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dance routine that mariah core graphed for her. that's going to wrap it up for us. hello to all of you. good morning. i'm carol costello sitting in for kyra phillips. solidarity, support and closure. today, president obama visits ground zero and later heads to the epicenter of the 9/11 attacks. new details on the raid that killed osama bin laden. "the new york times" is reporting that the navy s.e.a.l.s came under fire only when they first stormed the compound. secretary of state, hillary clinton, says the united states must continue working with
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pakistan in the fight against terrorism. she is responding to widespread doubts about pakistan's relibltd after bin laden was discovered living in a military town there. just minutes from now, president obama is scheduled to leave the white house bound for new york. there, he has a very full schedule. cnn has learned that the president will visit the city's engine 54 firehouse this morning. 15 firefighters from that station were killed on september 11th. at ground zero, he will play a wreath and not deliver a speech. he will meet privately with family members of some of those that died in the attacks. jason carroll joins is live now. this is a very different ground zero than what we saw right after 9/11 or even two years ago. >> reporter: right. most different since the last time president obama was here in 2008. so many changes that we've seen here in the city, carol. i know you know about some of
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these changes. you think about the memorial plaza. that's expected to be completed just in time for the 9/11 event that's expected to take place here later this year. the reflecting pool is already complete. when you think of the world trade center. number one, the so-called freedom tower, already at 64 stories. so much has been completed when we are down here. we see everything that's been done. some 150 trees planted at the site. many changes have taken place since the last time the president was here back in 2008. >> in speaking about the president's visit, some conservatives are saying this is sort of a campaign commercial for president obama. he is doing a victory lap, which is sort of unsightly. what do the people of new york feel? >> reporter: well, i think when you listen to what new york city mayor michael bloomberg has said about today's event, he basically said, this is a moment for the city and the nation to
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reflect and also a moment to have some justice. a lot of people in new york feel that way about the president's visit which has been marked by some controversy. he will be meeting with 9/11 families and first responders. not all the 9/11 families were invited to might with the president. we reached out to some that were invited and others that were not. jim riches was invited, he lost his son, jimmy, a firefighter. he was fortunate enough to be able to meet with the press. on the flip side, bob hughes and his wife, elaine, they lost their son. they will not be meeting with the president. so i want you to listen to what both of what they had to say about what's going to be happening later today. >> i feel sorry for them. i wish everyone could have been there. i mean, i guess, logistically, it just doesn't work out.
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i was one of the lucky ones selected. i hope to represent my group, the family and parents of firefighters and get back to them and tell them all what happened. >> i don't want to criticize really the fact that you weren't invited. so the word left out wouldn't be the right word but it would have been nice to be invited and to be able to go down there and thank the president. >> reporter: very quickly, carol, just to follow up more on what bob and elaine had to say. if they had been able to meet with the president, they would have told him, you had the guts to do it and you did it well. carol? >> jason carroll reporting live from ground zero. now, let's look ahead to the president's visit to the engine 54 fire house, the pride of midtown lost 15 firefighters when the twin towers collapsed. what are the firefighters saying? >> reporter: they say that they
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expect to see the president before he heads to ground zero this morning and also told us that they plan to thank them for, in their words, a job well done. we hear that they are possibly making lunch to serve him before he heads to ground zero. as one of the firefighters said, this visit will be a morale booster. it has been several days of mixed feelings. they said they were relieved from osama bin laden was killed but they say saddened because it all brought back the memories and the reason why the hunt for osama bin laden was taken in the first place. there was some celebratory moments on sunday night. one of the images that really stood out was an image from sunday night, a "new york times" photograph. firefighters from engine 54, ladder 4, went into times square, which is just right over, a couple blocks away, to take in the news of osama bin laden's death. they watched the crowd's cheer. as one of the members told me,
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he really teared up. he wasn't happy that osama bin laden was killed. he said he was happy to see the crowds cheering and the fact that people were proud of their country. the elation just lasted a few moments. they are always on guard. they fear retaliation. this is one of the busiest fire houses in new york city. so they are constantly on guard. carol? >> that is a great photograph. maybe they many include it in the memorial when it is all completed whenever that will be. mary snow, reporting live from new york city. we appreciate it. join us for our special coverage of president obama's visit to ground zero. anderson cooper takes the reigns at 11:00 a.m. eastern. the president's visit comes after his decision to not release photos of osama bin laden dead body. he says, little would be gained by publicly showing those gruesome images. >> it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating
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around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. that's not who we are. >> as you might expect, the president' decision ignited fierce debate. a former homeland security adviser says the public has a right to see visual proof that bin laden is dead. >> it seems the president is terribly concerned with foreign opinion when most americans want to see these photographs. john, we have spent over ten years, billions of taxpayer dollars. if they want to see them, they ought to be released. >> duncan hunter echos that. the combat veteran says, i want to see them personally. i did three tours, as a marine who did three tours because of 9/11. as americans, we deserve to see them. >> not all republicans oppose the president's decision. house speaker, john boehner says, he supports keeping the photos from public view.
