Washington (CNN) – Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.
The viewings will take place at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time to be decided, the official said.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) – Any unclaimed bounty money from the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden should go to the first responders, victims' families and survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks, a pair of New York congressmen said Sunday.
Reps. Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler have introduced legislation that would award up to $50 million of the bounty approved by Congress to help fund organizations that provide health care, psychological care and other resources to those most directly affected in the September 11, 2001, attacks.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Three of the biggest names in the administration of former President George W. Bush congratulated President Obama on Sunday for the capture of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, while coming to the careful defense of their former boss.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said bin Laden's capture was the culmination of work by Bush and Obama.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. John Kerry said it is time to stop questioning the exact occurrences in Osama bin Laden’s house before his death in Abbottabad, Pakistan, at the hand of U.S. Navy SEALs.
“I thinks those SEALs did exactly what they should have done,” the senator from Massachusetts and 2004 presidential nominee said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And we need to shut up and move on about, you know, the realities of what happened in that building.”
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continued on Sunday to question what Pakistan knew in the lead-up to Osama bin Laden's capture, saying it seems "logical" that people in the country were aware of his location.
"It appears to me very logical that if Osama bin Laden was in that home for six years of time, in a group of people that were connected with the military, then a lot of people in Pakistan knew about his whereabouts," the Indiana senator said on CNN's "State of the Union."'
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for U.S. forces to raid a northern Pakistan housing compound based on "what was probably a 50-50 case that Osama bin Laden was there," his national security adviser said.
On April 28, Obama attended the last of several National Security Council meetings focused on finding and going after the al Qaeda leader. During that meeting, some advocated for the commando raid while others advised against it, according to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, given there had been no clear-cut sightings of bin Laden by that point.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday his meeting with the commandos who executed the mission against Osama bin Laden's compound was a chance to say "job well done."
"They're America's quiet professionals," Obama said. "They could have chosen a life of ease. But... they volunteered (and) chose to serve."
Fort Campbell, Kentucky (CNN) - President Barack Obama met Friday afternoon with members of the military team responsible for conducting the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, and promised a war-weary nation victory over al Qaeda.
"We are ultimately going to defeat al Qaeda," the president told more than 2,300 troops who recently returned from Afghanistan. "We have cut off their head."FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with members of the U.S. Navy SEAL team involved in the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, a senior administration official told CNN.
Obama met with Vice Adm. William McRaven, who was the military commander of the operation against bin Laden, on Wednesday, according to the official.