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Canada Election Results

 The polls are closed in Canada and it appears that the Conservative Party is on its way to a majority. This will also be its third consecutive win in national elections. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will retain his post for another term. This will be the first time that the Conservatives will have a majority in Parliament. Current projections show the party with 166 seats (155 needed for majority).



Some coverage from the CBC. The results so far (as of 11:31 EST):


CON: 39.95
NDP 30.79
LIB 19.2
BQ 5.74
GRN, 3.57
IND .033

This shows the collapse of the Liberal party, which picked up 26% in 2008 while the NDP had just 17%.

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Canadian Conservatives Cruise to Vicory

Canadians have handed Prime Minister Stephen Harper his first-ever majority government, in a historic result that also saw the mighty Liberals decimated and the separatist movement in Quebec all but obliterated.

In a stunning result, NDP Leader Jack Layton made history by becoming the first-ever NDP leader to move into Stornaway as the official Opposition leader.

While Layton and his party were cruising to a historic win, the Liberals and the Bloc were heading for crushing defeats.

Much of the NDP's rise has been attributed to a burst of support in Quebec, where Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe was forced to do heavy battle in his home Montreal riding and across the province.

And the Liberals saw their support all but evaporate across the country, with the Conservatives breaching the walls in the Toronto heartland.

CTV has more, including video!

Small Dead Animals offers a welcome to the new conservative overlords. Seems appropriate!

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Canadian Tories win Majority in Parliament

Good news for Matt. According to the CBC, It appears that the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper will win a majority in the Canadian Parliament. The NDP is also a big winner, as they will become the official opposition in Parliament for the first time.

However, both the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois are the big losers in the election. The Liberals, who dominated Canadian government for much of the century, are going to be the party with the third amount of seats in Parliament. The Bloc Quebecois are also big losers, having lost a lot of its seats to the NDP. Both the Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff, and the BQ leader, Gilles, Duceppe, risk losing their seats in Parliament.

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Jimmy Carter Welcomes Hamas-Fatah Union; U.S. ex-President Has No Shame

Representatives from Hamas and Fatah announced their intention to reconcile in Cairo last Wednesday. This follows a four-year-long violent rupture. The result of this rift is that Hamas now administers the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Authority, dominated by Fatah, administers the West Bank.

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement last Friday, hailing the reconciliation of bitter rivals Hamas and Fatah as a "historic intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement".

The statement speaks approvingly of Hamas and Fatah for "having the vision to begin the process of reunifying the Palestinian people", claiming that the deal would help to resolve longstanding issues faced by the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.


Former President Carter said in the statement that "this agreement, and the promise of elections in the next twelve months, has the potential to arrest the spiral of intra-Palestinian human rights violations and preserve Palestinian democracy."

Carter stated that he was confident that "if handled creatively and flexibly by the international community, Hamas’ return to unified Palestinian governance can increase the likelihood of a two-state solution and a peaceful outcome." He urged the international community to "view (the reconciliation) as part of the larger democratic trend sweeping the region.”


So what is wrong with this?



Elsewhere, I have written about Jimmy Carter’s tarnished record on the subject of Israel, on his approving attitude to tyrannical regimes, and on his dependence on Arab oil money. His statement of support for the marriage of two tyrannical regimes is consistent with Carter’s philosophy and behavior in the past. His pronouncements and recommendations have been na├»ve at best, and dangerously reckless at worst.


The largest problem in Carter's sunny and optimistic scenario is the unrelenting and murderous hostility of Hamas toward Israel. Hamas has stated clearly that it will never negotiate with Israel, and will never accept a Jewish state in the Middle East. Hamas' charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and Hamas spokesmen repeatedly call for genocide of the Jewish people. The group is defined as a terrorist group, and has fired hundreds of rockets across the border at Israel. Last month, Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus, severely wounding an Israeli child who later died.


As a result, Israel has reluctantly accepted the simple fact that there can be no peace agreement that includes the involvement of Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that "the Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both. Hamas aspires to destroy Israel and fires rockets at our cities ... at our children."


And now, we have additional confirmation of Hamas’ real agenda., Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, referring to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by the US, said that “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior, … We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.” He also stated that “we regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.”


One more question. What does Jimmy Carter mean about “preserving” Palestinian democracy? Democracy is more than simply elections. Democracy includes the rule of law, independence of the courts, freedom of the media from government control, and most importantly respect for and protection of the rights of minorities. Neither party to this agreement qualifies as a democracy except in Carter’s narrow and misleading definition.


