The 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden

Obama legal team drew up secret bin Laden assassination memos

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2015

Following the pattern of the Bush administration’s torture memos, the Obama administration organized a secretive legal team to craft ad hoc loopholes enabling the White House to legitimize flagrantly illegal covert operations.

Obama boasts of Bin Laden killing

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2012

President Obama has begun his re-election campaign with a focus on his role in ordering the assassination of Osama bin Laden.

Sri Lankan government praises Bin Laden killing

By K. Ratnayake, 18 May 2011

The Colombo establishment views the murder as a vindication of the Sri Lankan government’s war crimes and an opportunity to ingratiate itself with Washington.

The killing of Bin Laden and the threat of a wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2011

Reports that the raid organized to kill Osama bin Laden included backup plans for a military confrontation with Pakistani forces underscore the highly reckless character of the entire operation.

Obama on “60 Minutes:” A political assessment

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2011

In his first and so far only interview since the assassination of Osama bin Laden, US President Barack Obama spent half an hour on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” reveling in the details of the extra-judicial killing.

Pakistan warns US “unilateralism” could have “serious consequences”

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2011

Pakistan’s Prime Minister has warned that Pakistan reserves the right to “retaliate with full force” to any future violation of its national sovereignty.

The death agony of American democracy

By David North, 9 May 2011

There has been little sign that Bin Laden’s killing has evoked among the broad mass of the American people anything approaching the wild enthusiasm of the media.

In wake of Bin Laden killing: US targets American citizen in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2011

Barely five days after the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the US launched a Predator drone strike aimed at assassinating an American citizen in Yemen.

US football player targeted for criticizing celebration of Bin Laden killing

By Jerry White, 7 May 2011

The media and corporate sponsors have gone after Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall for criticizing the jingoistic celebrations following the killing of Bin Laden.

More letters on the killing of Osama bin Laden

7 May 2011

Readers’ letters to the World Socialist Web Site on its analyses of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Obama at Ground Zero

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2011

President Obama’s brief visit to New York City’s “Ground Zero” Thursday is part of an orchestrated campaign to exploit the killing of Osama bin Laden for the most reactionary political purposes.

Washington’s official story unravels, confirming extra-legal execution of Bin Laden

By Barry Grey, 5 May 2011

It took less than two days for Washington’s official story of the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden to unravel, revealing amidst the rubble of the initial lies a cold-blooded extra-legal execution.

Letters on the killing of Osama bin Laden

5 May 2011

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site on its analyses of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The killing of Osama bin Laden: Obama’s “historic moment”

By David North, 4 May 2011

After Bin Laden had been liquidated, the White House and the media moved quickly to orchestrate the celebration of what was, in fact, an extra-legal state killing.

The killing of bin Laden and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2011

Washington and the corporate media have used the killing of Osama bin Laden to launch a strident celebration of US militarism. What is missing from speeches and commentary, however, is any serious assessment of the decade-old “global war on terror.”

Unanswered questions on US raid that killed bin Laden

By Patrick Martin, 3 May 2011

Osama bin Laden was living in a palatial residence only a few hundred yards from a major Pakistani military facility.

The killing of Osama bin Laden

By Patrick Martin and Alex Lantier, 2 May 2011

President Obama’s statement late Sunday leaves many unanswered questions.