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many are inside. >> we will be back with u.s. 6:00. >> pelley: tonight, the president's secret trip to afghanistan. >> we have a clear path to fulfill our mission in afghanistan while delivering justice to al qaeda. >> pelley: norah o'donnell has breaking news. on the first anniversary of the killing of bin laden, a question for the man who ran the mission. was there ever a notion of capturing osama bin laden in this mission? >> yes. >> pelley: the f.b.i. says anarchists tried to blow up this ohio bridge. john miller has details. which way is the economy heading? rebecca jarvis has new evidence. and the life and times of mike wallace memorialized today. >> mike loved being mike wallace. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: and this is a special western edition. good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight from afghanistan. he made an unannounced trip there today to mark the first anniversary of the death of osama bin laden and to sign a security agreement that pledges continued u.s. support for afghanistan after u.s. troops leave. the president met with some of those troops at bagram airfield, telling them the battle isn't over yet but "there is light on the horizon." norah o'donnell is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: the president said tonight this new agreement with afghanistan will help them chart a clear path to fulfilling their mission to ending america's longest war, a war that has claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 americans. as the president said tonight "this time of war began in afghanistan and this is where it will end." in his address, the president said his visit marked a historic turning point.
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>> my fellow americans, we've traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. yet here in the predawn darkness of afghanistan we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. the iraq war is over. the number of our troops in harm's way has been cut in half and more will soon be coming home. we have a clear path to fulfill our mission in afghanistan while delivering justice to al qaeda. >> pelley: he had this to say about the raid that killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. >> we devastated al qaeda's leadership, taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. and one year ago, from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny ate chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> reporter: and mr. obama affirmed his commitment to a peaceful and stable afghanistan. >> we'll work with with the afghans to determine what
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support they need to accomplish. two narrow security missions beyond 2014. counterterrorism and continued training. but we will not build permanent bases in this country, nor will we be patrolling its cities and mountains. that will be the job of the afghan people. >> reporter: the president expressed his gratitude for those who've sacrificed to bring the war to an end. >> the number of our troops in harms way has been cut in half and more will soon be coming home. we have a clear path to fulfill our mission in afghanistan while delivering justice to al qaeda. this future is only within reach because of our men and women in uniform. time and again they have answered the call to serve in distant and dangerous places. in an age wh so many institutions have come up short, these americans stood tall. they met their responsibilities to one another and to the flag
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they serve under. >> reporter: the president's advisors admit it's no coincidence they chose the anniversary of osama bin laden's death to make this trip to afghanistan and announce this new agreement. it's not a political trip but one the commander-in-chief makes. but it also helps him in a reelection year and he can fulfill a campaign promise which is ending the war in afghanistan. norah o'donnell. cbs news, the white house. >> pelley: it's important to remember the context of the president's trip. he's traveling to afghanistan at one of the worst moments in u.s./afghan relations. in recent weeks, a u.s. soldier was arrested in the massacre of 17 afghan civilians. u.s. troops inadvertently burned copies of the koran. and then there were those pictures of u.s. soldiers desecrating the bodies of enemy troops. we don't know whether any of that came up in mr. obama's meetings today. the mission to kill bin laden
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was run from c.i.a. headquarters, and the man in charge that night was leon panetta. we asked clarissa ward to return to the site of that compound to learn more today about the state of al qaeda. >> reporter: for six years it was the hiding place of the most-wanted man in the world. we arrived in abbottabad to find bin laden's former home is now a playground. we arrived in abbottabad to find bin laden's former home is now a playground. pakistani authorities leveled the house in february. kakar met bin laden in kabul in 1996 when he was a spokesman for the taliban. he is one of few people with close contacts to militant groups in the region. what was your impression of him? >> reporter: but one year after bin laden's death, kakar says al qaeda's forces in pakistan have been diminished to just a few hundred by continuing u.s. air strikes. how much of an impact does osama bin laden's death have on al qaeda? how much of an impact does osama bin laden's death have on al qaeda?
