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May 13th, 2011
05:36 AM ET

Is America safer after the death of Osama bin Laden?

Is America safer after the death of Osama bin Laden?

American Morning wants to know what you think about our Question of the Day. Weigh in here.

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  1. Megan Flores

    Absolutely not. He may have been enemy #1, but terrorism comes in waves and there will always be some group with some sort of message to send to the United States as long as we remain a major force in in the world. Our position in world affairs comes with a price.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  2. KM2G

    Safer? I thought we were safer when he was alive. Its does not matter whether he was alive or dead we were never out of danger. Al Qaeda would use any excuse to make us believe every action we take against them would increase the threat. Sorry to say but we will always be in danger because our different idealogy. All we did is to show them that we do fight back.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  3. robert marcum; winchester ky

    no we are not safer,thats just one snake with his head cut off ,there are many more.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  4. eli

    I agree with ohhappyday. There has been enough about Bin Laden. Now you are pushing new about the Seal Group and their names. Get off this news you are making too much of it, and as ohhappyday said, "you are stirring the pot."

    May 13, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  5. Katelyn

    Not at all. There is already someone who has replaced him and shares his passionate hatred toward America. There will always be someone, somewhere, who hates us as much as he did. I think for those Americans who believe we are safe need to remember the terror that took place on our own soil 10 years ago. We "thought" we were safe then. The moment we believe we are safe, is the moment we will be in the most danger.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  6. Tony M col, OH

    Too early to tell but I think probably not. Bin laden gave authorization for attacks but now that the head is gone, my fear is that sleeper cells will now try and operate autonomously, without structure and their actions will be more random until a new head is in place. Too early to tell

    May 13, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  7. Gary Benjamin

    I don't think America is safer because Ben Ladin is just one man is subjects are still capable of proceeding with any plans they had.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  8. noor

    ofcourse not. we have killed one bin laden, theres thousand more throughout the world

    May 13, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  9. Patrick M.

    No, I don't feel any safer because Al Qaeda has been roaming the Earth long enough to make a new "Osama Bin Laden." It's also strange that he was wide open to kill. Anything normal about being open to the pubic, and he also didn't carry a weapon during the raid. Strange! Especially, for Bin Laden!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  10. MeLoN

    Americans will never be safe until and unless we can reverse a 100 years of corrupt American foreign policy that has shown the US to be a self-righteous bully to more than half the world.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  11. Jerry B.

    NO! It’s a Shame to say but the Death of Osama ben Laden has not and will not make the world any safer. It has just given the Extremists, the Wanabe Extremists, the Loan-Wolf, just another reason to Unite and Wreak Havoc in a World that is Big-Enough for Everyone to Live Peaceful and Prosper! God Help us ALL!

    May 13, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  12. MeLoN

    Of course we are "safer" with bin Laden dead – beyond any question but we aren't SAFE and never will be. That's just a fact of life in this world. People will always hate the US and there isn't much can be done about it.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  13. Bill Mitchell

    No we will never be safer. There will always be disgruntled people that are a pickle short of a full jar E.G. the two that were arrested in New York this week.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  14. Norma Machado

    The lives of every American changed forever on 9/11 and whether one or many extremists are taken prisoner or killed, we will NEVER be 'safer'. For the rest of our lives, and the lives of all Americans to come, we will have to be guarding agains terrorist attacks against us, both in the US and overseas.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  15. Don Williamson - Henryetta, OK

    I believe that Bin Laden was the primary command and controller of Al Quada and his death did help make us safer.....although, capturing the survivors of the attack and the "treasure trove" of information would have been even more valuable if we would have waited at least a few days after his death to "spike the ball."

    May 13, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  16. Dominic Uzzo

    UBL was a old man coward hiding out scared with a devil spirit. The SEALS were acting out God's wrath on UBL.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  17. b.viator

    It was right and wrong. Glad he's gone. Not happy for folks who did not like this. For those who do not believe he's dead, let's wait and
    see if we hear from him(Bin Laden) again.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  18. Loretta Sadowski

    We are NOT safer. I do believe that Americans will become complacent and will forget that we are in constant danger from radicals. Their beliefs are deep-seated and just because we killed Osama bin Laden doesn’t change the fact that they will do anything to destroy us.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  19. Jonny Crytzer

    We can only hope so, but it only takes 1 nail to flatten a tire, and he wasn't the only "Nail" out there.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  20. ohhappyday

    As the rest of us in the free world are gratefull for the Elite commando's that took out Bin Laden, and at the same time realize that over the years other countries were also in the hunt. But now that it's over and the world is a better place without this scum, isn't it time for Cnn to move on, all you are doing is stirring the pot, you people are making him more of a hero than his follower's.It's old news, the congrats have been handed out as well as the medals, now move on,i'm sure something else will come along for you guys to brag about.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  21. Cindy Karrar

    We won't know for a while, will we?

    May 13, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  22. Mike Williamson

    America is not safe since the death of Osoma BinLaden since there are already sleeper cells here in the United States just waiting until they get the word to start their attack on the United States.

    Not only that, I was watching where they had two young boys 10 years old and 12 years with bombs strapped to their chest getting ready to go blow themselfs up because of their brain washing.

    We are still far from safe from his attacks.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  23. Marisol

    Of course not, all that happened is we gave m another reason to be angry. They will try to attack sooner or later, here in the USA.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  24. Pam

    One thing we must do now, though, is make sure the Taliban does not get control of Pakistan's nukes.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  25. vs101

    The question being posed is ridiculous as it appears suggest that not killing him could have been a better choice.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  26. Jessica

    In the short term no, we have refocused the attention and efforts of all those who would do America harm. In the long run however, we are safer with the removal Osama Bin Laden. It sends a clear message that Americans are committed to spend the money and resources to find all those who would commit acts of terror

    May 13, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  27. Patrick McGraw

    Oh yeah, I feel so much safer. I am so super scared of terrorists. I would feel even better if the internet would be censored a bit more. I'm afraid this is going to become a "weapon of mass disruption." Beyond that, I would feel even safer if I could get microchipped. Having the TSA fondle me would also help. Oh, and one more thing, my thoughts are out of control; is there something that could be done to control them?

    May 13, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  28. pamela

    My fear is we have opened the gates of hell onto the US and any of its affiliates–just as what happened in Pakistan–All we can do now is pray faithfully and watch our own individual pathways

    May 13, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  29. Agnes Reid

    No, just like Israel we have to remain vigilant...probably until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But! I refuse to live in fear.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  30. Raaj

    I personally think it is not so, America is not safer after the death of Bin Laden, as Al-Qaida is not the only extremist group in last few years the group has broken up into various mushroom groups who are affiliated to the main party and carry out orders from the top. The so called revenge could be carried out by any of the fragmented group/groups.

    We have to be on the alert more than ever now as the risk is greater and these guys are fanatics and can strike any time.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:18 am |