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May 3, 2011
Why has President Obama acted so quickly to bury Osama bin Laden's body at sea? Americans should want the world, as well as bin Laden's fanatical followers, to see actual proof of his death. Couldn't the president have presented photographs of the body before burying it secretly? After 10 years of hunting for bin Laden, what was the rush? Barry Apple, Woodlawn
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 7, 2013
"Zero Dark Thirty," the film about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, got a fresh infusion of buzz over the weekend when outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirmed again that enhanced interrogation techniques aided the effort to find bin Laden. "Some of it came from ... interrogation tactics that were used," he said. "But the fact is, we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that. I think we could have gotten bin Laden without that. " In other words, the movie exaggerates the role played by enhanced interrogation techniques -- torture to some -- but they did have a role in the hunt for bin Laden.
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NEWS
May 7, 2011
Dan Rodricks argues that killing bin Laden was not "justice" ("Bin Laden death: Call it execution, not 'justice,'" May 5). "Justice" is an interesting ideal, but it has never been seen or rendered in the annals of man. No two people could agree completely on what it would be in reality. Many have tried to define it, long before Socrates and Plato, but none has succeeded. Bin Laden was a poisonous snake. If he had lived, he would have killed more. He got the same trial that he gave the thousands he slaughtered, except that he was warned.
NEWS
By Lynn R. Goldman and Michael J. Klag | January 7, 2013
The news that the Central Intelligence Agency had been running a fake vaccination program in Pakistan first surfaced in 2011 and quickly ignited fears that the covert operation could compromise the global campaign to eradicate polio. Late last month, a handful of vaccine workers, including a teenage girl, paid the price for the CIA's deceit: They were gunned down as they tried to give the polio vaccine to children living in the Pakistani city of Karachi and other areas. No one has taken responsibility for the attacks, although the Pakistani Taliban has threatened vaccine workers in the past.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
The hoopla of commemorations, ceremonies and speeches about 9/11 have come and gone, but each time an air traveler submits to an invasive body search that violates the Muslim custom of modesty, the soul of Osama bin Laden laughs; even though dead, he won a victory over the United States. The terrorist was so successful that 10 years later we are still living in mortal fear. We have become slaves to our mania for security, and for it we have sacrificed not only modesty, but privacy, peace of mind and, to a large extent, personal autonomy.
NEWS
May 8, 2011
One of the things that really bugged us about Osama bin Laden was his brilliance as a military strategist. He challenged Americans' sacrosanct self-image of invincibility as measured in military might. In doing so, he forced us to question our sense of God-given exceptionalism and superiority as a nation. This could not stand. It explains the triumphant chest-thumping in response to his killing, something that goes well beyond satisfaction from knowing that the perpetrator of vast crimes has been laid low.   John G. Bailey, Edgemere
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2011
There is a motto etched on a Navy SEAL training school building in California: "The only easy day was yesterday. " It captures the grit and willpower required to be a member of the Navy's elite force, a group that includes Naval Academy graduates and is supposed to have the training and smarts to be sent on any mission, anywhere in the world at any time. Sunday's operation was one that two presidents have called America's No. 1 priority: Bring Osama bin Laden to justice. It shoved the SEALs into the limelight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 3, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • U.S. investigating Pakistan's connection to bin Laden . (WSJ)  • Obama to visit Ground Zero . (WSJ)  • Will the U.S. release photos of bin Laden's body ? (Perthnow.com)  • Burial at sea video may be released . (ABC News)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 8, 2011
Less than one week after his death, terrorist leader Osama bin Laden's demise is now fodder for the nation's best-known comedy show.  Last night, Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen revealed bin Laden's will, and, unfortunately for the former Al-Qaeda leader, his instructions weren't exactly followed by U.S. troops.  Bin Laden revealed he has a "deathly fear of being eaten by fish. " "Do not bury me at sea," the terrorist said in the video. Oops. He also thanked Pakistani intelligence ("They are solid, reliable people")
NEWS
May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead. This is a great victory for the country. People are celebrating everywhere over his death. He was an evil man who was responsible for thousands of deaths. Bin Laden was in hiding for over a decade with no actual evidence of his whereabouts until yesterday. Although his death is being celebrated, it should also bring us much caution. This man has many followers all over the world, some right here in the U.S. I pray that his death will bring an end to the war, but I fear the retaliation will keep the war going.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
