Local Politicians React to Osama bin Laden Death
With the news of Osama bin Laden's death coming late Sunday night, local politicians react the news.
CONGRESSMAN JIM LANGEVIN:
“The news of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of our armed forces is both a strategic and symbolic victory for the United States. Like so many millions of Americans, I vividly remember the shock and anguish that I felt on September 11. We are finally closing a chapter on a terrible moment in US history when thousands of innocent Americans were targeted and killed by terrorists led by this man who had nothing but hate in his heart. We have dedicated years of hard work and tenacious effort, spending huge amounts of time and money going after bin Laden, the architect of the 9-11 attacks and the global terror movement. This is a major landmark for our outstanding service members and intelligence personnel, psychologically and in the effort to combat terrorism around the world.”
CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE:
“I join the citizens of our nation and freedom loving people around the world in celebrating President Obama's announcement that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of more than a decade of attacks on the United States and its allies, including the horrific attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001, is now dead.
The death of this madman and the leader of al Qaeda is an extraordinarily important achievement in the War on Terror, and as we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, we remember the innocent lives lost that day and the sacrifice and dedication that the brave men and women in our armed forces and intelligence services make every day on our behalf.
We must remain steadfast in our resolve to bring all of those who are responsible for terror against the United States to justice.”
SENATOR JACK REED:
“This is a tremendous intelligence achievement. It is a testament to the dedication of those who carried out the mission as well as the resolve and leadership of President Obama and his national security team. Bin Laden murdered thousands of innocent men, women, and children and today he was brought to justice.”
SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE:
“Nearly ten years after the terrible events of September 11, 2001, justice has been done. Today I join all Rhode Islanders in thanking the covert and military teams who planned and executed this mission, after years of patient stalking. I hope this provides a turning point in the war against terrorism, and solace to those who have lost loved ones to this war.”
SENATOR JOHN KERRY (MA) :
“The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in our war against extremists who kill innocent people around the world. We are a nation of peace and laws, and people everywhere should understand that our ten-year manhunt was in search of justice not revenge. Terrorists everywhere must never doubt that the United States will hunt them down no matter where they are, no matter how long it takes.
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women of our intelligence agencies and our military for their tireless dedication and enormous sacrifice to bring justice to a man responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11 and thousands more men, women, and children around the world.
I commend President Obama and his national security team for never forgetting the need to secure justice for those who lost their lives nearly 10 years ago and for those who have lost their lives in the war against extremism that continues today.
A single death does not end the threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups. We must remain vigilant and committed to keeping the world safe and secure.”
MA GOV. DEVAL PATRICK:
“On behalf of the people of Massachusetts and all others who suffered the profound loss of the September 11, 2001 attacks, I congratulate and thank President Obama and the soldiers and intelligence personnel who carried out this mission. We also remember our Massachusetts servicemen and women who continue their extraordinary efforts to rid the world of terrorism. Let us heed the President's call to unite, as we did in the months of mourning following that terrible day, to make a better, safer and more just world.”