Berkeley to Consider Condemning OBL Raid

Berkeley may protest code name "Geronimo" for Osama Bin Laden.

By Kellie Onaga
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 11:36 AM PDT
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Berkeley to Consider Condemning OBL Raid

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This 1887 file photo provided by the National Archives shows the famed Indian warrior Geronimo, a Chiricahua Apache, posing with a rifle. The U.S. military used the name "Geronimo" as a code word for Osama bin Laden.

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In a city known for protecting trees and condemning the Marines, it should come as no surprise that Berkeley of all cities would discuss whether to condemn the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

The notoriously liberal university town is looking to take another controversial stand Tuesday night and this one involves the U.S. military's handling of the death of Bin Laden.

Council members will vote on whether to support a resolution honoring the memory of Apache tribe leader "Geronimo," and at the same time criticize a part of the campaign to assassinate Bin Laden.

Some in the city are upset that the secret operation to kill the world's most wanted terrorism suspect was given the code name "Geronimo."

If approved, the city will send President Barack Obama a letter condemning the use of Geronimo's name.

This is not the first time the Berkeley City Council has taken up a controversial resolution. Last December the council explored a resolution honoring suspected Wikileaks leaker, Bradley Manning.

Supporters of the plan say using the name is offensive to Native Americans and they want the president to issue a formal apology.

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