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NY, PA politicians on bin Laden

By Fritz Mayer
May 2, 2011

The news that Osama bin Laden was shot dead by a special forces team of US military personnel reverberated around the world on the evening of May 1, after President Barack Obama announced it on national television.

US authorities had been seeking to capture or kill bin Laden for years, since well before the infamous attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the accompanying fatal incidents at the Pentagon and on a field in Somerset County, PA. Bin Laden’s deeds against the country had earned him a spot on the home page of the FBI as the Most Wanted Terrorist.

Politicians in New York and Pennsylvania were quick to issue statements about the news.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey: “Osama bin Laden’s death is heartening news and an important event for our nation and the war on terror. I commend the president, his national security team and our military forces for this successful operation … Osama bin Laden is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent lives, and his death is a testimony that America will not tolerate brutal acts of terror on its people.”

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey: “Today, U.S. forces have killed bin Laden and exacted justice for his terrible crimes which killed thousands.” He added, "While today's development does not mean an end to terrorism or the need to remain relentlessly vigilant, the death of bin Laden has enormous significance in American and world history."

Congressman Tom Marino: “Let the word go forth that the elimination of this cold-blooded murderer sends a distinct message to the terrorists around the world that the United States of America will track down and eliminate those cowards who think they can create an atmosphere of horror and get away with it.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett: "Nothing we say today can come close to matching the eloquence with which the actions of our armed forces spoke last night. Americans remember. There is no waiting them out. What happened on Sept. 11, 2001, will not be forgotten. The message remains: the injustice of terror will be answered by the justice of American response.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: “I congratulate President Obama, our brave men and woman in uniform and our intelligence community for binging Osama bin Laden to Justice. This is a tremendous victory for the world community in the fight against Al Qaeda that it both deeply satisfying and historic. But we must remain vigilant. We can not take our eye off the ball in regards to security here at home or from emerging threats in other regions.”