North Carolina reacts to bin Laden's death


"The death of Osama Bin Laden marks the culmination of the greatest manhunt ever undertaken by American forces. This is a major development in our fight against terrorism and proves our resolve to hold accountable those who harm American citizens, but we must remain vigilant and not lose focus on the overall mission and our goal of eradicating terrorist threats. There still remains a dire threat posed by Bin Laden's followers and the seeds of hate he planted across the globe, and while we are immensely grateful for this victory, our work is far from over," said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) in a statement.

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) also released a statement, saying:

"I join all Americans in praise for the Special Forces who finally brought down this mass murderer. The long hunt for the terrorist behind the September 11 attacks, killer of nearly 3,000 Americans, is over. I hope this news can bring some peace to our 9/11 families who have waited almost 10 years for bin Laden's demise. It is a good night for America and the world."

Rep. David Price (D-NC), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, also released the following statement:

"For decades Osama bin Laden terrorized the world, killing men, women and children in the name of a perverse and fanatical ideology. The horrific events of September 11 and the bombing of the USS Cole are burned into the memory of all Americans. Today we have achieved a measure of justice. We honor and thank our Commander-in-Chief, members of our armed services, intelligence and security professionals and others who have carried out this remarkable operation."

Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) released the following statement:

"This marks a great step in our war on terror. Those who threaten the life and freedom of American citizens, both here and across the globe, will be found and brought to justice. I want to thank the brave men and women of our armed services for never wavering in their mission to protect our nation and way of life. The families of those lost on 9/11 and all of the soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice will forever remain in our prayers. God bless the United States of America."

Rep Renee Ellmers (R-NC) released the following statement:

"Nearly a decade ago on a beautiful September morning, our nation witnessed the worst in human terror as over 3,000 men, women, and children were murdered in cold blood. But that day also showed the greatness that is the American spirit and how our resolve will never falter. Last night we learned that at long last, justice has been served and Osama Bin Laden will never again harm another innocent victim of his violent ideology. As we celebrate this victory for freedom over terror, we must remain vigilant and never let down our guard, even as it has suffered a crushing defeat. The men and women of our armed forces, intelligence community, and their families have worked valiantly throughout this long battle and deserve our praise. I commend President Obama for bringing Bin Laden to justice and would like to thank former President Bush for his long standing commitment and resolve. I join all Americans in celebrating this day of victory over terrorism."

Rep G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) released the following statement:

"Nearly a decade after the shocking attacks of September 11, a measure of justice has finally been served. While America is certainly safer today, we still face the threat of Al-Qaeda and must remain alert and vigilant. I am deeply proud of the men and women in uniform responsible for planning and executing this victory, and thankful that no American lives were lost."

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