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>> reporter: this inexperienced inner circle of new leaders has struggled to maintain al qaeda's profile. spectacular coordinated attacks in the west, such as those on the world trade center, have been replaced by smaller operations in this region. >> pelley: and clarissa ward
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joins us now from the pakistani capital, islamabad. clarissa, you were in abbottabad where osama bin laden was killed, and i'm wondering what do the folks there today say about the american raid? >> reporter: well, it's quite astonishing, scott. one year later, many people still do not believe that osama bin laden was living in that city. they certainly don't believe that he was killed by that u.s. navy seal raid there. short of seeing proof, they say they simply can't fathom that it would be possible. obviously, this is a part of the world that is big on conspiracy theories. and even those people who do believe that osama bin laden was living there and was killed there are more angered than anything else by the fact that the u.s. violated pakistan's sovereign integrity by staging that raid. >> pelley: clarissa, thank you very much. the mission to kill bin laden was run from c.i.a. headquarters, and the man in charge that night was leon panetta. it was panetta who described
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events as they unfolded to the president at the white house. for an interview for "60 minutes," we asked panetta for an insider's view of the plan to get the man that they code-named "geronimo." was there ever a notion of capturing osama bin laden in this mission? >> yes. there could be a situation that would allow them to capture him, and they were to make use of that. >> pelley: where were you going to take him? >> we would... we clearly were going to move him out and put him into a detained area for a while, while we obviously interrogated him and then made the decision as to what would happen. >> pelley: the president and several others are in the situation room down at the white house. are they listening to you? are you narrating what's happening? >> i'm basically briefing them on kind of what's going on. they... they're also following
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it. but i was basically relaying what i was hearing from those who were conducting the operation. >> pelley: what were the exact words that you heard from the seal team? >> the person who was heading up the operation basically said, "i think we have a geronimo." and i kind of looked around at everybody at operations center and said, "it looks like we may have... bin laden really was there." and then he said... came back, "we think we have geronimo k.i.a." >> pelley: killed in action? >> that's correct. >> pelley: what was the scene in the operations center of the c.i.a. at that moment? >> well, you know, it wasn't like we were high-fiving. it was more like, frankly, we kind of looked at each other and said all of the work that had been done, all of the questions
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that had been raised, all of the risks that had been talked about, that, you know, that in the end it had all proven right. >> pelley: two months after the raid, panetta moved from the c.i.a. to the pentagon as defense secretary. we were reminded today that al qaeda still has ambitions to strike. a federal jury in new york convicted a man of plotting a suicide bombing of new york subways. the man could get life in prison. in another terror case, five self-proclaimed anarchists are in a federal lockup tonight in cleveland. prosecutors say the men intended to blow up a major bridge outside the city, but they were caught thanks to an f.b.i. informant. john miller has our story. >> reporter: the suspects are midwesterners who said they wanted to strike out against corporate america, according to u.s. attorney steve dettelback. >> terrorism can come in many
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hues and from many homelands. >> reporter: federal investigators say the group spent several months looking far target to attack before they settled on this bridge in brecksville, ohio. they planned to blow up the heavily traveled span over the cuyahoga valley national park. steve anthony, the f.b.i. agent in charge of the cleveland office, says the plot was uncovered by an informant. >> they ultimately negotiated with f.b.i. undercover agents and purchased two inert-- i say inert-- improvised explosive devices, i.e.d.s. >> reporter: last night, agents watched as the man planted the fake explosives at the base of the bridge, left the scene and tried to use a remote device to detonate them. >> they entered the codes they thought would blow up a bridge with innocent people traveling over it. >> reporter: the men were all americans ranging in age from 20 to 35 and are charged with conspiracy. authorities insist the public was never in danger.
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according to the f.b.i., the group discussed other possible plots including toppling bank signs from high-rise buildings in downtown cleveland, but they finally settled on blowing up the bridge. >> pelley: john miller is joining us now. john, how does blowing up the bridge further their fight against corporate america? >> well, it's a little muddled, scott, but their theory was that, a, it would force the government to put security on every bridge in the country and that would cost money, and that, b, it would mess up traffic and keep people from getting to work at those big companies. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. the u.s. economy is improving in florida today authorities said they will charge as many as a dozen people who hazed the member of a florida a&m band. 26-year-old robert champion died last fall from a beating on a band bus after a performance. we expect to hear what the charges will be tomorrow. the u.s. economy is improving but it's slow going, especially when it comes to jobs. in britain, members of parliament take aim at rupert murdoch.
