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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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  1. Lisaann

    We've seen photos of death at the hands of OBL for years, w/o choice. Give us the choice now, to see the photo of justice.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Leigh Coleman

    It is time for our politicians and lawmakers to focus. Our American intelligence community has worked for years to uncover the location of Bin Laden's hiding place. The surgical accuracy revealed in their planning and execution of that plan show me as an American that everyone had their act together. The goal was met so lets ignore our lawmaker's peanut comments about waterboarding, etc. and keep them at bay. I miss the days of the uncomplicated "congratulations."

    May 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Derek

    There is merit to having evidence. The people deserve that. Your Guest is flat wrong, Anderson

    May 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Jorge

    Either he was armed or not, he had to be shot. If he was arrested the risk of terrorist attacks to pressure his release would be too high

    May 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Naveed Ahmed

    In the video played on cnn in which it was claimed to have been made right after the gun fight. there after the stairs someone passes the camera wearing a shalwar. No americans wear shalwars so the claim of Pakistan not being involved in the op is falsified by your aired video why is it so that Pakistans role is being undermined ???

    May 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  6. GaryH

    I honestly think that the seals had orders to kill him and not take him prisoner. What would that have accomplished? Except to open a whole new can of worms.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Chi

    Maybe they did not check because it is huge.Simply they believe he was on the run, so he could not live in that huge mansion.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Janis

    I don't believe that they didn't knowj. I believe the good citizens of Pakistan most likely didn't know, but I'm not so sure about some factions of the government. Sounds like a retirement village for military and government officials and that seems very odd to me.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Nina

    Good Evening everyone

    Bin Laden's picture has been circulating all over the internet

    May 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Mike in TX

      That one is fake and doctored. That is the problem if we release a pic....many will say we faked it.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
      • Nina

        why would you consider it a problem if people think its been photoshoped (altered)?

        May 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
      • Mike in TX

        Because if people don't believe he is dead in spite of all the evidence including any pictures then it just drags on forever for nothing.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
        • Nina

          People will believe whatever they want. A picture will probably not alter their "Belief" System. The picture, whether altered or not has been all over the internet.

          May 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Cindy in Ontario, Canada

      you have to be extremely careful with so many photos of bin Laden circulating, as they're full of viruses. The only photos safe enough to view will be the ones released on CNN and other well-known media sites.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Steve

    Also, If the USA would have sent a bomb to obliterate the compound, and killed the #1 most wanted man in the World, would there be any question of whether he was armed or not???

    May 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Pam - San Diego

    I'm glad he was killed. If he had been taken alive, the US would have had more problems. Terrorists would have been coming into our country trying to free him.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  12. wayne gresty

    Its good that we av people here that will do this in another country.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  13. robert

    Seriously?!? He wasn't armed? And this is a problem? I'm would bet that many of the 3,000+ in the WTC weren't armed either. Unless he was kneeling, arms raised in a surrender position......... game on!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Bruce Johnson

    Why the questions about whether or not Osama had a weapon in his hand? This is the guy whose whole MO is the suicide-murder, going back even before 9-11 to the embassy bombings and the USS Cole. Why should the Navy SEALS care if he has a weapon in his hand at that moment? They know he has heard the battle noise below and across the yard. They know he would likely have made some preparation for taking out as many of his attackers as possible. They remembered the Cole dead, fellow Navy members - who also didn't see any weapons before they were murdered.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  15. jim in new jersey

    What happened to Bin Laden's wife. Shewas reortedly wounded and not killed. Did the seals take her with them? Where is she now? She obviously was an eyewitness.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Lou Allen

    Seriously? We're concerned about how the arab world will feel that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed? Who was armed at the World Trade Center?

    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Janis

    Well, The Pakistanis have a major tourist site now. I heard it was a resort type area.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Penny

    We question the Pakastan government over if they knew Osama Bin Laden was in their country. Not to defend them, but we could not find the Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph for five years. He was living in Murphy North Carolina under the nose of the FBI... I think where there are sympathizers there is refuge..just a thought

    May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Happy of those who can believe without seeing!"

    May 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Chi

    Hmmm if they doubt a video footage, pictures won't make any sense to them.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Jim- Thunder Bay Ont.

    Why was Osama shot to kill? If he was just wounded and taken captive, he could have faced charges.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • joe

      could someone answer a question – did i read on a news sattion yesterday that the objective was to kill him – now that it is said that he was unarmed, the objective is clain=med to be to capture or kill him – I'm not saying he didn't deserve what he got, BUT . . .

