The Week: Most Recent Terrorism:Osama Bin Laden recent posts.en-usTue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Terrorism:Osama Bin Laden from THE WEEKTue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500Does Zero Dark Thirty celebrate torture, or condemn it?<img src="" /></P><p><em>Zero Dark Thirty</em>, director Kathryn Bigelow's cinematic recounting of the events leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, is "garnering a pile of top awards and virtually uniform rave reviews," says Glenn Greenwald at Britain's <em>The Guardian</em>. And yet, "by most accounts, the film glorifies torture by claiming &mdash; falsely &mdash; that waterboarding and other forms of coercive interrogation tactics were crucial, even indispensable in finding bin Laden." The fact that the film &mdash; which Greenwald hasn't seen &mdash; is America-boosting Big Hollywood "propaganda" is no surprise, but still...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500The evolution of SEAL Team Six<img src="" /></P><p>This week, SEAL Team Six once again finds itself in the sunlight as Mark Bowden, the celebrated journalist behind <em>Black Hawk Down</em>, applies his talents to the Abbottabad raid that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden. The novel <em>Tier One Wild</em> by Dalton Fury, a former Delta Force commander, further widens the aperture. These books come only a month after the publication of <em>No Easy Day</em> by Mark Bissonnette, the former SEAL Team Six member who actually put bullets in bin Laden's still-twitching body.</p><p>A third book hitting Kindles this week has a slightly lower profile, but a warmer welcome in many...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-w-brown" ><span class="byline">David W. Brown</span></a>Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:14:00 -0400No Easy Day: 5 revelations from a Navy SEAL's bin Laden book<img src="" /></P><p>Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's firsthand account of the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout won't hit bookstores until Sept. 4, but <em>The Associated Press</em> and <em>The Huffington Post</em> have obtained copies in advance &mdash; and revealed some juicy details. Bissonnette, who wrote <em>No Easy Day</em> under the pseudonym "Mark Owen" before being swiftly unmasked by Fox News, contradicts some aspects of the White House's account of how bin Laden was killed, and dishes on how he and his former SEAL Team 6 comrades really feel about President Obama. Here, five revelations from the early reports on Bissonnette...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 29 Aug 2012 18:20:00 -0400The many threats facing the Navy SEALs' tell-all author: A guide<img src="" /></P><p>An al Qaeda-linked website has posted a call for the killing of Matthew Bissonnette, the retired Navy SEAL Team 6 member who wrote a book about his role in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Bissonnette wrote under a pseudonym, but was identified last week by Fox News. And the possibility that terrorists might come after him is just one of his worries when&nbsp;<em>No Easy </em><em>Day</em>, his firsthand account of the raid on bin Laden's Pakistan hideout, hits shelves on Sept. 11. Here, a guide to Bissonnette's rough road ahead:<br /><br /><strong>Who is making this death threat?</strong><br />The Al-Fidaa Islamic Network, an online forum...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 27 Aug 2012 12:52:00 -0400Did Obama overshare with Hollywood about the bin Laden raid?<img src="" /></P><p>Though the White House warned that leaking info concerning the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden could pose security risks, it seemingly changed its tune when Hollywood came calling with plans to transform the raid into a movie. According to records obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama administration granted Hollywood filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow (director of <em>The Hurt Locker</em>) and screenwriter Mark Boal extraordinary access to officials involved in the bin Laden operation, and let them tour classified CIA facilities, including the mock...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 24 May 2012 11:12:00 -0400Jailed for helping to catch bin Laden: Can the U.S. rescue Dr. Shakil Afridi?<img src="" /></P><p>Pakistan has convicted a doctor named Shakil Afridi of treason and sentenced him to 33 years in prison&nbsp;because he tried to help the CIA identify Osama bin Laden.&nbsp; Afridi, viewed as a traitor by his government, was arrested after the U.S. raid that killed the al Qaeda leader, and Islamabad has ignored U.S. calls for his release. Is there anything Washington can do for him? Here's what you should know:<br /><br /><strong>What exactly was Afridi's supposed crime?</strong><br />He led a phony hepatitis B vaccination campaign in an attempt to get DNA samples from the children in the compound in Abbottabad where the al Qaeda...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 23 May 2012 18:05:00 -0400Ordering the bin Laden raid: Was it really a tough call?<img src="" /></P><p>The raid that killed Osama bin Laden has become quite the&nbsp;political football this election season. Obama's campaign brought it up, suggesting in an ad that ordering the raid deep inside Pakistan was a bold and risky move that GOP challenger Mitt Romney would not have made. Romney countered by saying that any president, "even Jimmy Carter," would have done the same thing Obama did. Donald Rumsfeld, Defense secretary under George W. Bush, backed up Romney this week, saying that ordering the raid wasn't a "tough call." Was it really an easy decision to send in the SEALs?<br /><br /><strong>It took guts:</strong> No leader...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 04 May 2012 11:40:00 -0400The bin Laden document dump: 7 highlights<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The U.S. Army has released a trove of letters and documents captured in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden at his safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a year ago. The documents &mdash; numbering roughly 200 pages and dating from September 2006 to April 2011 &mdash; offer a revealing glimpse into the terrorist mastermind's worldview, his plans for al Qaeda, and his reactions to pivotal developments in the Arab world. Here, seven highlights from the cache:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. He wanted to kill Obama and Petraeus</strong> <br />Bin Laden exhorted his followers to take out airplanes carrying President Obama and General David Petraeus...