10:55 ABC News is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead. Waiting on an official announcement from President Barack Obama.
11:02 ABC News says, “He was the most hated man in America.”
11:03 There was a 25 million dollar award for Osama bin Laden. No one has come forward to claim it yet.
11:04 30 percent of Americans thought that Osama bin Laden would never be captured or killed, according to ABC News.
11:05 Families of the people who died in the terrorist attacks of 2001 have been waiting for this news for a decade.
11:05 The last tapped message that Osama bin Laden sent threatening Americans was in March of this year.
11:06 This is going to be a political boost for President Obama.
11:11 They have the body in custody. They have to do a DNA test on it. The government has his sister’s brain for the test.
11:17 Throughout the government people are ecstatic. Some are calling it one of the greatest days in history for the entire country.
11:18 If he was killed in Pakistan, the question is now who has been protecting him.
11:21 Osama bin Laden taunted President Obama and President Bush. So many people believed he could never be caught or killed.
11:22 Just confirmed that US ground forces were involved. All around him were killed.
11:24 The operation took nine days. The soldiers have just now left.
11:25 There are concerns about suicide attacks now. The reaction in Pakistan is not going to be the same as it is in the US.
11:28 Reports are saying that this happened several days ago. The DNA has been checked and double checked. The US is sure that Osama bin Laden has been killed.
11:32 Richard Clarke, news correspondent says, “This is exactly what President Obama said he would do.”
11:33 People are starting to gather and sing the National Anthem and chanting U-S-A outside of the White House.
11:34 Osama bin Laden was shot. Killed in a mansion by US forces.
11:35 President Obama speaking now.
11:36 President Obama says, “September 11, 2001 in our time of grief the American people came together…we reaffirmed our ties to each other…We were united as one American family. We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation.”
11:37 President Obama paraphrased: Shortly after taking office I directed the head of the CIA to make capturing Osama bin Laden a top priority. Last August I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It took many months to run the mission. Finally last week I determined we had enough intelligence to take action. Today at my direction the United States operated a target operation. No Americans were harmed. Avoided civilian casualties. Marks the most significant achievement to date in our efforts against Al Qaeda. Our efforts are not over. “The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.” “The American people did not chose this fight; it came to our shores.” “Justice has been done.”
11:45 President Obama paraphrase continued: Tonight let us think back to the sense of unity that we felt on 9-11. The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our minds to do. “Let us remember that we can do these things not because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
11:46 Osama bin Laden was killed not far from the capitol of Pakistan.
11:50 Now there are concerns about what may be triggerred because of his death. Counterattacks are a possibility. The security is probably being increased around government buildings.
11:58 September 11 attacks were not the only attacks by Al Qaeda. They are also responsible for the 1998 bombings of the US Embassys in Tanzania and Kenya.