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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands 1855

Reader Tom Hudson, and now several others, have submitted the news that Osama Bin Laden is reportedly dead, and that his body is in the hands of the US military. A statement from President Obama is expected shortly. Watch this space for more details. Update: 05/02 04:01 GMT by T : More coverage at ABC News, at CNN, and at Al Jazeera. The reports say that Bin Laden was actually killed about a week ago by a bomb in Pakistan, and the time taken to confirm his identity via DNA testing helped delay the news. In downtown Austin, Texas, in the time since the story broke I've heard what sound like numerous celebratory gunshots.
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

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  • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:34PM (#35995222) Homepage Journal

    Now let's bring 'em home.

    • by DreadPiratePizz ( 803402 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:42PM (#35995324)
      Do you think that just by killing bin laden Al Queda will just magically vanish?
      • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:47PM (#35995386)

        Of course, that's how boss battles work, isn't it?

        World War 2 ended when a prisoner escaping from some castle gunned down Cyborg-Hitler, after all.

    • by powerlord ( 28156 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:18AM (#35995818) Journal

      So can we now call the "War on Terror" "Won" and try to go back to Normal?

    • by kestasjk ( 933987 ) * on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:58AM (#35996324) Homepage
      Yup lets suddenly abandon Afghanistan now that the immediate threat is gone, like we did last time.

      What could possibly go wrong?
  • Awesome (Score:5, Funny)

    by LearnToSpell ( 694184 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:34PM (#35995224) Homepage
    Will you stop grabbing my balls at the airport now?
  • by trybywrench ( 584843 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:34PM (#35995230)
    I want to see a long form death certificate

    (stolen from fark)
    • by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:43PM (#35995332)

      "If Obama preempts the end of The Apprentice to announce they've killed Bin Laden that is going to be the most epic ownage ever." - Comment on Fark.

      I'm studying for finals right now (after taking a 4 year break between MS and BS). I was a freshmen in college when 9/11 hit. Every single other person in this was building was 8-10. Most don't even remember the 1st attack on the WTC. My college had 4xT1s providing 6Mb. My cable connection is faster. ALL of my news came from Slashdot and Fark. Both were barely struggling to survive. Yahoo, MSNBC, CNN all went down. Fark had to roll over to new threads every 300 or so posts (300 posts is considered low these days).

      There was no reddit, digg, facebook or twitter. SMS was just a very expensive feature that no one used.

      Fark's #1 Thread. [fark.com]

      Slashdot's Thread/a [slashdot.org]

      I know it's not really over, but it's still kind of surreal.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:09AM (#35995686)

        Man, check out this comment... http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=21541&cid=2277566 [slashdot.org]

        Nailed it?

        • by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:17AM (#35995796)

          Dead Nailed it, along with the follow comments:

          The biggest casualty will probably be our Constitution. Whenever a tragedy likes this occurs, the government always announces a get tough on terrorists policy that will have no effect on the psychopaths who do this, but will severely limit our rights.

          Yep. I give it a week before Bush announces a "war on terrorism". And we all know what "war on XXX" means, don't we? Bye-bye Bill of Rights.

          Yep. Let's put face recognition cameras in all airports and log activity of anyone who enters or leaves an airport. We all know it wouldn't stop the attack, but hey, it will help us correlate who boarded the planes with their respective political associations.

          You don't get it. If the Constitution is a casualty, then the terrorists have won. Their aim is to destroy this country. The Constitution IS this country. It's the only thing that makes us different from any other country in the world.

    • by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:05AM (#35995628)

      Are you a deather now?

  • by thelenm ( 213782 ) <mthelen AT gmail DOT com> on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:38PM (#35995262) Homepage Journal

    Netcraft confirms it: Osama bin Laden is dead.

  • A few details (Score:5, Informative)

    by sayfawa ( 1099071 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:39PM (#35995266)
    This article's a bit heavier on details:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/reports-say-osama-bin-laden-dead-us-president-obama-to-speak-soon/article2006299/ [theglobeandmail.com]

    Mr. bin Laden was killed at a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, CNN reported. A senior U.S. counterterrorism official told Associated Press Mr. bin Laden was killed in a ground operation in Pakistan, not by a Predator drone. A senior Pakistani intelligence official confirmed that he was killed in Pakistan.
    • Re:A few details (Score:5, Interesting)

      by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:45PM (#35995372) Journal
      One wonders if he was moving around pretty frequently, and this just happened to be where they caught up with him, or if a mansion outside the capital is actually a good-enough hiding spot. If the latter, he must have had the same sort of 'deep roots in the community' that have historically allowed organized crime leaders to live more or less openly for long periods of time...
      • Re:A few details (Score:4, Informative)

        by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:28AM (#35995936)

        MSNBC just reported that the mansion was several times larger than any other building in the town, surrounded by a 15 foot wall topped with barbed wire, with a double gate, and no telephone wires connecting it to the outside. If that doesn't scream "hide out", nothing does. I'm thinking there were a lot of locals who knew and didn't care. Their loss I guess, they missed out on that million dollar reward.