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new york congressman, peter king does as does senator orrin hatch. we will hear from another critic of the president' decision, phil bennett, con sieve tiff radio talk show host. there are new photos from inside the bin laden compound. the reuters pictures include graphic images of three bodies. we think they are too graphic for television. if you want to see them, they are posted along with mornings on cn this. .com. here is one photo not so graphic. it shows the u.s. helicopter said to have experienced technical problems. the navy s.e.a.l.s destroyed it as they left the compound. before the crash, that helicopter looked more like this, your basic black hawk. the chopper in pieces in pakistan is anything but standard issue. it is an amazing piece of machinery. pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, has more of it. tell us about the sound or lack there of this helicopter makes. it is amazing. >> the problem is, we really
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don't know all that much, do we? people are referring to this as a stealth black hawk. aviation buffs are looking at it saying, what is this thing? it appears that it is some kind of helicopter made for special operations, special forces going on these assault missions. we have never seen anything like it before. aviation buffs who have looked at it, the thinking is that it has some sound shielding qualities on it. it has low observable qualities as they call it. that means perhaps it wouldn't be that visible in a radar crossing as they were coming into pakistan, trying to come in very stealth thiy when they wout be noticed. when you talk about stealth, there are two things involved, low radar cross section and low noise. those are the two biggies. this helicopter may have been optimized for that. it is the one that is left
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behind. when the s.e.a.l.s approached the compound, this suffered some kind of mechanical failure and basically clipped a wall and went down in a hard landing. the s.e.a.l.s all got out and they were fine. the wreckage was left behind so they torched it so this classified piece of equipment would not fall into the hands of the pakistanis or anybody else. some of it apparently didn't get so torched and was left behind for the world to see. the world is wondering what exactly it is. as far as we know, the pakistanis have the wreckage, carol. >> barbara starr, reporting live from washington. >> we have a more complete list of what was recovered from the compound. one u.s. official said commandos found about five cell phones and audio and video equipment, five guns, including pistols and ak-47 assault rifles and intelligence ex perperts are sig through lots of paper documents. osama bin laden mangled islam
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into something unrecognizable and he has also helped to change christianity. i will ask him about that and about praying for bin laden. we are also talking to the accidental icon, the retired new york city firefighter at ground zero when president bush popped up beside him and rallied the nation from the rubble. we will find out if he is going to ground zero today for the ceremony. ♪ oh! [ both slurping ] ♪ [ female announcer ] the irresistible taste of cinnamon toast crunch. crave those crazy squares.
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the name bob beckwith might not ring a bell with you. you might remember his place in 9/11 history, right next to president bush at ground zero. [ applause ] >> the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. >> beckwith is the retired new york city fire fighter at ground zero looking for a friend's missing son. president bush jumped up next to him and rallied first responders through that bullhorn. beckwith was part of it. that was him then and here he is now. welcome. >> thank you. >> when you see that video, what goes through your mind?
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>> it brings back a lot of bad memories and a lot of good memories but mostly bad memories of the times that we lost all those guys and a lot of people, cops, firemen, port authority guys. >> when president bush took that bullhorn and started talking, you had a smile on your face. what were you thinking? >> i was thinking, wow, here i am a commoner, standing with the president of the united states. i mean, that's, wow. that to me was big-time. >> what did president bush's words mean to you? he lifted us all, every one of us that were down there. a lot of us volunteers. a lot of us working guys that came back, came in. all these people, they lifted us up. you know, when he finished that speech, we were all ready to go
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back and try and find some of these guys or anybody that was still alive underneath the rubble. he gave us a nice lift. >> so flash forward to today when president obama will be at ground zero. he will play a wreath there. will you be there today, sir? >> i don't know. i haven't heard anything yet. >> what do you mean? >> i heard it is by invite and i didn't get one so i don't know. i don't know if i'm invited or will i be with anybody down there. i am playing it by ear. >> do you think it is a good idea that president obama is going to ground zero today? >> i guess it is okay. sure, why not? this is for a big thing that he
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helped, that he gave the word for these heroes, the navy s.e.a.l.s. he gave the word for them to go in. they went in. they did their job. they got out. everybody got out safe. >> i know this -- >> he has got this -- go ahead. >> this probably won't bring much closure to many people that lost loved ones in the attacks. but do you think this is good for the country that this is happening today? >> sure. why not? you mean the president coming down here at ground zero? >> yes. >> yeah, it is okay. like i say, he gave the word and he is coming down. so that's okay. i am only speaking for myself. i don't see any reason why he can't come down here.
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>> mr. beckwith, many thanks for joining us. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. here is another iconic image from 9/11, president bush getting word. the children he was reading to suddenly back witnesses to history. >> it is still really meaningful because i was there that day. i did see -- i was kind of there for part of history. so obviously i am always going to remember it. >> in the next hour, some of those kids talk about that today, about bin laden's killing and the years in between. that and much more coverage of osama bin laden's death ahead. losing it all to rising floodwaters. a homeowners heart wrenching story in her own words. a plea deal for a teenager charged in the bullying case that ended in a surprise. details of their surprising sentence. ♪ sometimes i feel like...
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we are following all the new developments in the aftermath of the killing of osama bin laden, new details on what happened when navy s.e.a.l.s moved in on bin laden's pakistan compound. all just ahead. >> let's talk about the rising floodwaters. rebecca martin of calvert city said she woke up two days ago surrounding by water.
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she is struggling to save what she treasures most, her family memories. >> i want to get the things above my closet, which is old pictures of the family and stuff. that means a lot to me. i'm so sorry for anybody in this situation, because i know how you feel. >> the threat of rising water is also wreaking havoc in the midwest where engineers are flooding farmlands to save town. rob marciano is in mississippi town, missouri, along the mississippi river. what is going on there today? >> reporter: well, the waters haven't gone down a whole lot even though they have been blasting holes in these levees to flood the floodways. this is not a river or a lake. this is the floodway. this is supposedly dry farmland that's been flooded to alleviate
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some of the pressure. well, it has done just that. they have more water upstream that they are releasing. that's a problem there. yesterday, we went out with the usgs to take some measurements of the flow of the mississippi into this floodway. they had to do that to kind of work with the army corps of engineers to figure out what they want to do, what the next step was to be. they decided to blow a third hole in the levee. that's going to happen later today. that's the southern end. this is the northern end. we have water coming in and taking some of the energy away. southern end, we will get water going out and back down into the mississippi. extraordinary measures, carol happening here. this is not over, because we have more water that's coming down and more importantly, this water has to go down the river system past memphis and vicksburg into the gulf of mexico. they are going to have their own gulf flooding problems in the next month or so.
