April 27th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: How should we handle widows, daughters of bin Laden?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Fourteen members of Osama bin Laden's family were deported to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan on Friday, less than a week ahead of the first anniversary of his death at the hands of U.S. commandos. Our readers are debating whether this was the appropriate action, and whether those associated with bin Laden should be adversely affected in turn.

Deported bin Laden widows, daughters go to Saudi Arabia

Some said they felt the bin Laden family is being treated too kindly. This was the most-liked comment.

cooldude2011: "The article says bin Laden and family lived in Pakistan for eight years with the help of Pakistanis who arranged 'everything' for them. Pakistan provides an 'all-inclusive' resort-like package deal to all kinds of terrorists as long as they pay them."

Then there were those who said others should not pay a price for bin Laden's issues.

Bobby62: "So what? These women are not responsible for bin Laden's actions. Being married to him was a big enough punishment as far as I am concerned."

But then, there are different definitions of punishment.

1Courageous: "Wives and daughters got deported from Pakistan? Can someone explain to me how this is a punishment?"

Some compared the issue to illegal immigration, like in this comment from one reader.

"They were deported from Pakistan because they were living there illegally. Many persons in our world live illegally in various countries. That does not make them bad people or terrorists. Wishing them a good future as there is no proof of serious wrongdoing especially when it come to the kids."

What's your take on this issue? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Philip

    His wives probably didn't keep secret what he (Bin Laden) had been doing all those years anymore than Mrs. Sandusky was ignorant concerning her husbands illicit affairs. Surely if these women knew anything they would say. So they know nothing. Let em go.

    April 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wacogo's One World

    What they did "Pakistan" was wrong. First; by deporting the innocent children and their mother of which when Bin Laden was alive they lived like the Royal family. This shows that you can stay in Pakistan as long as you have money to pay them to keep their mouth shut even if you are a Terrorist or a Murderer. Now that they ave no money they become disposable. Two; Why did the American refused to take them in after the interrogations which seems to have cleared them any wrong doing like they do to other asylum seekers?.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The US is under no obligation to grant asylum to everyone who seeks it.

      April 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    Marriage in the mid east is usually forced.it depends on whether the widows are loyal to bin laden.a child doesnt choose to have a parent.a parent chooses to have a parent.it depends on whether the daughters are loyal to bin laden. if neither the daughters nor the widows are loyal to bin laden they should be set free.if any loyalty remains they should face the death penalty.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Given how the ME treat their women, it is highly doubtful that these women knew anything.
    I just don't see OBL divulging secrets amidst pillow talk.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    The question should be WHY not how should we handle them? I agree with bobby62 in your story, being married to him should be punishment enough for a dozen women! And how can anyone think they should be held accountable for that loon? Crazy thinking.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    This is, however, a war. Perhaps it would be wise to detain this women at Gitmo and find out exactly what they did and din't know, perhaps even gleaning some valuable info on other terrorists.
    Welcome to Cuba, Mrs's Bin Ladens. Have a seat, we will be right with you. Care for a cigar while you wait?

    April 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Stop thinking about women and start thinking about defending America from terrorists. We know these women were with some of the most well-known suspected criminals in the world for many years. Waterboard 'em. (duh) Our government waterboarded men, and we ain't se xists. Who knows? One of them might know something.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Oh for crying out loud, we need to worry more about the corporate terrorists in our own country than that idiots wives and kids. And hes been dead a year, if in fact hes really dead, if those women and kids woulda been a threat it wouldve surfaced already

    April 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lady Liberty's obligation (in writing)

    Give me your tired, your poor
    The wretched refuse
    Of your teaming shore
    Send these, the homeless
    The tempest-lost to me.[an American]
    .
    We are all obligated. It's why America came to be. "The religion that is clean and undfiled in the sight of the Lord is this: to look-after widows and orphans, and to keep onself without spot from the world."-God's Word. That 'spot' includes not feeling obligated to help your fellow man in need. And looking the other way when your fellow man is mistreated, especially if that 'man' be woman or fatherless child.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Ripley...Bush/Congress funded a massive prison building program right after 9/11 in anticipation of the thousands of terrorists that were sure to be arrested and dragged to justice. 160 extra prisons have been built with this, the largest increase in prison funding in US HISTORY. Now, since we are going to all that expense and trouble, whats the big deal with interrogating the wives of the most wanted suspected fugitive of all-time? OBL was the Most Wanted man in the world since 1998, the year he made the FBI's top ten list. Now we finally have an opportunity to use our Patriot act again and waterboard people we KNOW were his cohorts.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    OMG! What is this obsession you have with waterboarding and the prison system? Something seriously wrong with the way you obsess over it, and im sorry to tell you but no child was born to pay for their fathers sins!

    April 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    And most likely the reason those prisons were built was to keep the momentum of fear in Americans escalated to cover Bushs lies about going to war .

    April 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    *suspected criminal, rather [than fugitive] To be a fugitive from Justice, you at least have to be charged with a crime. Usama Bin Laden was never charged for anything related to 9/11. Federal judges did look closely at ALL of the evidence against OBL, and couldn't even find enough to even have him charged for crimes related to 9/11. Do you folks have evidence on OBL federal judges haven't seen? B/c it sounds like you have him convicted in your minds based on something. What?

    April 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Sigh.
    No, the US is NOT obligated to take anyone who just seeks asylum.
    They can seek it, and the US may or may not grant it.
    If that were the case, all anyone illegally entering this country can just scream asylum! and never be deported.
    There are proper ways to imigrate into this country.
    And even THEN, the US may refuse to let it happen.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @Ripley. As if President Obama doesn't know of what the Bush-Bin Laden Group did? (Bush and Bin Laden families founded The Carlyle Group, who needed Afghanistans trans afghan pipleines to deliver their Caspian Basin oil to China, and Iraq subdued so that Kuwaits oil, mostly controlled by the Bush-Bin Laden Group, could goto Iraqs OPEC Contract customer, Ja pan, and so Ng could flow unhindered to a huge powerplant that ENRON, A Carlyle Group corporation, built with the billions they stole from US. Reckon President Obama knows all about Bush's crimes?

    April 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
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