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it's osama bin laden like you've never seen him before, watching videos of himself on tv. just one of several videos we've seen for the first time in just the last few hours captured during that u.s. military raid that killed the most wanted man in the world. american prejudice or american fear? two muslims removed from a plane. were other passengers scared to fly with them? they will join us live minutes from now. a slow moving disaster in the making. the mississippi river topping its banks sending thousands rushing to higher ground, and the worst of it may still be days away. plus a comedian cracking jokes about the death of osama bin laden. but there's a twist. the comedian is muslim. he joins us live to talk about how bin laden changed his life as an arab-american. i'm drew griffin in for don lemon. you're in the cnn newsroom. we're getting a look at new videos seized from bin laden's
hideout. five different videos of the man who was the world's most wanted terrorist released today by u.s. intelligence officials. ep of then with the sound removed to avoid spreading bin laden's words. some are surprisingly candid. one of the videos shows bin laden watching himself on tv holding a remote control. another said to be message to the u.s., recorded last october or november. they are just part of the treasure trove of intelligence gathered from that compound in abbottabad, pakistan. barbara starr was called in for a special briefing when intelligence officials released these videos. she's walks us through the images you're about to see. >> reporter: it's the osama bin laden you've never seen, huddled in front of a television in a modestly furnished room, intently watching broadcasts of himself. this is bin laden obsessed with monitoring and controlling this image a u.s. intelligence official told reporters.
in more formal tapes he dyed his beard black projecting the i am imagine he wanted the world to see, the feared leader of al qaeda. >> the overall message is the u.s. government picked these deliberate to show they're in control and bin laden was vain, he was not in very good circumstances, and that they're now in control of his image. >> reporter: the u.s. government distributed a portion of five videos taken from the compound. the u.s. stripped off the audio. the officials said the u.s. doesn't want to be broadcasting bin laden messages. the official said the videos, thumb drives, disks, and documents taken from the compound make up the single largest collection of terrorist materials ever seized. it's all being analyzed for clues about new threats. releasing the video is part of the obama administration's effort to show material that could have only been taken from the raid. the armoire on this tape identified as being inside the
compound. if some doubt he is dead, the administration says the dna match had a 1 in 11.8 quadrillion chance of being wrong. this video begins with the title, from osama bin laden to the american people. the u.s. believes it was made between october 9th and november 5th of last year, around the time of the american midterm elections. in it bin laden criticizes the u.s. the u.s. conclusion about bin laden, the al qaeda leader was far from a figurehead in the weeks and months before he was killed. the u.s. intelligence official noted that, quote, he was an active player making the recent operation even more essential for our nation's security. >> clearly he had views on operational ideas, operational plans, and he was about trying to send -- use these couriers and thumb drives that were captured in order to send his directions, his ideas, back to
operatives who would execute those plans. >> reporter: but for an american audience at least,ed videos show osama bin laden's vulnerability. a wrinkled sheet for a background, a missed cue during a taping, and a room with hanging wires and few furni furnishings where an old man stares at a television. what happens next? a u.s. official says they do believe al qaeda has been damaged by the killing of osama bin laden, but they are watching very carefully to see who emerging as the next leader of the terrorist network. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. well, how are these videotapes being perceived in pakistan's capital? reza is in islamabad. >> the newly released i am mantles aired on tv late saturday night. some of the images could certainly convince some skep
tiskeptics that he's dead. some pointing to the one video clip that purportedly shows him sitting on the floor, remote in hand flipping through a television set. that particular image only shows a partial profile and some here could say that they cannot conclude definitively that that is osama bin laden. it's a sign of the deep mistrust many here in pakistan have for claims coming out of washington and the u.s. government. in the meantime, the pakistan security establishment cannot be thrilled with the publicity that continues to surround osama bin laden's death and the raid on this compound. the pakistani army, of course, behind the scenes the most powerful institution in pakistan. an institution that's rarely questioned by the public here, but not only is pakistan
security establishment being questioned globally by senior officials in washington, but now the pakistani public is questioning pakistan's spy agencies and the army here asking how is it possible that osama bin laden managed for years to hide out in a compound right under the noses of the pakistani military? the army doing some damage control over the past few days, insisting that they had no idea that osama bin laden was in this compound, but not everyone here in pakistan is convinced. drew? >> reza, thank you. coming up neck, two muslim imam's removed from an atlantic southeast airlines flight. there are conflicting reports whether passengers said they were uncomfortable with them being on the plane or was it the pilot? the two men join us next to tell their side of the story and we'll have reaction from the airline. also ahead, we'll talk with an arab american comedian who uses humor to make a serious point. upgradable to 4g lte and access to the fast growing apps in android market.