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rob march sease aknow reporting live. 16-year-old fphoebe price hanged herself in the stairwell of her family home after weeks of bullying in school. the teens accused were sentenced to one year probation. in tucson, arizona, six people were arrested at a school board meeting following heated discuss over ethnic studies. they refused to allow board members to change studies in the mexican study program. brazen thiefs target three dozen police cars. they got away with a few radios, a laptop, gps and a camera. president obama has decided not to release photos of osama bin laden's body. nothing will be gained from them. one critic said there are four good reasons why the public needs to see them. we will hear those four reasons coming up.
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with osama bin laden dead, some members of congress say the president should declare victory in afghanistan and bring the troops home. we will tell you what they are doing to force his hand just ahead. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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you are looking at ground zero. president obama travels there today to honor the spirit of americans and those killed on 9/11. he plans to lay a wreath at the
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9/11 memorial and meet with firefighters of the 9/11 victims. he does not plan to make any remarks. new details on the raid that killed osama bin laden. president obama decided not to release photos of bin laden's corporation. white house officials are clamping down on information. no new details will be disclosed to protect secret operations in the future. "the new york times" reports the fire fight was one-sided. they said the navy s.e.a.l.s came under fire only when they first stormed the pakistani compound on the first floor. experts believe the u.s. helicopter that crash landed during the operation was the top secret stealth helicopter, design today fly undetected by radar. an in-depth look at the cost of the war in afghanistan. the latest figures show there are 90,000 u.s. troops in that
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war-torn country since the war started in 2001, the military reports 1,458 american deaths in afghanistan. walter jones says the war is costing the united states $8 billion every single month. in the meantime, secretary of state, hillary clinton, says the united states is more determined than ever to prevail in afghanistan. >> i think our resolve is even stronger following bin laden's death, because we know that it will have an impact on those who are on the battlefield in afghanistan. >> bin laden's death has renewed efforts in congress, though, to end the war now. today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are expected to unveil legislation, calling for the president to submit to congress, a precise timeline for withdrawing troops. kate bolduan joins us live. what are they asking for?
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>> this bipartisan group that you just mentioned is led by republican walter jones and democrat jim mcgovern. they have long been opposed to the war. what they are asking for and calling for is that they are saying the white house needs to present a concrete timeline with exit dates of getting out of afghanistan. they say it needs to be sooner rather than later. they are rolling out this bill today and hoping to get some momentum. obviously, they say, specifically, because of the news many could go out of osama bin laden being killed. the administration, their plans are, to begin with withdrawing troops in july and finishing up in 2014. as i spoke with congressman jones, he said, why wait? with osama bin laden out of the picture, let's get out now. listen here. >> i have been very disappointed in my party quite frankly. why are we -- we are up here cutting medicare but we are spending $8 billion a month in
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afghanist afghanistan borrowing money and you want to help karzai remain in power in afghanistan. >> reporter: the bill they are unveiling is calling for a few specific things, the president to set an offer and timeline with specific dates of drawing troops and removing all u.s. forces in afghanistan and provide that the president give regular reports to congress, what it would mean for increase ns deficits and debt. at the same time, it is also asking for how much congress, how much the country could be saving, they would say, if they would accelerate the pullout. they are asking for and calling for something in the neighborhood of within six months. that's what they are calling for today. they are trying to get some momentum this morning. >> that sounds tough to do. you can't pull protroops out of
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there on the dime. how realistic is this? >> reporter: that's the big question. it will be a tough cell here on capitol hill and the white house. john boehner said earlier this week that he thinks the death of bin laden should mean that our engagement in afghanistan is more important, not less. democratic leaders have said that the administration plans are in place. they don't see the policy changing. jay carney was asked specifically about this. he said, no, the death of bin laden doesn't change their plans. as they have continued to say, the withdrawal of troops while they are beginning in july, it will be based on conditions on the ground. they say at this point, that is the path they are going and the plan they are keeping in place. walter jones and jim mcgovern, they are trying to say the situation has now changed. let's move this faster and we can save money and they say save lives. >> kate bolduan, reporting live from capitol hill. thanks so much. checking our stories, nearly two years after the crash of an air france plane, the body of one of
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the victims has been recovered from the atlantic ocean. the discovery comes days after the cockpit voice recorder was brought to the surface. general motors is recalling more than 150,000 chevy cruze 2011 models. >> jackie pooper is dead at 88. he was nominated at the age of 7, the youngest nominee ever. william and kate, the duke and dutchess of cambridge, as they are more formerly known. this will be kate middleton's first-ever trip to the united states. let's talk sports now. sean bergenheim of the nhl's tampa bay lightning, an average goal scorer in the regular season and now he is tied for the lead. he scores to put the lightning up, 3-1 on washington. a better known scorer for tampa,
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the photos of osama bin laden's body are in limbo right now. as for his soul, according to a cnn poll, lots of people believe he went sfrat to hell. 61%. 10% do not think he is in hell. 24% are not sure. reverend david balicky has written piece called bin laden died long ago. is osama bin laden in hell?
