Bin Laden movie probed
January 5th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Bin Laden movie probed

By Larry Shaughnessy

The Department of Defense says it will investigate whether there was any impropriety in aiding the making of a yet-to-be-released movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The probe by the Pentagon's inspector general comes after questions were raised last summer by Rep. Peter King, R-New York, who demanded investigations by the Department of Defense and CIA inspectors general into what, if any, classified information about special operations tactics, techniques, and procedures were leaked to the filmmakers.

King claimed that the White House gave the filmmakers access to top White House and Pentagon officials with knowledge of the bin Laden raid. The filmmakers included Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who made the Oscar-winning movie "The Hurt Locker."

"This alleged collaboration belies a desire of transparency in favor of a cinematographic view of history," King wrote last August in calling for the investigation.

"Administration officials may have provided filmmakers with details of the raid that successfully killed" bin Laden, he wrote, citing a New York Times report.

King also objected to reports that the movie, which doesn't have a title yet, would be released right before next November's presidential election.

The movie's release is now set for December 2012.

Just before last Christmas, the Pentagon inspector general wrote King to inform him that the office would "investigate the concerns raised in your August 9, 2011, letter."

Thursday, King issued a news release that read in part, "I am pleased that" the Defense Department and CIA inspectors general "agree with me that potential leaks to filmmakers are something worth investigating and taking action to address."

When King first made the movie an issue, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters "there is no difference in the information that we have given to anybody that is working on this topic from what we gave to those of you in this room who worked on it in the days and weeks after the raid itself."

"We do not discuss classified information and I would hope as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie," Carney said.

Last August, Bigelow and Boal released a statement regarding the movie which read in part, "Our upcoming film project about the decade-long pursuit of bin Laden has been in the works for many years and integrates the collective efforts of three administrations, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama."

The CIA's inspector general did not decide to probe that agency's role in the movie, but it did write King that the agency would develop "a written policy to create a single point of reference that will govern future interactions with the entertainment industry."

Philip Strub, the director of entertainment media at the Pentagon, said he has had only one meeting with Bigelow and her team about her movie since bin Laden was killed. He's since spoken to Boal on the phone once about a script, which, Strub said, is not yet complete.

Post by:
Filed under: CIA • Congress • Inspector General • Osama bin Laden • Pentagon • Peter King • Pop Culture
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. how to het flat stomach

    Fantastic issues altogether, you just gained a new reader. What would you suggest about your publish that you simply made some days ago? Any positive?

    May 25, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  2. andy

    Ahh yes.. Making a movie about some Raid that never even happened. Bin Laden died years ago. The rest of this is just fairytales. He was on dialysis and had a life expectancy rate of only a few years.. Never showed pictures of his dead body? The most wanted man in the world, they don't show ANY pictures of the body to show the public? Heck they showed the hanging of Saddam, Pictures of zarqawi. Constant disputing "facts' of what happened with the actual raid (the story changed 100 times in just a few days). Somehow they manage to get Bin Laden's DNA in less then 24 hours? I thought it took at least 48 hours to get a DNA match. They throw his body in the ocean "consistent" with my muslim traditions? Thats not muslim tradition.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • Kamikaze

      Let me guess we also didn't visit the moon either.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
      • Jim

        ...and the Earth is flat.

        January 9, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  3. Paul

    I can understand not agreeing with the way the President would do this but there is nothing illegal or unethical about it.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  4. derp

    The GOP would find a way to complain if Obama cured cancer.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • Mutant

      Obama's cure for cancer would be something stupid like suicide, so no wonder the GOP would be against it.

      January 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • sd

        REPUBLICAN=STUPID

        January 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • pilpot

      as far as i ve heard,obama has been unable to locate a cure for cancer or anything else....some people aren t as concerned about security as others...this is ,or at least should be a top priority..those who believe obama s motivated by anything but a political agenda for this movie are wrong,and need to go seek out a cure for cancer...

      January 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • blah

      sometimes not every story needs to be told. these are the quite professionals of special ops. what every one needs to know is that Bin Laden is dead.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  5. it's about time

    If the U.S. is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

    January 8, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Leoncio John Flores

      I see your point. I look at the point you made and see it this way. We pay those that hate us. In hope they hate us less.