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this has been the breaking news all day, the release of u.s. intelligence officials of five videotapes of osama bin laden, tapes taken from his compound after he was killed, tapes removed by navy s.e.a.l.s who have been analyzing them. we're getting news of an incident that happened in this country. last night an atlantic southeast jet on the tarmac about to take off when all of a sudden it turned around and returned to the gate. why? so tsa agents could remove two muslim men on boards. the men are imams, muslim religious leaders. they were told at the time that other passengers were uncomfortable with them being on board. e the imams join me live from charlotte along with their attorney. why don't you just describe for us what actually happened.
you were on the plane, you were going out to the runway, and i guess from what i'm hearing the pilot made an announcement? >> yeah. the pilot made an announcement that i have to take back the plane to the gate, and he came to the gate after then delta agent and some tsa agent came to us and he said, sir, we have to check you again. they are very polite, they were very helpful and we helped them and we let them check our stuff and our luggage, our bag, our body, everything they did in a few minutes. then they said, okay, you guys are good, you can go. when we were returning to the plane, the supervisor, mr. russell, he said i'm sorry. i was pleading to the pilot to let you go with this -- on this flight, but he is not allowing you to go. i said can you say the reason, what is the reason? so he said, okay, i'm asking him
the reason but he's not giving any reason. i can ask him again, so he went to him again, and he was agreeing with him maybe more than ten minutes he came back again. he said, i'm sorry, he's not allowing you -- he's not giving me any reason. what can we do? >> this was the pilot's decision. i just want to ask you because in other times we've had two sides of this kind of story when we have had similar things in the past. was there anything that you did or could have been mistakenly construed as to be suspicious? were you overtly praying on the tarmac? were you changing seats? was there anything that you can think of that somehow drew attention to you and your friend? >> nothing, nothing. we are okay. and tsa people and agent was very happy with us, and they appreciated us by our conduct. >> if i could add to that --
>> yes. >> just to add to that, there was no additional -- any kind of action that could have been misconstrued that took place in a previous case out in minneapolis back in 2006. the imams were not praying. they weren't chanting. they weren't saying anything. >> let me just talk about this particular case. where were you guys seated? that was a small plane. >> they were in rows 10 and 5, drew. >> 10 and 5, so separate rows. let me read to you atlantic southeast airline has a statement out tonight talking about this. saying basically, you were taken back for additional screening of the passenger and the passenger's companion. we take security and safety very seriously and the event is currently under investigation. compensation and reaccommodation on the next available flight were immediately offered to the passenger and the passenger's travel companion.
we scattered showersincere ri a inconvenience this may have caused. do you accept the apology? >> it's not the case. the supervisor of delta airline, he went and he asked the pilot more than ten minutes and he didn't allow -- he didn't give him any reason, and he said, mr. rahman, i'm sorry, the pilot is not giving me reason. then mr. russell said, what can we do? we can call our manager, mr. john, and he called and he was coming and pilot left the gate. mr. john called pilot back to the gate and pilot came to the gate and mr. john went to him and mr. john was talking to him more than -- >> so you think it's this pilot. you had nothing to do with the other passengers. it was this pilot that kept you from flying last night. >> when mr. john came out and he's face is red and he was upset and he said i apologize.
