My turn: Bin Laden’s support also dead

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have no guilt in celebrating “Osama bin Laden Got What He Deserved Day.” Even in the Muslim world, his support had fallen precipitously. According to the Pew Research Center, in the Palestinian Territories his support had fallen from 72 percent in 2003 to 34 percent in 2011; in […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

My turn: President deserving of respect

To spotlight American jurisprudence, I would have preferred that we had captured Osama bin Laden, given him a fair trial, then executed him — but I won’t quibble. Besides hard-to-resist revenge for 9/11, his death highlighted birthers’ pettifoggery. Although a legal short-form birth certificate for President Obama had been released, and a news clipping announcing […]

Let’s accept we can’t place trust in Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico As the discussion about Osama bin Laden’s death shifts from the operational details to the long-term repercussions, no issue is more important than how bin Laden’s death will affect America’s tenuous relationship with Pakistan. Formally considered an ally, the Islamic nation has received more than $18 billion in U.S. aid during the […]

Revelry at bin Laden death vulgar

I feel somewhat isolated in my disapproval of the recent reaction to the claim of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was reminded of the jubilant crowds we were shown in the Middle East after the 9/11 terrorists attacks by seeing the eerily similar jubilant crowds in America upon the announcement of bin Laden’s […]

Bin Laden’s death calls for reassessment

Freedom New Mexico Osama bin Laden’s death presents a milestone for sober evaluation and planning concerning Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been in a killing war for almost 10 years. What has occurred? What should come next? Terrorism has not been defeated, and may flare up in retaliation for bin Laden. But if the 2001 […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

More than enough to prove bin Laden dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as The Gazette for open government and open records. But the […]

New questions arise in world without Osama

Freedom New Mexico It is, of course, a U.S. victory that Navy SEALs, acting on CIA intelligence in a Muslim nation, killed al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden. The lethal firefight inside a fortified compound in Abbottabad, about 35 miles north of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, ended nearly 10 years of pursuit of the man viewed […]

Proud American: Bin Laden’s death inspired youth minister to sing national anthem

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Sharna Johnson Sunday night one Clovis man was so excited to hear Osama bin Laden had been killed, he ran into his yard and sang the national anthem while waving a flag. “We had just turned on the news and caught it right before they actually confirmed the reports (and) I thought of a flag […]

Ex-ENMU coach still bears pain of ex-player’s death

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When Earl Diddle saw the news Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, his first thought was of his daughter Colby. She was doing a fashion shoot in Manhattan when two planes hit the World Trade Center nearby. “They didn’t realize what happened until the second plane hit,” said Diddle, women’s basketball coach […]

Osama bin Laden: Born into privilege, died the face of evil

By Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon: McClatchy Newspapers The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill. As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the […]

Inside the raid that killed bin Laden

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen. The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was […]

bin Laden reaction: Clovis woman hopes for peaceful world

Sharna Johnson Rabiah Memon spent Sunday night and Monday morning happy but concerned at the same time. While glad to hear news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Memon said violence broke out in Karachi, Pakistan, where her family lives and her siblings were in school and trying to get home to safety. “We […]

‘Multiple methods’ used to ID bin Laden

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After the firefight that killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. used “multiple methods” to positively identify his remains, according to a senior Pentagon official who personally saw a photograph of the corpse. The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, declined to […]

Elected officials react to bin Laden death:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.: “Osama bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief andjustice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces andCommander-In-Chief for bringing this […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: "Justice has been done."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]