      January 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  6. John Q. Public

    King is the worst of the opportunistic jackasses in Congress. I'm for NY state. He's an embarrassment. I promise to vote against him.

    January 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  7. Paul Cooper

    Turning the mission that finally took down Osama bin Laden into yet another Hollywood fantasy is just more evidence of the decline of our nation as a whole. There was a time, not that long ago, when we had better taste than this.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • Alan Seago

      Paul, you wrote there was a time not long ago when we had better taste. I think you're mistaken. I remember well the self-congratulatory movies made in the 1950's about WWII. Very similar to making a movie lauding the execution of Bin Laden.

      And I'm not sure that's bad. Since Viet Nam most war-themed American movies have been critical of the U.S., or simply buffonish like some of the Sylvester Stallone stuff. Maybe we should congratulate ourselves once in a while - even if it is in questionable taste.

      January 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  8. noolibs

    And the government will be there to be sure you use your left hand to wipe your behind also...

    January 8, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
  9. Paul

    King move translated: pathetic attempt of the GOP to diminish the impact of Bin Laden's killing made possible by President Obama's leadership, so to minimize his chance to win the re-election next year.

    News: GOP is out of arguments against the success of President Obama and no longer knows what to do to distract people from the fact that under GOP leadership Bin Laden reigned free for 8 years, while under Dems he got captured and killed in about 2 years.
    GOP is now equal to losers, especially foreign policy and military engagement

    January 8, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
    • DMA

      Well said

      January 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  10. Old Soldier

    Other than the fact there appear to be far too many people commenting who have no understanding of English basics, there are some funnies here. Also some very dumb-bunnies. Gotta love folks who know all the answers, but none of the facts. The SEAL team that conducted the op were likely following standard Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) established for that insertion (at least for the most part). Other military and law enforcement agencies use the same basic TTP every day. This insertion could have been conducted by any other specialized tactics unit (Ranger, Special Forces, Marines, "Delta", etc) or even a run-of-the-mill Infantry unit or good SWAT unit. DoD has a long history of assisting Hollywood and other film maker organizations. Major movies usually have technical experts listed in their credits...military officers assigned to overwatch the production to ensure uniforms aren't insulted, actions are at least somewhat realistic, and that classified info isn't breached. Some of those people actually go on to become movie stars because of their input. As far as releasing classified info just because "we own the government": soldier up and pull your heads out of your third points of contact. Classified info is accessed/shared on a "Need To Know" basis, not a "Right To Know" basis. You might not like it, but even though every American has a "right" to know classified info, only those cleared for access have a "Need" to know. The government will ALWAYS critique what is provided and produced: you don't often see truthful depictions of TTP, communications, and products in movies and TV. Ain'ta gonna happen, bubbas! The DoD has every right to assist these and other film makers just like they have always done. The bean counters even tally what it costs us to provide the requested support and they pay for it (and a big film maker can better afford to pay for its support than an independent or documentarian). Not every dollar, but good press for the military equates to good leverage for budgetary support and keeps the populace aware the military is out there at the pointy end of the spear. If the DoD allowed (or caused) these film makers to go around making movies making up reality, DoD and every soldier would likely come out looking like fools. Sometimes, helping an idiot is a kinder sort of control over the idiot. When you consider the planned cuts to the military since we're no longer "at war", this movie might just help restrain the budget crunchers when they execute the next downgrade to numbers, budget, and weapons/support programs. Just like after Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, and every other conflict in our history, we're all of a sudden looking at throwing out 27,000 Army and 20,000 Marines. Americans have short memories when we no longer need a spearhead....we toss folks out on the street and focus on how much a soldier costs rather than what that soldier provides us all! The President stood tall taking the chance on sending the SEAL team in...the SEALs stood tall doing the job in a professional manner. We should all stand behind the President, the SEALs, and every soldier and civilian employee who stood tall and accomplished the mission. By denigrating the President, the SEAL team, DoD, and everyone in the big green machine, you show your asses and insult everyone. The SEALs killed just one asshole of many who needed to die. They were doing their job. Huah, Squids! 'Nuff said! Old Soldier, out!

    January 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • xiPhixEvilx

      Super Paragraph Face.

