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Area elected officials speak about Bin Laden's death

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Area elected officials release statements on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, (R-Clarendon): "While the death of Osama bin Laden does not remove the threat of terrorism, it is an important milestone. The credit for this success belongs primarily to the intelligence professionals who have hunted for him for years, following up lead after lead patiently and persistently, as well as to the expert military professionals who carried out this mission, after constant training and preparation and experience with these types of operations. President Obama should be credited with making the decision to proceed with the operation, as should CIA Director Panetta for its oversight. Our nation is still at risk, and more attacks on Americans and others will come. But the primary instigator of so much cruel violence has been removed."


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas): "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 national 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."


U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-Texas): "Our mission has always been to take down Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, the terrorist network that killed thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. That mission has now been accomplished through the patience and steadfast determination of our military, our intelligence officials, and the united leadership of Presidents Bush and Obama. Now we must continue to dismantle this and other terrorist networks that attempt to destroy freedom and human rights throughout the world."


U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D-New Mexico): "Osama Bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief that justice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces and Commander-In-Chief for bringing this long manhunt to a close. Moving forward, our nation must remain vigilant in our efforts to confront radical extremism, but today we share in this momentous achievement."


U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, (R-Oklahoma): "For almost ten years, our men and women in uniform have faced hardships in the effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden for of his role in the 9/11 attacks. I congratulate our nation's finest for their tireless pursuit of justice. We rejoice that this monster is dead. While we have succeeded in taking out the head of al Qaeda, the effects of his death are yet unseen, and could span a broad range of possibilities. We must not let our guard down in the Global War on Terrorism, and we must remain ever vigilant in protecting our nation and its people."


U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., (R-Oklahoma): "The operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice was a tremendous victory for our intelligence services and every branch of our armed forces. This was a team effort. Our service members ultimately denied bin Laden a safe haven and led him to a place where he could be discovered and eliminated. The Oklahomans who have put themselves in harm's way, and their families- some of whom have lost loved ones, should know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten."


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott: "The face of evil has been eradicated thanks to American forces' dogged pursuit of justice. The Twin Towers may no longer stand, but American justice--and exceptionalism--will forever prevail. We will never forget."