Posts Tagged "Osama Bin Laden"

IF I had known that my nostrils’ poking out of a body bag would be the main feature of my performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Zero Dark Thirty,” it would have saved me eight weeks of heart palpitations as I prepared for my role as Osama bin Laden.

Read: I Played Osama bin Laden in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ - NYTimes

“"for those who do not know" that Saudi-born bin Laden was left blind in the right eye after an accident in his youth.”

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has given an hour-long account of the life of Osama bin Laden, revealing that the terrorist mastermind was blind in one eye and a one-time Muslim Brotherhood member. - Telegraph

I am speechless. Speechless! I have no speech.


Then-CNN (now ABC News) correspondent Christiane Amanpour correctly predicted that Osama bin Laden was hiding in a villa inside Pakistan in an October 2008 taping of the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” [HBO]

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The Piece of Paper That Killed Bin Laden

If you can manage to decipher Leon Panetta’s chicken scratch, you too can read the final memo that launched the raid that killed America’s most hated enemy. The memo is part of Peter Bergen’s Time cover story on Osama bin Laden’s last days and Obama’s call to go ahead, despite Joe Biden and Robert Gates’ disapproval, with the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s Abottabad complex.

Read: The Atlantic Wire

President Obama: Ask Osama bin Laden if I’m an appeaser.

The FBI says there's a chance for a retaliatory attack in the wake of Anwar al-Awlaki's killing. P's and Q's? Keep on those. →


The FBI also released a similar warning when U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. In related news, the guy who designed the underwear bomber’s underwear bomb was likely also killed in the strike that killed al-Awlaki.

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FRONTLINE : The Man Who Knew

“We don’t know what would have happened if John could have done his job in Yemen and had really had the full back-up to go and to really push in Yemen and what kind of networks he could have exposed. But you know, we do know there were Yemenis involved in the attacks of September 11th. So is it possible that if he had been able to really open up that network and really expose that network, that he could have in some way deterred the tragedy of September 11th? I don’t think we know, but it’s sad because we won’t know the answer to that. But I think there is a fighting — he would have had had a fighting chance if he’d been able to do his job.” - Chris Isham, ABC News

John O’Neill wound up leaving the FBI and went to work, of all places, as head of security at the World Trade Center, and was one of the victims of the attack on 9/11

"There was nothing said. I asked and asked and asked. I kinda wondered whether there was some sort of "Dirty Harry" moment, and there just simply wasn’t. It was all split second… [The Navy Seal] shoots bin Laden once in the chest and bin Laden begins falling back and shoots him once above the left eye and bin Laden falls down. And he [The Navy Seal] steps up and says, on the radio, ‘For God and country, Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.’" - The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle, via CNN

The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden : The New Yorker

 What happened that night in Abbottabad.

by Nicholas Schmidle