      January 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Kirt

      Ok you know a bit about something. Now please explain why the compound containing the worlds most infamous terrorist only had 2 to 3 guards and less than a half dozen small arms? My house has double that and I'm just some regular Joe?? Its doesn't add up. Your blind faith in what the government tells you clouds common sense. No guards no firefight no body no proof

      January 9, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
  11. LouieD

    A Bin Laden movie? Easy enough to do... Just dye a mop head black, and slap it onto Sacha Baron Cohen's face. With him and a trained chimp playing Dumbya Bush you'd have perfect casting!

    January 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  12. beforus

    Well the movie producers could not screw up as bad as our govt. If really Obama was killed at that time. I think they should worry a little more about covering their butts from losing the helicopter and the Pakis great trusting people gave the chinese a 3 hour tour of it and probably sold it to them as well. No wonder the rest of the world laughs at us

    January 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Smarterliberal

      If this were done by Dumbya Bush you will all be praising him. Dumbya spent 3.7TRILLION on war while cutting taxes and it all failed. if tax cuts worked why are we in this shit bag?. Reality is that you Tea baggers and GOP gas bag cowboys will not want to talk about. FACTS ARE FACTS Dumbya followers. Your Crawford swaggering Texan Cowboy helped ruin our nation. He wasted 3.7Trillion plus on the wrong war. At least Obama of Kenya as your twits call him, knows to fight mean and fight smart against real terrorists. Your Dumbya Bush only just asked his god what to do and led us into one hell of a mess.

      January 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  13. ______________

    I'm glad the SOB is dead. And if Obozo leaked some information for a movie to be released just in time for the election, all I gotta say is, it didn't help Bush 41.

    Because in the end, it really is the economy, stupid.

    January 7, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Yes it is the economy...and Bush and the Republican trashed our national debt by given tax cuts in the middle of fighting two wars and those wars were on borrowed money too...then the Tea Party blocked any new taxes to pay down the war debt....which we did in WWII...and the states mostly used the 2009 stimulus money to pay their state budgets and while this save many jobs for Police forces, Firemen, Teachers, and thousands of other workers, some states like Texas used it their 6.4 billion to pay their 6.7 billion state debt for 2010-2011 budget and left 9.8 billion in their state rainy day fund and fired 49,000 teachers...and laid off firemen...remember all those fires in Texas last year...

      January 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • HeathCliffofHarvard

        Dumbya spent 3.7TRILLION on war while cutting taxes and it all failed. if tax cuts worked why are we in this shit bag. Reality that Tea baggers adn GOP gas bags will not want to talk about. FACTS ARE FACTS Dumbya followers. Your Crawford swaggering Texan Cowboy helped ruin our nation. He wasted 3.7Trillion plus on the wrong war. At least OBama knows to fight mean and fight smart against real terrorists. Your Dumbya Bush only just asked his god what to do and led us into one hell of a mess.

        January 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  14. gerald

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6A11fqBFrU&w=640&h=390]

    January 7, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  15. dreamer96

    Reminds me of the investigation for Tom Clancy and the silent magnetic submarine drive...in Red October....

    January 7, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
  16. unretired05

    Is Peter King the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy? Compare the photos.
    In 2005, during the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, King said the crosshairs ought to be set on the news media, which weren't tough enough on her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, rather than Karl Rove. King also suggested that the media "be shot" for pursuing the story and identifying White House aide Karl Rove as the alleged leaker.
    I guess It just depends on the party in the office.

    January 7, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  17. Marine5484

    Oh great the same people who made the hurt locker( which was unrealistic from beginning to end) are going to make this. And I hope to god some idiot didn't give them details on how the operation was conducted.

    January 7, 2012 at 5:56 am | Reply
  18. Mark Wells

    I certainly hope it involves some impropriety. We deserve more than "he was killed and dumped in the ocean". 9-11 was very personal to every single American. We deserve better.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Who know whats was 9/11

      Who knows what wa 9/11 brother and Who knows when Usama died. 2005 or 2011.

      A drama or reality!

      January 7, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Keep dreaming.
      Your wish is not that of the Living God.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:10 am | Reply
      • Bubba Boohee

        And you know this how? Please enlighten us. Your answer will be stunning I'm sure.