        • Re:A few details (Score:4, Insightful)

          by MikeUW ( 999162 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @01:45AM (#35996728)

          As a local living in that area, who would you call to report his location and collect your reward? Do you call the police, and hope whoever you talk to is not corrupt?

          I know I'd be keen to collect on the reward, but I don't like being dead either...so I don't really know how I personally would have gone about doing it. Presumably you have to be identifiable at the time that you call in the tip, and that's the catch. (Well, maybe I can think of ways *I* would have gone about it, but the situation would likely be very different for most locals in Pakistan).

  • America!!!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Yorban ( 1442959 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:41PM (#35995300)
    AMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERICA fuck yeah! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWS-FoXbjVI [youtube.com]
  • Sad Chapter (Score:4, Funny)

    by bradrum ( 1639141 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:45PM (#35995368)

    Can we please forget this sad chapter in our history? Thousands and thousands have died, trillions spent, and liberties seemingly irrevocably lost.

    I shed a tear and will not celebrate this at all

  • yay (Score:5, Funny)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:47PM (#35995394)

    rm -f /bin/laden

  • My last day of work at the World Trade Center was September 10, 2001. I remember turning around, looking at a lone guitarist playing near that fountain with the Globe sculpture, it was a beautiful Monday night, around 9 pm. I had worked late, so I was going to show up late to work on Tuesday. I woke up to my phone ringing off the hook. I lost my job, but compared to what others lost, I lost nothing.

    The people who died that day were liberal and conservative, but all were American. Bin Laden hated us all, just because we were American. So please, no political games here. This isn't about left and right, this is about a cowardly attack on all of us, as Americans. As a hardcore liberal, I embrace my fellow Americans who are conservative on this good news for us all.

    Come together, as Americans, left and right, lose the useless political snark and sniping, and celebrate this asshole's death. Good fucking riddance.

    • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:06AM (#35995656) Journal

      The people who died that day were liberal and conservative, but all were American. Bin Laden hated us all, just because we were American.

      It's more than that. Al Qaeda has killed Muslims, Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Spaniards.....people from all over the world. He was a hater. This is something every sane person in the world can be happy for.

      • by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:36AM (#35996024) Journal

        Al Queda was not just at war with the west but with many Muslim nations as well. But it is NOT Al Queda (no matter what fox says) that is behind the overthrowing of the corrupt dictatorships in the middle east. Those uprisings have the potential to change the world far more then 9/11 ever did AND for the better. All 9/11 brought the Muslim world was Iraq and Afghanistan on fire and a spreading hatred of Muslims (imagine ten years ago it being MAINSTREAM policy in Europe to close the borders to immigrants AND have headscarf bans in effect or going through legislation in a lot of countries).

        But in less then a year, peaceful protests mercilessly cut down by Muslims leaders have resulted in more change then we have seen in a long time and it is far from over. If Syria errupts (so far there seems to be no sign of armed resistance despite some soldiers having defected) then the turmoil is complete. Saudia Arabia and Iran are far from save then (Saudia has send troops to support an allied dictator in an other region, tying itself to the fate of said dictator, Iran uses Syria as a puppet to support Hamas in its push to destroy Israel).

        This is changing the world. Without Syria, Iran stands very much alone, Hamas would lose its support (why do you think they have changed their tune so fast recently). Saudia Arabia might face some though questioning of not outright revolt... the middle east might never be the same. Of course, it could also turn very very bad (if you believe fox) but lets hope not shall we (so far Egypt is stable and shows no sign of sliding into a muslim extremist nation despite what fox claimed).

        I think it is very significant that all of this happened without Al Queda at all. Bloody attacks, no change. Peaceful uprisings, the world may never be the same.

        Bin Laden is dead, the path of Martin Luther King jr and Gandhi seem to get the best results. Who would have thought.

