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PostSubject: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:07 pm

Waiting for official verification but Osama Bin Laden is DEAD!

Expected official verification by US President Barak Obama in 5 minutes.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/osama-bin-laden-dead-reports-20110502-1e44h.html?from=smh_sb




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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:09 pm

I just heard


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:10 pm

Crazy, I got a notification on my phone about that (NBC app)
The president to address the nation soon...


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:16 pm

May he rot.......................


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:40 pm

Yes, I've heard it too. But I didn't see anything official yet. Huh?

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Sun May 01, 2011 11:55 pm

It's been 10 long years, but finally JUSTICE! yesss Let's bring the troops home now!



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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 12:13 am

Lily wrote:
Let's bring the troops home now!

Yeah! They've got no reason to be in Afghanistan now.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 2:40 am

Barack Obama's speech transcript-

11:35 P.M. EDT

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."



END 11:44 P.M. EDT


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 3:32 am

The world is a better place without him. I hope there will be no retaliation though.
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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 4:01 am

Good riddance to the evil scoundrel. Justice has at long last been served.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 8:11 am

Thanks for posting that transcript, Alex...I wanted to stay up to hear him speak but it kept getting pushed back and it got too late for me.


Sounds like this was quite the amazing operation that is to be commended. My only concern now is the retailiation that they're talking about now.
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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 12:04 pm

Some people are saying it's wrong and heartless to be happy he's dead? sure it may sound to be but.This cause it's really different. for what he did.He had it coming.I know i'm not american but i really felt for them.(americans )



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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 1:11 pm

Do the people who say it's wrong and heartless know who Bin Laden is? I just wish he could have been found 10 years ago, but I'm thrilled that he's finally gone. Can you imagine the one soldier who had the open shot and took it yesterday? That had to have been UNREAL!

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 1:22 pm

Teresa wrote:
Do the people who say it's wrong and heartless know who Bin Laden is? I just wish he could have been found 10 years ago, but I'm thrilled that he's finally gone. Can you imagine the one soldier who had the open shot and took it yesterday? That had to have been UNREAL!

The parents of Tom Burnett, who helped take down the terrorists on Flight 93, go to our church.

On this other forum.This person does know who it is. It's an american who said that.I had to tell her that i dis-agree with her.It's not heartless...cuz what he did was so wrong. killing incocent people and all them young ppl ding in that war.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 5:22 pm

They may have avoided justice, but justice will be served eventually, here or by God.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 5:35 pm

Osama/Usama bin Laden- Buried at Sea Hours After Death
May 2, 2011 — newsnet7

U.S. officials do not want the burial place of Usama bin Laden to become a terrorist shrine.

To avoid that, an informed source has confirmed just now, his body has been buried at sea — leaving no definitive location for the final resting place of his body.

A senior administration official says: “We are 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.‬”

Under Islamic tradition, the body should be washed by Muslim men and buried as soon as possible, usually by the next prayer (Muslims pray five times a day), although there may be delays under certain circumstances (for autopsies, for example). The body is usually buried in a simple white sheet — whether buried in the ground, or at sea.



Rick Shell: Reporting Live -Pakistan’s Taliban responded to Osama bin Laden’s death with threats of new attacks against Taliban and U.S. leaders.

“Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first targets. America will be our second target,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, said a spokesman for the Taliban Movement of Pakistan from an undisclosed location.

The U.S. consulates in Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar and the embassy in Islamabad are shut down.

The embassy in Islamabad is warning that spontaneous protests at any locations perceived as Western, could erupt into violence.

After the news of bin Laden’s death was made public, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad due “to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.”

“Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations,” the department said in a statement.

U.S. government facilities worldwide are at a heightened state of alert.


Rick Shell: Reporting Live – Osama or Usama bin Laden has been killed. US sources including the president, have confirmed the death of the top al-Qaeda leader, saying he has been killed in firefight following a US Navy Seals raid in Abbottabad.