you guys, i am watching you from beginning to the end, you are very polite, very nice, very cooperative, very helpful. we appreciate your patience and some lady, they appreciate your patience who are in tsa and we appreciate them and they were very good with us. their conduct really professional, but he said only pilot is not allowing you to go. >> okay. listen, guys, we want to thank you so much for talking with us. we want to just mention to our viewers that mohammed doesn't speak very good english and was only participating visually there. mo, very quickly, are you going to be seeking legal action? >> well, at this point, drew, we're keeping all options open. we are going to be -- we have contacted delta and atlantic southeast. we haven't gotten a response back from them. we're going to keep all options open. we do want to make sure that there is accountability. we want to make sure that the pilot is held accountable for
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1,000 homes in memphis, tennessee, have been ordered evacuated because of the rising mississippi river. the water there not expected to crest until bewednesday and it could be historic. david mattingly has the latest. >> reporter: just a little over a day ago i would have been standing here on dry land, but now this area along the
mississippi river in memphis completely under water as the water continues to rise. memphis now is one big city trying to hold off one very big flood. city parks already flooded and water creeping closer to houses by the day. people in memphis watch the rising mississippi river and wonder. >> how high will the water get? you know, who is most at risk? which land sits lower? >> the mississippi river floods of 2011 are expected to break records to the north of memphis this weekend. and then continue setting high water marks as far south as baton rouge. the river is expected to crest in memphis at 48 feet above flood stage, the highest it's been in generations. memphis hasn't seen this much water since the disastrous floods of 1937. back then city officials tell me the river rose all the way to here where i'm standing, which
is four blocks away from the riverbanks. but there have since been big changes to keep the river back. a system of flood walls, gates, and levees developed since the 1950s should keep the city dry, but it's a system that's never been hit with this much water. >> they've never been tested, but all of the sukt mbject matt experts are telling us we can have a high confidence level. >> reporter: blowing levees slowed the flood's arrival down river. officials around memphis are using the time to prepare. a call has gone out to volunteers to fill sandbags for government buildings and hospitals. the hope is they won't be needed. the greatest concern around memphis isn't for areas like this that are right up next to the river, but rather the rivers that are around memphis, the tributaries that flow into the mississippi. water is backing up through those rivers as well now, and
flooding communities along there. officials now today will be going to individual property owners saying, this could be the time you want to pack up. you don't want to wait for this river to be in your front yard before you make a decision to move. >> david mattingly today in memphis. when the river crests next week, it's expected to be 14 feet above flood stage, and jacqui jeras, it's not just memphis and tennessee, but everything up and down the mississippi. >> this is really widespread, drew, and this is going to be ongoing all the way down the river in the weeks and even in the months ahead, believe it or not. the river has crested in new madrid, that happened fresh this weekend. so we have all this way to go down that mississippi river before all is said and done and that's likely not going to happen until sometime in june, believe it or not. take a look at some of the pictures we have. these are aerials to give you a better idea of how wide and how extensive this is. you know, the mississippi river at its widest right now in some
areas, it's about two miles wide. that is way out of its banks. you can see this is impacting people, their homes. this is impacting businesses. a huge impact on agriculture and part of the navigation channels had to be shut down yesterday. now, they're open, very restricted, but they are open, so this is really very widespread. down river from memphis we're also watching the waters rise in mississippi. this is video to show you out of tunica where they have casinos, nine of them, all of which have had to shut down. they expect they'll be closed for the next three to six weeks. now, today you got pretty lucky in terms of the rainfall but the next five days we're looking at the potential for maybe another one to two inches on top of what you already have, so that could potentially aggravate that flood situation. take a look at some of the crests that were expected and when they're going to be. memphis, we're looking at tuesday night or wednesday, 14 feet above flood stage.
vicksburg on the 20th, about 15 feet above flood stage. natchez, may 22nd, 16 feet above. red river landing on the 23rd and baton rouge on the 23rd as well. many of these rivers are going to be staying in flood for at least 7 to 10 days. that's at the high crest level, and then it will slowly recede for weeks beyond that. they're also talking about opening some of the spillways. we saw the explosion and heard about that in david's piece. they will likely be opening a spillway on monday morning down near new orleans to help relieve a little pressure there. >> jacqui, thank you so much. and arab american comedian pokes fun at himself to illustrate a serious point at osama bin laden. dean abdallah is next.
