Santorum backtracks on McCain criticism
May 18th, 2011
10:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Santorum backtracks on McCain criticism

Washington (CNN) – Probable Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum expressed his respect for Sen. John McCain's military service Wednesday after saying McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, "doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works."

During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Monday, Santorum said enhanced interrogation aided the United States in its capture of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Osama bin Laden • Rick Santorum
Rep. Peter King to hold hearing on death of bin Laden
May 17th, 2011
05:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Rep. Peter King to hold hearing on death of bin Laden

(CNN)-House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King will hold a hearing on how the death of Osama bin Laden impacts homeland security in one week, according to a written statement on his website.

"The national conversation has revolved around details emerging from the killing of Bin Laden by U.S. Special Operations Forces," he said.
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Filed under: Congress • House • Osama bin Laden • Peter King
Obama can put U.S. on 'right side' of Arab Spring, ex-official says
May 16th, 2011
09:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama can put U.S. on 'right side' of Arab Spring, ex-official says

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's upcoming address on the Middle East is a chance for Washington "to get on the right side of history" after a season of historic upheaval there, his former intelligence chief said Sunday.

The Thursday speech is likely to address the ongoing fight against al Qaeda following the May 2 killing of its leader, Osama bin Laden, as well as the U.S. need for oil from the region and efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, retired Adm. Dennis Blair told CNN's "State of the Union."

Lawsuit filed over bin Laden death photos
May 13th, 2011
05:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Lawsuit filed over bin Laden death photos

Washington (CNN) - A conservative legal watchdog group has filed the first lawsuit seeking public release of video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead.

Judicial Watch is asking the Department of Defense to comply with a Freedom of Information request for the material, especially photos of the September 11 mastermind lying dead on the third floor of his Pakistan hideout. The legal complaint to force compliance was made in federal court in Washington on Friday.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden
Justice Stevens says bin Laden killing legally justified
May 13th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Justice Stevens says bin Laden killing legally justified

Washington (CNN) - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has voiced support for the killing of al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces, saying it was legally justified.

In remarks Thursday evening at his alma mater, Northwestern University, the 91-year-old former justice said the order by President Barack Obama for the covert mission by U.S. Navy SEALs was "to remove an enemy who had been trying every day to attack the United States," according to two people who attended a symposium and dinner that was closed to the media.


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Bush breaks silence on bin Laden
May 13th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush breaks silence on bin Laden

(CNN)-In his first informal comments following the death of Osama bin Laden, President George W. Bush said he was not “overjoyed” at the news of the bin Laden's death but it was a “good call” to mount the Navy SEAL operation into Pakistan and go after the terrorist leader.

According to ABC News, Bush told a crowd of 1,800 hedge fund managers in Las Vegas that the mission he initiated to track down bin Laden almost ten years ago following 9/11 was not "out of hatred but to exact judgment."
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McCain stands firm on opposition to torture
May 12th, 2011
08:53 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain stands firm on opposition to torture

(CNN)-Arizona Sen. John McCain tried to straighten the record on the relationship between torture and intelligence late Thursday. On CNN’s “John King, USA,” the Republican war veteran and POW in Vietnam stood firm on his opinion that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding amount to torture.

And for McCain, the stakes are too high to be wrong. The five-term senator told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, “I had to speak out because I do feel strongly … it really is about the moral standing of the United States of America in the world.”
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More lawmakers want photos of bin Laden's body released
May 12th, 2011
06:59 PM ET
3 years ago

More lawmakers want photos of bin Laden's body released

Washington (CNN) - Two U.S. lawmakers joined the call Thursday for the release of photos of Osama bin Laden's body, after seeing the images themselves.

"These are very graphic, gruesome pictures," said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado. But seeing them "gave me a sense of finality and closure."

Members of Senate and House committees that deal with intelligence and military matters have been invited to see the photos. Some of his colleagues had declined the offer, Lamborn said. He did not name those lawmakers.

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Members of Congress see bin Laden photos
May 11th, 2011
09:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Members of Congress see bin Laden photos

Washington (CNN) – More members of Congress are seeing something cleared for only a select group of Americans: Photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.

Republican Sen. James Inhofe told CNN's Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday he saw about 15 photos of bin Laden's body, most taken at the al Qaeda leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Three were taken on a naval vessel from which bin Laden was buried at sea after the May 2 U.S. commando raid.

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Obama touts bin Laden killing
May 10th, 2011
08:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama touts bin Laden killing

(CNN) - On his first campaign stop since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama told some 750 supporters at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, that bin Laden is no longer a threat.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America," he said.
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