And so, what does one call a former President who considers Hamas to be an entity with “vision”, and who insists that its intentions are peaceful, while this same Hamas both praises and mourns Osama Bin Laden?

What do you call a former President who considers Hamas to be democratic, while Israel is an “apartheid” state?.


And what do you call a former President who considers democratic and pro-American Israel to be immoral, but considers Hamas, Hafez al-Assad of Syria, Fidel Castro of Cuba, , and Kim il-Jong of North Korea, to be our friends?


I call the man a menace.



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Kathryn Klaber, The Face of Natural Gas?

Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of Marcellus Shale Coalition


Kathryn Klaber is the president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and is perhaps the most visible face of the pro-drilling movement. The coalition she represents has as its members most of teh energy companies who actively drill in the Marcellus shale. Ms. Klaber is articulate and smart. She is not afraid to answer the tough questions about drilling. IN a recent interview, she addressed a wide range of issues including what types of investments are being made in the Marcellus, how many jobs it produces, mineral rights vs. surface owners rights, accidents, environmental issues, Cornell junk science and much more.

In this clip she takes the Cornell Shale Gas study to task while addressing the real dangers concerning shale drilling.


Drilling Concerns in New York State


JOBS!



It is well worth your time to read the whole interview,
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Video Confirmation: Key Information That Led Directly to bin Laden Obtained Through Waterboarding

As was speculated at this blog earlier, water boarding produced vital information that led to the death of bin Laden. This information was obtained at a detention center, located in a foreign country and puts to rest the argument that water boarding gets results!


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Holy Crap, Look at this Picture Released by the White House, Taken During the Raid on Osama bin Laden

All I have to say is wow.  Look at the tension on all of their faces (click on any of the images for much better quality):
Do you think Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was nervous:
Or President Obama:
Underneath the picture, it reads:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured.

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EPA to Use New Regulations to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing?

Last week, while everyone else was talking about the President's long form birth certificate, the EPA was busy releasing new regulations designed to choke off any nascent economic growth that may help to lift the nation out of the great recession. Via the Lonely Conservative, Investors Business Daily warns us all to watch the other hand. Before these new regulations will be enacted a 60 comment period will be granted and the clock is ticking. I wonder how long bin Laden's death will keep our eyes diverted.


Maggie's Notebook has more. As does the Washington Post and the WSJ. Fox Business identifies regulations for water intake at power plants and factories. For now I can find no articles suggesting this power will be used against natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale, common sense tells me it is only a matter of time.


For some perspective, PolitiFact Virginia analyzed a statement by Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, R-Va 9th. He is a staunch opponent to the EPA power grab and stated, "Not even expensive bottled water, like Perrier and Evian, are of good enough quality to pump out of mines in Southwest Virginia, according to EPA regulation." After intense scrutiny politifact scores this statement as barely true. Last time I checked that still means true!



Last month New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman threatened to sue the federal government if it does not decide within 30 days to conduct an environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin. He is wasting his time. The EPA will do all the dirty work for him.


The suit seems rather specious from the get go as a full study was conducted and completed in 2004 and concluded in its executive summary that injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids "poses little or no threat to underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) and does not justify additional study at this time." But hey, that was 6 years ago!


Update:


Welcome Instapundit readers. Stay and look around and if you are interested at all in Marcellus shale drilling check out what Kathyrn Klaber, the face of natural gas, has to say in a thourough interview. Video added of course.


South of 5 and 20, a fellow upstate New York blogger was also kind enough to throw some traffic this way. Take a look at what farmers have to say about these new regs...


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Cosmic Justice: News of bin Laden Death Breaks During 9th Inning of 1-1 Game Featuring NY Team

Talk about coincidence.  The news of terrorist Osama bin Laden's death came during the 9th inning of a 1-1 game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.  More, the Mets were the first home team to play in New York City after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001.

The crowd spontaneously erupted in chants of USA, USA.
Dead as a door nail
Justice has been done.

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President Obama to Visit New York City Thursday to Commemorate 9/11

With the announcement that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed yesterday, President Obama will be visiting New York City this Thursday in order to commemorate those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  That was the day that 3,000 Americans were murdered, on the order of bin Laden.

