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Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Terrorism & National Security

How We Got Him

Report 4 May 2011

The story we know so far of Osama bin Laden's tracking and killing reflects success in intelligence reform, interagency coordination and old-fashioned intelligence-gathering.  Well-informed sources from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to former Guantanamo interrogators to the White House have insisted that information gleaned from "advanced interrogation techniques" - or torture - played little or no role, or was actually counter-productive by generating false leads. National security and military leaders have long argued that torture is not only an ineffective tool for extracting information, but it is also harmful overall to counterterrorism efforts. In fact, experts have made clear in recent days that the information that led to bin Laden's whereabouts was the result of years of hard work and deep investigation. As Graham said, "I do not believe this is a time to celebrate waterboarding, I believe this is a time to celebrate hard work." 

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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Report 15 January 2009
This evening President Bush will give a farewell address to the nation in which he will undoubtedly claim that thanks to his national security policies America has not been hit by a terrorist attack since 9/11.  But while our law enforcement agencies and military work to protect Americans from attack, President Bush leaves behind a legacy of failure. The Bush Administration has succeeded in overinflating the terrorist threat at home and utterly discrediting it abroad. 
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Press Release Washington, D.C. 15 January 2009

Bush Has Made America Less Safe

Report 30 October 2008
Terrorism & National Security

HAMDAN VERDICT: We Waited Seven Years for This?

Report 6 August 2008
Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver, was convicted on a charge of material assistance to terrorism and acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. The Bush administration’s military commissions have not only violated our basic values and traditions; almost seven years after the 9/11 attacks, they have failed to bring terrorists to justice while damaging the credibility of our justice system and our democracy in the eyes of the world.
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Pakistan

The Central Threat - Al Qaeda in Pakistan

Report 26 July 2007
The central threat to the American homeland is in Pakistan and that is where the central effort needs to be.
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Terrorism & National Security

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Is Part Of Network, Bush Says

News Washington Post 24 July 2007
Iraq

How Long will Iraq Keep Us From Fighting Terrorists?

Press Release Washington, DC 23 May 2007
Richard Clarke, Steven Simon, Brian Katulis and Rand Beers comment on newly declassified intelligence that Osama bin Laden ordered a top lieutenant in early 2005 to hit targets inside the United States.
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