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May 2nd, 2011
07:17 PM ET

AC360° Preview: Inside the operation that killed Bin Laden

(CNN) – Tonight on AC360°, we’ll have two hours of special live coverage about the U.S. military operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Anderson Cooper will be joined by former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, New York Times columnist and Middle East expert Thomas Friedman, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, and CNN anchor and Time Magazine columnist Fareed Zakaria. In addition, former CIA officers Michael Scheuer and Gary Berntsen, both of whom previously helped in the spy agency’s hunt for bin Laden, will be on the program along with author and former CIA officer Robert Baer.

The two hours of live coverage will feature new details about the secret mission that killed bin Laden and details about the U.S. Navy SEALs who carried out the mission.

Tune in beginning at 10pm ET on CNN.

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  1. Quinn Campbell

    Seal team 6 did what need to be done they shot him but what was done after he did not desverd to be sent to the sea they should have bomb the compound with him in it

    May 3, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  2. Towanda Anthony

    This is really no time for celebrating, We need to remember those who lost their lives on Sept.11,01. We should pray for
    the families. Give thanks to those who went in to kill Bin Laden,Thanks to the President who had the courage to do the right thing in this effort.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  3. roberto llamas

    Hi anderson now that's we have our guy why can't the troops come home why are they still there how much long will it be and do we know of any comments from alkida group what's there reaction???

    May 3, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  4. Jamie

    This doesn't make me feel better. I realize the effort that was put forth under the previous President. But I think that this was a calculated effort to end one man's life. We have spent too much of our money proving to the residing people that we have good intentions. How much more should we spend? How much more of my future life should be at stake because we didn't make the right move in the right amount of time? I'm tired of hunting for political tropheys. Lets hunt for the people of the World that want to make it better. Let's work together. If Pakastanis cant vouch for it. Lets not keep paying them. How many US soldiers lost their lives. Why? If we don't trust. Why do we pay?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  5. Jeff

    My thoughts. I don,t think he is really dead. No body, No pictures,No family mourning. However, There is an upside to all of this.....I managed to avoid that stupid wedding all weekend and now I don,t have to watch CNN replay it a thousand times due to "real world events" , Yes. I am a Democrat

    May 3, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  6. Michael Bufkin

    It was the right decision to send in the special ops team rather just dropping a bomb. In this way we could be sure we had our target. But clearly this was the more complicated and difficult way

    May 3, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  7. Stuart

    Nice to know Intel and Special Ops are alive and well! Even nicer to know the Country is proud of their endevors and sacrafice. MAC V's legacy lives.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  8. tony- vickie

    Ground zero should be changed to ground hero in memory of our great americans
    That have given so much for our country
    To be great and free

    May 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  9. Sophia

    To the men who carried this mission may Allah continue to bless and we r forever greatfull for your bravery.

    Sophia
    Abu Dhabi

    May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  10. spencer cook

    it looks to me that we need to think clearly about our place in this world on fighting terror.if a team of specialy trained men can pull off such a mission to kill obl.then we should down size are miliatary to small special groups and take out who and when we need.save our larger forces to police these third world countrys.much cheaper and much more effective.spencer from tn..

    May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  11. Tim

    About Time That The Murdering Evil Person Called
    Osama bin Laden Was Removed From The Face Of The
    Planet Earth. And Well Done To The Seals Of Seal Team Six
    & 160th Soar The Nightstalkers. Good Job.!
    one Down One To Go

    May 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  12. Frank

    I was a volunteer Deputy Coroner from Wyoming who served at the OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – NYC) for the first month after 9-11. Like all Americans, I was relieved to hear that Bin Ladin was found and killed, however it saddens me to see the media constantly displaying his face. His body was disposed of at sea to avoid martyrdom, yet isn't the media doing just that, by keeping his face "in the moment"? Why not just show his name in bold font on screen, and avoid showing videos of his life and times? Lets not give him anymore credibility, even now that he's dead and gone.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  13. james jr

    I think thats great! But what will happen to bin laden`s children?