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>> i have not been there recently. i don't know. i won't say conclusively one way or the other. i understand why people would think that he would be. >> you wrote in your op ed piece that you have been praying for osama bin laden for the past ten years. some people might say, how could you pray for such an evil man? >> had it been my choice alone, maybe that's not something that i would think about doing. that is a response to what jesus invites all those who would follow him to do. there is a piece in matthew's gospel where jesus says, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. so, as part of my spiritual practice, every time i pray, i think about those people who i consider to be enemies and i lift them up in prayer. so during these last ten years, he has been one of the people that i have regularly prayed for. >> so when you saw pictures of americans celebrating his death in the streets of washington and in pennsylvania and in new york,
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what went through your mind? >> i get it. i was living in new york on september 11th, 2001. i experienced at least a portion of that range of emotions. >> is it appropriate, though, to celebrate? >> i think it is natural. i think for many people, it felt cathartic. the end of a period of great pain and fear and sadness. it is very natural to need to let the emotions go and let them out somehow. >> president obama decided not to release the photos of bin laden's corpse. through history, there have been pictures to release. a
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a abu musaraf. we saw bonnie and clyde dead in the car. >> i think we all respond to death differently. i remember my own grandmother's funeral. some people needed to go to the casket and see the body and that brings a kind of closure. for others, that's not what they need. i appreciate president obama's decision. i think some people have the pictures. for some, that will bring it home he is not going to cause any more harm anymore. others can get to that conclusion and that place without seeing those photos. it depends on who you are and what you need to get to that place. >> your op ed piece is quite interesting. thank you for joining us this morning, reverend. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much for having me. >> you can read reverend rewicki's piece, bin laden died long ago. if you would like to join conversation, that's at
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momma! [ male announcer ] that's why only zales is the diamond store. >> let's go in-depth to the c controversi controversies of osama bin laden death. we discussed this internally. we are absolutely certain this was him. we have done dna sampling and testing. there is no doubt that we killed osama bin laden. it is important for us to make
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sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. that's not who we are. >> the president said it would be a little like spiking the football. bragging, if you will. ocid most calcium supplemts...
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i do think there are thoughtful arguments against i heard on my radio show. had a navy s.e.a.l. on and said the work we do don't have to be seen by everybody. protection of sensibilities and let these men do their work and you don't have to show it to the whole world. there's a problem complicated by the fact the obama administration has had different accounts and diffent versions what happened. maybe it's the fact i went to law school. the best evidence in criminal cases and homicideases is the body. we don't have the body anymore. it seemed to me that's a problem as well, that it was slid into the ocean. i believe the president, i believe that it's osama bin laden. but i think we want to get the final it seemed to me that is a
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problem as well. it was slid into the ocean. now, i believe the president. i believe that it is osama bin laden. i think we want to get the final closure on this by seeing the photographs and being satisfied. all sorts of theorys are going to pop up. the photos may mean nothing. >> this is not really to persuade people who do not believe and may not believe under any circumstance. it's to close the issue. again, in homicide cases, nothing quite satisfies like an investigation of the body and that clear evidence we can only see from looking at the body. people are asking questions. why was he shot? was he trying to surrender? was he shot in the front? shot in the back. photos may answer those questions as well. i think it's also an instructional point to say, this is what happens at the end. this is what happens at the end
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to someone who threatens americans and kills americans. i think there is a final justice to seeing this kind of picture. i remember when i was drug czar -- >> that's what president obama was talking about, that sort of thing, that line of thought didn't belong in the american culture, that's not who we are, we don't brag who we are and say, see, this is what we did. >> i don't suggest gloating or bragging, i suggest a thoughtful presentation of the photos so people can look, see it's osama bin laden and see he met his demise. that's not a gloating thing, not a grizzly thing, it's a proper thing, a just thing. this is a society -- i shouldn't have to tell anybody in the media, which tends to resolve things in favor of disclosure. when you have an issue of this perhaps we've been after this guy for 10 years, we should see
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it. this is the same president that wanted to show the flag draped coffins and show all the pictures out of abu ghraib, here's a picture we should see more than those pictures. >> there's also a concern it might incite extremists to violence. that's another reason the president said he doesn't want to release those photos. what about that? >> i just co-authored a book "the fight of our lives" and what it is that incites people to violence. it is much more, it seems, odd as it may be, things like cartoons of muhammad, speeches by the pope, reports of someone burning a koran or flushing a koran down a toilet, this is what seems to incite people much more. there have been lots of grizzly photos out there the last five, six, seven years of war and don't seem to have incitement or significance these other things do. i know this business is ugly.
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it is something a lot of people will turn their heads away from. i don't want to dwell on it look at it a long time, i do want to look at it 10 or 15 seconds and see this has come to an end and i think the american people can see it. when in doubt and there is merit on both sides, justice bran do is said it best, justice sunlight is the best. >> thank you. we will have a new column about these photos later today. go to, you can read it there. . >> let's check on stories cross-country now. 700 miles of the mississippi valley will be flooded and surpass the great flood of 1927. con conned
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mavs, crazy shot and foul. maybe, we're asking the wrong question, are the mavs the team to beat? >> ron artest takes out his frustration on jose boarrea. maybe it's jealousy. he dates a miss universe. and derek rose picked up hardwa hardware, mvp award, and then rose picked up his team. hesitation. the pause was for effect. finishes with 25. bulls win 86-73, to even the series one apiece. game three is in atlanta tomorrow night. another overtime thriller in the nhl playoffs, devon guess the game-winner, had a hat trick, comes from behind to win, 4-3, just needs one more win to advance to the western conference finals. let's check out some glove work.
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man, too. >> yes, we can. good morning to you. i'm carol costello, sitting in for kyra phillips. solidarity and closure, president obama visits ground zero, heading to new york's emotional epicenter of the 9/11 attacks. in the meantime, new details on the raid that killed osama bin laden, reporting the navy s.e.a.l.s came under fire only when they first stormed the compound. secretary hillary clinton saying the u.s. must continue working with pakistan in the fight against trimps responding to widespread doubts about pakistan's reliability after bin laden was discovered living in a military town there. right now, president obama is on his way to new york and ground zero. we all remember those haunting images of the gaping hole. the president will lay a wreath there, reflect on the loss of 9/11 and mark the death of
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the man who plotted those attacks. cnn, deborah fereyick is at ground zero with more. the plane is just taking off so the president should be there very soon. i want to ask you, how do people feel about the president's visit today? are they celebrating? do they think he should even go? >> reporter: it's very unlikely huge crowds will be here to greet the president. that's not what this trip is all about. a solemn trip to meet with family members and also go to a firehouse and greet some of the firefighters who survived this terrible tragedy. this is such a monumental event that defined the psyche of new york city not to mention politics for the last decade. where we're standing here, you can see a little bit of the ground zero site behind me. this is an area of the financial center, where people just began to run when those towers were hit. this is one of the roots of escape for that event.