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Vote in Our Poll: Who Should Get More Credit for Killing Osama bin Laden: Bush or Obama?

The founder and figurehead of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was killed yesterday in a firefight outside of Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans who died on September 11, 2001 and hundreds of Britons, who died on July 7, 2005.

Now that the news has broken, one pertinent question is:  who deserves the most credit for the death of bin Laden?  Some would say that President Obama deserves it.  As Commander and Chief of the United States, he gave the order to go in and kill bin Laden.  Others would say that President Bush deserves credit, as his policies, which were followed by the Obama Administration, led to the intelligence that killed bin Laden.  More specifically, President Bush kept Guantanamo Bay open and allowed "enhanced interrogation techniques," which led to the information that nailed the al Qaeda head.

Our brave men and women in uniform have been intentionally left out of this question, as there is no doubt that they have done the most work.  This question is specifically aimed at finding out which President deserves more credit.

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Cindy Sheehan: If you believe that Osama bin Laden is Dead, "You're Stupid"

Disgraced anti-war activist and habitual liar has something to say about the death of Osama bin Laden:  he's not dead.  Should you care what this woman thinks, after she paraded the death of her son, who she repeatedly called "stupid," around to become famous.

But if you want to see what she said, enjoy:
“I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid. Just think to yourself—they paraded Saddam’s dead sons around to prove they were dead—why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea? This lying, murderous Empire can only exist with your brainwashed consent—just put your flags away and THINK!”
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New Osama bin Laden Tape to Surface Soon

Fox News is reporting that a "new" tape by Osama bin Laden will surface in the near future.  When it was taken and where are completely unknown at this time.

Update-  CNN is reporting that the tape is most likely a "martyr tape" that bin Laden had prepared before he died.

Stay with Pundit Press for updates

Instant Classic: Taiwanese Animation on bin Laden's Death

The moment you've all been waiting for:



Boo yeah!

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Release Osama's Picture; We Can Handle It

The Obama administration is now debating whether or not to release Osama's picture, which is described as gruesome, to the American public and the world. Some are advising against it, and some are pushing for it, I would like to remind all of them of something very important and relevant.

Remember when Saddam Hussein was executed?

Americans watched the hanging on-line, while our Iraqi friends danced in the streets of Baghdad celebrating their oppressor's well deserved death.

If we can handle watching Hussein meeting his fate at the end of a rope, I'm sure most Americans would be absolutely fine with seeing Osama bin Laden's picture after U.S. Navy Seals shot the son-of-a-bitch in the head.

Just saying....

Release the Photo of bin Laden Corpse

After taking the time to treat the dead body of Osama bin Laden according to islamic tradition and deposit it to the depths of the ocean to serve as lobster food within the 24 hour requirement, the White House muse release a photograph of the corpse. Without it the legend of bin Laden will go on, regardless of whatever DNA evidence is provided....

Jake Tapper, again



The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden’s dead body and officials are debating what to do with them and whether they should be released to the public, officials tell ABC News.“There’s no doubt it’s him,” says a US official who has seen the pictures and also reminds us that OBL was 6’4”.

The argument for releasing them: to ensure that the public knows and can appreciate that he's dead. There is of course skepticism throughout the world that the US government claim that it killed bin Laden is true.

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Vital Information Used to Take Down OBL Obtained From KSM

Waterboarding vidicated? Maybe, but not sure it was used in this particular instance, but AP is reporting CIA interrogations overseas ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Rigt or wrong, appropriate or not it would seem that some credible information can be obtained by torture...

From the AP



Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden's most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed's successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.

The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed interrogation and detention program was successful. Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history.

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Watch White House Press Briefing on the Death of Osama bin Laden Live

The press briefing is slated to start in a few minutes. Watch below:



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77-Year-Old Veteran: "I'm Glad We Finally Got the Son of a Bitch!"

Seventy-seven year old veteran Victor Chartran confidently strode in front of a Fox News camera and, after being asked how he felt about the death of Osama bin Laden, he stated, a twinkle in his eye:  "I'm glad we finally got the son of a bitch!"

Is this a huge story?  No, but it is awesome.

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Possible Bomb Found at Coronado Bridge, San Diego

A possible pipe bomb has been found at the on-ramp at the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, California.

More:
SAN DIEGO — A suspicious device that proved to be harmless prompted authorities to shut down Interstate 5 for about an hour Monday morning.

