- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

« News Home

UPDATED: 'Justice has been done'

Published: Mon, May 2, 2011 @ 12:45 a.m.



FILE - In this 1998 file photo, al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is shown in Afghanistan. A person familiar with developments said Sunday, May 1, 2011 that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP File Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy. The stunning news of his death prompted relief and euphoria outside the White House and around the globe, yet also fears of terrorist reprisals against the United States and its allies.

"Justice has been done," President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House.

The military operation took mere minutes, and there were no U.S. casualties.

U.S. helicopters ferried troops from Navy SEAL Team Six, a top military counter-terrorism unit, into the compound identified by the CIA as bin Laden's hideout - and back out again in less than 40 minutes. Bin Laden was shot in the head, officials said, after he and his bodyguards resisted the assault.

Three adult males were also killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden's sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden's sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al-Qaida. U.S. officials also said one woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant, and two other women were injured.

The U.S. official who disclosed the burial at sea said it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial.

"I heard a thundering sound, followed by heavy firing. Then firing suddenly stopped. Then more thundering, then a big blast," said Mohammad Haroon Rasheed, a resident of Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the choppers had swooped in and then out again.

Bin Laden's death marks a psychological triumph in a long struggle that began well before the Sept. 11 attacks. Al-Qaida 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.

In all, nearly 3,000 were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks nearly 10 years ago, the worst terror assault on American soil.

Moments after Obama's dramatic late-night announcement on Sunday, the State Department warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence. In a worldwide travel alert, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan."

As news of bin Laden's death spread, hundreds of people cheered and waved American flags at ground zero in New York, the site where al-Qaida hijacked jets toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Thousands celebrated all night outside the White House gates.

As dawn came the crowd had thinned yet some still flowed in to be a part of it. A couple people posed for photographs in front of the White House while holding up front pages of Monday's newspapers announcing bin Laden's death.

"It's a moment people have been waiting for," said, Eric Sauter, 22, a University of Delaware student who drove to Washington after seeing TV coverage of the celebrations.

The development seems certain to give Obama a political lift as the nation swelled in pride. Even Republican critics lauded him.

But its ultimate impact on al-Qaida is less clear.

The greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. is now considered to be the al-Qaida franchise in Yemen, far from al-Qaida's core in Pakistan. The Yemen branch almost took down a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 and nearly detonated explosives aboard two U.S. cargo planes last fall. Those operations were carried out without any direct involvement from bin Laden.

The few fiery minutes in Abbottabad followed years in which U.S. officials struggled to piece together clues that ultimately led to bin Laden, according to an account provided by senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation.

Based on statements given by U.S. detainees since the 9/11 attacks, they said, intelligence officials have long known that bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular, and they believed he might be living with him in hiding.

Four years ago, the United States learned the man's identity, which officials did not disclose, and then about two years later, they identified areas of Pakistan where he operated. Last August, the man's residence was found, officials said.

"Intelligence analysis concluded that this compound was custom built in 2005 to hide someone of significance," with walls as high as 18 feet and topped by barbed wire, according to one official. Despite the compound's estimated $1 million cost and two security gates, it had no phone or Internet running into the house.

By mid-February, intelligence from multiple sources was clear enough that Obama wanted to "pursue an aggressive course of action," a senior administration official said. Over the next two and a half months, the president led five meetings of the National Security Council focused solely on whether bin Laden was in that compound and, if so, how to get him, the official said.

Obama made a decision to launch the operation on Friday, shortly before flying to Alabama to inspect tornado damage, and aides set to work on the details.

The president spent part of his Sunday on the golf course, but cut his round short to return to the White House for a meeting where he and top national security aides reviewed final preparations for the raid.

Two hours later, Obama was told that bin Laden had been tentatively identified.

CIA director Leon Panetta was directly in charge of the military team during the operation, according to one official, and when he and his aides received word at agency headquarters that bin Laden had been killed, cheers broke out around the conference room table.

Administration aides said the operation was so secretive that no foreign officials were informed in advance, and only a small circle inside the U.S. government was aware of what was unfolding half a world away.

In his announcement, Obama said he had called Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari after the raid, and said it was "important to note that our counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding."

One senior administration told reporters, though, "we were very concerned ... that he was inside Pakistan, but this is something we're going to continue to work with the Pakistani government on."

The compound is about a half-mile from a Pakistani military academy, in a city that is home to three army regiments and thousands of military personnel. Abbottabad is surrounded by hills and with mountains in the distance.