    • by Chuck Chunder ( 21021 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:13AM (#35995744) Homepage Journal

      The people who died that day were liberal and conservative, but all were American.

      Do American's ever pass up an opportunity to look like an ignorant asshat [interpol.int]?

  • by a_nonamiss ( 743253 ) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:57PM (#35995528)
    "Hey, where are my virgins? ...And what is Hitler doing with that pineapple?" - Osama Bin Laden
  • Weird (Score:4, Insightful)

    by slimjim8094 ( 941042 ) <slashdot3NO@SPAMjustconnected.net> on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:14AM (#35995748)

    I find it very strange to cheer about somebody's death, but here I am.

    It's pretty rare to find undiluted evil in the world, but he sure was it. I was in 5th grade at the time, in northeast NJ. We could see the towers from the top of the slide, and then just two pillars of smoke. Even though I was only 11, I knew damn sure what was going on and what it all meant.

    And I'm damn glad he's dead. His organization continues, of course, but he wasn't exactly a figurehead either. I'm not going to speculate on the ramifications of this, because they're happening now and in the next few hours and days.

    So good job to all involved. Truly a moment in history.

  • by GrahamCox ( 741991 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:34AM (#35996002) Homepage
    "They intend to change our values and way of life". Well, they have. Mission Accomplished indeed.
  • by l00sr ( 266426 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @12:40AM (#35996086)

    In downtown Austin, Texas, in the time since the story broke I've heard what sound like numerous celebratory gunshots.

    What better way to celebrate the death of a terrorist, than with a potentially deadly act of random violence [wikipedia.org]!

  • As a Muslim (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Ender_Wiggin ( 180793 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @01:36AM (#35996644)

    I am a Muslim, and I'm so happy they finally nailed this creep.
    He's killed thousands of Americans, including many Muslims in my community who worked in lower Manhattan. 9/11 even destroyed the local mosque at the Towers.

    Bin Laden was never a Muslim leader, back in the 1990s Muslim leaders spoke out against him and called for his capture, after his involvement in bombing of US embassies. Even his "spiritual leader" told the press that Bin Laden is not qualified to speak for Islam and he had no training to make rulings or give fatwas.

    God's gonna judge him, and I hope He gives Bin Laden what he deserves, for the misery he's put Muslims worldwide through, and for disgracing Islam and the millions of peaceful patriotic law-abiding American Muslims.

  • by Loosifur ( 954968 ) on Monday May 02, 2011 @06:40AM (#35998240)

    Ok, here's the problem. Let's say that there actually was a successful raid which led to the killing of bin Laden.

    First, the body was buried at sea, according to the US military, which means there's no proof he's actually dead. In other words, he's going to turn into the Elvis of Islamic terrorism. Either there is a conspiracy, and he's not dead, or conspiracy theorists will claim that he's still alive somewhere. We live in a world where (some) people believe that the President of the United States forged his own birth certificate with the collusion of the state of Hawaii; you think a 19-year-old terrorist recruit in Whatthefuckistan is gonna just take the word of the United States government that the leader of Al Qaeda was buried at sea?

    Second, I guarantee that within two days a new bin Laden tape will be released. The guy had less value as a strategist than he did as a symbol, and I'll bet that there are pre-recorded tapes yet unreleased, and that there will be audio tapes with a "voice purported to be Osama bin Laden". Probably talking up Ayman al-Zawahiri as the operational leader of AQ.

    Third, while there is potent symbolism for the West in killing bin Laden, keep in mind that he headed an organization which advocated suicide bombing as a tactic. Bin Laden's death is going to make him a martyr in the world of radical Islamic terror. While there may not be a single figure that can replace him right now, there are plenty of other affiliated groups, with plenty of other members, and a successful attack can be planned and carried out by an uncharismatic moron just as easily. For that matter, an unsuccessful attack can have a significant impact, too. Ask Richard Reed.

    Fourth, to the West, this looks like the USA is still the baddest motherfucker around, and we always get our man. To people who live in Pakistan, the Middle East, and other, non-Western places, this looks like the only superpower in the world spent ten years and billions of dollars to kill one guy who pissed it off, in a campaign culminating in the use of clandestine intelligence and spec ops, in someone else's country. How's that for international diplomacy?

    I'm not saying I'm sad the guy's dead, because I'm not. I think it's great. I just wish he'd gotten hit by a truck, or ate some bad dates or something. I have a strong feeling that this is not going to make our lives any easier.

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