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Evening Buzz: Osama bin Laden Considered Attack on Upcoming 9/11 Anniversary
Pakistani policemen guard the compound in Abbottabad where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
May 5th, 2011
08:42 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Osama bin Laden Considered Attack on Upcoming 9/11 Anniversary

The computer drives seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan contained suspected plans to attack U.S. rail lines on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, sources tell CNN.

The information has led the Department of Homeland Security to issue a notice to federal, state and local law enforcement.

No specific city or rail system is mentioned in the notice.

We'll get the latest details on the potential plot from CNN's Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

The notice comes on the same day President Obama traveled to New York to lay a wreath at ground zero and meet with survivors and victims' families.

Among his stops, a visit with firefighters of Engine Company 54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9, the 'Pride of Midtown' , which lost 15 members when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say," President Obama told the firefighters.

"For him to come here and to see the faces of the firefighters that were killed on September 11th and to see the shrine that was erected in their honor really meant something to him," said Chief Edward Kilduff of the New York Fire Department.

"I could see that the president was clearly touched by the sacrifices and by the stories that the firefighters told him," he added.

We've also learned new information on the 38-minute raid when bin Laden was killed.

According to an official, the mission was code-named "Operation Neptune Spear."

The first man killed was the Kuwaiti courier who worked for bin Laden. He was shot in a brief firefight in the guesthouse on the compound grounds, the official said.

The Navy SEALs then entered the compound's main building, where they shot and killed the courier's brother.

As the moved upstairs, one of bin Laden's sons rushed them and he was killed, according to the official.

The team then entered the third-floor bedroom where bin Laden was with one of his wives and several children.

The U.S. official said bin Laden was possibly moving toward weapons in the room and that's when he was shot in the chest and head.

We'll have even more on raid tonight on 360°.

President Obama will travel to Fort Campbell, Kentucky tomorrow to meet with the SEALs team that carried out the raid and killed the al Qaeda leader.

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

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  1. chris

    cant we really trust that bin laden its dead cause with out proof nothing cant be true

    May 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  2. Floyd Mills

    Bin Laden was a secretive person who kept telephone numbers and 500 euros stitched into his clothes. It is only reasonable to suspect that he keep secret hiding places for his sensitive and revealing documents in the event that America might drop in. In the minutes they were there it is doubtful the Seals would have uncovered such hidden spots. The compound was built especially for him from the ground up. thinking about it it only seems reasonable that he would have designed in something hidden and private and hard to find. That, not on the computers and drives lying around in open view, is where the real intelligence information must be. Don't you think?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Brian

    If America wasn't so arrogant in its dealings with the world i don't think we would have the amount of hatred to america as we do today.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Julia

    Visual reports of inside the compound show blood on the ground amongst lots of trash. It looks like piles of garbage not debris from the raid. It was reported Bin Laden and others lived a posh life inside the compound. Is that considered a good life in Pakistan?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Tom

    If Osama Bin Laden had been living in that compound for years, what did he do if he needed the services of a Dentist or Doctor?...If Pakistani Officials didn't know about Bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, then I'm a monkey's uncle!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Sam.Jackson

    I think the president, is doing a great job. I salute the president on giveing the go ahead
    to the navy seals to take osama out. America
    is safer now than when osama was alive. We
    still have more to do. But I think this maybe the begining of world PEACE...

    May 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  7. diane carpenter

    it is a good thing that obama went in when he did and did not hesitate the fact. I am glad to have him as President of the United States .

    May 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm |