Bin Laden has quite a history with the U.S. as 'freedom fighter' and 'terrorist'
Mon, 02 May 2011 20:54:36 GMT —
Update: May 4th, 3:00 p.m.
President Barack Obama has decided against releasing images of Osama Bin Laden's body. The Associated Press reports the decision was announced in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes." Pres. Obama says the photo was "gruesome and could be inflammatory."
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It's a day of celebration as the news of Osama Bin Laden's death continues to spread in MidMichigan.
U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden Sunday nearly 10-years after the 9-11 attacks that he orchestrated.
Pat Jaloszynski, co-owner of Mt. Morris Auto Sales put out a sign in front of his business on Saginaw Street Monday. It reads, "God Bless America, Osama is dead."
"When I heard about it, I was just excited. Glad we got the guy," says Jaloszynski, who served in the army and feels justice was served. "He's in a place he deserves."
Osama Bin Laden has been quite the historical character over the past few decades.
During the Cold War, the U.S. supported anyone against communism.
When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Bin Laden sided with Afghanistan, so the U.S. sided with Bin Laden.
Brian Harding, assistant professor of history at Mott Community College says, "Osama Bin Laden and other outsiders came to Afghanistan to fight for what they perceived as freedom as freedom fighters. The U.S., under the CIA, decide these people are good guys, that they are our friends and we should aid them. We should give them weapons. We should give them support. We should give them materials. We should give them advice and we should fund them. We should give them money, and that's what takes place in the 80's and the U.S. funds and supports what would later become the Taliban."
When U.S. forces arrived in Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War, Bin Laden took that as a slam against him because that's his birthplace.
In 1998, Bin Laden cheered and says he was responsible for the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
In 2000, a suicide bomber attacked the USS Cole in Yemen killing 17 sailors.
Then, in 2001, Bin Laden took responsibility for the largest terrorist attack on American soil, September 11th.
Following Bin Laden's death, the Transportation Security Administration sent NBC25 this statement:
"TSA continually evaluates the latest threats and screening measures which are implemented based on the latest intelligence. As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at U.S. airports to include the use of explosives detection technology, physical bag checks, random gate screening, canine teams and behavior detection officers. We ask the traveling public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities."
Mott Community College assistant professor of history Brian Harding says he hopes the U.S. learns from the past.
"I would say, don't support dictators," says Harding.
Michigan State Police say there is no threat to Michigan, although Bin Laden supporters have threatened retaliation.