        January 7, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  19. Dalton Wood

    Since when it is required for the government, a servant of the people, make sure they are not telling us things about how they killed a man we went to war with because of his actions against the American people? He attacked us, then we go to war, he is killed, then secrecy keeps us from knowing how the military achieved this. The government is ours, TELL US WHAT YOU DO.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      They achieved this by putting a bullet through his skull.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  20. it is sad

    Mr King is nothing but a mafia member who dislikes Obama. He could care less about the move, he ust wants to be in the spotlight.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • glennrobertg

      What Mr. King wants is censorship! He should read the 1st. amendment which has nothing to say about censorship, only freedom of speech.

      January 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      To glenroberts:
      When bush and dick Cheney were murdering those Iraqis inclu. senseless rapes of 15-yr. old Iraqi girls, did you ask for any transparency? Those who asked for transparency were labeled unpatriotic by your irks and Faux News.

      Transparency my ASS!

      January 7, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Yeb, we know about that buffoon muffin face Repuke midget a.k.a King and his childish ridiculous rants about Pres. Obama.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:56 am | Reply
  21. Propa Ganda

    if the cia has its way, the movie and any hype surrounding it would be misinformation, a false story, and a distraction from the real reason we went to war.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  22. JW

    If any information was shared/released, it should have been released to the entire public, not a for-profit movie producer. This is American information, owned by the U.S. citizens, not something to be given exclusively to a movie maker so they can line their pockets. How could this be accomplished? Simple, make the for-profit movie company hire transcribers for any conversations they have, or record the conversations, and make them public and available for everyone.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  23. d

    government censorship of private film?

    January 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • josh hargrove

      what does censorship mean?

      January 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Benazir Bhutto

      censorship maybe, cover up definitely.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • will

      No.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  24. Eddie

    I'm a 60s USAF vet. When I was in, breaking security was serious business indeed. It wasn't done. I guess things have changed in the military. Everything else in the military has changed, why not this too? Still, it's had for me to grasp what I see today.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Eddie
      Thank You for your service....but you know..

      The people in power leak classified data all the time, some in the Pentagon even leak information about other programs that are competing for funds with theirs...long used practice...knock out the other program so you get your funding...but I do agree it should not happen...but I'm sure you know also that classified information is spoken at Washington parties all the time...a few drinks and those Washington insiders start blabbing about things they should not be talking about...

      January 7, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
  25. Impeach Peter King

    Where was King when the Republicans blew CIA agent Plame's cover, destroyed her career, exposed her and her family to assassination, just because she pointed out correctly that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction?

    January 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Hey, genius–wasn't that INVESTIGATED? Um, just like what Rep. King is asking for?

      January 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • oldguy

      Besides being wrong on who outed Ms. Plame and her role in investigating the WMD claim and ending her career and her family being the target of assassination you pretty much nailed it.

      January 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Glad you ask a very intelligent question which these crazy unintelligent Repuke wackos will label you as unpatriotic. Being dumb and acting like a 2-yr. old is a requirement of every Repukecan member. It’s amazing to see full grown white Repukecan men and women acting like 2-yr. olds on TV.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • Pete

      Yes, it was investigated, and Cheney found himself not guilty. He felt bad about leaving Scooter holding the bag, but W was huffy about the whole "I was your puppet for 5 years" thing and let Libby hang. Too bad it would have been such a PR nightmare to have taken Cheney down too.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  26. Voice of reason

    I'm sick of Obama cashing in on 9/11. He's utterly shameless.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Eddie

      He's as good as GW. Some say better.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Blue 19

      Another republican that can't stand the fact that Bin Ladin was taken out under Obama's watch and not Bush's.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Friz

        May I interest you in a bridge for sale, located in Brooklyn?

        January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • Chris

        Bingo!