The operation to kill bin Laden was launched earlier Sunday in Pakistan’s Abbottabad, a two-hour drive north of the capital Islamabad.

Bin Laden was killed in a firefight. No Americans were harmed.

US Navy Seals attacked the 3 story home where Bin Laden was in hiding. The Seals rappelled from Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters. A large firefight ensued.

The home was 8 x larger than others in area, built in 2005 in a largely unpopulated area that had since grown around the home.

The home was surrounded by 2 security fences and barbed wire.

2 brothers who worked for bin Laden reportedly lived in the home and were also killed.

Latest reports indicate that Bin Laden’s son was also killed. Other dead include the two brothers and one woman that may have been used as a bullet shield. . Apparently there were many people at the residence. U.S. forces took custody of bin Laden’s body and it was later buried at sea in keeping with Islamic tradition which calls for a body to be buried within 24 hours in most cases.

There are also reports that two of bin Laden’s wives and four of his children were also captured during the operation. No confirmation yet on these reports.

US authorities received intelligence last September and were able to track bin Laden down through his couriers. They followed them to the compound and after weeks of surveillance, Navy Seals attacked.

DNA testing was conducted as well as facial recognition techniques to help formally identify him.

Oil and Silver have taken a dive and the US dollar has soared. It will be interesting to see the reaction of Wall Street in the next few hours.

In addition to 9/11 ( September 11, 2001) bin Laden has also been linked to a string of attacks including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen. More Indepth Updates forthcoming.

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Mon May 02, 2011 6:09 pm

Well thats Great to hear, hope he was forgiven for all that he did I also hope that this is true that he won't be alive couple of months later, It don't make sense to me that they Buried him only couple of hours later in my opinion they should of at least showed his body on TV or Film his Funeral Cause there are gonna be lots of people that are gonna doubt if he is really dead.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 12:16 am

JW wrote:
Well thats Great to hear, hope he was forgiven for all that he did I also hope that this is true that he won't be alive couple of months later, It don't make sense to me that they Buried him only couple of hours later in my opinion they should of at least showed his body on TV or Film his Funeral Cause there are gonna be lots of people that are gonna doubt if he is really dead.

I agree, Amy. You've said it better than me, because my English is not terrible!

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 2:05 am

JW wrote:
Well thats Great to hear, hope he was forgiven for all that he did I also hope that this is true that he won't be alive couple of months later, It don't make sense to me that they Buried him only couple of hours later in my opinion they should of at least showed his body on TV or Film his Funeral Cause there are gonna be lots of people that are gonna doubt if he is really dead.

I agree. His reported death could all be a political ploy. I hope not, but we'll see what happens.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 8:27 am

The president and his national security team follow the events in Pakistan in real time.

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 11:15 am

I read that according to his religion, he had to have a burial within 24 hours. They said that his homeland did not want his body so in those cases, they are allowed to have a sea burial. I read that he was shot in the head and then in the chest.

Now they are thinking about showing the photo or maybe a video... but they are afraid of what that could cause as well...


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 12:21 pm

Vanesa wrote:
JW wrote:
Well thats Great to hear, hope he was forgiven for all that he did I also hope that this is true that he won't be alive couple of months later, It don't make sense to me that they Buried him only couple of hours later in my opinion they should of at least showed his body on TV or Film his Funeral Cause there are gonna be lots of people that are gonna doubt if he is really dead.

I agree, Amy. You've said it better than me, because my English is not terrible!

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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 5:29 pm

All the assorted hoax, etc stories are making for interesting reading.


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 5:36 pm

The White House says pictures and videos of the raid on the Bid Laden compound may be released to the media, including shots of Bin Laden's bloody body. Should the media air or publish those pictures, edit them to remove the gory portions, or simply not air them due to their graphic nature?


I personally don't think it's a good idea to show graphic photos...


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PostSubject: Re: Death of Osama Bin Laden!   Tue May 03, 2011 5:39 pm

I think they should be shown, myself.


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