May 6th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

"They don't want to capture high-level al-Qaeda leaders"

Former Department of Justice Attorney John Yoo, author of the so-called "Bush torture memo" tells "In the Arena" host Elliott Spitzer that killing 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden was a mistake since he could have been an important source of intelligence.

Yoo tells Spitzer:  "It does seem from the initial reports that a deliberately small force was sent in and there wasn't a lot of thought given to the idea of capturing  him...This was a decision made by the civilian leadership..."

"In the Arena" airs weeknights at 8:00pm ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Osama bin Laden
soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.