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again, when the president gets here, unlikely to be very large crowds. clearly security in this area is very, very tight. we're walking over to liberty street, we are west of ground zero. the second tower was -- really would have been right behind us. a lot of security. a lot of police officers. we've seen secret service members as well. you can imagine it's going to be very very tight. when he gets here, it will be very solemn. he will lay a wreath, the whole area fenced off. you look at it and think how much has been built and in some respects, how little has been built. the good news is it is being best record. th -- being resurrected. it's solemn, to put a final mark on this, almost a closing chapter. started at ground zero and now, this event will end at ground zero, carol. >> deborah fereyick, in new york
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city. the president just took off on air force one from andrews air force base. be sure to check with us on president obama's visit to ground zero, anderson cooper takes the raineins at 11:00 a.m eastern time. some people don't think the president should go to ground zero today, see it as unsightly victory lap and campaign commercial. what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing a different perspective in washington, totally appropriate for the president of the united states to go to ground zero, pay his respects. the american people have been waiting almost 10 years for bin laden's death and no one has been waiting more anxiously for this moment than a lot of the first responders, the family, those who survived in new york city. this is where so many people
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were killed, nearly 3,000 people. the president is trying to balance dignified laying of the wreath, meeting with family members, going to this fire station and not being overly politicized, not giving a major speech or anything like that, doesn't want to take political advantage of it but the symbolism and image will be powerful, maybe one of the most powerful images of his presidency, the first time he's there as a sitting president of the united states. he's a very, very sensitive president to history. he raelealizes the statement he made from the east room of the white house sunday night announcing bin laden is dead and his presence in new york city today, those will be iconic moments of his presidency, whether one-term or two-term presidency. he's very sensitive to that and trying to strike that proper balance and proper tone. you won't see a lot of political spin out of this although you don't have to speak about it, don't have to do anything about
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it, the power will be there. it's interesting, some of the republican presidential candidates will have their first debate tonight in south carolina, including some of the second or third tier republican presidential candidates. it will be a contrast to a citing president, having authorized a mission to go ahead and kill bin laden succeeds and now he will lay a wreath at ground zero and republicans are beginning their primary battle to see who will be the challenger to president obama. politics won't be very far away. we're heavy into this political season already, as you know. we can't escape it. he's trying strike that proper balance. >> i know he invited president bush and president clinton, both men declined. the president was trying to kind of send a symbol of unity out to the nation. what do you make of that, that those two former presidents will not be at ground zero today? >> i think they will be there on september 11th, the 10th anniversary. i don't know if he invited former president jimmy carter to
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come. i don't think he did on this day. president clinton has a previously scheduled event he can't break. president bush put out a statement praising obama on his decision to kill bin laden. he's been trying to lay back. he doesn't want to do anything to step on the current president, very sensitive having been a two-term president eight years served as president, doesn't want to step on the current president in this moment. as you know, with the exception when he went out and gave a lot of interviews surrounding the release of his book, he's been low-key, spending most of his time in texas going to baseball games and enjoying life to a large degree, a very different life he had as president of the united states. he didn't think it was appropriate and this current president thought that was fine. he made the gesture, would have liked president bush to walk around ground zero with him and president clinton to do the same. i don't think president clinton thought it would be appropriate for him to go with president
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obama if president bush didn't attend. so, you know, when one president declines, one former president declines, another former president declines at the same time. they have a scheduling issue, as they say. >> got you. >> this was president bush's decision. i think president obama would have been very very pleased if president bush and president clinton could have joined him on this day. >> wolf blitzer, see you again at 5:00 p.m. eastern, appreciate it. >> the president's visit comes after his decision not to release photos of osama bin laden's body. he tells "60 minutes" little would be gained by publicly showing that image. >> it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. that's not who we are.
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>> brianna is at the white house. it's not just the photos the white house is trying to keep under wrap, right? information. >> reporter: that's right. we learned yesterday from white house press secretary jay carney, he said there isn't going to be any more release of details about the operation, carol. that's due to security concerns and hiding sort of the details of the procedures in these operations, in case they have to do something like that again in the future for some other reason. keep in mind, though, this is happening as some questions have been raised about whether the obama administration has perhaps undermined its success, obviously capturing the most wanted man in the world with what we have seen as some changing details about the operation. there's still a lot of outstanding questions about those details and exactly how things went down. we talked about this, carol, the fact at first we were led to belief by government officials, osama bin laden was probably armed. as it turned out, he wasn't and
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we were initially told he used women or a woman as a shield and later, we realized that wasn't the case, a woman was killed in the crossfire and another one shot resisting the navy seals r s.e.a.l.s or a navy s.e.a.l. and he didn't use women as shields. >> thanks, live from the white house today. despite what was said, we are getting new details about what killed osama bin laden, more coming from pakistan next. curtis: welcome back to geico radio,
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israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu says the death of osama bin laden sends a warning to other terrorists. >> it weakens extremists when the world's number one terrorist, a man responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people, is brought to justice and is eliminated. it tells terrorists everywhere, there's a price, and you will pay. >> netanyahu says the biggest threat to world peace this is iranian supreme leader, ayatollah khomeini. >> they left osama bin laden's wife and daughter behind when they stormed his compound, right now, they're in pakistani custody.
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more about them and what their future looks like. >> reporter: among the children left behind by u.s. s.e.a.l.s. who killed osama bin laden, a daughter of the terrorist leader, according to a senior pakistani intelligence source who tells cnn the daughter could be 12 or 13 years old. the source says she told investigators she saw her father being shot. i asked cnn terrorism analyst about the daughter's identity. >> it's possible but not certain this could be a daughter called safia, believed to be the daughter of amoral sad dar, bin laden's yemeni wife. >> reporter: information seems to fit with cnn sourcing on the raid. our pakistani source says among the two or three women left at the compound, one, believed to be bin laden's wife is a 29-year-old yemeni citizen. a passport of a yemeni woman was found in the compound. it's not clear if that belongs
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to the wife whom bin laden married in the year 2000, when she was a teenager. >> traveled from yemen all the way to afghanistan with his chief bodyguard and married him in a ceremony in kandahar, afghanistan. >> reporter: why wouldn't u.s. forces have taken bin laden's wife and daughter with them to gather crucial information? cnn was told the mission was to get bin laden, take any relevant materials and get out. paul says this about the information the wife and daughter might have. >> bin laden kept his family life very separate from his work life, his life as an international terrorist. he did not share details about his terrorist career with certainly the wives in his family, the daughters. >> reporter: bin laden, experts say, married at least five time, starting when he was about 17 and had at least four wives at the time of his death. the wife and daughter apparently left behind are now in pakistani custody. a former pakistani government
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spokesman says they'll likely be repatriated to the mother's country of origin. could the wife and daughter be put in any danger? >> depends which country they're from. they tell you how they deal with people involved in terrorism. i think they should be, you know, dealt humanely and because they were dependent on bin laden. they are not the terrorists. >> reporter: that country of repatriation could be yemen. contacted by cnn, a yemeni official says his government has not gotten any request to repatriate anyone from the raid yet. as to how they would be treated, he said it was too early to say, would have to go through security procedures, and said this is a unique case and his government may take time to figure out how to handle them. prin todd, citizen, washington. >> looks like hollywood, they're considering putting osama bin laden's story up on the big scene, a couple of potential
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people out there speculating about who would star in a film adaptation in the hunt for bin laden. as we know, it is inevitable. i'm not sure who will play bin laden himself. a couple names, the first, emmy winner tony shalout, known on "the monk" and dr. octopus in the second "spider-man" movie. the rest of the cast would fill out pretty predictably. "vanity fair" suggested denzel washington as president obama and i like swindel as hillary clinton and angela bassett. the navy s.e.a.l.s, you want to cast these guys carefully. ryan phillippepy, jessica alba and jake gillan hayllenhaal as actors. our top choices for s.e.a.l.s,
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asked who should play him? he said al pacino, panetta, who could be our next secretary of defense. watching it unfold live, we don't know who hillary clinton would want to play her but we do know she doesn't love the way she looked as she was watching everything unfold. listen to the secretary of state and explain why she's got her mouth covered in that now infamous photo from the "situation room." >> those were the 38 of the most intense minutes. i have no idea what any of us were looking at, at that particular milliseconds when the picture was taken. i'm somewhat sheep initially concerned it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs, so it may have no great meaning whatsoever. >> you look at that photo, carol, who knows what was going on in those people's minds? truly one of the most intense moments of her life and everybody in that room.
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i don't think you have to make up any excuses for any expression you have on your face or hand holding over your mouth. >> i would certainly have my hand over my mouth in that instance, boy, would that be a tense situation. a.j. hammer, appreciate it as always. if you want information on breaking in the entertainment world, a.j. has it tonight on "showbiz tonight" at 11:00 p.m. rising floodwaters shattering lives in kentucky. rebecca said she woke up two days ago surrounded by water and now struggling to save what she treasures most, her family memories. >> i want to get the things above my closet, which is old pictures of the family and stuff. that means a lot to me. it's hard. i feel sorry for anybody is in this situation, because i know how you feel.
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experts believe the u.s. helicopter that crash landed during the operation was the top secret stealth helicopter, designed to fly undetected by radar. president obama will meet personally with some heroes of 9/11 today and stop by manhattan's engine 54. it lost 15 firefighters on that terrible day. mary snowe is outside the fire station. will they make lunch for the president? >> reporter: yeah, carol, they are expecting to serve the president lunch when he gets here. it's anticipated the president will arrive here at engine 54, ladder 4 within the hour. as you can imagine, security has been stepped up throughout the morning. when the president gets closer, the streets behind me will be sealed off. the president will be meeting with 15 firefighters inside this firehouse, really so well-known because it is one of the busiest fire houses in new york city. as you mentioned, it suffered
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such huge loss on september 11th. there was really a somber tone here monday after the news osama bin laden had been captured and killed. one of the firemen we spoke with said he was relieved that obama -- that osama bin laden had boeen killed but he said hi thoughts really were with the men and women who served in the nation's military. take a listen. >> we have a pretty strong relationship with all the military people that come to our doors here. we support the wounded warriors in this country. these guys that come in here are the biggest inspiration for us. immediately after september 11th, they all came in and said we joined the military because of this, we want to serve our country. those guys are heroes to us. >> reporter: carol, as you know, this firehouse, in the heart of times square, tourists are constantly stopping by. there's a memorial on the outside and inside of this
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firehouse, to the firefighters who were lost here. some of the firemen were saying that they were very relieved that this mission was over but they call it not any sign of closure. they say it is just the end of a chapter in a very long story. carol. >> mary snow reporting from new york. the president's plane is in the air. he should be there shortly. there are new details about the raid that killed osama bin laden. what can you tell us that's new, nick? >> reporter: as you said earlier on, the "new york times" is reporting this was a pretty one-sided fight. just to point you to the house behind me, according to the report this morning in that newspaper, there was one gunman in the first floor below. bin laden was way up on the third floor and the debate really rages exactly what level
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of resistance was there. we know from senior pakistani officials, concurring there were three 0 four males and perhaps a number of gunmen. not clear who put up the firefight. we have heard from one that bin laden was literally unarmed, as far as they were aware. details of this raid constantly shifting. it's fair to say in the past few days, when american officials have been releasing details, the pakistanis have been quite ready to put up conflicting information many times and that may suggest why the white house is clamping down on those details. >> i know, nick, the pakistanis were inside the house behind you. is there any visible evidence left that this raid went down? >> reporter: absolutely, yes. we are speaking to a number of the locals around who have actually got bits of the american helicopter which crash landed here.
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they simply had in their hands small parts of this represent they brandish of trophies of the american raid here. >> this was a stealth helicopter. nobody knew this thing existed. are there clues? are you okay? can you go on? >> reporter: yes, i'm fine. sorry. >> i wanted to make sure. the pakistanis had bits and parts of this secret helicopter of the united states. is that enough to gain information that the pakistanis can use to develop their own helicopter? >> reporter: the bits they have are small fragments, heavily damaged. they wouldn't really -- i'm not an expert but can't see the parts they have are gain but are indications of the scale of the raid and does prove the american presence on the ground. >> nick walsh, in pakistan. thank you. stay tuned for the president's
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debris and construction cranes at work. they have recorded all the changes and the founder and director of "project rebirth" recorded all this history. welcome. >> thank you. thank you for having me. >> so why did you decide to set up these cameras to record this history? >> i visited ground zero a month after september 11th. when the debris was immense and large. as i looked at it, i began to imagine one day it wouldn't be that way. i had an upswell of hope that came to me and made me realize someone needed to capture the evolution of the site over time. so we began, simply training cameras on ground zero in order to capture the really minute by minute evolution of the site over time, knowing at a certain point, when it was very different, it might bring about
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a kind of feeling of hope and even resilience, in seeing that. >> i can remember the debate about what should go at the site? i remember right after the towers came down, people were saying, we are going to build new towers, they will be the tallest buildings in all of new york. we'll show you. of course, that didn't happen and there were many arguments what the memorial should look like and in some sense, those arguments go on today. >> absolutely. my point of view from the very beginning was whatever would happen there would happen. i wanted to kind of hold a mirror up to the site and allow what was there to exist and evolve as the site evolved. the debate about what was going to be there was not as interesting to me as the long term evolution in whatever form it was of the site. really, it was more important in a sense to be capturing history moving forward. at the same time, it would be
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really a record of our -- the evolution that we went through. one could say even emotionally, as we got to a place where we are today. where the freedom tower is coming out of the ground and the memorial is quite well on its way to being in place. it was the idea of putting a mirror up to the site. >> i know your documentary also includes some emotional stories, about the journey some of the victims of 9/11 had taken over the years. can you share with us a story? >> i think one particular story that comes to mind is the story of a woman named ling young on the impact floor when the planes hit. she sustained a fair amount of burns over her body. her story is one of really watching someone deal with the physical challenges of needing to recover and going through recovery. recovery is a very complex
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process. grief is a very complex process. the film shows how she, in particular, has been am ble to kind of move to a place of -- i wouldn't say healing, maybe a strong word but a physical healing but a great spirit that came out of her way of passing through and moving through these surgeries she went through, to the place she is now. the movie, the film, is extremely hopeful. it shows five people going through grief and emerging to a very, very hopeful place. that's what i was really trying to capture with both the site and the people, which is why i was doing both things at once. >> jim whitaker, thank you for joining us this morning and sharing some of your documentary with us. we appreciate it. we'll have more from ground zero in a few moments. first, details about
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a memorial at the pentagon. and holding a news conference in washington a proposed anti-abortion bill, roger wicker. dr. sanjay gupta spoke exclusively with the rookie paramedics who helped save gabrielle giffords' life with the special dr. sanjay gupta reports, "saving gabby giffords." >> one thing that struck me about these medics, how young they looked, maybe i'm getting older but just two years of experience. they arrived within minutes, had the congresswoman on the ambulance, 13 minutes to the hospital. here's a little bit of what unfolded on that ambulance ride. amazingly as it might seem by somebody shot point-blank in the head, congresswoman gabby
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giffords was giving them hope, they needed her to hang on a few minutes while they get her to the hospital. are you trying to inform her what's going on while you go to the hospital. >> that's what we do know matter the situation. we will get you an iv and take another blood pressure. so the patient's aware what we're doing, it's not a shock to them. >> reporter: the entire time she was going to the hospital, was she awake and alert? >> her eyes were closed but as far as alert, responsive to pain or verbal. she would flinch if we poked her or squeeze her and squeeze our hands if we asked her to. her eyes were closed. we couldn't assess that level of responsiveness. for the most part, we could see her wincing in pain and moving. i don't know if anybody had told her she had been shot. i don't know if she knew the circumstances she was involved in. >> another thing i want to point out as well, carol, this may be
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obvious, when they first arrived on the scene, they couldn't immediately start doing their work. there were concerns, was there a second shooter, was the area completely safe? they had to make critical decisions including how to transport the congresswoman to the hospital, critical decisions also made by doctors when they arrived there, i talked to them. and finally, re-evaluate her rehabilitation in houston. fascinating conversations. i learned a lot. put it together in this documentary, hope you get a chance to watch it. >> i will indeed be watching. thanks. his hour-long special, "saving gabby giffords" airs here on cnn. we're talking about the post osama bin laden world neck. remember this scene, president bush getting word of the attacks, visiting an elementary school in florida reading to a group of 7-year-old, the children suddenly became witnesses to history. >> it's still really meaningful because i was there that day and
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let's take a look at our world after osama bin laden. remember, president bush was not at the white house or even in washington, when he got word of the attacks. he was at an elementary school in florida reading to children. those children saw history unfold right before their eyes. what did they remember about that day? cnn's martin savidge went to sarasota to find out. >> carol, this is a story about a story that begins at a school in florida and ends in a compound in pakistan. about tern yea10 years ago, a g mostly 7-year-old students gathered to read a story to the president of the united states, george w. bush. the event was famously interrupted as lenard rivers remembers. >> he started reading us to and told us he had to leave. >> reporter: she was also there.