    May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  14. James Richardson

    Hi...i was wondering. Will the death of bin laden lead to a war type grudge between the U.S and Iraq??

    May 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  15. Jo Davidson

    What we should do now is immediately announce that we have the new leader in our sights. You cannot hide from us. We will hunt you down and kill you.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  16. Erika

    Is it possible bin laden was using nearby military base to recruit young men into his radical organization? I wonder if Pakistan or the US will focus on this particular compound and question members present on this base. There must be a reason UBL chose this spot to live rather comfortably.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  17. roberto estrada

    My family and I are a proud of what ours army forces what they did with one's of the mass killer in our moderm history.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  18. dee

    First of all the U.S Forces Killed Bin Laden, not the PRESIDENT he should not get the credit, in the president speech he keep on saying I,I I nothing he wants all the credit so the one that voted for him ,can vote for him again, I say Congrats to the U.S FORCES way to go.And I don't understand why they did that to Bin Laden body DNA test how do they know it's really him he had brothers and sons same DNA.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  19. John Anton

    I think that Thomas Friedman's recommendation to review the security apparatus set up since 9/11 is justly provocative. By the same logic, wouldn't it also make sense to examine many of the other apparti built up over the past few decades that cost us so much, have not achieved their goals, and may well be as off track from 7/4 (aka freedom) as he says 9/11 has pushed us? I'll put more stock in Friedman when he shows his openness to dismantling other "government as savior" initiatives.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  20. bryan hampton

    Well call me james brown because i feel good about the big payback that brought down bin laden.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Elliott Kramer

    Why do you and all your guests act like you know everything within 24 hours of The bin Laden assassination. For example, how are you so sure the US wasn't using informatIon from a local.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Deb Grant

    Please STOP showing picture after picture after picture of Bin Laden. I will listen to the interviews and watch what people think and feel but we do not need to be bombarded AGAIN with his depraved human face.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Steve Campbell

    As a retired naval officer the goverment is putting out to much info on the operation. Put out only what needs to be known. ie:Osama bin Laden has been found and killed. As for Pakistan they are not our friend or allies, they were hiding him no if's ands or butts.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Soura Dasgupta

    The way in which you previewed your program on Piers Morgan suggested that there was something fishy about Bin Laden's DNA being matched so quickly. That is the kind of irresponsible journalism that feeds conspiracy theories.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Suzanne

    Do you think there is connection between the cancellation of the royal honeymoon and the timing of the seals attack on bin Laden? I think the US waited until the wedding was over and2 million or so people had left London before they scheduled the attack and also warned the English government to keep the future king and his bride under tight security. Giving bin Laden's followers an opportunity to retaliate at a royal wedding would have been very tempting... especially with some many people in public spaces like Trafalger Square.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Shane

    Peter Bergen just said he is an agnostic re whether Pakistanis knew who was inside the huge compound 800 yards from a Pakistani military facility. On the BBC this morning Aleem Maqbool interviewed a guy who's a neighbor. This guy said that the compound is in a "restricted area"–no surprise there. It is most likely that the PK military did know who was inside. I've lived in PK and the restricted areas around military bases are subject to over-the-top monitoring.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Tanya

    It's a lot of crap that pictures of Osama dead have not been released in the US because no one has proof that he wasn't already killed. I cannot believe one of your guests even said that. That just makes this whole thing even more questionable. Plus the fact that he was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death. At this point no one else can prove it was actually him because the body was released into the ocean. No chance of finding that body now. It had to be Obama's decision since he is Commander in Chief and the body was in US custody. Who else has that authority?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  28. chris adams

    As far as i'm concerned the $25,000,000 reward for the capture/death of Osama bin Laden should be divided amongst the family's of the victims of 911 and the troops who have died in the pursuit of justice.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |