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The Takeaway

Should the War on Terror End?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes, flying two into the Wold Trade Center towers and one into the Pentagon. The day will forever be known simply as 9/11. Ten years later, America has become involved in two overseas wars, the assassination of Osama bin Laden, and the spread of revolution through the Arab world. Is it time to finally end the "War on Terror"?

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The Takeaway

China May Have Examined Stealth US Helicopter

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

U.S. officials believe Pakistan may have allowed China to study and take samples of the stealth helicopter that crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid in May, before they returned it to the U.S. If the allegations are true, it continues a long history of China trying to obtain U.S. military secrets. How will this latest story affect relations not only between China and the U.S., but between the U.S. and Pakistan?

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The Takeaway

The Role of Navy SEALs in Afghanistan

Monday, August 08, 2011

Twenty-two of the 30 Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday were elite Navy SEALs, some of whom were members of the same squad that killed Osama bin Laden. The attack represents an irreplaceable loss of talent at a time when American and NATO troops are beginning to pull out of the region. The American forces were providing reinforcement for troops on the ground locked in a firefight.

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The Takeaway

New Details on Bin Laden Raid

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

On May 1, a group of U.S. Navy SEALs entered Pakistan in Blackhawk helicopters and raided a compound in Abottobad, where they found and killed the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. An extraordinary story has now emerged of what is perhaps the most successful covert operation in U.S. history. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Eleventh Day

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan explain the circumstances of 9/11 by examining not only the sequence of events leading up to the disaster and the persons involved, but also the response of the U.S. government on that day and the efforts of U.S. intelligence immediately before and after the attack. Their book The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden draws on previously classified records and raw transcripts, investigates the response of President Bush and the U.S. military that day, and examines the failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. They document the untruths told afterward by U.S. officials and examine the “9/11 truth” movement, and look at where we stand now, ten years later.

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The Takeaway

Did CIA's Fake Vaccine Drive Undermine Global Health Efforts?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Reports are emerging that the C.I.A. used a fake vaccination drive in Pakistan to gather intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, prior to the May 1 raid where the Al Qaida leader was killed. The fake vaccine drive has received criticism from members of the public health community, who say this type of strategy could undermine future efforts to combat diseases across the globe.

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WNYC News

Criminal Charges Against Osama bin Laden Dismissed

Friday, June 17, 2011

A federal judge approved prosecutors' request to officially dismiss all criminal charges against terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

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The Takeaway

Forensic Team Will Examine Bin Laden Compound

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pakistan has given the CIA permission to enter Osama bin Laden's compound in order to take forensic samples. Greg Miller, national security correspondent for The Washington Post. "The Pakistanis were not pleased with the raid, so it is a significant concession for them to let the team into the compound in Abbottabad," says Miller. While SEAL Team 6 gathered as much as they could, but with more time and tools, the CIA will be able to more thoroughly search the compound.

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It's A Free Country ®

Afghanistan: Why We Should Stay, Post-Osama

Monday, May 16, 2011

The reason we went in was not simply to get bin Laden; in fact, it was to stabilize Afghanistan so that it can no longer serve as a sanctuary for international terrorists. Most factions of the Taliban were not directly connected to bin Laden to begin with. The demise of bin Laden really, logically, shouldn't affect much in their calculation of whether or not to continue fighting the war.

Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist at Slate and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Life With Osama Bin Laden

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Over a week after the shooting death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan announced that it has yet to receive a formal request from the United States for access to his three widows left behind in the Abbottabad compound. The C.I.A. believes the three widows harbor valuable information about the terrorist leader. However, it is very possible that the wives were so sheltered that they don't have any information. For insight into life with the world's most renowned terrorist mastermind, we speak with Jean Sasson, author of "Growing Up Bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside their Secret World," a memoir of Osama bin Laden’s son Omar and first wife Najwa bin Laden.