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 03 May 2012 15:30:00 -0400Has a California treasure hunter found bin Laden's body?<img src="" /></P><p>Last spring, days after a team of Navy SEALs shot and killed Osama bin Laden, helicoptered his body out of Pakistan to a Navy warship, then dumped it somewhere in the Arabian Sea, California undersea treasure hunter Bill Warren decided to go find it. A year later, Warren tells Spain's <em>El Mundo</em> newspaper that he's nailed down the spot where the Navy heaved the body overboard, and will mount an expedition this summer to drag bin Laden's corpse up from its watery grave, photograph it, and take DNA samples. Here's what you should know about Warren's strange quest:</p><p><strong>Who exactly is Bill Warren?<br /></strong>He owns...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 03 May 2012 09:50:00 -0400Osama bin Laden's life on the run: 5 new revelations<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Nearly a year after American commandos killed Osama bin Laden, new details are emerging of the notorious al Qaeda leader's life in hiding after the 9/11 attacks. The additional pieces of the puzzle come from an interrogation report of Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, bin Laden's 30-year-old Yemeni widow, who is currently in Pakistani custody. Experts warn that the report is not totally reliable, given that Fateh's words are paraphrased by a Pakistani police officer. Nevertheless, it is "the most detailed account yet" of bin Laden's post-9/11 life, says Declan Walsh at <em>The New York Times</em>. Here, five takeaways...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 30 Mar 2012 16:05:00 -0400Kathryn Bigelow's bin Laden movie: Obama campaign propaganda?<img src="" /></P><p>When is a movie not just a movie? Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is demanding that the Defense Department and CIA investigate whether the White House is giving special access, and possibly classified information, to <em>Hurt Locker</em>&nbsp;director Kathryn Bigelow and scriptwriter Mark Boal for their upcoming film about the killing of Osama bin Laden. <em>New York Times</em> columnist Maureen Dowd wrote on Sunday that "the moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history," and that the film's Oct. 12, 2012, scheduled release date is "perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost" to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 11 Aug 2011 11:06:00 -0400The New Yorker's 'cinematic' bin Laden raid story: 8 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>The story of the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1 has been recounted many times, but Nicholas Schmidle at <em>The New Yorker</em> has just come out with the most complete version of the tale yet. Schmidle's long, "cinematic retelling" of the raid is quite dramatic and detailed &mdash; largely because he draws information from the Navy SEALs who conducted the mission, as well as various Pentagon and White House sources. Here are eight of <em>The New Yorker</em>'s best new additions to the bin Laden raid saga:</p><p><strong>1. Discarded plans included tunnels, bombs, and a raid on foot<br /></strong>President Obama was offered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Aug 2011 10:15:00 -0400One man's 'psychotic' mission to retrieve bin Laden's body<img src="" /></P><p>Southern California salvage diver Bill Warren says he's embarking on his most ambitious hunt yet for undersea treasure: The corpse of Osama bin Laden. Warren, who has successfully discovered some 150 shipwrecks, says he'll spend at least two weeks scouring the floor of the North Arabian Sea for bin Laden's body, at a cost of $11,000 a day. Since President Obama won't release photos of bin Laden's corpse, Warren says, he's taking it upon himself to photograph the body and get DNA samples to share with the world. Here, a brief guide to Warren's odyssey:</p><p><strong>What's Warren's plan?<br /></strong>Warren says he is renting...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 14 Jun 2011 10:01:00 -0400Inside the bin Laden raid: 5 new takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>There's no question that Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. special forces was well-covered by the news media. In fact, <em>ABC News</em> decided it had enough reporting to fill a book, literally. So on Thursday, it released a multimedia e-book, <em>Target: Bin Laden &mdash; The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number One</em>, that provides the most complete account yet of the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and the decisions leading up to it. Here, five intriguing new details:</p><p><strong>1. Bin Laden's real code name was "Cakebread"<br /></strong>Forget "Geronimo." U.S. intelligence officials actually called...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Jun 2011 11:36:00 -0400Why are Floridians praying for Osama bin Laden?<img src="" /></P><p>A few days after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, Henry Borga requested that his Catholic parish, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., celebrate a Mass for the repose of Osama bin Laden's soul. The pastor, Gavin Badway, says he will honor the request this weekend, explaining that Holy Name never turns down prayer petitions. "He needs forgiveness and compassion from God," Borga said of the terrorist ringleader.<span >&nbsp;</span>Not all parishioners think this is a good idea. "It's unconscionable," church member&nbsp;Lois Pizzano told a local news station. "It's sacrilegious." Is it...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 20 May 2011 09:41:00 -0400The 'massive' bin Laden raid leak: 5 new revelations<img src="" /></P><p>After two weeks of dribbled-out, sometimes-conflicting details about the bold U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound, "anonymous government sources have just handed the <em>AP</em> the entire story," says Sam Biddle at <em>Gizmodo</em>. "Every single detail." Among other things, <em>AP</em> reporter Kimberly Dozier's new account reveals that the mission went very wrong, very quickly. Here, five takeaways from the "massive" leak:</p><p><strong>1. The hero war dog's name is Cairo<br /></strong>Three large Chinook helicopters and two specially modified "stealth" Black Hawk helicopters flew from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to a deserted staging area...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 18 May 2011 10:47:00 -0400