Critics have long accused elements of Pakistan's security establishment of protecting bin Laden, though Islamabad has always denied it, and in a statement the foreign ministry said his death showed the country's resolve in the battle against terrorism.

Still, bin Laden's location raised pointed questions of whether Pakistani authorities knew the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man.

Whatever the global repercussions, bin Laden's death marked the end to a manhunt that consumed most of a decade that began in the grim hours after bin Laden's hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center twin towers in Manhattan and the Pentagon across the Potomac River from Washington. A fourth plane was commandeered by passengers who overcame the hijackers and forced the plane to crash in the Pennsylvania countryside.

Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden's death as a momentous achievement. "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," he said.

President Obama praises those Americans who carried out the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, tells the families of the victims of September 11, 2001 that they have never been forgotten, and calls on Americans to remember the unity of that tragic day.


1ytown1(397 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


God Bless our Troops, God Bless President Obama and God Bless America!

Suggest removal:

2MattMarzula(109 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

^@jrolley: Good one sir. My hat is off to you.^

This is truly one of the proudest days of my life. It took a lot of political and military actions to make this happen and I swear President Obama is the only President that could have made this happen in this world climate the way it did.

Suggest removal:

3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"the raid was on a mansion close to Islamabad."

Osama lived well and was protected . The minds that he infected around the world live on with his desire to decimate us . His elimination is not by any means a cause to let our guard down .

Suggest removal:

4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank you President Obama and our special forces military. A job well done. God bless America. The wicked 9/11 mass murdering Muslim is dead dead dead.

Suggest removal:

5timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Great Job America ! Let this be a lesson to people from Foreign Lands. We don't forget and we will Kill You or put you on trail until Justice is done ! Great job SEALS !

Suggest removal:

6palefoot(35 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I am proud of the soilders that served, but he was a figurehead, things like 9/11 will still be attempted.
Sorry, no praises to a president who continued the war and sends billions to other countries while shutting down our own government. One who doesn't see that so many Americans are uneducated, jobless, homeless, starving and there are criminals out on the streets because of overcrowded jails.
We need to deal with our problems at home instead of spending 10 years and many soldiers lives for revenge on one man.

Suggest removal:

7peacelover(823 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

palefoot, are you nuts?! This monster alone was responsible for the deaths of thousands of our innocent citizens.

Suggest removal:

8palefoot(35 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

No, he is responsible for teaching people to hate and commit terrorism, as do other leaders around the world, this doesn't end with his death.

Suggest removal:

9LieDetector(27 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Praises to our great troops, whose bravery and skill is second to no one. In typical arrogant obama style ...he takes credit for the good..and blames others for his ineptness.. HE got binladen...just like HE got those nasty pirates. All he did was the usual...sit on it for a while...like he sits on the economy, unemployment, record bankrupcies,failing housing market, high gas prices,inflation, the devaluing of our dollar....etc...And some are actually going to reward this disaster of a president with another term. Amazing!!! falling so bad in the polls...he found his birth certificate And he got binladen all in less than 2 weeks.. and they verified both things are true too..Wow!!! what a coincidence..guess we know what his relection strategy is going to be...get ready folks!!! watch how quick the libs jump on this and defend him in their typical brainwashed, pathetic way.

Suggest removal:

10walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to President Obama for being a leader and permitting a military incursion into a sovereign nation to take out a terrorist. Pakistan sure isn't one of our allies. This is why presidents get gray hair so fast. The job looks completely different when you sit in the Oval Office and he took very decisive action. It's a great day for the United States!

You fight your enemies one at a time and you don't stop until they are defeated. Who's next?

Suggest removal:

11redvert(2196 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Good thing that he was killed and not captured alive, some scumbag ACLU attorneys would be drooling over the opportunity to defend him. Remember, he had a troubled childhood.

Any guesses on how long it will be until one of the rag magazines comes out with the shocking news that this was actually a double and not really Bin laden?

Suggest removal:

12LieDetector(27 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Nooo whats pathetic and typical is the leader of your party using the news for political posturing!!!!! and your Pavlovian response!!!

Suggest removal:

13woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

well this is a good thing but we cant let our guard down. i wont say Muslim extremeist because Islam doesnt teach what he did this was a perverted form of religion that he watched. However i see no point in all the streetwide celebrations we are having it makes us look just as bad as the Arabs who celebrated in the streets when our people were killed. Also lets face it he was just a figurehead as of late and really is not the one in charge of Al-Quaida. Good Job BARACK Aand NAVY SEALS, now lets not gloat and celebrate but continue to monitor those who want to do us harm.