        January 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • NavyMom

      Just curious....how is Obama cashing in? Does he have an investment in the production company? The movie is scheduled for release after the election so he can't get 'good press' from the release that will help him.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Iconoclast

      You mean like Bush, Cheney and Halliburton cashed in?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      Pres. Obama cashing-in on 9/11?
      Is your brain wired to your stinky pig ASS or you just don't have one? Let us know.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • Dennis

      Cashing in?...I didn't know he was at a casino lately.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Pete

      I'm sorry, there's a difference between a) putting on a flight suit and saying "mission accomplished" while making sure your second family's black sheep can scurry out of Tora Bora and b) taking out 30 of the 40 Al Quada most wanted, including the top dog, while getting us out of that bs war (first we've ever started without provocation). Al Quada leadership was and is in the Stans, the Sudan, Indonesia, where the real Muslim extremists are. Iraq was a boondoggle from the get go, the eventual winner was and still is Iran. Good job, geniuses.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  27. Justin

    Let me guess. This film (which was created by the liberal establishment of Hollywood which we should more aptly name Obama's Propaganda Ministry) will be called "Wag The Dog" and will be released 2 weeks prior to Election Tuesday. I really don't blame the Prez though since this is his only chance to win the hearts of naive Americans. I just hope they credit him with winning the Nobel Peace prize and then continuing to wage 3 separate wars thereafter. Maybe they could just name the movie "Hypocrite".

    January 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      No, I'm thinking the movie title will be "Mission Accomplished – No, really"

      January 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • markusp

      Sure, you can gripe all you want about THIS movie. I vividly recall a group of "Swiftboater" piling on lies to help defeat Kerry. Those that financed that smear campaign were a few weathly Texas businessmen. Then we had the movie "Hillary", which is where your SCOTUS developed its twisted rationale to render opinion in Citizens vs. United. The proverbial s.hit sandwich doesn't taste very good when YOU are the one expected to eat it.

      January 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • victim of democrat hypocrisy

        I vividly recall the only ones calling their accusations "lies" were firmly in the Kerry camp, and it had already been shown Kerry was less than truthful about his actions in Vietnam.

        Secondly, no one but you has heard of a film called "Hillary". No need–Her coverups are legendary and widely known.

        Lastly, I distinctly remember a concerted effort by Dan Rather and his CBS news producers to try and smear George W. Bush right before the election with false documents about his National Guard service during Vietnam. So who are the bigger villains?

        January 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
      • Victim of POLITICIANS hypocrisy

        Victim of Democrats hypocrisy: (and the rest of you partisan hacks....)
        Until you realize that the hypocrisy is by no means limited to one side of the aisle, and the elected politicians we send to Washington DC are undermining the constitution by passing things like the Patriot Act & the 2012 NDAA while professing to be defending it, you will remain as much a part of the problem as they are.

        on a side note: SPEAK ENGLISH CNN!...I want to post my comment, not 'publicar'...

        January 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Pete

        Are you disputing that Kerry captained a swift boat and did his duty through three purple hearts? Good luck with that, it's a matter of public record. He was risking his ass while your mega-patriot W was consistently skipping out on his National Guard duties and doing lines with his other no good entitled rich kid friends. So what's your beef with Kerry? Did he claim to get shot under the 4th rib when in fact it was between the 5th and 6th? What a treacherous scumbag that guy is. The nerve of him.

        January 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Dennis

      "Hypocrite"?...isn't that your middle name?

      January 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  28. Voice of reason

    Whether you like Peter King or not, and I don't, he's right.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Ken

      Right about what? Press gets access to our top officials all the time, and there's no evidence at all that anyone discussed anything classified. I'd like to think, that at least since the Plame incident, our top officials understand just how serious an offense it would be to disclose such information.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • JW

        Press get access, but why should movie producers get exclusives on this sort of thing so they can make big money? I might see doing this for a documentary done by a non-profit, but not a big Hollywood movie company. No justice there, that is just plain corruption waiting to happen.

        January 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
      • NavyMom

        If they are getting the same access as the 'press' then they did not get an exclusive.

        January 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Pete

      There's a big difference between a) leaving a non-event alone, b) calling for an investigation of what is pretty much military SOP and c) calling the newspapers and asking them where they want you to send the copy you'e prepared about disturbing activity taking place in the White House. I'll give you a hint – these options go from right thing to do/spends the least taxpayer money over to completely hyperpartisan agenda throwing taxpayer money around like it's dirt for no reason other than throwing dirt at the POTUS and self-aggrandizement.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  29. Steve

    I want to see the movie and I don't want King in the audience when I do.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  30. ODA155

    Peter King is a big fat crybaby.

