Sr. Capitol Hill official announced that Osama bin Laden is dead per Geraldo Rivera.
A House Intelligence Committee aide says the US has his body as well, from reports I'm seeing on Twitter.
Michelle Malkin says at her blog that he was killed over a week ago by a missle strike. There was DNA testing done in the past week to ascertain it was bin Laden. CNN says, apparently, he was killed near Islamibad (Pakistan). Fox News scrolling digest said he was killed inside a mansion in Islamibad.
Geraldo says a crowd is outside the White House chanting "USA!" Kerry Picket of the Washington Times has video of people singing "God Bless America."
God Bless the men and women of our military who made this possible!
UPDATE: It was not a missle strike, according to Brett Baier on Fox News, it was a ground operation. US Navy Seals carried out the mission.
Obama just spoke to the nation. He also called former President Bush to give him the news.
S.E. Cupp writes over twitter that former President Bush said: "Tonight America has sent an unmistakable message. No matter how long it takes, judgment will be done."
Bush's entire statement, via ABC:
“I congratulated him (Obama) and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude,” the former president said in a statement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”Ben Howe, also on Twitter, notes that German dictator Adolf Hitler was confirmed dead on this date in 1945 as well.
Congressman Allen West of Florida has a sober warning on Twitter: "We must be ready for retaliation from Islamic world."
Sarah Palin from Facebook:
Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy.
This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people of the world.
May God bless our troops and our intelligence services, and God bless America!
- Sarah Palin
NEVER FORGET 9/11/01
Photo below of dead Osama bin Laden (via Pat Dollard), click READ MORE link right below
(UPDATE: The photo posted here last night has apparently turned out to be a fake....I apologize for the misinformation.)
More how the operation took place (AP via Yahoo News)
Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.
The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.
Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader.
Nestled in an affluent neighborhood, the compound was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet, topped with barbed wire. Two security gates guarded the only way in. A third-floor terrace was shielded by a seven-foot privacy wall. No phone lines or Internet cables ran to the property. The residents burned their garbage rather than put it out for collection. Intelligence officials believed the million-dollar compound was built five years ago to protect a major terrorist figure. The question was, who?
The CIA asked itself again and again who might be living behind those walls. Each time, they concluded it was almost certainly bin Laden.
...By mid-February, intelligence from multiple sources was clear enough that Obama wanted to "pursue an aggressive course of action," a senior administration official said. Over the next two and a half months, Obama led five meetings of the National Security Council focused solely on whether bin Laden was in that compound and, if so, how to get him, the official said.
...On April 29, Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden. It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government's sophisticated Predator drones. To execute it, Obama tapped a small contingent of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six and put them under the command of CIA Director Leon Panetta, whose analysts monitored the compound from afar.
Panetta was directly in charge of the team, a U.S. official said, and his conference room was transformed into a command center.
Details of exactly how the raid unfolded remain murky. But the al-Qaida courier, his brother and one of bin Laden's sons were killed. No Americans were injured. Senior administration officials will only say that bin Laden "resisted." And then the man behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil died from an American bullet to his head.
It was mid-afternoon in Virginia when Panetta and his team received word that bin Laden was dead. Cheers and applause broke out across the conference room.
The body was buried at sea. WTF?
Remember: Video of bin Laden claiming credit for and laughing about the mass murder on September 11, 2001.
We got the last laugh!
What would Reagan Say? From LA Times, Oct. 1985:
"These young Americans sent a message to terrorists everywhere. The message--you can run but you can't hide."