Suggest removal:

14woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

And how can someof you bych and complain at Obama for using this politically? He said he would get him and he did so sit down, shut up and let it be a great day. I swear some people just cant give credit where its due that is the biggest problem in our country jealous people who cant just give credit.

Suggest removal:

15LieDetector(27 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Credit is not an entitlement or "Given"....It is EARNED

Suggest removal:

16cambridge(3610 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Suggest removal:

17James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Tootie (F)rudy56-

You can't handle the truth :^)

Suggest removal:

18jethead11(139 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kudos and appreciation for the SEAL team, our armed forces and President Obama on a job well done!

Suggest removal:

19borylie(916 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Obama taking credit for this is the equivalent to an Indian rain dance. Sooner or later it was going to rain,but the Indians gave the rain dance the credit.

Suggest removal:

20JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

HellaBB, that must also make Clinton look pretty stupid considering he allowed multiple U.S. Embassy bombings and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, not to mention having knowledge of potential terrorist in U.S. flight training.

Suggest removal:

21AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

President Obama has done two things that George Bush never could:

1) Keep America Safe.
2) Capture Osama Bin Laden, dead or alive.

Suggest removal:

22Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It indeed was a bold move by Obama because now he is on the Islamic's crap list . . ..

Suggest removal:

23Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago



Suggest removal:

24Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago



Suggest removal:

25SouthSideScanner(12 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

We should change our flag from the STARS & STRIPES to the SHEEP & OSTRICH = Priceless

Suggest removal:

26redeye1(5351 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Great Job SEALS!!!!!! Thank you for putting your lives on the line to save fellow americans. As far as Obama, all he did was say yes.If Clinton had done that years ago we wouldn't even be talking about this today. So I'll still be voting GOP in the next election. Because a man does one thing right after all the wrongs that he has done to this great country . He"s still not a hero in my eyes.

Suggest removal:

27peacelover(823 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Amen, GoNEO.

Suggest removal:

28walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree with you. Pres. Obama deserves the credit and praise on this. Although he had nothing bit criticism and contempt for George W. when he was a candidate, I think he quickly found out that it's easy to talk that game rather than to sit in the Oval Office and have to make some serious decisions. At his direction, acting on good intelligence reports, the president made some bold, difficult choices. But, he is to be congratulated on continuing the policies that the previous administration put in place.

Suggest removal:

29cambridge(3610 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

By the time this thread is done Bush will become a saint and Obama will be back to being a Muslim.

Suggest removal:

30Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Osam Bin Laden the spiritual leader of the Islamic World died with very little protection . His compound was his prison and now he is free, free at last . His worries are over but for those who follow him they are condemned to a life of hell .

Suggest removal:

31whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Great job U.S.A.......now funnel all that precious black liquid into U.S. tankers like you have been doing since the first gulf war and share it with your people instead of the great war machine....

Suggest removal:

32TonyL(44 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Believe what You want!! Here is a man with many followers and protectors and yet, was found unprotected! Go Figure!!

Suggest removal:

33Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Today is a great day. For once give Obama some credit. He chose for this to play out this way. It was his call. He made it. Bin Laden is now dead and the best news is not one american life was harmed in the process. If Osama would have launched another attack against us you guys would be blaming Obama. Give the man his credit and smile today. Its a great day.

Suggest removal:

34whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

wow delusional comment, army guy 100,000's of thousads have been killed in this process friend and foe alike amazing. By the way Obama is just a puppet answering to a much higher authority, kind of like a front man in a good band....still shaking my head

Suggest removal:

35mrblue(1158 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

To all the men and women in our military-----THANK YOU! And to the Navy Seals-----WELL DONE!! A great day, but keep in mind that the war on terrorism is far from over and we must not let our guard down.

Suggest removal:

36Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

So white, your saying the death of Osama was not a good thing then? Thats delusional. Who is the president of the united states a puppet to?

Suggest removal:

37peacelover(823 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

fattynskinny thinks the moon landing was all faked too.

Suggest removal:

38DOLE2(595 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to President Obama.It was refreshing to see the young crowds at the White House last night!

Suggest removal:

39TonyL(44 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Can any of you tell me which picture is fake? For being 54 years old, you would think a beard doesn't get darker which which can be seen by comparing to a picture taken 2 years earlier.


All the pictures we have on Ben Laden:


Do you think they got the wrong guy? It doesn't pay to look like someone now days. Now it is being reported, Bin Laden didn't even have a gun, what happen to the fire fight which was reported earlier?

