• There's always going be the partisan rhetoric concerning freedom of the press,Tora Bora, a 1995 Osama Bin Laden citing or the fact that president Obama didn't pull the trigger in March, because he did not want a B-2 bomber to destroy evidence and he wanted to minimize collateral damage.....A refresher course for those interested but it doesn't have a thing to do with yesterday's mission unless you're using the 6° of Kevin Bacon logic.

    I remember that time it was an issue between the world's greatest newspaper,New York Times ,the White House, civil libertarians, and constitutional scholars....

    Atty. general Gonzales,confirmed the existence of the program, first reported in a December 16, 2005, article in The New York Times.[7][8] The Times had posted the exclusive story on their website the night before, after learning that the Bush administration was considering seeking a Pentagon-Papers-style court injunction to block its publication.[9] Critics of The Times have alleged that executive editor Bill Keller had withheld the story from publication since before the 2004 Presidential election, and that the story that was ultimately published by The Times was essentially the same as reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau had submitted in 2004.[10] In a December 2008 interview with Newsweek, former Justice Department employee Thomas Tamm revealed himself to be the initial whistle-blower to The Times.[11] The FBI began investigating leaks about the program in 2005, with 25 agents and 5 prosecutors on the case. [12]

    Gonzales said the program authorizes warrantless intercepts where the government "has a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication is a member of al Qaeda, affiliated with al Qaeda, or a member of an organization affiliated with al Qaeda, or working in support of al Qaeda." and that one party to the conversation is "outside of the United States".[13] The revelation raised immediate concern among elected officials, civil right activists, legal scholars and the public at large about the legality and constitutionality of the program and the potential for abuse. Since then, the controversy[14] has expanded to include the press's role in exposing a classified program, the role and responsibility of Congress in its executive oversight function and the scope and extent of Presidential powers under Article II of the Constitution.

    This could last all day, blaming this president , the past presidents , and everything else imaginable but that's expected.... I'm just glad that all those involved were credited for doing a good job. Let's move on because the job is not done, we will probably make some more mistakes along the way, but we will eventually get it right.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.

  • Bin Laden feared our intelligence gathering because he was informed that we were intercepting his communications. His source of this information that was so vital in aiding his terrorist jihad? The always reliably left-wing New York Times, which published an article detailing the methods we were using, despite numerous and repeated requests from the government that it not do so.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.

  • Where the jets made of Norwegian wood?

    I think we will see some backlash from Bin Laden supporters, but in the long term it will be a crippling blow. Of course there is the argument that when you cut off the head of the snake, two more grow to replace it. However, I agree that this sends a message that we "always get our man". You can run and you can hide, but we will find you and we will exterminate with extreme prejudice.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.

  • I know right! Man, I have a feeling it is going to get hairy with in the next few months. There is no telling what those crazy people will do now that he is out...

    May 2, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.

  • Did you ever think we would ever say that Qadhafi's headquarters was bombed by Norwegian jets?

    May 2, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

  • That's correct Hictoria, I expect retaliation of some sort.

    I think it speaks volumes that Osama Bin Laden had to use couriers because he feared our intelligence gathering..... I also believe al Qaeda leaders and their types are fearful of aerial drone attacks..... The recent bombings by NATO on the Gaddafi headquarters also sends a powerful global message.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.

  • Glad he is dead, but hope this is not the possible outcome.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.