAVY Seals have revealed for the first time that they killed Osama Bin Laden within 90 seconds of entering his fortress-like home in Pakistan. The men who killed the al-Qaeda chief have decided to speak out because they are tired of their "shabby treatment" by politicians who claim they were on a "kill mission". They insisted there was no lengthy gun-fight in the compound and claimed they would have captured Bin Laden if he had surrendered, The Sunday Times in the UK reports (behind a paywall). They were not on a "kill mission", they said, and fired only 12...
  • Correcting the ‘fairy tale’: A SEAL’s account of how Osama bin Laden really died

    11/07/2011 7:30:46 AM PST · by martosko · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/07/2011 | Vince Coglianese
    Forget whatever you think you know about the night Osama bin Laden was killed. According to a former Navy SEAL who claims to have the inside track, the mangled tales told of that historic night have only now been corrected. “It became obvious in the weeks evolving after the mission that the story that was getting put out there was not only untrue, but it was a really ugly farce of what did happen,” said Chuck Pfarrer, author of Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden. In an extensive interview with The Daily...
  • Osama bin Laden 'was dead in 90 seconds'

    11/03/2011 4:57:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 3+ views
    Osama bin Laden 'was dead in 90 seconds' A controversial new account of the killing of Osama bin Laden has challenged the official story of the how the al-Qaeda leader died during the raid on his Pakistani hideout in May. By Jon Swaine, New York 9:41PM GMT 03 Nov 2011 Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of US Navy SEAL Team Six, whose members carried out the assault, claims bin Laden was shot dead almost instantly rather than killed in a 45-minute firefight. Claiming to have interviewed several men involved in the raid, Pfarrer also contradicted the official account of how...
  • Pakistani doctor faces treason charges after bin Laden raid (Loose lips sink ships)

    10/06/2011 7:41:29 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 2+ views
    cnn ^ | 10/6/2011 | staff
    The doctor who is suspected of helping the CIA target Osama bin Laden will be charged with treason, Pakistan's information ministry said Thursday. "A case of conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason is made" against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the information ministry said, summarizing a commission's investigation into the death of the al Qaeda leader. Afridi is accused of helping the CIA use a vaccination campaign to try to collect DNA samples from people who lived in bin Laden's compound. The United States "has repeatedly asked" for the release of the Pakistani doctor, a U.S. official said Thursday....
  • Pakistan to charge doctor who helped U.S. find bin Laden with treason

    10/06/2011 10:03:38 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 9 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 6, 2011 02:20 PM ET | CNN
    ... doctor accused of ... fake vaccination campaign to ... acquire DNA samples that ... led ... to Osama bin Laden will be charged with treason, Pakistan's Information Ministry said...
  • US tells court bin Laden photos must stay secret

    09/27/2011 4:39:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Public disclosure of graphic photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May by U.S. commandos would damage national security and lead to attacks on American property and personnel, the Obama administration contends in a court documents. In a response late Monday to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group seeking the imagery, Justice Department attorneys said the CIA has located 52 photographs and video recordings.
  • Saddam: What We Now Know (He was at least as big a terror threat as Osama Bin Laden)

    09/14/2011 6:47:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/14/2011 | Jim Lacey
    Saddam Hussein was a WMD threat and a terror threat to the United States and its allies. Too many of the post-9/11 critics have forgotten or were never aware of this fact. Even in last week’s NRO symposium, writers called the invasion of Iraq an “unjust war,” an “optional war,” and finally a “result of the flawed intelligence that skewed the perceived threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s regime to the United States.” There is little doubt that the pre-war intelligence on Iraq was faulty, mostly because of Saddam’s continuing attempts to convince Iran that he still maintained a potent WMD...
  • Osama Bin Laden's Last Message to America: Beware Capitalism?

    09/13/2011 2:18:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Osama Bin Laden's Last Message to America: Beware Capitalism? By MEGAN CHUCHMACH and RYM MOMTAZ Sept. 13, 2011 A day after Americans observed the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks by al Qaeda, a new video featuring the terror group's now-deceased leader surfaced in which Osama bin Laden warns the American people not of coming attacks, but of the dangers of capitalism and the military-industrial complex. Appearing thin and with a very black beard, bin Laden says major corporations -- the "undeclared kings" of America -- ignite wars on purpose for profit and wield the power over...
  • Rick Santorum Tells Rep. Ron Paul To Stop ‘Parroting Osama Bin Laden’ At CNN Debate