four tractor-trailers loaded with just about every type of tool and gear and piece of equipment. we got the generator running. we're going to power up this church. we poll those rigs all across this country. we decided to come to ringgold, georgia, because it's a small community and most likely they didn't have the resources that they would need. all these homes were completely destroyed. my team has been to about 38 mega storms at this point but we've never seen anything like this before. it's almost all gone like the whole city went through a blender. when we first got here we started powering up the shelter, clearing the roads, and we wanted to just help stabilize the situation. we'll have him come straight in and grab these trees off these two stones right here. >> they went over and cleared the cemetery. that's why i'm able to bury my father today. >> we're going to keep working until this is done. >> he then came over and offered his services again. >> we just joined with the
family members on our hands and knees looking for things. some more photos. >> we found a wedding picture of my dad and mom. these guys are angels. thank you so much for you and your team. >> when we see people that are really suffering and struggling, it's our responsibility to come and to help. this is part of being human, to see a need and to do something about it. >> chad is a 2008 cnn hero. he and his team of first responders has been responding to 39 communities all over the world bringing their services free of charge opinion that's what makes him a hero. if you want to nominate somebody who is making a big difference in your community, you can go to cnnheroes.com. the big news today was the release of the videos of osama bin laden and that those remind us he had multiple titles, the leader of al qaeda, the mastermind of 9/11. here is one you probably haven't heard, osama bin laden, the
father of american islamophobia. that's the label dean abdala gave him in an opinion piece he wrote for cnn.com. he explains bin laden's actions on september 11th made people see him as an arab first and an american second. dean joins us live from new york. why do you call him bin laden the father of islamophobia? >> well, i think clearly he's the mastermind of 9/11 and that's the event that sent the whole chain of motion to where we are today. where islamophobia is part of the normal discourse of conversation. you can have candidates demonizing muslims and there's not a backlash. it raises them in the polls. don't forget, we had the world trade center attack in 1993. i look at bin laden and i certainly hold him responsible for that action and people,
myself, and people in our community despise him for that. >> when you looked at him today when we saw those tapes released today, this man who really changed your life on september 11th, what was your reaction to how he was portraying himself and how he was using these videotapes to try to get his message out? >> well, i mean, again as a xhed yand you can't help but look at him a little differently. i looked at it first and saw the video of him with gray hair and gray beard and then dark hair. it looked like like a before and after for just for men. the only thing you can hope is thank goodness a sex tape didn't come out in that treasure trove of videos they found. he portrayed himself as a leader of a great moment, almost a ceo of a major corporation but living in relative squalor watching an old tube top tv. i hate to make light of it but that was the reality of where he was living. certainly he's not the only
person in the world to dye his beard. many arab leaders and americans dye their hair and beard. but his sense of machismo was really undermined with that video. >> this takes a little issue with you. it says bin laden himself nor 9/11 made we wary of the arab world. it's the fact nine out of ten times for the last 30 years when you hear an act of musl terrori it's muslim. it's nonacceptance of anything other than exactly what they believe. that's what makes me wary of them. what would you like to say to the person who wrote that? >> i would have to only ask they have an open mind and hear us out. i'm hoping this is a reset time. that we have a chance to build some bridges. i can understand people thinking that. i was at peter king's hearing
where the sheriff testified there were 20 terrorist attacks by nonmuslims and 10 terrorist threats by nonmuslims and 10 by muslims in america. the numbers are going down. in fact, the numbers show that the threat is really coming from nonmuslims in america. it's going to take time. there's not in the koran that in any way whatsoever sanctions honor killing. it's wrong. they're murderers. every muslim american organization has said that and no honor killings are justified at all in islam but it's going to be education and we have to go out there. i'm just hoping people now give us a chance to have this dialogue. let's take this time now where we're all unified to work together. >> this guy is dead. does it now improve? does it have to improve? >> i hope it does. i mean, i really hope as we get closer to 9/11, i really feared this tenth anniversary. maybe the death of bin laden will give us a chance over the next few months to work together. to say how together let's stand against al qaeda, against any
terrorist regardless of their religion or faith. we're all americans, muss lick, jewish, christian, atheist. we're americans first and we tresh what we have in our country. my father, he's palestinian, he came here for a better life in america. no muslim i know would say i love america but what would make it better is more laws like afghanistan. 1% of america is muslim. we're never imposing sha rena law a -- sharia law and we don't want it. it's only people on the right that raises this phantom menace. we're doing our best to dispel the motion. >> thanks for joining us. revelations from the raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan. we'll show you more of the never ever seen tapes of the former al qaeda leader. it's dif - t adththod easy-to-swallow petes.
