Government officials react to bin Laden's death

May 02, 2011

Reactions from federal elected officials to Sunday’s announcement that the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden ended with his death in a U.S. Navy SEALs raid into a compound in Pakistan:

“This closes a sad and tragic chapter in our country and our world’s history. This should be a day of reflection and prayer for a more peaceful future.”
— Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“Osama bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans and many Marylanders — on 9/11 and other terrorist attacks. Today, I think of that morning of 9/11. Of how we all ran out of the Capitol. Of how we saw smoke coming from the Pentagon. And of how we all felt as we saw the World Trade Center come down. ... The hateful ideology he espouses will persist ... We must remain vigilant and prepared.”
— U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.

“Osama bin Laden was a murderer who devoted his life to the destruction of freedom, democracy and our way of life. Tonight, all Americans can feel safer knowing that bin Laden is dead, but we must remain vigilant in the continued fight against al-Qaeda and any terrorists who seek to harm our nation. I join the President and all Americans in thanking the military professionals who carried out this mission.”
— U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.

“Credit for the death of Osama bin Laden is without a doubt the result of unrelenting persistence, dedicated leadership and unparalleled teamwork since 9/11 by thousands of men and women who volunteered to serve in America’s intelligence agencies and our Armed Forces. ... The fact that Osama had been living for months in a million dollar compound surrounded by Pakistani military facilities and personnel makes it clear that bin Laden’s death is not the end of the war ...”
— U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.

“Over the weekend, I was on the ground in Afghanistan where I met General (David) Petraeus and members of American Special Forces. I want to personally commend our soldiers and intelligence professionals who took part in this operation as well as our troops bravely serving in Afghanistan today. I also commend President Obama for his commitment to continuing the effort President Bush began to bring Bin Laden to justice.”
— U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

“Ten years after Osama bin Laden murdered nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children, justice has been served. Our courageous counter-terror professionals risked their lives to rid the world of this mass murderer. ... But the fight against Al Qa’ida does not end with the death of its leader. The effort continues and we remain committed to fighting terrorism in any form.”
— U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

“Osama bin Laden’s death is a historic and just victory for this nation. Finally, I hope that this nation and the families of those who lost loved ones on September 11 can take solace in the fact that justice was indeed served today.”
— U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Don Aines

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