    09/13/2011 5:57:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 12th, 2011 | Frances Martel
    The ideological rivalry between Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, arguably the most conservative and libertarian members of the 2012 race that are allowed on debate stages, has become a fascinating subplot of the 2012 debates, and tonight sparks flew as Santorum challenged Rep. Paul’s foreign policy, comparing his opinions to Osama Bin Laden and putting him on a defensive that earned him boos. “We are under threat because we occupy so many countries,” Rep. Paul began, explaining that the “purpose of al-Qaeda in attacking us” was to “invite us” to invade. Noting the difference between military and defense spending,...
  • Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie

    08/10/2011 10:25:41 PM PDT · by This Just In · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 10, 2011 | Hollywoodland
    BREAKING: Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie Posted By Hollywoodland On August 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am In Featured Story, Military, Politics | 79 Comments Politico: House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA, King asked for a probe and classified briefing about any cooperation or consultation between the agencies and the film, set to be directed by...
  • US lawmaker wants probe of Bin Laden film project

    08/10/2011 8:21:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies · 2+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug. 10, 2011
    A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration of jeopardizing national security by cooperating with a Hollywood film project on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, demanded an inquiry after learning of the Pentagon's collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. "I write to express concern regarding ongoing leaks of classified information regarding sensitive military operations," King wrote in a letter to the inspectors general at the Pentagon and CIA.
  • Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election

    08/10/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/10/11 | Michael Warren
    There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election. "The eyebrow does go up when you see...
  • Bin Laden movie release in October 2012

    08/09/2011 10:42:39 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 52 replies
    TownHall - Helen Cohen ^ | 8/7/2011 | Helen Cohen
    Obama Movie Set to Be Released in October 2012 Helen Whalen Cohen Posted at 5:03 PM ET, 8/7/2011 We may be learning about a potential 'October Surprise' now-a forthcoming film about Obama's decision to deploy SEAL Team Six to assassinate Osama bin Laden. Note the release date, October 2012. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s forthcoming Osama bin Laden assassination movie—which is rumored to star Dennis Farina as Vice President Joe Biden, Garry Shandling as British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Vin Diesel as Man with Gun No. 2—has just been assigned a release date of October 12, 2012. Not only is...
  • Bin Laden emails reveal terror group is running out of cash

    07/02/2011 4:44:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:32 PM on 2nd July 2011 | By John Stevens
    Osama Bin Laden spent his final months in hiding worrying about the future of Al Qaeda, emails recovered from computers in his hideout reveal. The terror leader was spending as much of his time dealing with concerns about funding and the toil being taken by CIA drone explosions as he was plotting attacks, according to U.S. intelligence officers. Officials said the emails depict an organisation beset by mounting problems as its leader remained obsessed on a follow up attack to September 11.
  • Will We Prove Worthy?

    07/01/2011 10:04:40 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 3 replies
    Will We Prove Worthy? By Ari Bussel There is a generation that understands the term “dodging the draft.” A war raged, far away from America’s shores, and many were convinced we should not be involved. Those were the days of flowers, peace, drugs and free love. War did not fit into this lifestyle. Decades passed. More wars were fought, in Iraq then in Afghanistan. The American resolve that was ironclad ten years ago weakened with the passage of time from the attacks on U.S. soil. The reason for going to war in 2003 against Saddam Hussein—as crazy and cruel as...
  • British military advisers 'expelled from Pakistan'

    06/27/2011 1:19:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 27, 2011 | Foreign Staff
    The British team, who were training Pakistan's paramilitary border forces, the 60,000-strong Frontier Corps, have been in the country since last August and it was scheduled to run until at least summer 2013. The withdrawal of the team of 18 is understood to be a response to Pakistan's deteriorating relations with the US, after the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead by special forces last month in Abbottabad. Since bin Laden's death, Pakistan has sent home more than two thirds of the 135 US soldiers training its paramilitary border forces. Pakistan first ordered US troops to leave during the anti-American backlash...
  • Seized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden’s Pakistani Links

    06/23/2011 8:40:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2011 | Carlotta Gall, Pir Zubair Shah and Eric Schmitt.
    The cellphone of Osama bin Laden’s trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, senior American officials who have been briefed on the findings say. The discovery indicates that Bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, as part of his support network inside the country, the officials and others said. But it also raised tantalizing questions about whether the group and others like it helped shelter and support Bin Laden on behalf of Pakistan’s spy agency, given that...
  • Bin Laden's No. 2 is Al Qaeda's new chief

