Now it’s official: bin Laden crossed off counterterrorism calendar

May 4, 2011

Now it’s really official.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been crossed off the National Counterterrorism Center’s calendar.

In the online version, the photo of bin Laden, included since at least 2001 even before the Sept. 11 attacks, has a big red “KILLED” stamped across his face. And his status has been changed to “Deceased.”

We’re guessing there was a certain amount of satisfaction in the act of  canceling him on the calendar from an agency that has been chasing him for years.

“It felt really, really good,” one intelligence official tells us.

Another intelligence official had a bit more to say.  “It’s great to know that he’s seen his last day alive and the last day he’ll be on anyone’s calendar.  This is a guy who no longer deserves the time of day, or any part of the year.”

Guess that’s that.

Photo credit: Reuters/Athar Hussain (images of bin Laden displayed for sale at roadside in Karachi)









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