May 3rd, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Video: 'This is their type of op,' ex-SEAL says

Editor's note: Howard Wasdin, a former member of Navy SEAL Team Six, speaks to Anderson Cooper about the elite military unit.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
May 3rd, 2011
11:55 PM ET

Video: Wolfowitz on bin Laden operation

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks with Paul Wolfowitz, who served under former Pres. George W. Bush, about the death of bin Laden.

May 3rd, 2011
11:51 PM ET

Video: New details about bin Laden raid

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on new details about the bin Laden raid revealed Tuesday.

May 3rd, 2011
10:04 PM ET

New details, new questions about bin Laden's death: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on AC360°, more about the secret U.S. military mission that killed Osama bin Laden. The White House announced Tuesday that the most wanted terrorist on the planet was not armed at the time he was fatally shot by U.S. Navy SEALs. Are there more shocking details about the precision operation yet to be revealed?

Also tonight, should the White House release photos of bin Laden's corpse or his burial at sea?

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Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?
Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's leader, seen in an undated photo.
May 3rd, 2011
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?

The U.S. might release a photo of Osama bin Laden after his death. CIA Director Leon Panetta said he thinks a photo of the dead al Qaeda leader should be released, but the decision will be up to the White House.

A senior government official involved in the discussions says there are lot of photos to choose from and most are "very graphic."

"There are sensitivities of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden," White House spokesman Jay Carney said this afternoon.

Carney cited the "sensitivities involved."

"We review this information and make this decision with the same calculation as we do so many things which is what, you know, what are we trying to accomplish and does it or in any way harm our interests, and that is not just domestically, but globally," he added.

Do you think a photo of bin Laden after his death should be released? Share your thoughts below.

We'll also dig into the question tonight on AC360° and get different perspectives.

The U.S. used multiple methods to confirm bin Laden's identity, including DNA testing.

But the Taliban are questioning the killing.

"Obama has not got any strong evidence that can prove his claim over killing of the Sheikh Osama bin Laden," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed said.

Tonight we also have new insight on the U.S. Navy SEALS team that killed bin Laden.

Anderson will talk with former elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin, who wrote the book "SEAL Team Six."

Join us for these angles and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Beat 360° 5/3/11
President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the 2011 National Teacher of the Year award recipient, Michelle Shearer, arrive on stage during a ceremony to honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year and State Teachers of the Year in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 3, 2011. (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
May 3rd, 2011
09:04 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/3/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite!

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“We used to give out a big cash prize, but with the budget cuts all we can afford now is a paper certificate hand lettered by Arne here. But still, you know…congratulations.”


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Remembering the victims of 9/11
Joyce and Russell Mercer, parents of New York Firefighter Scott Mercer who lost his life on 9/11, sit before a news conference concerning the death of Osama Bin Laden at the law offices of Norman Siegel May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
May 3rd, 2011
08:22 PM ET

Remembering the victims of 9/11

Editor's note: Join us tonight on AC360° as we remember those killed on September 11, 2001

From CNN.com's Archives: September 11, A Memorial

Related video: 'The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.'

Related video: Obama announces U.S. has killed bin Laden

Later: 'I hope it is their names we speak'

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May 3rd, 2011
07:34 PM ET

Raid sparks question: Is Pakistan doing enough?

(CNN) - The revelation that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hid in "plain sight" at a house in a bastion of Pakistani military power has touched a nerve in the United States, which relies heavily on the Islamabad government in its grinding war against terrorism.

Many Obama administration officials, lawmakers and observers from across the political spectrum want to know how bin Laden - based at a compound in the military garrison city of Abbottabad - could have eluded Pakistani capture, or whether the government or elements of it harbored bin Laden.

They want to know whether Pakistan is firmly backing the fight against terror or is supportive of militants fighting against troops in Afghanistan.

The United States has a "complicated but important relationship" with Pakistan, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Carney told reporters that U.S. officials need to learn more about the "support network" that sustained bin Laden in Pakistan. But he also warned against "tarring" everyone in Pakistan's government because of the revelation that bin Laden had been living so close to Islamabad.

There has also been "a great deal of important cooperation" in the fight against Islamic extremism, he said. "The idea that these kinds of complications exist is not new."

But Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who is chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, said "this can't be allowed to go on."

In comments Tuesday at a House subcommittee hearing on Pakistan, King noted that bin Laden's compound was near a headquarters for the Pakistani intelligence services.

"There are two possibilities and one answer," King said. "One is that it was a direct facilitation by elements of the Pakistani government, or Pakistani intelligence is entirely inept, and that has not proven to be the case over the years."

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May 3rd, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Navy SEALs, the 'quiet professionals,' got bin Laden

(CNN) - Navy SEALs live by an unspoken code.

"Be a quiet professional," says Chris Heben, a former SEAL with 10 years of experience carrying out missions in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

"There is no room for braggarts in the SEALs," he said. "Talking hurts missions and gets people killed."

Members of the special team sent to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday may never talk about their role in the raid that ended a decade-long manhunt.

But there's no doubt an allegiance to secrecy played a critical role in maintaining the surprise factor necessary for success in the high-stakes gamble that was closely held even among officials in Washington.

Related: 'Hit 'em fast and hit 'em hard'

Senior administration officials would not disclose the makeup of the team sent on the mission, but a senior defense official said a special team of SEALs was involved.

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May 3rd, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Bin Laden was unarmed when killed, White House says

Abbottabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Osama bin Laden was not armed but did put up resistance when U.S. forces entered the compound he was in, then killed him, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Providing new details of the events that transpired early Monday in Pakistan, Carney said U.S. Navy SEALs went floor-to-floor clearing the three-story compound where bin Laden's family lived along with others.

Three people were killed on the first floor, including a woman, Carney said.

U.S. forces then moved upstairs where they found bin Laden in a room with a woman believed to be his wife - both unarmed, Carney said. She rushed the U.S. forces and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden resisted and was shot and killed, Carney said.

On Monday, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, said bin Laden was resisting and had a weapon, though he added that it was unclear whether bin Laden had fired a shot.

Asked Tuesday why the decision was made to shoot and kill bin Laden if he was not armed, Carney said that "he resisted." He did not explain how bin Laden resisted.

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