May 5th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #836 'On another note . . .'

Reporter's Note: Osama bin Laden has thoroughly dominated the news lately, just as he did years ago. So he’s in today’s letter again as well.

Dear Mr. President,

Perhaps in the middle of all the Osama bin Laden news you missed what happened with our Capitols. They were spanked like bratty kids by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was ridiculous. Every time the Caps seemed to get something going, the Lightning players just skated down the ice and stuffed the puck into the goal again.

As a result, the Caps were swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s a shame really, because they had a nice season and while I did not assume they would make it to the final round, I never thought they’d wind up humiliated.

Oh well. Not sure whom I’m going to cheer for now. My Avalanche never made it to the contest. I kind of like the look of the Sharks. Anyway, if you want to come over for a game, give me a yell.

On other fronts: Interesting call you made about not releasing the photo of bin Laden after he was killed. Your team did a decent job explaining your thinking - about how we don’t display trophies of war, and all that. Still, you know some folks will be second guessing you for a long time and even more so if enough people in the Middle East keep calling the death a hoax.

May 5th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Harsh interrogation debate returns with bin Laden takedown

Washington (CNN) - Within hours of President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, politics entered the fray.

A small but vocal group of Republicans including former Bush administration officials began claiming that information obtained from waterboarding and other now-prohibited enhanced interrogation techniques led to the successful assault on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Interviews and commentaries by conservatives, including former Vice President Dick Cheney repeated the contention, citing media reports rather than direct information.

A closer look shows no obvious evidence of a direct connection, at least to waterboarding, the simulated drowning technique considered to be torture under international law.

While administration officials, former interrogators and others concede that thousands of pieces of information collected over the past nine years eventually brought U.S. Navy SEALs to bin Laden, no one has cited specific information that came from the harsh interrogations labeled torture.

That doesn't stop defenders of enhanced interrogations from trying.

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May 5th, 2011
01:13 AM ET

Cooper: 'So many have sacrificed . . . in this long war'

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper pays tribute to Americans who have lost their lives in the fight against terrorism.

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

More about the fallen: CNN.com's Home and Away

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

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

(Read a transcript of Cooper's remarks after the jump)


May 5th, 2011
01:04 AM ET

Video: Inside bin Laden's family life

Editor's note: CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen provides a window into Osama bin Laden's day-to-day family life.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Osama bin Laden
May 5th, 2011
01:01 AM ET

Video: Bin Laden's brood

Editor's note: Tom Foreman reports on the many wives and children of deceased terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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May 5th, 2011
12:26 AM ET

Video: Ex-extremist weighs in on bin Laden

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with Maajid Nawaz about the debate surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Osama bin Laden
May 5th, 2011
12:23 AM ET

Video: Stealth helicopter used in raid?

Editor's note: CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the possibility that a stealth helicopter was used in the bin Laden raid.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
May 5th, 2011
12:17 AM ET

Video: New questions about bin Laden's death

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the latest details and the latest questions surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden.

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