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Codename Geronimo: Offensive to Native Americans?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

"Geronimo" — that was the codename given to America’s most hated man, the world’s most hunted terrorist, and the object of one of our most high profile military missions ever. But now, many are taking issue with the United States government associating Osama bin Laden with an iconic Native American leader. And the Fort Still Apache Tribe in Oklahoma is asking President Obama for an apology. We talk with Jeff Houser, Tribal Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

U.S. Special Ops & Bin Laden's Death

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill joins us to take a look at the elite Navy SEALS from the Joint Special Operations Command who participated in the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Chanting USA

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Crowds broke out in the "USA-USA" chant on Sunday night after the news of Osama bin Laden's death. Were you among the cheerers? Do you cringe when someone tries to start it? Plus, Daniel Fromson, associate editor at The Atlantic, explains the history of the cheer. What's your take on the complex emotions around the simplest cheer? Let us know!

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Did Torture Lead Us To bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

It was in fact the detainees who were interrogated without enhanced interrogation techniques who helped find the path to bin Laden. You can't have it both ways; members of the Bush administration have decided to revive the torture debate, and I find it quite distasteful and against the facts, yet it seems to be getting some traction.

Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The CIA After Bin Laden's Death

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Legacy of Ashes author Tim Weiner joins us to look at how the death of Osama Bin Laden changes the public profile of the CIA. We’ll also look at the agency’s long history of targeted killings.

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The Takeaway

Osama Bin Laden and the Burden of Proof

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sunday’s mission to infiltrate and extract Osama bin Laden was by all measures a success. But in the nearly decade-long process that led up to this moment, there's a new debate raging over how intelligence officials went about finding the world's most hunted terrorist. The latest reporting by journalists suggest detainees at Guantanamo Bay and in secret prisons in Europe were interrogated to obtain any information about bin Laden's whereabouts — including the identity of his courier.

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The Takeaway

Former Navy SEAL Team Six Sniper on Bin Laden Mission

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

In his new memoir, former Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin writes, “When the U.S. Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.” And that was certainly the case on Sunday, when a team of highly trained men overtook a a secure compound in Pakistan to eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorist figure. They accomplished this mission, in the midst of crossfire, in under 40 minutes. We talk with Howard Wasdin, a former member of this clandestine unit, about what Team Six must have gone through to get face-to-face with Osama bin Laden.

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The Takeaway

Abbottabad Residents Unaware Bin Laden Lived in Their Midst

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What if the world's most wanted man was hiding out in your own hometown? That's the case for Ali Bokhari, a doctor from Abbottabad — the garrison town just an hour's drive north of Pakistan's capital where Osama bin Laden was living. We talk with Bokhari, who says he's driven by the large compound hundreds of times and never suspected the al-Qaida leader was living there.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did Torture Lead Us To bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, discusses the path that led the United States to Osama bin Laden and how interrogation led to critical information.

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The Takeaway

Does President Obama's Boost in Polls Matter?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's death have helped boost President Obama's poll numbers. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent explains the numbers and warns that the impact may not be as significant as one might think. Although, bin Laden's killing is good for the president, domestic issues will likely bring that boost back down before the elections.

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The Takeaway

Changing Narrative: The Developing Story of Attack on Bin Laden

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The details and narrative of what happened during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan have come out in bits and pieces over the last few days. Initial reports that Bin Laden met American forces with armed resistance seemed to be inaccurate and reports that bin Laden used one of his wives as a shield has also been recounted. Are White House officials revising history?

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The Takeaway

Kabul Reacts to Killing of Bin Laden

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

When U.S. and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001, they were looking for al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden. After ten years of war and thousands of military and civilian casualties, some Afghans blame bin Laden for the destruction in their country. Paul Wood, reporter for the BBC, reports from Kabul with reaction to bin Laden's killing.

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The Takeaway

Did Torture Help or Hinder Efforts to Find Bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There is growing debate among Democrats and Republicans over which president's tactic helped find and kill Osama bin Laden. Was it the harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation of detained al-Qaida members? Or was it old fashioned surveillance and intelligence gathering methods that got bin Laden? Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times says that until all the documents are declassified, it may be difficult to know.

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It's A Free Country ®

Update: More bin Laden Media Mistakes, Explained

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Journalists are constantly complaining about the light-speed news cycle nurtured by Twitter updates and the constant race to be first, or at least current. But the this sprint to be fast and relevant often leads to trips, falls and scuffed knees.

The fallout from President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces late Sunday night is a perfect example of how misinformation from a unique source, news aggregation and insta-feedback from Twitterlandia can get mixed up to ill effect. Here are five falsehoods that have been birthed, spread and discredited - all in two days!

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It's A Free Country ®

Processing Bin Laden's Death in the Arab Spring

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

He had a political significance. Because people here, a number of them said to me, 'after the end of the Cold War, it was the U.S. and bin Laden. Bin Laden was all by himself and the only counterweight we knew to American power.'

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Death of bin Laden and a New 'Political Moment'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I think what's interesting is Obama being able to talk about a transformative moment, about what makes America America, about us coming together. That is exactly the kind of theme that he's been trying to build his reelection campaign around.

Anna Sale, political reporter for It's a Free Country, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Heightened Security Will Remain for Obama's Ground Zero Visit

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The NYPD's heightened security following the death of Osama bin Laden will remain in place at least through President Barack Obama's visit to the World Trade Center site on Thursday. 

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The Takeaway

How Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Mid East Uprisings?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Since the start of the political uprisings in the Middle East, regimes have fallen in Egypt and Tunisia. Meanwhile, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya continue their struggles to unseat dictators and bring about democratic change. And throughout it all, the voice of al-Qaida — and more importantly, its leader, Osama bin Laden — has been relatively silent. The question now remains, will the death of bin Laden at the hands of American forces continue to spur democratic movements or could it fuel terrorist organizations to stand in the way of change in the Middle East?

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WNYC News

Look | Tributes Left at World Trade Center

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The World Trade Center was flooded with visitors who left behind tributes to those killed on September 11, 2001, following the announcement earlier this week that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

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Jami Floyd: bin Laden's Death Brings Closure, Not Celebration

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I understand the desire, the need, perhaps even the compulsion to celebrate. But it is time to check our collective selves. It is time to regain our composure. And, truth be told, we must also steel ourselves for the possibility of future attacks.

-Jami Floyd, on the reactions to the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

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