Local, national leaders release statements on bin Laden's death
Local and national political leaders released statements to the press Monday in response to Osama bin Laden's death, praising the U.S. military and urging continued vigilance in the war on terror:
Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer:
"Almost ten years after September 11, 2001, we have made good on our promise to hunt down and kill Usama Bin Laden, the terrorist responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. I applaud the diligence of our intelligence community and military for this achievement and victory against terrorism around the world. I join with President Obama, former President Bush and Americans everywhere in praising the fact that justice has been done. This is a rare moment in history when all Americans can join together and celebrate, just as we joined together to mourn after September 11th."
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee:
"In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush promised a fearful, grieving nation that those individuals responsible for this atrocity would be brought to justice. Now, nearly a decade after those horrific attacks, President Obama informs us that justice has finally been served.
"Let this serve as a grave reminder to all those who wish to do our nation harm: If you murder Americans, you will be hunted, you will be found and you will be brought to justice. I commend the military and intelligence professionals whose tremendous efforts ended the reign of this terrorist mastermind.
"While this will never bring their loved ones back, it is my hope that this will somehow ease the pain of the families of those who were lost on September 11th, 2001."
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:
"The death of Osama bin Laden is an important success not only for the United States, but the entire world. Our efforts to combat terrorism, however, do not fixate on one individual, and we remain completely focused on protecting our nation against violent extremism of all kinds.
We remain at a heightened state of vigilance, but the Department of Homeland Security does not intend to issue an NTAS alert at this time. I have been clear since announcing NTAS in January that we will only issue alerts when we have specific or credible information to convey to the American public. However, our security posture, which always includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people from an evolving threat picture both in the coming days and beyond.
I commend the President and offer my gratitude to the men and women who defend and protect our nation at home and abroad, whether they wear a military or law enforcement uniform or serve as one of thousands of unsung heroes in the intelligence and homeland security community. It is true that we are stronger and safer than we were on 9/11 – not only because Osama bin Laden is dead, but because of the unflagging dedication and hard work of so many people throughout the world committed to freedom and security."
Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General and current Texas Tech University visiting professor in political science:
"I congratulate President Obama and his team for this significant accomplishment. I also congratulate President Bush who carried the War on Terror to our enemies and adopted the legal framework for that effort that continues today. The brave work of members of our military, law enforcement and the intelligence community makes all Americans proud. The death of Osama bin Laden is a victory for all who have worked so hard to defend our nation since 9/11. It is also a time to remember once again the victims of terrorist attacks, and the men and women who have given their lives to keep our nation secure. God bless America."