My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 6, 2011 We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. By Noam Chomsky It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been … Continue reading

Chomsky’s Follies

The professor’s pronouncements about Osama Bin Laden are stupid and ignorant. By Christopher Hitchens Noam Chomsky Anybody visiting the Middle East in the last decade has had the experience: meeting the hoarse and aggressive person who first denies that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center and then proceeds … Continue reading

Demanding Answers From Pakistan

By ZALMAY KHALILZAD Washington Francesco Bongiorni SINCE the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan has behaved toward the United States as both friend and adversary — and gotten away with it. The latest evidence of its duplicity is the revelation that Osama bin Laden lived for years in a house near Pakistan’s national military academy and a local … Continue reading

The Age of the Manhunt

Never before have individuals been so threatening to the security of nation-states. And never before have nations had so many tools to dispatch these enemies. But is the effort worth the risk? BY BENJAMIN RUNKLE The Navy SEALs’ surgical dispatch of Osama bin Laden on May 2 local time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, ended the 13-year … Continue reading

Osama’s Blooper Reel, Courtesy of the Navy SEALs

By Spencer Ackerman In life, Osama bin Laden carefully crafted his image as a pious, anti-American leader. In death, he surely wouldn’t appreciate the U.S. government releasing his blooper reel. As part of what a senior U.S. intelligence official called "the greatest intelligence success, perhaps, of a generation," the government has released five videos captured … Continue reading

How will the feds crack bin Laden’s hard drives?

Jacob Aron, technology reporter The seizure of Osama bin Laden’s hard drives left many wondering what the US might discover – "the mother lode of intelligence", or impossible-to-crack encrypted data? It turns out that while the encryption used may be mathematically impenetrable, the human factor can provide a way in to the data, even after … Continue reading

Trail to Bin Laden began with CIA detainee, officials say

An Al Qaeda suspect who was under harsh interrogation at a secret prison provided the nom de guerre of a courier. When two key prisoners lied about the courier, the CIA knew it was onto something. Al Qaeda operations chief Abu Faraj Libbi, above, and his predecessor both lied about a mysterious courier for Osama … Continue reading

Germany’s Osama bin Laden Problem

Jacob Heilbrunn Germany is on the front-lines of the battle against terror. It was in Hamburg that the 9/11 plotters hatched their plot. But Germany has also uncovered multiple plots over the years aimed at targets inside Germany. Its experience in combatting the Baader Meinhof gang has surely helped prepare Germany for stopping Islamic radicalism. … Continue reading

Bin Laden apparently not on dialysis

By Joshua Keating Another persistent bin Laden rumor may have bitten the dust. ABC medical reporter Kim Carollo writes:  "Despite the fact that we have all been hearing about his kidney problems and the need for dialysis, according to the intelligence people I’ve talked to in Washington, there was no evidence of a dialysis machine … Continue reading

Aviation Geeks Scramble to ID bin Laden Raid’s Mystery Copter

By David Axe Updated 8:33 p.m, May 4 The May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden’s luxury compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, had it all: painstaking intelligence-gathering, a heroic Navy SEAL assault team, satellite and drone surveillance, and biometric forensics. And now this: a possible super-secret, stealthy helicopter, unknown to the wider world before one crashed … Continue reading

Beastly Virgins

Cartoonists’ take on Osama Bin Laden.

Goodbye, (Mr.) Terrorist

How did the New York Times decide to strip Osama Bin Laden of his honorific? By Stayton Bonner The May 2, 2011, New York TimesIn a leaked New York Times memo, editors gave staffers last-minute instructions to drop the honorific "Mr." from Osama Bin Laden’s name in Monday’s newspaper. According to the Huffington Post, "it … Continue reading

Bin Laden’s Final Resting Place

by Mark Thompson The carrier USS Carl Vinson was Osama bin Laden’s penultimate destination / Navy photo Osama bin Laden left this world from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea about mid-day Monday. In a strange twist on an ancient military tradition, he was buried at sea. … Continue reading

On the Death of Osama bin Laden

by Steve Coll Abbottabad is essentially a military-cantonment city in Pakistan, in the hills to the north of the capital of Islamabad, in an area where much of the land is controlled or owned by the Pakistani Army and retired Army officers. Although the city is technically in what used to be called the Northwest … Continue reading

The Best Kind of Military Intelligence

Careful preparation, rather than expensive weapons, took out Osama Bin Laden. By Anne Applebaum Watching the news of Bin Laden’s death from Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province, AfghanistanThe U.S. Air Force, with its extraordinary range and flexibility, is the best in the world. The U.S. Navy, with its vast aircraft carriers and global reach, has … Continue reading

A High Tech Military Deployed the Ancient Art of Stealth to Capture Their Man

By Gary Stix                    … They decided that he couldn’t be in a cave or in the Pakistani frontier territories because that’s exactly where everybody thought he would be. So there were probably only two other places in the world he could be holed up: somewhere else … Continue reading


BY PETER BERGEN AND KATHERINE TIEDEMANN. Pakistan is the headquarters of both al Qaeda and the Taliban, while Pakistani nuclear scientists have met with Osama bin Laden and proliferated nuclear technology to rogues states such as North Korea. Few countries in the world worry the Obama administration more. In past months the Taliban have moved … Continue reading