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February 17th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

The Fate of Osama bin Laden

If captured, should Osama bin Laden go to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay or be tried in U-S courts?

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  1. Roy

    Why capture him at all? If he's in a war zone, shoot on sight.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  2. chris

    i think you should drop him off on a corner in NYC and let the citizens determine his fate

    February 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  3. Patrick Demasy

    Osam Bin Laden declared war on us. He should be tried by the military and detained in Gitmo.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Philip Cabibi

    He should be tried in US courts just like every other application of Justice.

    Making separate courts for crimes committed on civilians, or on the battlefield, makes absolutely no sense.

    If we're going to lead the world by example, then we need to start setting that example. Military tribunals serve as the National equivalent of yelling out "He started it."

    February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  5. Thomas P. Ross

    bin Laden should be "dissapeared". After a number of months they should announce his demise. We don't owe him a trial or any of the trouible it would take to deal with him in any way. Let him go and have his 72 virgins ASAP.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  6. LOY

    He should be tried in NY. We ought to set up an international court system thru the UN. There is no point in trying/putting him in an illegal prison. Aren't we supposed to be better than that?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  7. Sharon

    The U.S. needs to follow its own constitution and laws and Obama needs to keep his campaign promise to close Guantanomo. We clearly have been involved in CIA-directed torture of people who have clearly been denied due process of law. If Osama bin Laden is arrested, he needs to be tried inside the U.S. by a real court, not by some fictitous "military tribunal" that is so clearly unconstitutional. We also need our Congress to live up to their sworn promise to honor and protect the US Constitution–they should be investigating the CIA, the last Administration's lying us into a war in Iraq, and the war crimes committed by our own former President Bush (it was recently reported that he had to cancel a trip to Europe because he would be arrested and tried for war crimes).

    February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  8. hope 120

    I dont thnik we have to worry do we, about finding
    Binladen that is.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  9. seth

    I think that Osama Bin Laden should be tried in civilian court. Ive had a hard time with this subject however i have come to the conclustion that we can not uphold Democracy without upholding Our Democratic Pricipals. One of those principals is the right to a fair trial and Osama Bin Laden could not get that in military court. furthermore he a part of our military and so should not be subject to those rules. the final outcome would not really be that different he will be either sentenced to life in prison or death.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  10. Deb

    Maybe the Osama bin Laden is the least of our problems as of now
    the protest in WI are being viewed as the teachers union being busted
    the real thing is that the Republicans have given HUGE tax breaks to the wealthy and now are taking the route they are broke so go after the
    NOBODY is reporting on why the WI is so broke find it out do some research ...............both sides of the equation needs reporting!!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  11. todd

    If he is EVER captured, we should tie Dirty wizard Osama to a chair and allow everyone in NYC, Pa and Washington To Punch him in the face once each. But it will never happen because our lazy government still hasn't caught this waste of life. Its sad.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  12. Brett

    Don't you think it's odd that we haven't seen Osama Bin Laden since 2002? And the last time we saw him, his arm was hanging by his side and he looked like death was upon him? If Osama can hide in a room, make an audio tape and smuggle it off to Al-Jazeera, don't you think he could hide in a room, make a video tape and smuggle IT off to Al-Jazeera?

    Osama Bin Laden came on TV month after month in 2001 and the very beginning of 2002 just to taunt us. It was his M.O. Then along comes Operation Anaconda. I watched that valley get pummeled by B-52's over and over and over. We will never see Bin Laden again. He is buried under tons of rock and has been for NINE YEARS. But let the world continue to report that he is alive and that George Bush never caught him. Then again, President Obama never will either. Because he's dead.

    But not to worry, Osama Bin Laden will be running around the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan for the next 250 years killing infidels.

    Guantanamo Bay? Yeah, right...

    February 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  13. Dan Wright

    Upon capture Bin Laden should be sent to Guatamano Bay for imprisonment and military trial. If he is sent to a US city for trial the public will be outraged and the media circus will make a mockery out of the proceedings. Bin Laden is not entitled to a trial in a civilian court.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  14. Tommy Weber

    Osama should be tried in US courts. His hearings and trail should be held in a court with the families of 9/11 victims present at all times. Don't take this away from the victims families who wish to watch his punishment and demise.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  15. ben cross

    we need to find a way to get him without putting more troops in danger and if we do find him he may be a very bad man but hes just like any other person he needs to be tried in Federal court and he most likely will be found guilty no killing needed death is a fast way out of it but rotting in jail is worse

    February 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  16. Courtney K.

    Capture? Just Kill Him!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  17. tim

    He should be shot on site. Save the tax payers the money.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  18. Luke

    Lets catch him first!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  19. Muslim

    Osama Bin Laden is already dead.

    There are multiple Youtube videos which show former Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto citing that he had been murdered.

    What happened to the CNN article in which Osama Bin Laden denied involvement in 9/11?

    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    He should accidently get killed trying to escape bringing him home would be counterproductive .

    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  21. Steve in Manchester

    Send him to Jerusalem. They'll know what to do with him.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  22. lynn

    U.S. Courts - In the recent past, we've seen some very successful outcomes of terrorists being brought in front of U.S. Courts.

    Osama Bin Laden should face the music and be brought to death by Americans!!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  23. Richard

    Just skip the prisons and trials. Put a bullet in his head .. no wait two bullets .. no wait again .. one bullet, make it count and save on the cost of the second – helps the deficit

    February 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Hopefully, they capture Bin Laden dead. That is the only way that will quell the unstable travel atmosphere that will prevail if he is caught alive.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  25. Dave R

    He should go to Guantanamo. He will never see the light of day again as Guntanamo will never be closed. Giving him the right to trial should not be allowed.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  26. Anna

    Bin Laden should be tried in a U.S. Court. We pride ourselves on our principles of justice and we must apply them consistently. If we have any faith in our justice system, we need to give Bin Laden a fair trial.

    Gandhi said it best with, "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  27. Jack

    Gee, Ali, it's clear that we are not smart enough to find or capture Bin Laden.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  28. press

    if a frog had longer back legs, it wouldnt bump its ass on the ground....bin laden has bee dead for 10 years, quit perpetuating a lie....unless your a grave robber, he will never die, US/Israeli foreign policy depends on an everlasting boogyman.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  29. travis

    aren't we putting the cart before the horse? we might as well be asking what we'll do when aliens arrive. if the most powerful country in the world hasn't found him after all these years, we either don't want to find him or we never will. maybe we should have publisher's clearing house look for him. they find me every time i move.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  30. jason

    Osama doesn't need to be tried in court. He should be killed on the spot!!!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  31. James Jones

    Force him to work at a pork processing plant.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  32. MichaelO

    Kill him but not before he he is forced to make a recording calling off the jihad and begging for forgiveness.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  33. Chakia

    I would like to see them catch him first!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  34. Nik

    It looks like we have him, but not sure where to put him.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  35. John McTaggart

    Shoot on sight!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  36. Sue Kennedy

    I believe that it would be impossible to find a jury of bin Laden's peers in the U.S. Shoot him on sight!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  37. Chad

    Neither. The Hague is where he should be tried. Sorry to say, but emotion must be removed for any trial to remain impartial and true. However, he will most likely never be taken alive... he is no longer another human on this world in the eyes of his followers and this mystique must remain for his movement to continue once he is gone. Osama being captured would corrupt these thoughts.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  38. Darrell Johnson

    When he's captured, I think bin Laden should be securely locked up at Guantanamo Bay. THEN they should close it down and everyone else should leave.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  39. Fliar

    Osama bin Laden will never be captured alive ! He or his associates will kill him to prevent his capture by the US. IF he is captured by US or allied forces, he should be quietly killed !
    The world can always wonder about his whereabouts but the US Govt will know with certainty, his ultimate fate. This will preclude a violent response by Islamists seeking retribution for his death.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  40. Todd

    I believe the most humane way to bring justice to Bin Laden is to drop him on the street outside Ground Zero and let nature take its course.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  41. Riyn

    Don't try the bastard. Don't send him to Guantanamo Bay either. Butcher him via public execution and broadcast it live on. Butcher the bastard like he was an animal. Chop his head off chop his arms off, chop up his body into section and television the whole event. We need to show the world what happens when you defy America and defy justice. We need to send this message: EITHER YOU BEND TO OUR WILL OR WE BUTCHER YOU.


    February 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

    I would like to see any evidence that he had anything to do with 911. There is none, and for that reason alone he would never be tried in a federal or state court. Maybe this is also why you 'cant find him'.... it is concrete evidence against him that your government can't find.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  43. Ray

    Neither. People from a tropical climate should be housed in a prison in the wiles of Alaska, not in Cuba. The climate itself would effectively replace water-boarding and other unacceptable means of gathering information. And we could not be accused of torture if we treated them well in Alaska.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  44. Michael


    When it comes to Osama bin Laden, if I had my way, I'd kill him on the spot, as to save our tax money from having to house and feed him. I'd be willing to pay for the bullet if that is the U.S. weapon that is used to kill him.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  45. Paul Carrick

    If our government leaders would set an example by cutting their own salaries and/or their benefits and perks, just perhaps the lower financial classes may be more amenable to their cuts being proposed. I suspect the biggest problem with cutting the budgets, across the country including federal and states, is the huge gap between the very wealthy and the average wage earner.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  46. Robert

    He should be captured, not killed, and sent to the USA. The death penalty should not be used. We need to take the moral high ground and set an example to the world that we are more civilizied than Bin Laden.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  47. Mark Sheppe

    Doesn’t it depend if the U.S. classifies him as a combatant or not? Either way, I think he should experience both. He should be held at Guantanamo Bay until trials are held. Regardless of what would happen, we should take all measures possible to prevent him and his followers from becoming a martyrs and cripple their ability to inflict any further harm to the citizens of the world.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  48. Vincent Cammisa

    Osama Bin Laden should be placed under house arrest in George W. Bush's home. Bush got distracted with invading Iraq and did very little
    to try and capture Osama so the two of them should spend some time together and get to know one one another.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  49. Sarah K.

    The real question is wether or not the US & UN would ever comprimise it's "moral foundations" which includes the right to a fair trial. It's stunning to me that Americans would be quick to execute or imprision before a trial; given our pride of being a "civilised country". No matter our emotions or the egregious crimes that take place we MUST ALWAYS stand by the principles that make us a great nation. Give him a fair trial and the evidence will speak for itself. ITS NEVER OKAY to COMPRIMISE the prinicples that make us a great nation. NEVER!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  50. paul

    neither option will is satisfactory.
    Osama should be tried Nuremberg style. By a world tribunal including Arab nations. By having to justify his evil deeds to the world he could never be a martyr for the masses. Also the US can avoid the inevitable cry's of revenge, assumed kangaroo courts, and pure naked aggression. If we meet with world on this subject we can close the gaps of misunderstanding and cultural differences. We can emerge from such a situation with new gained respect from those who point to our imperialistic nature, and put to bed, once and for all, that somehow his actions were justified and at the same time heal some broken relationships. This is not just an American problem!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  51. Lorraine S. Roth, M. D.

    There are 118 Federal correctional facilities in the U. S. Nineteen are maximum security penitentiaries, but many of the other facilities have maximum security units. As of January, 2011, there were 173 inmates at Guantanamo Bay. Nine inmates or less could be transferred to one or another of these facilities, and Guantanamo could be closed with no further "NIMBY" debates. Osama Bin Laden should be sent to one of the maximum security penitentiaries - IF he is ever found. This discussion forum circumvents the question of why he has never been found? There have been inferences over the past 10 years that he is right where we left him, in the mountainous regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, probably with the knowledge of the authorities in both countries.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  52. C.W.

