A while ago ABC News began reporting that the US had killed Osama Bin Laden in an air and/or ground strike in Pakistan (facts there are still fuzzy), and the US has the body. Now the story is all over most of the news networks. They’re saying it took a few days to be reported because there was DNA confirmation involved.

President Obama is going to be delivering an update shortly. More to come. You know how these “live” stories work… lots of information, and often little of it ends up to be factual, but it’ll get sorted out through the night.

Bless the troops as well as those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Michelle Malkin has much more here.

Update: President Obama confirms the US has custody of Bin Laden’s body.

Update II: They went out as cowardly as they lived… hiding behind women and children.

Update III: The celebration at Ground Zero last night:

The search for Bin Laden started almost ten years ago with this:

Update IV: The information trail leading to Bin Laden began to be blazed years ago and was to a great degree the result of Gitmo interrogations:

Sunday afternoon’s raid by U.S. forces that killed Osama bin Laden was the “culmination of years of careful and highly advanced intelligence work,” senior administration officials said in a conference call, describing the genesis of an operation that sounded like it was right out of a “Mission Impossible” movie.

Some time after Sept. 11, detainees held by the U.S. told interrogators about a man believed to work as a courier for bin Laden, senior administration officials said. The man was described by detainees as a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and “one of the few Al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin laden.”

Initially, intelligence officials only had the man’s nickname, but they discovered his real name four years ago.

Two years ago, intelligence officials began to identify areas of Pakistan where the courier and his brother operated, and the great security precautions the two men took aroused U.S. suspicions.

Last August, intelligence officials tracked the men to their residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a relatively wealthy town 35 miles north of Islamabad where many retired military officers live.

“When we saw the compound where the brothers lived, we were shocked by what we saw,” a senior administration official said.

Rest of the story here.

Update V: Video of the inside of Bin Laden’s “compound” is here. The place has all the charm of my first apartment.

Update VI: Last night, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell wanted to be the first to break the news on Twitter… she was in too much of a hurry. WHOOPS!

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16 Responses to “Bin Laden Killed; Updated Throughout the Day”

  1. SignPainterGuy on May 2nd, 2011 1:26 am

    You`re likely correct Doug, the first news is usually guessing and jockeying for credit – good only for the round file !

  2. backwoods on May 2nd, 2011 1:43 am

    After 9-11 I never would have thought he would live this long.

  3. Doug on May 2nd, 2011 1:47 am

    Honestly I thought that he had probably been incinerated in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan years ago.

  4. cdl on May 2nd, 2011 2:05 am

    I bet someone involved with Lybia gave up the position of Osama Bin Laden.

    Maybe a rebel that had first hand knowledge of where he was, or someone in the Lybian government.

    Just a feeling.

  5. OK_Loyalist on May 2nd, 2011 2:05 am

    Now for the madman Egyptian Doctor …

  6. cdl on May 2nd, 2011 2:07 am

    Have you seen the obvious facebook gathering in front of the whitehouse?

  7. cdl on May 2nd, 2011 2:10 am

    They're all the same age.

  8. Linda H. on May 2nd, 2011 2:13 am

    Did anyone happen to notice that the announcement was scheduled to interrupt the final 10 minutes of "The Celebrity Apprentice?" Obama trumped Trump and no one got fired. Small potatoes compared to the death of our arch enemy… but when it comes to potatoes, Obama seems to have an appetite for the small ones…

  9. Nanny on May 2nd, 2011 2:17 am

    Just talked to my daughter and son-in-law, who between them spent 91 months in theater, since 2001, they are excited beyond words. However, they give all the credit to GW Bush and the troops and support on the ground for this kill. By the way, my son in law just got back last Friday.

    We will see how this plays out – the true haters will be outraged. Watch out!!!

  10. Clu Seatoe on May 2nd, 2011 11:24 am

    GREAT NEWS!!

    Unfortunately, it’ said that nature abhors a vacuum.

  11. Marshall_Will on May 2nd, 2011 11:38 am

    "who between them spent 91 months in theater"

    Thank God for their safe return. ( That might be some kind of a record? )

    True, 'they' give all the credit appropriately but for those dumb enough to have voted for P'BO in the 'first' place..? Caught a glimpse of Scarborough Country and to hear 'them' talk you'd think ( no one even thought of "going after him" prior to 2008? ) Silly talk.

    Even my wife noticed virtually -all- of the celebration participants were the same age! Hadn't considered Facebook, tho' that's the most likely explanation. Although I'm obviously glad we got him, in the end, OBL ( like Teh One ) Won. He lived a DECADE longer than he ever should have and given his health, may not have lasted much longer anyway?

  12. Clu Seatoe on May 2nd, 2011 12:37 pm

    Around the Mideast and western world, although they’ll probably never admit it, the pedophiles and women haters of islam must feel some weight lifted as well. However, we cannot let our guard down. Sharia, islam, and the current regime are evil and anti-American.

    Beware the words of Rahm at this time, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And keep a wary eye on Mao while America’s attention is distracted with the good news.

  13. Marshall_Will on May 2nd, 2011 1:11 pm

    Clu,

    NLAGCGTW wasn't far from my mind this morning. In fact I mentioned that on our local Portland blog.

  14. Granny55 on May 2nd, 2011 1:57 pm

    I noticed the age as well – like WTH??? Are these the same people who were protesting GW Bush and who protest along side the union goons???

    And the one pic I saw this morning – Rob Lowe on some sort of balcony in NYC.

    It just bugs the hell out of me that the left is giving all the kudos to Obama and not saying much of anything at all about the brave souls who risked their lives in this operation. And I can't wait till the whining begins that they killed him instead of capturing him.

  15. Marshall_Will on May 2nd, 2011 2:20 pm

    Well ( and largely WHITE! ) I did see an Asian gal in there tho'? Yeah, totally staged. It will be fun to pick apart how the Blame Game became The Credit Game overnight huh?

    By the time the weekend comedy shows roll out some producer will have skits a' plenty w/ P'BO deploying to Pakistan by HALO w/ a dagger in his teeth. Just.Like.Bush. Only this time it will be funny.

    Had a great weekend at the beach w/ Mrs. Will. She had to work OT on Saturday ( so 'I' had to "make that up to her!" ) Eleanor's Tide Pool ( Lincoln City, OR ) has banana splits to DIE for and Dick Dale on the jukebox. That's how worried I was about Osama.

  16. SignPainterGuy on May 2nd, 2011 10:23 pm

    There ya go again, bein` all fair-minded !

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