Osama Bin Laden Articles

Not a Conspiracy

We really do know a lot about Osama bin Laden’s death.
Nov 16, 2015

In May, the London Review of Books published a 10,000-word exposé by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was widely read online, receiving “more than two million page-views,” according to an editor’s note inserted at the bottom. While Hersh’s account was popular in the Internet’s fever swamps, however, it was given little credence by the mainstream press. The New Yorker, where Hersh has published much of his work, passed on the story. Indeed, the thinly sourced piece seems implausible on its face.

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Biden in 2012: Clinton 'Hedged' Her Bet on Bin Laden Raid

3:45 PM, Oct 20, 2015

In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden told the story of President Obama deciding to send a Navy SEAL team to kill Osama bin Laden. Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state at the time, "hedged" her bet, according to Biden's telling of the story.

Biden, for his part, advised against sending in the SEALs to kill bin Laden. (Biden now says he privately advised the president to do it.)

Watch Biden's remarks from 2012:

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Why Isn't GOP Congress Doing its Job?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:17 PM, Jul 31, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the Republican Congress and why it's failing to get the Osama Bin Laden documents.

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Slow Release

A few more documents from the bin Laden raid are finally revealed. They do not flatter the judgment of the Obama administration.
Jun 01, 2015

After four years of fierce internecine battles and inexplicable delays, the intelligence community last week started the process of releasing more documents captured in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted on its website several dozen documents of uneven importance, bringing the total number of bin Laden documents available to the public to slightly more than 100. 

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Intel Committee Members: Release More Bin Laden Docs

10:15 AM, May 22, 2015

Republican members of the House intelligence committee say the Obama administration should release more of the one million-plus documents found after the 2011 raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The White House has so far released around 120, including 86 more on Wednesday that revealed relatively trivial details, like the terrorist mastermind’s reading list. (One interesting nugget, though, was that al Qaeda had been considering opening a recruitment office in Iran.)

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Over 1 Million Bin Laden Documents Remain Unreleased

10:49 AM, May 20, 2015

The U.S. government released Wednesday morning an additional 86 documents from the vast collection of documents captured during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Had Doubled When Obama Claimed It Had Been Decimated

8:18 AM, Mar 06, 2015

Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn report in the Wall Street Journal on the latest developments in uncovering how the Obama administration actively played down the threat of al Qaeda during President Obama's reelection campaign.

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Derek Harvey on the Osama Bin Laden Documents

4:00 PM, Mar 04, 2015

Derek Harvey appeared on Fox News to talk about his latest piece ("Obama's ISIS Strategy Empowers Iran") and the Osama bin Laden documents:

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Newly-Released Docs Show Iran's Deep Ties to Al Qaeda

4:46 PM, Mar 02, 2015

Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn joined Bret Baier over the weekend to discuss the newly released Osama bin Laden documents:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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Osama Docs Reveal Secret Link Between Al Qaeda and Iran

1:10 PM, Feb 27, 2015

Thomas Joscelyn talked on Fox News today about newly uncovered documents from the Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan that reveal a direct connection between al Qaeda and Iran:

Joscelyn explains the revelations in more detail here.

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New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden's Secret Ties With Iran

Show availability of Iran for al Qaeda training, plotting.
12:27 PM, Feb 27, 2015

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting.

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Al Qaeda Wasn’t ‘on the Run’

Why haven’t we seen the documents retrieved in the bin Laden raid?
Sep 15, 2014

In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, an elite team of 25 American military and intelligence professionals landed inside the walls of a compound just outside the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. CIA analysts had painstakingly tracked a courier to the compound and spent months monitoring the activity inside the walls. They’d concluded, with varying levels of confidence, that the expansive white building at the center of the lot was the hideout of Osama bin Laden.

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Love: Obama Played Cards During Osama Raid; 'I Can’t Watch This Entire Thing,' Obama Said

1:00 PM, Aug 14, 2013

Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, "I can't watch this entire thing."

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Al Qaeda Reborn?

12:35 PM, Jul 27, 2013

Are we watching the demise of al Qaeda or its rebirth?

A bracing new piece in the Daily Beast makes a persuasive case that it’s the latter -- that recent developments in Iraq, across the greater Middle East and South Asia point to a resurgence of al Qaeda and a strengthening of its affiliates.

