March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The FBI and CIA helped capture an Al Qaeda spokesman who was Osama bin Laden 's son-in-law and have flown him to New York City from Jordan to face terrorism-related charges, U.S. officials say. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, an Al Qaeda spokesman who appeared on video to praise the terrorist attacks of September 2001, was deported from Turkey to Jordan, where he spent several weeks, and then flown to New York. A U.S. official speaking on condition on anonymity said Abu Ghaith has been indicted on federal charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization along with being a spokesman for Al Qaeda.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The FBI and CIA helped capture an alleged Al Qaeda spokesman who was Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and have flown him to New York City to face numerous terrorism-related charges, according to U.S. officials. Sulaiman abu Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan, where he was stopped while being deported from Turkey to Kuwait, his native country, under a scheme orchestrated by U.S. authorities. He is believed to have spent most of the last decade in Iran. He has been providing information to U.S. interrogators since his arrest, said a former U.S. official who was briefed on the case.
February 13, 2013 |
Out of the service, out of the shadows: The Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden in the world's most famous secret raid has stepped a little closer toward the sunlight. The unnamed shooter, profiled in a recent Esquire cover story that describes a post-military life without a pension or timely disability benefits, met with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss veteran's care. The SEAL, who didn't qualify for a pension or health benefits for his family because he retired four years earlier than the Navy's 20-year threshold, met with Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)
February 12, 2013 |
The American raid to kill Osama bin Laden may be the most famous top-secret mission of all time, and the latest petal of secrecy was peeled away by Bin Laden's killer himself. On Monday, Esquire and the Center for Investigative Reporting co-released a gloomy profile of the unidentified Navy SEAL who says he killed Bin Laden with two shots to the forehead during the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Now, the SEAL is struggling to adjust to civilian life. The story, written by Phil Bronstein, recounts that the SEAL he calls "the Shooter" has survived a stretch of suicidal thinking, seen his marriage fall apart and his family live in fear since the White House identified SEAL Team 6 as the team that killed Bin Laden.
February 12, 2013 |
The fog of Abbottabad strikes again. On Tuesday, confusion continued to swirl around Esquire magazine's cover story about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden during the instantly legendary May 2011 raid on the terrorist leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The article, which was published online Monday, is framed around the premise that the SEAL, dubbed the Shooter, got "nothing" from the government after his retirement, including no healthcare coverage. According to officials and experts, that claim was incorrect : All Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get five years of healthcare benefits after retirement.
February 6, 2013 |
In some of his most expansive comments since his movie touched off a Washington firestorm, the screenwriter of "Zero Dark Thirty" defended his film as depicting torture accurately and said that a pending Senate investigation brought him "a chill. " "We've been accused of defending torture because there are disagreements in some quarters as to exactly which detainee undergoing exactly which form of interrogation first produced the lead that led to [Osama] Bin Laden and thus ... we shouldn't have included it," Mark Boal said.
January 31, 2013 |
"If I ever ask you for anything it's to speak with you for five minutes … just five minutes. " Jessica Chastain received that mysterious text from producer Megan Ellison in 2011, completely unaware that director Kathryn Bigelow had been trying to gauge her interest in playing Maya, the lead CIA operative heading the hunt for Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty. " "I thought, 'Wow. That's super-dramatic,' " Chastain remembers of the message. She called Ellison immediately and learned a few details about the movie -- but not many.
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Since opening in theaters last month, the Osama bin Laden manhunt film “Zero Dark Thirty” has intrigued audiences with its inside look at how CIA officers do their jobs. But the employees of the agency who tracked the Al Qaeda leader say that while they understand the need for dramatic license, the Kathryn Bigelow film gets a number of details about their professional and personal lives wrong. “The individual hunches [are what] came through on 'Zero Dark,' and that's not exactly how it happens,” said Nada Bakos, who spent years as a CIA target officer, gathering intelligence that helped lead to the elimination of suspected terrorists.
January 16, 2013 |
Under fire for the accuracy of "Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow is defending the film's depiction of torture in the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers have criticized "Zero Dark," saying the film is "grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location" of Bin Laden. The lawmakers asked studio Sony Pictures to attach a disclaimer that the film is fictional. In her most explicit comments on the controversy to date, Bigelow conceded that there are disagreements over certain specifics of the manhunt but insisted that torture was an undeniable part of the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of Sept.
January 14, 2013 |
The hunt for Osama bin Laden last year proved a bigger draw for this past weekend's moviegoers than a battle against organized crime 70 years ago. The thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" had a decisive victory at the box office, grossing $24 million in the United States and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Despite a bigger budget and more famous stars, such as Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, "Gangster Squad" opened to a disappointing $16.7 million.