The southbound lanes of the Interstate 5 connection to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge as well as the south transition road from state Route 163 were closed about 9 a.m. after a possible pipe bomb was found on the roadway.

The one-foot long pipe, which had caps at both ends, was discovered about 8:35 a.m. on the right shoulder of I-5 right at the connection to the bridge, San Diego police said.

Bomb squad members determined that the device was harmless and the lanes were reopened just before 10 a.m.

Drivers heading south on I-5 were diverted to state Route 94 and drivers on SR-163 were taken off at Park Ave, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Imperial Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway on-ramps to I-5 were also shut down.
Update-  The device has proven harmless.

Israeli Jets Prepare For Imminent Strike Against Iran: Iranian TV

Iranian PressTV reports taht Israel jet fighters have reportedly conducted drills at a military base in Iraq. Allegedly the drill were conducted at night using F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22 and KC-10 jet fighters. Thus far the Pentagon denies any knowleged of this development the real question is what Israel has to say and/or do. Is oil about to cost $200/barrell? Stay Tuned...

From Press TV:
A considerable number of Israeli warplanes were seen at al-Asad base in Iraq, reported a source close to prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sader's group.

The aircraft reportedly included F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, and KC-10 jet fighters. The warplanes carried out their week-long exercises at nights, the same source added.

The drills were reportedly aimed at preparing to strike Iran's air defense systems, disrupt Iran's radars and attack targets deep inside Iran.

Iraqi officials had not been notified of the exercises, which were conducted in collaboration with the US military.

The United States maintains numerous bases in Iraq, and the Baghdad government is not involved in any of the military deployments taking place there.


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Watch President Obama Speech Live, May 2, 2011

The President is making a speech in about two minutes.  Watch it below:


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Fake Picture of Osama bin Laden's Dead Body

This photo has been making the rounds on the web for years now.  Considering that Osama bin Laden died yesterday, it is fake.  However, so you know which picture is specifically fake, here it is.  WARNING, fake but graphic:

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Osama bin Laden Hid Behind Woman During US Mission

Being a coward to the exact last second of his life, Osama bin Laden was the one who hid behind an innocent woman seconds before being shot in the head.  It had been reported that a woman was used as a human shield in the firefight that took down the al Qaeda leader; however, it is only now know that bin Laden himself was the creature using the woman to protect himself.

BBC correspondent Katty Kay reported:
"A White House official tells me there was no decision to automatically go for a kill. US military personnel are not authorised to kill if a subject surrenders, but because of who Bin Laden was it was widely assumed that there would be a kill. The White House also says it was Bin Laden who 'cowardly hid' behind a woman." 

Video- Mets and Phillies Fans Erupt in Chants of 'USA, USA' as News of Osama bin Laden's Death Spreads

Awesome:


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DNA Tests Confirm that Osama bin Laden Dead; DNA Compared with Sister's Brain

It's (even more) official:  Osama bin Laden is dead and we've got both his body and his DNA to confirm it.
Dead
More from the Telegraph:
When his sister, who has not been named, died from brain cancer several years ago in Boston the FBI immediately subpoenaed her body so that it could later be used to identify the al-Qaeda leader if he was caught, it was claimed. 
The brain was preserved and tissue and blood samples taken from it were used to compile a DNA profile, ABC News reported. 
The tissue sample was reportedly then matched to the DNA of the man shot dead by US troops in a raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. 
He was shot in the head and chest by US Navy seals in a firefight in the compound, which had been monitored by the CIA for months. 
US officials confirmed that the body had been identified by a DNA test conducted in Afghanistan. He was later buried at sea.
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For The First Time In My Adult Life, I am Proud Of Obama

Sources tell ABC News that in March President Obama authorized the development of a plan for the U.S. to bomb Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound with two B2 stealth bombers dropping a few dozen 2,000-pound JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) on the compound.

But when the president heard the compound would be reduced to rubble he chose not to pursue that option.

That would mean there would be no evidence bin Laden was dead to present to the world – no DNA evidence, as the administration anticipates it will have.
Plus all 22 people in the compound including women and children, plus likely many neighbors would be killed.

The president wanted proof.

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Newspaper Momento: Bin Laden's Dead

After thirty minutes, seven miles, and three stores - I finally found a couple of newspapers declaring the death of Osama Bin Laden to the entire world.