I was not surprised that die hard Democrat Mel Mintz is supporting the re-election of President Obama ("Romney is this year's Dewey," Sept. 5), but the reasons he gives for his support are amusing. He must be living in some other country. First, he correctly states that Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is doing well. The military and intelligence people found this terrorist and killed him. All this president did was give the OK. Any rational American would have done the same. General Motors is still alive today only because the taxpayer has given the company billions of dollars of borrowed money.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | September 4, 2012
After weeks of hype and recrimination, the public gets a look today at a Navy Seal's account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden -- a book that already is selling better than "Fifty Shades of Grey. " The author of " No Easy Day," is identified on the cover as Mark Owen (with a ghosting assist from  Kevin Maurer) but he has been widely reported to be ex-Seal Matt Bissonnette, and even as the book is published, the controversy over it continues. The Pentagon recently said that Bissonette breached nondisclosure agreements, and it is considering legal action against him. I'm sure this will take months to resolve, and while the lawyers hash it out, the book will be perched atop the best-seller lists.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
I am sure Fox News will take some flak for naming the Navy SEAL who wrote about the killing of Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym. It's already getting pretty heavy on Twitter following a tweet from Richard Engel, NBC's foreign correspondent, saying: "Al qaeda supporters in chat rooms call for death of Navy SEAL author. " But there is no legitimate journalistic controversy here -- at least, insofar as it involves Fox revealing that the former Navy SEAL who wrote the book "No Easy Day" under the pseudonym Mark Owen is 36-year-old Matt Bissonnette.
NEWS
By Max Abrahms | May 21, 2012
Five weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden publicly commanded his foot-soldiers to ramp up the violence against American civilians. But five weeks before his death, he privately instructed his lieutenants to refrain from killing any civilians. Did the world's most notorious terrorist have a moral awakening and grow soft? Hardly. His unheralded tactical shift was purely strategic. This month, the Combating Terrorism Center at the West Point Military Academy released 17 declassified documents that were seized from bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound in the targeted killing last year.
NEWS
May 18, 2012
I find it amazing that people really don't understand the death of Osama bin Laden and that a reader of your paper could write that President Barack Obama shouldn't get credit for it ("SEALs, not Obama, deserve credit for bin Laden death," May 9). No one is taking any credit from the SEALs for their heroism in ridding the world of someone the Bush administration spent more than six years trying to catch. But let's not forget that Mr. Obama was the one who kept our military focused on that goal.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
In response to a recent letter-writer claiming that the Navy SEALs, rather than President Obama, deserve the credit for killing Osama bin Laden, there are few sadder things than watching Republicans try to play down the facts ("SEALs, not Obama, deserve credit for bin Laden death," May 9). Here are the facts: President Obama is commander-in-chief whether his opponents like it or not. He was the one - and the only one - responsible for ordering those SEALs into action. They did not make that decision on their own. He was the one in charge.
EXPLORE
June 2, 2011
I don't know H.L. Goldstein or anything about him, including whether he has ever served in the armed forces or has faced an enemy in combat. However, it is clear from his letter, "America should not feel morally righteous in bin Laden's death," that Mr. Goldstein has little or no concept of the struggle the United States and the Western world in general is facing with terrorists like Osama bin Laden. Make no mistake, the U.S. is engaged in a war, a real honest-to-God shooting war that has already caused more death and injury than it should have.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 16, 2011
What's in a name? Shakespeare had a point when he had Juliet telling Romeo that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. " But don't tell that to the many Native Americans furious at the Pentagon for code-naming Osama bid Laden "Geronimo" in the raid that found and killed him. Members of that community have taken to pen, Internet and radio denouncing the usage, highlighted last Sunday by President Barack Obama on the CBS News show "60 Minutes....
NEWS
May 9, 2012
After all the publicity and with President Barack Obama posturing about the key role that he played in the demise of Osama bin Laden, it was gratifying to see an op-ed describing the real heroes of the operation ("Bin Laden victory lap went too far," May 6). With the crack outfit of Navy SEALs leading a very dangerous operation, the U.S., and not President Obama, was able to bring to justice one of the perpetrators of9/11. The battle against al-Qaidahas not been won by this single victory, as witnessed by events in Yemen, Iraq and Pakistan.
NEWS
May 4, 2012
Just for the record, President Obama is a bit hypocritical too regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden in that it was the CIA under President Bush that, by using enhanced interrogation techniques, first got the information leading to the discovery of his hideout. President Obama won't use those interrogation techniques; he just kills the same type terrorists with drones. But that is apparently OK. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
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