    January 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Howard

      Yes, I'm sure he'd have no argument if this film were celebrating that achievement if it had occurred under a Re-pub President.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Voice of reason

      Well yes, King is a crybaby. But he happens to be correct.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
      • steven harnack

        Did he boo hoo when "Black Hawk Down" was made? What is he correct about? Is he one of the people who also wanted the photos released? King is a partisan hack and so are you.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  31. us1776

    Now that we killed the biggest GOP "boogeyman" the GOP is fuming mad.

    Don't worry, the GOP will dream up another "boogeyman" to try and keep everybody in fear so they can be manipulated by the GOP.

    .

    January 6, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Howard

      To paraphrase Andrew Shepard ("The American President"), Re-pubs only know two things: what to tell you to be afraid of, and who to blame for your lot in life.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Voice of reason

      Obama's the boogeyman. Only his failure and evil is real.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        Your username is very ironic.

        January 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  32. DOWN UNDER

    I heard the fish are having their Occupy Wall Street moment in Bin Laden's head.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  33. Greg

    They should just make it up.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Greg

      Maybe they should watch this. It should put things into perspective:

      http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=2594

      January 6, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  34. Derek

    I'm sure they can make a movie about this w/o revealing any classified information. I'm sure any such movie will be based heavily on speculation anyway and be more for entertainment than a factual depiction of actual events.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  35. JOE

    Like if Peter King or the GOP really care that the demise of OBL came at the hands of authorization from President Obama to our Navy Seals. The reality is the GOP just wish they could repeal this mission and bring back OBL just the way they want to repeal comprehensive healthcare,financial reform and the stimulus package. And if the GOP and their Tea Party had their way, they wouldn't stop there because they'd even try to repeal the 1964 civil rights legislation and even the emancipation proclamation. After all, that is what that Tea Party Express leader said in that the emancipation proclamation was a mistake. That is why it is very important that we keep these people out of our government in 2012 and beyond.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Mike

      you're an idiot

      January 6, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
      • DB

        Mike – You're a bigger idiot than Joe. Read your history books, turn of Faux News and pay attention to the world around you.

        January 6, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Mike

      DB...at least we both agree the Joe's an idiot

      January 6, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • victim of democrat hypocrisy

        I can't tell who the bigger idiot is, Joe or DB. But then, it doesn't really matter and neither do they. Soon they will be back to being marginalized.

        January 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • yobwoc

      Got that right. Encore please!

      January 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  36. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/interior-attack/
    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/dead-men-tell/

    January 6, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
  37. mickey1313

    what part of "the government has no right to conceal any information from the citizens" do people not get. The US government is the employee of the citizens, they are not the boss.

    January 6, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • Pat

      Well then I would like blue prints to the all the nuclear missile sites in the US. Is this reasonable? No it's not. Get your head out of your a$s.

      January 6, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
      • Jiggy70

        I agree with Pat. Certain information should be kept secret. The identity of the Seal team should be kept secret for their safety and their families. I see this as a political move for Obama. Unfortunately, I voted for the guy and now have buyer's remorse. At the time, I thought it was the lesser of 2 evils. Palin. Yuck.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:56 am |
      • yobwoc

        Pat, you can google that easily. stupid.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Riptide

      Mickey.... there are access controls, used to protect and safeguard information that, no is not and should not be available to all eyes. The term "need to know" and classification levels are incredibly valuable to not only "conceal", but to catergorize, label, and document appropriately very significant items. Please be realistic.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • total non sense

      What part of: As long as Islam exist anyone is a potential Muslim enemy of cannot be trusted with secret informations? What part of: the world is at war with Islam and secret cannot be given away because the enemy of humanity (muslims) can gain access to it?

      January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • steven harnack

        I was going to point out that you are a total idiot but then I see from your pseudonym that you are already aware of that.

        January 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Propa Ganda

      Mickey....exactly

      January 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Mickey, what part of "classified" don't YOU understand?

      Since you're about as naive as an 8 year old, I speak to you as such:
      In this world there are good guys and bad guys. (We're the good guys.) The bad guys don't like us and want to do us harm. We have ways of getting rid of the bad guys, but we need to keep them secret. Otherwise, the bad guys will get smarter and it will be harder to get rid of them.

      Understand now, little Mickey?

      January 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.