I purchased the New York Post declaring "Bin Laden Dead" and the New York Times trumpeting "Bin Laden Killed By U.S. Forces In Pakistan" proudly.

God Bless America!

Photos of Osama bin Laden Mansion Hideout

ABV News has receieved exclusive photographs of Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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I will not submit! I will not surrender!





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FBI Changes Osama's Profile: Deceased

Looks like the news of Osama bin Laden's death has now become official, according to the FBI. With Osama's death less than a day ago, we can now see his 'profile' on the FBI website. His status?

Deceased.


Nice.


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Awwww: Palestinians Unhappy with bin Laden Death

Most who are old enough remember the images of people in Palestine celebrating the attacks of September 11th. I would put up a picture, but it's too depressing.

On a happier note, the Palestinians are pissed that Osama is dead:

1157: Palestinian militant group Hamas have condemned the killing of Bin Laden, Reuters reports, calling it the "assassination" of an "Arab holy warrior".


Heh.

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Iraq 'Delighted' at bin Laden's Death

Many people don't realize it, but the country that has suffered the most from al Qaeda is perhaps Iraq. Al Qaeda terrorists and their allies killed over 50,000 Iraqi civilians over the last eight years. Iraq celebrated Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death in 2006 and is now pleased with bin Laden's:

1303: Iraq is "delighted" by the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari tells AFP news agency, noting that thousands of Iraqis have died "because of his ideologies".
Sweet.

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Newspaper Covers Celebrate Osama bin Laden's Death

Thanks to the Poynter organization for compiling these.

It's been a long time due:



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Osama Bin Laden Is DEAD

My fellow Americans,

Rejoice and celebrate!

Osama Bin Laden, the man responsible for the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 American citizens, has been shot in the head by United States special forces in Pakistan.

After ten years of searching....ten years of fighting....and ten years of praying - Justice has finally been served.

GOD BLESS AMERICA! LAND OF THE FREE!

Bin Laden Killed by Navy Seals

Some new information coming in. We had earlier reported that he was killed by the CIA. Now it appears it was Navy SEALS.

Osama bin Laden was reportedly killed Sunday morning, around 1am Pakistani time.

Some details:


Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire. Yet the $1 million compound had no phone or Internet service. “Our best assessment was that bin Laden was living there with several family members, including his youngest wife,” the official said.

Asked what bin Laden did once the U.S. team landed, an official would say only: “He did resist the assault force.”

Officials said three other men were killed in the raid—one who is believed to be bin Laden’s adult son, and two couriers. One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by one of the combatants, they said. The U.S. team lost a helicopter due to mechanical failure.

Some more:

The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there. He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan, Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with a seven-foot wall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone of television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone.

According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.

H/T: HotAir.

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Bin Laden Mansion on Fire Video

Video (h/t Gateway Pundit)



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Osama bin Laden Death Video

This is the best we can do-- his mansion/compound on fire:

Video (h/t Gateway Pundit)



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When was Osama bin Laden Killed?

Osama bin Laden was reportedly killed Sunday morning, around 1am Pakistani time.

Some details:

Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire. Yet the $1 million compound had no phone or Internet service. “Our best assessment was that bin Laden was living there with several family members, including his youngest wife,” the official said.

Asked what bin Laden did once the U.S. team landed, an official would say only: “He did resist the assault force.”

Officials said three other men were killed in the raid—one who is believed to be bin Laden’s adult son, and two couriers. One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by one of the combatants, they said. The U.S. team lost a helicopter due to mechanical failure.

Some more:

The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there. He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan, Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with a seven-foot wall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone of television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone.

According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.

H/T: HotAir.


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Bin Laden Mansion UPDATE With Video!

Apparently this is the place:


Right here, reportedly:
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?ftid=0x38de3111557ac517:0x6e59a635b12e952c&q=Abbott%C4%81bad,+Khyber+Pakhtunkhwa,+Pakistan&hl=en&sll=34.146667,73.216389&sspn=0.073891,0.128059&ie=UTF8&ll=34.20371,73.139076&spn=0,0&z=13






Apparently the CIA (or special ops) shot him in the head in Pakistan!



Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in possession of bin Laden's body.
Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
UPDATE: Video (h/t Gateway Pundit)



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Where is Osama bin Laden's Body?

We have received word through the major media sources that bin Laden's body is currently in Afghanistan. It was airlifted out of Pakistan along with the US Special Ops troops.

