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George W. Bush released this statement earlier tonight:
Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.
The President will announce in a late night address that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin laden was killed in a bombing last week. DNA testing confirms this. FOX News confirmed from several sources, then CNN followed their lead.
Vice President Joe Biden began notifying Congressional leadership around 10pm.
Ten years of massive intelligence and military action have culminated in this result, just four months before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The al Quaida terrorists are already threatening a nuclear hell storm on the West if “their leader” is in fact dead.
A 23-year-old Nigerian man who claimed to have ties to al-Qaida was charged Saturday with trying to destroy a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, as authorities learned his father had warned U.S. officials of concerns about his son.
Some airline passengers traveling Saturday felt the consequences of the frightening attack. They were told that new U.S. regulations prevented them from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing.
The Justice Department charged that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO-mahr fah-ROOK ahb-DOOL-moo-TAH-lahb) willfully attempted to destroy or wreck an aircraft; and that he placed a destructive device in the plane.
U.S. District Judge Paul Borman read Abdulmutallab the charges in a conference room at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. where he is being treated for burns.
An affidavit said he had a device containing a high explosive attached to his body. The affidavit said that as Northwest Flight 253 descended toward Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device — sparking a fire instead of an explosion.
For full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091226/ap_on_re_us/us_airliner_attack;_ylt=AhS5NmnB8yydLnLmfRzJLR.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNpYzFicWFmBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMjI2L3VzX2FpcmxpbmVyX2F0dGFjawRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzIEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA25pZ2VyaWFubWFuYw–
UPDATE: Father of suspect notified US Embassy of his concerns about his son 4 weeks ago.