    06/17/2011 1:35:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The LA Times ^ | June 16, 2011 | Ken Dilanian
    In July 2005, Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri sent a long letter to the group's lead operative in Iraq, urging him to tone down his activities. In Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi had been orchestrating suicide bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines. His followers frequently videotaped the beheading of hostages. Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor who helped organize the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other violence, told Zarqawi he was going too far. "We are in a media battle, in a race for the hearts and minds" of Muslims, wrote Zawahiri, who was named Thursday to succeed Osama bin Laden...
  • Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

    06/14/2011 8:04:55 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 14 JUNE 2011 | ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is...
  • 95% Indians support Osama's killing, shows survey

    06/15/2011 10:34:28 AM PDT · by cold start · 16 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 15 June 2011
    MUMBAI: An overwhelming 95% Indian respondents said they supported the US killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, a survey said on Wednesday. The figure was identical for the US. About 17,119 people aged 18-64 years from 22 countries, including India, the US, Poland, Spain, Mexico and Indonesia, were surveyed online between May 9 and 20 by global research company Ipsos. However, only 41% Indians and 19% Americans feel safer after Osama's death, as they were expecting a backlash, the survey added. Those feeling the least safe were citizens of France and Argentina, both standing at four percent. Overall, 11%...
  • What Happened to Obama's bin Laden Bounce?

    06/10/2011 6:34:55 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 22 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-10-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Even in polls like The Washington Post's Obama's are numbers back under 50%...the reason is simple...
  • Should We Cheer Osama’s Death? Most of America Celebrated; Liberals Objected.

    05/31/2011 7:52:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/31/2011 | Dennis Prager
    Osama bin Laden — a man whose purpose in life was to inflict death and suffering on as many innocent people as possible — was finally killed, and much of the Western world’s religious — and, of course, secular liberal — elite has expressed moral objections to those who celebrated this death. Pastor Brian McLaren was named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005. This is how he reacted to television images of young Americans chanting “USA! USA!” the night bin Laden’s death was announced: “Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated...
  • Speakers at Pro-Bin Laden Rally in Gaza Strip Praise 9/11 and Say: Osama Lives On in Our Hearts

    05/29/2011 11:49:15 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Memri TV ^ | May 20, 2011
    Following are excerpts from pro-Bin Laden rallies in the Gaza Strip, which was posted on the Internet on May 20, 2011: At Gaza rally: Crowds: There is no god but Allah. America is the enemy of Allah. […] At Rafah rally: Crowds: Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama. Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama. Our souls and our blood we will give for you, oh Osama. Demonstrator: There is no god but Allah. Crowds: There is no god but Allah. Demonstrator: Sheik Osama is loved by Allah. Crowds:...
  • The Death of Bin Laden: Legitimate and Illegitimate Rejoicing

    05/23/2011 12:14:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | May 11, 2011 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    The Death of Bin Laden: Legitimate and Illegitimate Rejoicing Written by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo    May 11, 2011 Share Tweet The extraordinary feat of the Navy Seals taking the compound where Bin Laden was hiding by surprise, and killing him, gave rise to manifestations of joy among numerous people who saw themselves free from an implacable enemy of the nation and because justice had been served on the mastermind of the 9/11 attack which killed 2,977 people, mostly Americans.1 It Is Not Licit to Rejoice at the Harm Suffered by Fellow Human Beings… Following this spontaneous explosion of jubilee...
  • The Death of Osama bin Laden

    05/22/2011 5:11:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 05/18/2011 | George Weigel
    The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the war against jihadism, a war bin Laden had declared against the United States in a 1996 fatwa that mandated the killing of Americans wherever they could be targeted. But it did take one key leader of jihadist Islam off the global strategic chessboard. The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the civil war within Islam over the proper interpretation of Islamic law and the right relationship of Muslims to those who are “other.” But it did continue the dymythologization of bin Laden and his alleged invincibility, a myth...
  • When a Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words - At last, bin Laden meets his end.

    05/21/2011 8:37:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | 6 May 2011 | Myron Magnet
    Osama bin Laden was, among many other things, a master propagandist, who understood that a key battleground in any war is the minds of men. His fundamental strategy was to turn his followers from true believers into fanatics. Undoubtedly, Islam gave him a fertile field for his harvest, but he cultivated it with consummate skill. I remember riding up Madison Avenue in a taxi a few days before 9/11. The cabbie, a large, heavily bearded man wearing a white tunic and the white skullcap of a pilgrim to Mecca, was listening to a tape—in Arabic, I presumed. But you didn’t...
  • Pat Condell on the Death of Osama bin Laden

    Pat Condell on the Death of Osama bin Laden
  • Osama's sea burial caught on tape

    05/21/2011 9:45:57 AM PDT · by null and void · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5/21/11 | classified
    Video at link.