Apparently the CIA [or Special Ops] shot him in the head in Pakistan!



Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in possession of bin Laden's body.
Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.


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Bin Laden Death Photo?

Unfortunately there's not any pictures of the death of Osama bin Laden, although it is likely that they will be released somewhat soon.

Stay tuned for any possible updates.

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President Bush Statement on bin Laden's Death

This coming to us from former President George W. Bush on the death of Osama bin Laden:


Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

USA!

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The Angry American Video

I believe that this applies today.

God Bless America!



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Osama bin Laden Obituary

The NYT is running the following. A portion:

Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan on Sunday, was a son of the Saudi elite whose radical, violent campaign to recreate a seventh-century Muslim empire redefined the threat of terrorism for the 21st century.
With the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Bin Laden was elevated to the realm of evil in the American imagination once reserved for dictators like Hitler and Stalin. He was a new national enemy, his face on wanted posters, gloating on videotape, taunting the United States and Western civilization.
“Do you want bin Laden dead?” a reporter asked President George W. Bush six days after the Sept. 11 attacks.
“I want him — I want justice,” the president answered. “And there’s an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’ ”

A good day for America.

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US Announces Travel Advisory-- Terror Alert about bin Laden's Death

With all of the good news coming out today, there appears to be some negative repercussions about the death of Osama bin Laden. The State Department has announced a travel advisory in the aftermath of bin Laden's death.

The State Department on Sunday warned Americans worldwide of "enhanced potential for anti-American violence" following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
"Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where 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 State Department said in a statement.

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Celebration at Ground Zero

Word now that the celebrations that have reached Washington and Times Square are now at Ground Zero, the former place of the World Trade Center:

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White House Celebrations over bin Laden Death

UPDATE: Also at Ground Zero and Times Square!
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Crowd numbers are unknown, but appear over 5,000!

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Celebration in Times Square-- NY Firefighters!

UPDATE: Also at the White House and Ground Zero.

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Great news-- pictures of celebrations in New York City.

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It's unclear how many are in Times Square-- but it's a good day!

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Full Transcript of Obama Speech on the Death of Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011

UPDATE- The full transcript:
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 ten 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 11th, 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. So we went to war against al Qaeda, to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies. Over the last ten 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 could located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside 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 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. 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 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 ten 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 have 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 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.
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Update-  The US apparently has bin Laden's body, according to CNN.

UPDATE:

Some text from the President's speech:
"Justice has been done," the president declared as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "We Are the Champions," NBC News reported. 
Obama said bin Laden, whom he called a terrorist "responsible for the murder of thousands of American men, women and children," was killed in Pakistan earlier in the day after a firefight in an operation that was based on U.S. intelligence. 
Officials long believed that bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. 
It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team, having fulfilled the goal once voiced by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, to bring to justice the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Obama declared that "the death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's struggle to defeat al-Qaida," he stressed that the effort continues. 
"We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad," he said, while emphasizing that "the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam."
Update- Here's the entire speech:


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Times Square Celebrates Osama Bin Laden Death

Thousands of Americans are celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden at Times Square right now!

God Bless America!

May this date be remembered by all!

Text of Obama Speech on Osama bin Laden's Death, May 1, 2011

UPDATE- The full transcript:
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 ten 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 11th, 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. So we went to war against al Qaeda, to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies. Over the last ten 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 could located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside 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 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. 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 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 ten 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 have 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 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.
When the President speaks, watch the live video below:

 



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Update-  The US apparently has bin Laden's body, according to CNN.

UPDATE:

Some text from the President's speech:
"Justice has been done," the president declared as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "We Are the Champions," NBC News reported. 
Obama said bin Laden, whom he called a terrorist "responsible for the murder of thousands of American men, women and children," was killed in Pakistan earlier in the day after a firefight in an operation that was based on U.S. intelligence. 
Officials long believed that bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. 
It is a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team, having fulfilled the goal once voiced by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, to bring to justice the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Obama declared that "the death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's struggle to defeat al-Qaida," he stressed that the effort continues. 
"We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad," he said, while emphasizing that "the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam."
Update- Here's the entire speech:


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Full Obama Speech Video on Osama bin Laden's Death, May 1, 2011

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UPDATE- The full transcript:
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 ten 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 11th, 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. So we went to war against al Qaeda, to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies. Over the last ten 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 could located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside 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 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. 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 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 ten 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 have 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 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.


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