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>> it was scary. >> reporter: and that was when the president was told about 9/11. ever since, these students have had a unique connection to the life and death of osama bin laden. that seat to history had a profound effect. ♪ ♪ >> it helped me realize and be a little bit more serious and learn how to deal with certain things more firsthand at a younger age. >> reporter: her mother noticed the change almost immediately, a daughter growing up faster than moto. >> she's an achiever. i think it has to do because of the impact on those kids when they were there. i think they see the world differently. >> reporter: today, chantal is an honor student at sart military academy and regular visit to ground zero. for all three students, the news of saturday night came as another complete surprise. >> i was shocked because i didn't expect them to catch him
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at all. it's already billion 10 yeaeen . who would think they would catch him at 10 years. >> reporter: and it taught lenard something about life. >> anything can happen at any moment. >> reporter: it has done nothing to change her connection to that terrible day. >> it's really meaningful because i was there and i did see, i was kind of there for a part of history so obviously i'm always going to remember it. >> reporter: the students say the death of bin laden doesn't really end the story, more like closes a chapter. instead, they say the story will continue to be written through the rest of their lives. carol. >> great story. thank you, martin. a man who became part of the 9/11 story is trying to heal from the role he played in history he didn't know about until it was too late. rudy decker trained two of the hi jackers.
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he said it destroyed his business and passion for flying and news of his death is not bringing him any closure. >> i have said to the media on september 12th, if i were to see mada mohammad taatta, i would cut hi in pieces myself. they say time heals all wounds and it took me a long time, not healed yet. >> and a kick agent who let him board a plane to boston spent nearly 10 years wishing he said something. he had a feeling about those two men and still gets flashbacks. when he learned bin laden was killed, how did he react? >> yes! a fist pumping moment at 5:00 in the morning. brought me great joy. >> the fbi's most wanted terrorist list has been updated to reflect the death of osama bin laden. we'll show you who's left, next.
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nic robertson is enpakistan and found out breaking news to share. pakistan's military has ordered an investigation into the handling of intelligence regarding osama bin laden, but it also warned cooperation with the u.s. military is in jeopardy over the american raid that killed the al qaeda leader. nick is in pakistan gathering information. when he has more, probably live in the 11:00 a.m. eastern hour of cnn newsroom. hearing the news of osama bin laden's death stirred up a lot of emotions in people who had americans killed in afghanistan. the first american to die in "operation enduring freedom" was mike span. his father feels a sense of justice. >> reporter: when boots first hit the ground in afghanistan, mike span's goal was to catch osama bin laden. instead, he became the first
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american to die fighting. 10 years later, his father, johnny, takes the news of bin laden's death with a sense of justice and loss. >> there's not a doubt in my mind, this wouldn't have been a day of victory for mike to know osama bin laden was caught and killed and some form of justice was served on him. >> reporter: he was a young father of three, ex marine and cia officer who was killed in november of 2001, in a prison uprising near sharif. not long before, he could be seen on video interrogating john walker lirn, the so-called mental ban. span was looking for any bit of information in those critical early days to get closer to bin laden. >> i really feel like, i always thought osama bin laden was the cause and he was the cause. he was the leader of al qaeda. he's the one that recruited the people to kill americans. >> reporter: but johnny spann says when he heard about bin laden's death he didn't celebrate.
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everything he had to say about bin laden was summed up on facebook. it's a great day. that sob is dead. the next morning he placed fresh flowers at his son's memorial at his son's hometown city hall. >> the concern was not whether or not one day bin laden would be out of the picture, that some day people here might forget the sacrifices people like his son had to make. >> reporter: perhaps worse, spann worries americans may forget to be vigilant. >> to say the fight's over, throw up our hands and have a big party. that's not the way we feel because mike is still gone. there's still an empty seat at the table. >> reporter: david mattingly, cnn, winfield, alabama. >> with the killing of osama bin laden, you can now cross him off the fbi's most wanted list. christine romans looks at the
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updated list. >> carol, osama bin laden has topped the fbi's most wanted terrorist list more than ten years now. now that he is listed as deceased on this list, we want to look who might become the fbi's new number one most wanted terrorist. number two is adam gadahn, an american, born in california and moved to pakistan in 1998 at the age of 20. he is charged with treason and supporting al qaeda. the fbi offers $1 million for his arrest. number 3, daniel andreas from san diego. number 4 on the list, ayman al zawahiri, al qaeda's second in command, said to be the intellectual and ideological force behind the terror group. a trained physician and bin laden's personal doctor. he is wanted in connection with the 1998 u.s. embassy bombings
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in africa and 9/11 attacks. he is charged with murder. for him, there's a $25 million reward for information leading to his arrest. number 5 on this list, fahd ahmed al quso, wanted in connection with the bombing of the "uss cole." >> this is a picture of ground zero. president obama took off from andrews air force base about an hour ago, arriving soon in new york city, laying a wreath at ground zero and some families joining him, families of 9/11 victims and firefighters that terrible day will be with the president. we don't expect him to make any remarks but will provide you full coverage. wolf blitzer is there. take it away, wolf.


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