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in oakland, demonstrators confronted riot police, who made several arrests. and thousands turned out for a nonviolent protest in new york, where the movement began. the "wall street journal" says that bank of america is preparing to cut 2,000 more jobs worldwide. that's on top of 30,000 jobs announced last year. but there were signs today of improvement in the overall u.s. economy as well, and rebecca jarvis has more about these mixed economic signals. >> reporter: while the u.s. economy is adding jobs, it's at the slowest pace in five months. business investment and construction spending are also weak. >> the unemployment path is not improving as quickly as i think that it should. >> reporter: chicago federal reserve president charles evans says this economic soft patch probably won't deepen, but things aren't going to improve quickly, either. >> what we need to do is to get people to increase their entrepreneurial activities so
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that there's hiring. that would increase demand, and things would pick up much better if they did. >> reporter: nearly 70% of the nation's biggest companies reported better profits than expected in the first quarter of this year, but much of those gains are due to cost cuts. big business is still very worried a deepening recession in europe could spread here. economist richard bernstein: >> i think most americans view our economy with kind of blinders on, and they think that we're the only economy that's got trouble. and they don't realize that europe and asia and even the emerging markets have a lot of trouble that's bubbling up, and so we're kind of the best house on a bad block. >> reporter: more than one million jobs have been created in the past five months, but that's being partially offset by job cuts in state and local governments. >> we actually all probably all want long recoveries. what you don't want is a long recovery that isn't really a recovery. >> reporter: and how that recovery goes, scott, is really dependent on two things: it's what congress does at the end of this year about the expiring tax cuts, as well as budget cuts
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investigating the phone-hacking scandal. their report carries no legal weight, but murdoch could face trouble when he tries to renew his company's broadcasting licenses in britain. more now from elizabeth palmer in london. >> reporter: no one expected the parliamentary committee report on phone hacking to go quite this far. >> in the view of the majority of committee members, rupert murdoch is not fit to run an international company. >> reporter: in fact, the committee voted along party lines, and members of the ruling conservatives, widely criticized for being too close to murdoch, refused to brand him "unfit." >> none of us were able to support the report, and we all voted against it. >> reporter: british regulations say the owner of a media company has to be "fit and proper." the committee's report suggested that murdoch, arguably the world's most powerful media mogul, is not. >> we find news corporation carried out an extensive cover-
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up of its rampant law breaking. >> reporter: murdoch claimed not to know that his employees at a leading british tabloid, the "news of the world," had been hacking into the voice mail messages of, among others, the royal family, celebrities and even a murdered teenager. to the very end, murdoch insisted other people had conspired to keep him and his executive son james in the dark about the hacking. >> someone took charge of a cover-up, which we were victim to and i regret. >> reporter: but the parliamentary committee wasn't buying it. throughout the hacking scandal, it said it was murdoch's company that covered up, rather than seek out wrongdoing and discipline the perpetrators. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> pelley: some of the fallout in all of this did land in the u.s. les hinton, a former top executive with news corporation, was forced to quit as publisher of the "wall street journal" at
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>> it's one of those perfect pictures snapped when nobody knew it was being taken. scattered on the steps around him are the rest of us, smiling equally wide, basking in the love of our grandfather. >> mike loved being mike wallace. >> pelley: "60 minutes" producer bob anderson traveled the world with mike for 18 years. >> sometimes when we entered an airport and people hadn't realized mike was there, he'd look up at a flight monitor and, in his distinctive voice, bellow out, "i see united is running late again." ( laughter ) >> pelley: morley safer remembered playing a practical joke on mike. >> i was part of a cabal that sent a spurious letter ostensibly from the so-called genius sperm bank... ( laughter ) ...inviting mike to join various nobel prize winners... ( laughter ) making a deposit, or donation or whatever it's called. he roamed the hall brandishing that letter. ( laughter )
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>> reporter: chris wallace, now the host of "fox news sunday," remembered the last time he saw mike, shortly before his death. >> even in his diminished state, there was no one who was more fun to be around. he was still mike wallace, and that was still plenty. so long, dad. >> ♪ and here's to you... ( applause ) >> good evening i am alan martin >> and dean cain. it made a dissolves into mayhem as protest the way too chaotic
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clashes in san fransisco. protesters are fighting a violent turf war with police as they attempt to occupy a vacant building. and there has been at least four arrests in the east bay in oakland where demonstrators did their best to dismantle one of our newsstands. we have live team covers from both sides of the bay but we start with can in san fransisco. >> we are on turk street in the 800 block, and all afternoon this was pretty much a very nonviolent and peaceful protest. there was marching going on and then there was an occupation of is building across the street and then 40 minutes ago all hell broke loose when a gentleman appeared on top of the roof, on the second floor, and stood up there with a brick in each hand and started to throw the breaks down onto people. police officers and other demonstrators which were out on the sidewalk and in the street


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