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December 11th, 2012
06:50 AM ET

'Zero Dark Thirty' premiers amidst criticism that the film glorifies torture

The movie "Zero Dark Thirty," which chronicles the hunt, capture and death of Osama Bin Laden, premiered last night in Hollywood.

The film is already getting Oscar buzz, but some critics say that the movie supports waterboarding prisoners.

Zoraida discusses this criticism and explains how screenwriter Mark Boal is responding on Early Start this morning.

Filed under: Entertainment • Osama Bin Laden
August 23rd, 2012
06:32 AM ET

Navy Seal writes book on Osama Bin Laden raid – Barbara Starr on safety concerns for other Seal team members

(CNN) - A book company said Wednesday that it will release on September 11 a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name.

The book is entitled "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden."

A Department of Defense official said the SEAL is no longer on active duty.

U.S. Special Operations Command has not reviewed the book or approved it, the official said. Officials only recently became aware the former SEAL was writing a book but were told it encompasses more than just the raid and includes vignettes from training and other missions.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Barbara Starr looks at how the Pentagon was caught off guard by the book, and publicity concerns around the safety of other operatives involved in the operation.

READ MORE: Navy SEAL to release book on bin Laden raid, publishing company says

Filed under: Osama Bin Laden
May 3rd, 2012
10:11 AM ET

'Manhunt' author Peter Bergen says Bin Laden document release could damage Al Qaeda

UPDATED 10:11am ET: Since the airing of this segment, the documents have been posted online here.

From earlier this morning:

In just a few hours from now, the proverbial curtain is going to be lifted off of some of Osama Bin Laden's plans for future of al Qaeda and also the way he was living before he died.

It is a huge haul of documents: Hard drives, flash drives, all sorts of documents seized during the raid on the terror leader's hideout in Pakistan nearly a year ago. Much of it will be made public online.

Some of the information, including Bin Laden's orders to his followers, but also his mind-set in the final isolated years and it certainly paints a picture of a man who was not only paranoid, but a micromanager, often dictating his follower's every move.

Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst and the author of the brand new book "Manhunt", talks with Ashleigh this morning about the documents. He's one of the few people outside of the government who's already seen some of these documents, been inside that compound and one of the only people who has had a chance to interview Bin Laden himself. He tells Ashleigh the document dump could further damage the Al Qaeda network.

Filed under: Osama Bin Laden