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The Takeaway

Pakistan's International Role After Bin Laden

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It appears the U.S. is leering towards Pakistan with suspicious eyes after intelligence reports Osama bin Laden was most likely living in a compound in Abbottabad, for close to six years. The White House claims a healthy relationship with Pakistan is vital to U.S. national security. How will the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan change after bin Laden's death — will it improve or deteriorate? And what will Pakistan's new role in the international community be? To help us answer those questions is Munir Akram, former Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

Pakistan's ISI Under Microscope

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) has received heavy scrutiny from the United States, after a raid by U.S. special forces on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Information gathered from the raid suggests bin Laden had been living in that compound for close to six years. Many question the circumstances of the most wanted man in the world had been living safely within Pakistan's borders, in a $1 million compound, for that long without anyone in the ISI knowing. However, with U.S.-Pakistan relations at stake, it is necessary to pay close attention to evidence and not jump to conclusions, says Christine Fair.

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It's A Free Country ®

Clinton Diplomacy and the Future of Middle East Policy

Monday, May 09, 2011

Voices from Washington were quite convinced that if only we get to bin Laden, if only we get rid of his senior lieutenants, there will be less reason to stay in Afghanistan and the only reason we're still there is because of him. Presumably he's been killed and now those voices need to come to terms with their own argument.

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al-Jazeera English and host of Empire, a monthly show about global powers, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Washington Report

U.S. Steps Up Pressure on Pakistan After Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 09, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the increased pressure on Pakistan by the United States following the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Takeaway

Tom Ridge on Bin Laden Intel

Monday, May 09, 2011

Over two terabytes of information have been extracted from Osama bin Laden's hard drives, taken during the raid on his compound last Sunday. According to Tom Donilon, President Obama's national security adviser, the amount of information could fill a small college library. We talk with Tom Ridge, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; former governor of Pennsylvania; and current president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management firm based in Washington, D.C., about the impact that the new intel will have on our national security and foreign policy.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Talks Osama Death on '60 Minutes'

Monday, May 09, 2011

President Obama appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night to talk about what transpired leading up to the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound and his subsequent death. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent responds to President Obama's fascinating explanation of the "decision points" that were part of the raid.

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Studio 360

Dreaming of Osama

Friday, May 06, 2011

Usually when we heard from Osama Bin Laden it was on audio tapes broadcast on Al Jazeera — but he also appeared in bedrooms all over the world, haunting our dreams. This piece, Dreaming of Osama, was produced by Pejk Malinovski and originally aired on WNYC and PRI's The Next Big Thing.

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Transportation Nation

NEWS ANALYSIS: Obama Connects the Dots: from bin Laden to Hybrid Transmissions

Friday, May 06, 2011

President Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden (White House Photo)

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  If anyone doesn't quite see the links between international terrorism and more fuel-efficient transportation, the President is making it for them. He caps the week that begin Sunday night with a dramatic White House announcement that Osama bin Laden had been found and shot dead -- at a hybrid transmission plan in Indiana (streaming here, full text here).

Now, if you were a fan of the West Wing tv show, as I was, you know a President's day can have all kinds of randomly juxtaposed events (school children perform at the White House, Secretary of State comes by for a meeting, there's a dinner with broccoli producers), mostly a function of scheduling.

But in a week where the White House is obviously paying close attention to optics -- from the purposeful stride down to the podium in the East Wing Sunday night to a somber wreath-laying at Ground Zero to a photograph of the buzz-cut 10-year old Christopher Cannizzaro of Staten Island, N.Y, whose firefighter father died on 9/11, that looks like it walked right off a Norman  Rockwell print -- it's hard to just chalk up the Indy visit as random.

As the pool report just put it, "on our way to Allison transmission, we came across a gas station displaying $4.17 a gallon. Another down the road advertised $4.14.
A few dozen gawkers dotted the streets, some of them waving US flags and others signs "I stand with planned parenthood".  Factory in sight at 11:40.

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The Takeaway

How Will This Week Define President Obama in the Future?

Friday, May 06, 2011

President Barack Obama went from comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner to resolute diplomat scorning the Birther detractors and then comforting provider, bringing solace to the victims of the tornadoes that swept across the south. However, his sober announcement that Osama bin Laden was captured and killed showed the world his ownership over the title of "commander in chief."

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Studio 360

Osama bin Laden's Hollywood Ending

Friday, May 06, 2011

From the beginning it was like fiction.  The world’s most famous skyscrapers vaporized by two hijacked airliners.  The phrase you heard over and over again was: "it seemed just like a movie."  Yes, but the implausible opening sequence of a bad action movie — spectacular destruction orchestrated by a rich, ...

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