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Osama bin Laden’s Files Introduced at Bradley Manning’s Trial

11:09 AM, Jul 02, 2013

Prosecutors in Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s case have introduced an intriguing piece of evidence: Osama bin Laden’s documents, or at least a description of them. The Associated Press reports (emphasis added):

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Release Osama Bin Laden’s Files on Taliban

1:24 PM, Jun 19, 2013

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was moving forward with its attempt to negotiate with the Taliban, which has opened a long-awaited political office in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban released a statement trumpeting its new political front. Within hours, Afghan president Hamid Karzai blasted the U.S. government, saying the talks will only advance “foreigners' strategies and goals” and are “completely in contradiction to the assurance that was given to Afghanistan by the United States of America.”

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Intel Chair: Release the Bin Laden Documents

11:00 PM, Jun 02, 2013

Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, added his rather important voice to the growing number of current and former officials who believe the Obama administration should expedite the release of some documents captured during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. And Rogers, in an appearance Sunday on Meet the Press, suggested that the Obama administration cherry-picked the few documents released to date to create a narrative about al Qaeda favorable to the president.

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Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

11:50 AM, May 24, 2013

During his counterterrorism speech on Thursday, President Obama defended the use of drones by saying the following:

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PPP Poll: Markey 44, Gomez 40

12:17 PM, May 03, 2013

The special election campaign for Senate in Massachusetts is only a few days old, but it's already looking close. A new PPP poll shows Democrat Ed Markey leading his Republican opponent, Gabriel Gomez, by only four points. Here's more from PPP:

PPP's first poll of the general election in the Massachusetts Senate special finds a close race, with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a 44-40 margin.

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Exploiting Osama Bin Laden’s Files

10:02 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Top U.S. intelligence officials revealed new details about the exploitation of Osama bin Laden’s extensive archive during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. The officials revealed that at least several hundred intelligence reports have been generated based on an analysis of bin Laden’s files.

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Clapper: Declassify the Bin Laden Files

11:45 AM, Apr 11, 2013

During the House Intelligence Committee hearing today on “Worldwide Threats,” Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said that he has recently had conversations about releasing more of the documents captured in Osama bin Laden’s compound. More of the documents should be released, Clapper said.

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Bin Laden’s Files and the Al Qaeda Threat

5:00 AM, Apr 11, 2013

The House Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing on “Worldwide Threats” today. The most senior U.S. intelligence officials are scheduled to testify.

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Who Killed Osama?

7:36 AM, Mar 27, 2013

CNN reports:

In February, Esquire magazine published a lengthy profileof "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden." The story did not identify the killer by his real name, referring to him only as "the Shooter."

The Shooter told Esquire that the night bin Laden was killed he had encountered al Qaeda's leader face-to-face in the top-floor bedroom of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had been hiding for more than five years.

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Grub Street

The war on terror in all its strife and ambiguity.
Jan 21, 2013

Director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker after a career of making worse-to-middling action pictures, is a visionary of the grubby. In that 2009 Iraq war movie, and in her new one about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, sand and dirt and grime and mold and mildew and puddles become characters as vivid as, if not more vivid than, the humans. Bigelow anthropomorphizes grubbiness—investing it with menace, or despair, or sadness, or pathos, or rage, or whatever the scene calls for.

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Panetta Kept Dog By His Side When Discussing Taking Out Bin Laden

2:55 PM, Jan 02, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta kept his pet dog by his side when he discussed details taking out Osama bin Laden at his CIA office.

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Chairman King Concerned National Security Risked by Leaks to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

Makers of Zero Dark Thirty scrutinized.
12:15 PM, Dec 18, 2012

In response to a report that classified information had been leaked to the makers of the Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says he's concerned.

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Author: Obama Playing Down Al Qaeda for Political Gain

8:31 AM, Oct 18, 2012

Mark Bowden, the author of Black Hawk Down and, most recently, of The Finish: The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden (for which he interviewed President Barack Obama), claimed on CNN last night that Obama and his political team are actively playing down al Qaeda for political gain:

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Campaign Flyer Claims Obama 'Killed Osama bin Laden'

5:10 PM, Oct 15, 2012

Over the weekend, an Obama campaign supporter knocked on Ricochet writer Vance Richards's door and dropped off this flyer:

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Obama Defiantly Declares 'Al Qaeda Is on Its Heels,' Even After Successful Terrorist Attacks

7:30 AM, Oct 09, 2012

Last night, President Obama defiantly declared that "al Qaeda is on its heels." The president made this claim at a fundraiser at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

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