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we want to bring you up to date about our developing news. the u.s. government releasing five tapes from osama bin laden's compound. this wasn't meant for the public release. it shows the al qaeda leader, old, gray hair, watching a tv that's showing pictures of himself. there were others as well like this one that show bin laden in a pose intended for broadcast. the u.s. government edited these videos for release today, deleted the audio. wore told to avoid spreading any
al qaeda message they may have contained. other headlines today, at least six people killed, 120 injured. clashes between muslims and christians in cairo, egypt. witnesses said muslims attacked a christian church trying to free a christian woman they said was being held against her will because she wanted to convert to islam. a priest said those killed were members of the coptic christian church. protests turned deadly in syria. government tanks and troops stormed a village on the mediterranean coast. people had formed a human chain trying to block the soldiers. witnesses say security forces just opened fire. at least four women killed, several other injured when they demanded the release of family members who had been arrested. the sports world mourning one of the greatest players in modern golf. spaniard seve ballesteros died
of a brain tumor. he is credited with reviving the ryder cup competition. dead at the age of just 54 years old. we knew the winner of the kentucky derby would come from the animal kingdom. did you know it was named animal kingdom? that's the name of the horse. the 20 to 10 long shot ran in the middle of the pack for most of the race and then that happened. storming out front in the final turn and led the way to the finish. he had won his previous start on a synthetic surface but today's race was his first start ever on a dirt course. the father of an american soldier captured in afghanistan is speaking out by way of home video and making a direct appeal to his son's captors. our ed lavandera has more on the video and why the soldary's father decided to go public with
his comments. >> reporter: the family of army specialist bowe bergdahl is making a dramatic video appeal for their son's safe return. he was captured by the afghan taliban almost two years ago. his family has kept a quiet vigil in idaho. now the family is speaking out making a direct appeal to the head of the pakistani military and to the head of the pakistani intelligence agency asking for their son's safe return. this is significant because it comes just days after the death of osama bin laden and on the same day that al qaeda is vowing revenge for bin laden's death. >> we know our son is a prisoner and at the same time a guest in your home. we understand the rationale the islamic emirate has made. no family in the united states understands the detainee issue like ours. our son's safe return will only
heighten public awareness of this. that said, our son is being exploited. it's past time for bowe and the others to come home. >> you heard in the statement that he alluded to a group that is in pakistan loosely plefd to be affiliated with the afghan taliban. the belief here possibly is na bowe was moved around between these groups and could now be in pakistan. that's why the family is making the direct appeal to the head of the pakistani military and its intelligence agency. robert bergdahl ends the statement by speaking directly to his son saying we have been quiet in public but we have not been quiet behind the scenes. continue to be patient and kind to those around you. that was a message from robert bergdahl to his son who has been missing and captured for almost two years. ed lavandera, cnn, dallas. you have heard a lot about
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>> he gave his call. >> reporter: it's a distinction rarely bestowed on someone so young. dedicating a ship in the name of 29-year-old navy s.e.a.l. lieutenant michael murphy. what do you think your son would say to you and his mother about this honor? >> michael would say, cut it out and stop it. >> reporter: his parents are as proud of his son as he was humble. lieutenant murphy and two members of his team were fatally ambushed in afghanistan in 2005. despite two bullets in his back and under heavy enemy fire, murphy tried to save his fellow s.e.a.l.s by running into a clearing to call for help. incredibly his final calm words to his command were, thank you, sir. 16 other would-be rescuers also died in that operation. it remains the worst single day loss in the s.e.a.l.s history. murphy's parents received a
medal of honor on behalf of their son in 2007, the nation's highest award for valor. and now a 500 foot long five story high navy destroyer is named the "uss michael murphy." the ship's dedication comes during the same week another elite s.e.a.l. team killed osama bin laden. >> this was payback time without a doubt. >> reporter: and air force surgeon who recovered murphy's body in the mountains said he could not miss the day. >> it's quite an honor. >> reporter: lieutenant murphy's pride and devotion to the s.e.a.l.s is expected to mean something special to sailors. >> he was taking care of his teammates, and i think that's what will really resonate with the ship's crew. >> reporter: for murphy's parents, seeing their son's name on the ship's stern was overwhelming. >> maureen started to cry. i started to shake. and it grabbed both of us, you
know, just right in the heart, just kind of, mom, dad, i'm still here. and i'm still leading the fight, and i'm still out there protecting people. >> reporter: a tribute to his generation and those to come. susan candiotti, cnn, bath, maine. elementary students learn mandarin not as a second language but a third language. does that sound like a failing school to you? federal guidelines say it is. we'll tell you why. 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.
