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October 24, 2001
SATISFACTION in the course of justice is taken from the sentencing of four disciples of Osama bin Laden to life in prison for roles in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Last week, in a lower Manhattan courtroom not far from the former World Trade Center, federal District Judge Leonard Sand also ordered each to pay $33 million in damages to victims' families and the U.S. government, expressing hope of extracting it from al-Qaida accounts. The four were caught in an international dragnet, and convicted of conspiracy with bin Laden to kill Americans.
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NEWS
June 26, 2013
In his recent column ("A silence from liberals that speaks volumes," June 23), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. condemns Pfc. Bradley Manning as "traitorous. " His evidence? That Seal Team Six found Osama bin Laden in possession of materials Private Manning had released - to the world. Mr. Ehrlich's point is well-taken, but his accusation is unfairly selective. Recently declassified documents reveal that additional incriminating evidence was discovered in bin Laden's hideaway. A box of Rice-a-Roni was in his pantry.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 9, 2002
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon shaved off Osama bin Laden's beard and added a moustache. It took off the camouflage and put him in a cheap suit. It plucked him from the caves and turned his scowl into a grin. And the end result was this: Osama bin Laden, prom date. In a computer-altered image of bin Laden airdropped over Afghanistan, bin Laden looks less like the world's most-wanted man and more like the high-school senior who hopes his palms aren't too sweaty. He brings to mind a disco king a la Saturday Night Fever or a Vegas lounge lizard, not a terrorist whose capture carries a $25 million reward.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been elected to the House (or at least that's where we hear he's going). Welcome to your trends report for Monday, May 8, 2013. Sanford will head to Capitol Hill after facing off against Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of the late-night satirist Stephen Colbert. Republicans will hold 233 of the House's 435 seats when Sanford is sworn in, probably this week. Another trip to the House comes today, when former diplomat Gregory Hicks is scheduled to testify about the Benghazi attacks last year.
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By Davan Maharaj and Davan Maharaj,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 23, 2002
MERERANI, Tanzania - The young miners here are known as wanapollo, Swahili for spacemen. Several times a day, they emerge from half a mile below the earth, their bodies coated in glittering graphite dust. They are searching for tanzanite, a gem found only under a 5-square-mile patch of scrub near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. A few months ago, Mohammed Abubakar supported his mother and eight siblings with money earned from mining the blue-violet stone. But since Sept. 11, reports that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network controlled a chunk of the tanzanite trade have sent the price of the gemstone down about 70 percent, slashing his earnings.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2011
Nikki Yancey knew that no pictures had been released of Osama bin Laden after the terrorist leader was killed this week in a lightning raid by U.S. commandos in Pakistan. So she was surprised when a friend reported that Yancey's Facebook account had tried to entice her 600-plus friends to click on a link that allegedly would bring up photographs of the dead al-Qaida leader. In reality, no such images were available. What happened? Yancey's social networking identity had been hijacked.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2001
As a charity fund-raiser, a Riviera Beach, Fla., gun dealer is selling $10 posters of Osama bin Laden suitable for the firing range, the concentric target rings rippling from a forehead bull's-eye promising if not victory, at least emotional outlet. The renegade multimillionaire's bearded, turbaned head stares lately from T-shirts, "WANTED" posters, television and computer screens; a party supply store in McAllen, Texas, proffers "Osama Pinatas" for sale and evisceration. Simultaneously everywhere and nowhere, bin Laden is the latest in a series of villains to have his moment in American preoccupation.
NEWS
July 30, 2006
second in command to Osama bin Laden, calling for a holy war against "tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America." It is a jihad [holy war] for the sake of God and will last until [our] religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq." Ayman al-Zawahri
NEWS
May 3, 2011
At long last, Osama bin Laden is gone. I'll never forget the horror of September 11th, and I am relieved this monster of terrorism has been dispatched. It was about time. Now that our mission has been accomplished, it's time to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and get the Maryland National Guard out of Egypt. America's Middle East adventures should be scaled back and ended. After nearly a decade of war, the loss of thousands of lives and trillions of American tax dollars, I say enough.
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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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.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
The CIA is probably smug and triumphant about its duplicitous vaccination drive in Abbotabad, a mission hatched to catch and kill Osama bin Laden ("A tainted polio program," Jan. 7). As a doctor, I cringe to think of this unscrupulous use of medicine for murder. While the London Guardian investigated the matter and revealed its unethical intricacies, it is amazing that not one American newspaper thought the CIA's vaccination plot was worthy of further scrutiny. The vaccination drive was against Hepatitis B, a deadly and common disease in the Third World, spread by contaminated needles, surgical instruments and tainted blood.
NEWS
November 10, 2012
Letter writer Ilene O'Connell says the re-election of Barack Obama as president has made her "ashamed of my country" ("Ashamed of the country that re-elected Obama," Nov. 8). She is entitled to her opinion but not to create her own facts to support it. The fact is that the president - any president - has very little control over the price of gasoline. That's in the hands of the oil-rich nations and the big oil companies, who of course adjust the availability of supplies to make the most money.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
There is no TV genre more problematic than docudrama. And Sunday's premiere of "SEAL Team Six," which claims to be the true, inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, is as problematic as they come. The core issues all grow from the docudramatist's desire to have it both ways in mixing fact and fiction. The goal is to have the credibility of the documentary as well as the poetic license to invent and collapse facts and details in the name of the most compelling storytelling.
NEWS
September 5, 2012
Letter writer Bud Gibbs ("Romney is more qualified to be president than Obama," Sept. 4) contends that Mitt Romney is better due to a better resume. That is just a wee bit silly. If Mr. Gibbs would have been around, he surely would have voted for Thomas Dewey over Harry Truman. After all, Mr. Dewey was governor of New York, a successful businessman, and graduated form the finest schools. President Truman was just an unsuccessful haberdasher. However, Mr. Truman went on to become possibly one of the top 10 U.S. Presidents in history.
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.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | April 18, 2008
You may be hoping that Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock's Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? slipped into theaters without fanfare because Spurlock did find bin Laden (or at least got close to him) and had to keep it all hush-hush. No such luck. This movie is a case of arthouse bait and switch. Its true subject is one decent Yank's desire to believe that Everyman and Everywoman - Everywhere! - are as warm and amiable as your average American Joe: him, Morgan Spurlock, the regular guy as fearless globetrotter.
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.
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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