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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Morning Newsdome: What was Pakistan's role in the death of Osama bin Laden?

John Brennan with President Obama
>> Though the story of Bin Laden's death is varying (was his wife a human shield?) President Obama will meet with 9/11 victims' families at Ground Zero on Thursday. A former NYPD anti-terrorism official and Rudy Giuliani are warning of an attempt to avenge Bin Laden's death on New York, with "real risks" in "the next couple of weeks." Hush Giuliani, we're partying in the U.S.A. (New York Post, the Observer)

>> Lets talk about Pakistan for a second. President Obama's national security adviser John Brennan said it was "inconceivable" Bin Laden operated alone while living so close to Pakistan's premiere military institution. Commentators like Rachel Maddow believe Pakistan has always been the most active sponsor of terrorism, referencing rumors that the country's intelligence agency hid Taliban's spiritual leader Mullah Omar. But according to Brennan, Pakistan has captured and killed more terrorists than any country since 9/11, and Hillary Clinton said if it weren't for cooperation with Pakistan, the U.S. would have never found the Bin Laden compound. Come to your own radical opinion and talk amongst yourselves. (Reuters, Mediaite, the New York Times)

>> Palestinian group Hamas may be forced out of Syria, it's current base, because they refuse to take sides in the anti-government uprising. The Syrian government is reportedly pressuring the group by saying, "Whoever is not with us is against us." How Bush-esque. Since when is Hamas apolitical? (the New York Times)

>> Switzerland has frozen the just discovered accounts of Libyan tyrant Muammar Qaddafi ($416 million) and former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak ($474 million). Don't let that cash burn a hole in your pocket, Switzerland. Lets go buy something shiny! (Huffington Post)

>> And finally: Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will go to Afghanistan to participate in his annual National Guard training to "better understand our ongoing mission." And this is why you should care when he comes out in favor of gays in the military. (the New York Times, the Washington Post))

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