    This is a little premature. Why don't we catch him first
    Fox River Grove, Il.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  53. Todd

    I also agree with what Paul posted regarding a world tribunal, he is not just a threat to the United States. If all of humanity condemns him, he'll know his actions were not justified. He should go to the grave feeling defeated, not empowered.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Osama bin Laden

    If captured, should Osama bin Laden go to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay or be tried in U-S courts?

    I don't believe he will be captured – kiled, perhaps, but not captured. However, if captured, I feel he should go to Getmo for intelligence purposes. If I were going to water-board someone, it would be him. He could probably provide a lot of information about his organization that would be good to know. After we have learned all there is to know, I feel he should be tried and prosecuted.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  55. Jason

    Seems like a silly question. We have been 'looking' for Bin Laden for almost 10 years and have had no luck. Instead of worrying about where to put him, why not beef up efforts to find him or even just give up?

    February 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  56. Deborah Berglund

    If apprehended by US military, Bin Laden and all cohorts should be executed on the spot, and all evidence of US action eradicated. (Plausible deniability – no evidence left.) The US government should respond to any allegations with "Osama who?" Let Bin Laden and all others executed with him fade into obscurity, as opposed to being elevated to martyrs.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  57. John from Canada

    The best thing to do if Osama bin Laden is captured is for him to be killed and not to be mentioned to the public. If his people know he is caught dead or alive the world will never be the same. His people will be louder than you will ever imagine!!

    February 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  58. Rian McMurtry

    I have a dream of bin Laden convicted of murder and dying alone, forgotten, of old age in an American prison as a common criminal.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  59. Allan Mosak

    Bin Laden should be sent to Guantanamo and tried by military tribunal. Those who say such tribunals are unconstitutional are wrong. Military tribunals were first used by George Washington, and have been used in most of our subsequent wars.

    Military tribunals are specifically designed to try anyone held in military custody and accused of being an enemy in a conflict in which the military is engaged. That description certainly applies to Bin Laden. Military tribunals are just as lawful and constitutional as civil courts.

    February 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  60. John

    He should be moved covertly and with all due haste to the nearest FDNY station. Sometime after midnight. I mean, obviously.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  61. ellieroo

    We afre dumbing down our kids each time school budgets take a hit.Why not start at the top of the Governmental foodchain.The United States is already way behind 20 other countries in education so by the time these cuts are enforced we will truly be a substandard country!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  62. kayla

    mmhmm i see, well i thnk tht he should go to jail bc of everything he did. i want him found and beaten..

    February 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  63. M Donalds

    osama must be left.Because if we start searching for him,he may start to attack us again

    March 1, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  64. greeny

    I cannot express my thoughts on the killing of Bin Laden and will not try as those directly effected by 2011. What I will express as the US thinking and the media covering this as a great news day to spin this in everything we have done to accomplish a 10 year goal?? Lets recap a 10 year goal?? When is the last time yor boss recognized you for doing something you should have done yesterday, last year (when as a company we were losing money or customers – for us hard working americans reference)> The media/goverment should be explaining publicly to every person effected by this 2011 act that we have failed til now, that we will put in the media what we have not accomplished til now. The only person I know who publicly never forgot who used his "celebrity" awareness was DAVE LETTERMEN. God bless him for keeping families in his thoughts and pryers almost nightly in front of millions. I want someone to recognize his efforts as as true american to speak his frustration with our embarrissing excuses for not getting him sooner. If I hear one more news reporter say we have accomplished something that was 10 years overdue I will be sick.
    PS for you people who say easier said than done ? We are the most powerful intelligent country in the world with an "unlimited" budget?? seriously people?? We failed the relatives for 10 years!!!!!

    May 1, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
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