Obama Pays Respects At Ground Zero

President Obama laid a wreath at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon. He led a moment of silence during the ceremony for the victims of 9/11.

This visit comes days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist. He was joined by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

                                                                Shameel Arafin

Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.