      May 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Lynn on the road

    Why is no one talking about the money sources for the elaborate compound and protections for Bin Laden? Follow the money!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Daniel

    I think the picture should be displayed for everyone to see

    May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on–fascinating–though grim– to hear more of the details about Osama bin Laden's death.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Steve

    Why in the World is there any question about killing Osama Bin Laden whether he was armed or not?? Or that he received a "proper" burial. Does anyone remember that this was the #1 most wanted man in the World??? In the top 3 for most evil men ever??? I do not think that the USA had any intention of taking him alive and go through the circus that would've been in taking him alive. This was a straight kill mission.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Justin

    Who cares if he was armed or not armed? Does it really matter when it relates to one of the biggest mass murderers in American History. No it doesnt and yes I believe they should release the photo because that will be the real proof and closure that most Americans are looking for

    May 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Chi

    @Ron 10:11 Totally agree with you.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Janis

    Good evening everyone. I don't think they should show any pictures or videos.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Mike in TX

    For a million dollar house that place sure looks like a dump. I wouldn't think much about the contractor or interior decorator

    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Trevor

    I think it's a hoax. Why would they shoot osama in the head knowing they could have taken him alive shooting him somewhere else. The photo is prob gonna be of some other guy that looks like osama. Obama is trying for another term and i'm afraid this could help him knowing it would

    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Anthonia-(Bay Area)

    Hey Everyone! I'm glad to be back! So much has changed throughout the months on AC360 the show and the website!

    The news about Osama bin Laden is mind boggling! I do not believe that Americans should be rejoicing the death of Osama...its just unpatriotic!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Ahmed Almaghrawi

    Big defeat for the Al-Qaeda, first the spread of democracy in Tunis, Egypt and Libya; second the death of the coward Osama bin laden. Big losses for the AlQaeda ideology and great win for pro-democracy.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Matthew

    Why do we care whether Osama Bin Laden was treated well during the raid and following his death? This man cared nothing of killing 3000+ plus people. Please someone explain to me why he deserves any of our compassion whatsoever.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Mike in TX

      Because we are Americans and to be like him is not who we are or what we are about

      May 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • Matthew

        These people are laughing at us. They kill 3000+ of our people and we make sure we provide him with a ritual islamic funeral process as a thank you. I guess if we were in the same position, Osama Bin Laden and his type would find us a nice coffin, read some passages from the Bible for us and perhaps sing a few hymms. These people consider us to be absolute idiots.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
      • Yoko, Japan

        Totally agree. Hate begets hate. It's hard to say "turn the other cheek" but "an eye for an eye" shouldn't be our standard. It is theirs.

        May 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  34. patti

    Issue: President Bush not attending @ ground zero...grrrrr NO! not that he rejects or doesn't want bi-partisanship...he simply wants out of the spotlight...he has said that for yrs.!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Lori

    Hi Anderson. Hi Everyone. Good evening.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Nancy in Oregon

    Humans can be so coliseum-like sometimes, I'm afraid. People want gory pictures and scenes. Doesn't speak much for us as a race or a culture.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Janis

      I agree Nancy. Reminds me of those nineteenth century photos of dead desperadoes like Jesse James or Billy the Kid. Gruesome and out of line.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Ron Hunt

    The 3,000 people in the twin towers were not armed either!!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Pam - San Diego

    Looks like they were not very clean people. Food in the sink? Don't they believe in putting food away?

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  39. Umut Brasco

    Why did the government not released any kind of photo or video material like they did in the past quickly (like they did when they got Saddam). I mean this person was the Top-Terrorist of the World.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  40. Mike in TX

    Even if they release the photo the doubters won't believe it

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh boy, please don't drag gross pictures out in public....you can't convince 'doubters' of anything. When will people learn that?

    May 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  42. Jan-Henrik

    I wonder about the rational about burying the body according to Muslim traditions, except for the burying at sea. Was that a decision on the spot, or planned?

    May 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. I'm sure we will continue to learn more about what happened in the raid but I'm also sure there are things we will never learn. I do not think they should release the death photo. It's not necessary. He's dead. It was him. If it wasn't we would have heard from him by now or from other of his leaders. Instead there is only silence.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • patti

      I certainly do agree... I think the world knows the truth... it may seem strangely quiet, especially among his supporters, but I feel in my gut that they too know, and knew,,, this day was coming...There is no need to expose the carnage,, I think in the deepest part of every American heart; we have that confirmation...

      May 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Michael Corwin

    I think they should be released as long as there is a log in page which would mean that the person(s) would really want to see them.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Derek

      I agree. The Obama Administration should release the photo. We have seen dead bodies in the streets of Haiti and other countries.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. Inevitable clarifying of details as time goes on, John King is right. Many reasons for this, as he says, not all evil!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That looks nasty!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  47. Pam - San Diego

    Hello to everyone!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  48. Chi

    Evening AC and AC360

    May 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  50. Mike in TX

    good evening all

    May 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
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