when it comes to public education niece days the very definitions of success and failure are up for department. education secretary arne duncan says 82% of the nation's school will soon be categorized as failing. allan chernoff traveled to connecticut where officials say the law has glaring faults. >> reporter: third graders learning mandarin chinese. it's their third language. rogers international school is a member of the prestigious back
laureate program. academic performance is on the rise with double digit gains in math, writing, but according to the way the federal government read those exams, this is a failing school. >> it's pretty ridiculous. >> reporter: stanford school student joshua star says rogers international epitomizes the distortion of no child left behind. some students have not shown enough improvement in reading and writing. the no child left behind law grades the school with an "f." >> the standardized test is important but it shouldn't be annual. and it shouldn't be the sole measure of whether or not a school is serving its children. >> reporter: no child left behind calls on every public school to achieve 100% proficiency in math and english by 2014, an idealistic goal the obama administration intends to ditch. >> there's so much that's broken
with the current law, far too punitive. >> education secretary arne duncan wants to put less emphasis on standardized tests and measuring schools though they would still measure teachers. that could spell trouble for teachers at stanford's stark elementary school. they're working hard to raise performance on standardized tests. >> i have had children come here 9 years old, they don't know any english, and they have received no formal education. but the expectation still is to bring them up to snuff. >> reporter: an unrealistic one says stanford's educators. >> there isn't a one size fits all. >> allan chernoff, cnn, stanford, connecticut. >> soledad o'brien will be examining the crisis in our public education system in a cnn special report, don't fail me, education in america premiering sunday may 15th at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. the day the world can't
instead, she became embroiled in a shocking murder that made headlines around the world. doubts about the case surfaced almost immediately. with her conviction now being appealed, i went to italy to review the evidence for myself. >> reporter: almost immediately after police say she confessed to her crime, amanda knox recants. she tells her parents she broke under stress. in court she would tell jurors how a police officer struck her from behind, how she was denied water, food, a translator. and how, she says, under pressure by police she was asked repeatedly to dream up, imagine scenarios for how it could have happened. in a rare interview, the prosecutor of amanda knox agrees to sit down for an extensive on-camera discussion of the evidence. it was an interview he later
appeared to regret. nobody hit her? >> no, absolutely not. >> was she asked to imagine scenarios? so she's lying? >> absolutely. you either see the person or not. i can't ask a person what he or she imagines. this question would make no sense. >> reporter: that's not all that wouldn't make sense because it turns out virtually everything amanda knox told her interrogators the night of her so-called confession was a lie. amanda kno in this statement told police she was in the house the night of the murder and saw her boss, nightclub owner patrick and mare death kercher go into mare death's room and she heard screams. her statement adds, i am very confused, i imagined what could have happened. police apparently didn't bother to check the facts about him. they arrested amanda knox for
the murder of meredith kercher. police announcing to the public case solved. the prosecutor admitted to us even without any evidence, he knew almost the moment he arrived and laid eyes on amanda knox and raphael they were involved in the murder. prior to the forensic investigation, prior to everything really, your intuition or your detective knowledge led you to amanda knox and raphael? >> after the first few weeks we were convinced because of the behavior of the two people and especially amanda that they were both involved in the crime. >> reporter: but almost immediately after the arrests, he had a problem, the third suspect, patrick, had an
airtight alibi. he was in his crowded bar that night. he could not have been involved. then the actual forensic tests came back. >> when i looked at it, i was horrified. >> you can watch the entire special tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. checking our top stories today, new images of osama bin laden seized from his hideout in abbottabad, pakistan. five videos released today by u.s. intelligence officials. each of them with the sound removed to avoid spreading bin laden's words. at least six people have been killed and 120 injured in clashes between muslims and christians in cairo, egypt. witnesses said muslims attacked a church trying to free a christian woman they say was being held against her will because she wanted to convert to
islam. a priest said those killed were members of a coptic christian church. protests turned deadly in syria. government tanks and troops stormed a village on the mediterranean coast. people formed a human chain trying to block soldiers but witnesses say security forces opened fire. at least four women were killed and several others injured when they demanded release of family members who had been arrested. and an atlantic southeast jet was about to take off last night in memphis, tennessee, when two muslim men were removed from the flight. earlier this hour one of the men told me the pilot refused to accept him and his companion, another imam. but an airline official would not explain why. the ama'ams were wearing muss li limb clothing and headed to a conference in charlotte, north carolina. atlantic southeast airlines has apologized and tells us they're investigating. i'm drew