Suggest removal:

40whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Armyguy, put your side-arm back on safety, glad the guy is dead, now he is a martyr, a God in his culture. by killing one person albiet america's most wanted doesn't really matter much. Big brother is getting what it wants democrats fighting with the republicans fighting the liberals. Blacks killing Blacks , racial and ethnic war , at the same time forcing people to be more reliable on Goverment welfare, there is a big picture, but hey its bringing the moral up for the sheep, people are telling themselves this was all worth it. Good luck if you dont know who The President is a puppet to,you think about it for awhile let me know what you come up with. by the way aint nothin free.......

Suggest removal:

41Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Anybody who thinks the Bush and thugs had anything to do with this is out of your mine and must be on Beck tea .

Suggest removal:

42Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

White, while the extremists are going through the stages of grief in the short term sure hes a martyr but he was the head of the snake. Of course another could grow but it will not have the same effect. Im neither a republican nor democrat. I gave up on both parties years ago. I just use common sense now not some party line agenda. None the less i disagree with you about Obama being a "puppet" to anyone except the american people.

Suggest removal:

43Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Fatty, take off the tinfoil hat crazy man.

Suggest removal:

44One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks FalconEddy!

I was going to say the same thing - weight down the bag we deep sixed him in with about 200 pounds of Ham Hocks! But that would be a horrible waste of some good pig.

A great big thanks and "Great job!" to the Seals and all the folks that made this happen!

Suggest removal:

45Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is beyond exceptional,..

To those American's with plain good sense as well as those possibly even possessing any upper level intelligence. This decisive actionable defense and unequivocal feat of atonement enforcement. Is unquestionably a proof positive contrast that distinguishes a president Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden leadership. As far superior than that of those whom previously held the positions named Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Dick Cheney combined.

As an American I've never been prouder and more appreciative to render my thanks, respect and gratitude. To both this presidency of the Obama administration and the men and women of our armed forces that executed this Op plan with precision to absolute perfection. Whom are joint forces that are co-equally to be unequivocally commended for ordering and executing such a masterful successful.

See this is the kind of diligent, knowing and decisive leadership and finite force collaboration. That the United States has been missing and deprived the U.S. citizens of for over better than half a century.

The United States declaration of policy and . Is to be informing those whom would dare seek to act as terrorist driven foe to my country. Should know from devastatingly deadly recourse and non wavering resolution. That no matter who they are or where they try to hide. For acts of evil they'll pay with their very life for any deliberate harm they choose to orchestrate or partake in directed against my countrymen.

This president stated he'd not tolerate American citizens to be attacked and allow the culprit to escape decisive atonement. He even more defiantly stated he'd not allow any degree of any country aiding, abetting or conspiring to harbor nor defend anyone responsible either either,.. AND NOW OSAMA BIN LADEN IS NOW A DEAD CULPRIT THAT SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE THAT HE DIDN'T LIE AND HE'S NOT PLAYING !!!

Suggest removal:

46cambridge(3610 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is why bush never killed bin Laden and it ended up being just one more mess left for Obama to clean up.


Suggest removal:

47cambridge(3610 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

dimebag.....The video I provided with my last post clearly shows bush five months after 9/11 saying he isn't concerned with where bin Laden is. Don't forget, he let bin Laden escape when our troops had him cornered in Tora Bora.

When Obama was running in the primaries he was the only candidate, republican or Democrat who said he would go into Pakistan for bin Laden if he had information that he was there. He was criticized for saying that from every other candidate including McCain.

So the fact of the mater is that Obama was the only one with the gears to go into Pakistan after bin Laden.

To tell you the truth it's really funny watching the teabagger/republicans scurry around all hysterical trying to figure out how they can take credit for something Obama did. Keep it it up, it definitely helps people decide how to vote.

Palin Trump 2012! LOL!

Suggest removal:

48cambridge(3610 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

dimebag.....once again you try to rewrite history. Clinton never let bin Laden escape like bush did. He tried to kill him twice and he failed twice but at least he tried.


Like that previous video of bush five months after 9/11 saying he didn't care where bin Laden was. That's YOUR boy.


Suggest removal:

49fedupwithcrap(317 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Now when is justice going to be served against those individuals that keep harrassing Jamie Ludt? Especially the City of Youngstown, that apparently loves to make sure that they make any attempt at going after him every chance they get!

Suggest removal:

50whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

RE: fed up with his own crap......Justice will be served when they raze ludtz the nuts delapitated building, lock up all involved, do some water boarding, what the hell has this posting have to do with you mr nutz ? Grow up and stop having pissing contests with the local police.

Suggest removal:


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2015 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes