N.C. officials react to Osama bin Laden's death

May 3, 2011 

"For decades Osama bin Laden terrorized the world, killing men, women and children in the name of a perverse and fanatical ideology. ... 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."

U.S. Rep. David Price, Democrat from Chapel Hill

"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."

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, Republican from Dunn

"Our nation is united in the sense that justice has been done for the barbaric murder of 3,000 innocent human beings a decade ago. I congratulate our military and our intelligence forces for their relentless and ultimately successful search. Al-Qaida remains a threat, but we have also seen demands for democratic reform in the Muslim world in recent months that give us hope. We have much work before us still."

U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, Democrat from Raleigh

"[The death of bin Laden] is a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, it is a commitment to our nation's pursuit of justice, it is a reminder to all those who seek to harm us that we will always be vigilant, and it is a signal of continued commitment to freedom around the world."

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, Democrat from Lumberton

"While America is certainly safer today, we still face the threat of al-Qaida 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."

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Democrat from Wilson

"As the president said last night, we must not waiver in our commitment to bring an end to terrorism around the world, especially in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen where al-Qaida continues to gain strength."

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, Republican from Charlotte

"I hope this news can bring some peace to our 9/11 families who have waited almost 10 years for bin Laden's demise."

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Democrat from Greensboro

"I regret that it could not have happened earlier. I think in times gone by he should have been captured earlier. I don't mean to be blaming President Clinton, but I am told that he was within our grasp, but that's for another day."

Rep. Howard Coble, Republican from Greensboro

"We hope the news of bin Laden's death will provide some comfort to those who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and those whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice as members of the American armed forces in operations over the previous decade."

Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of the N.C. National Guard. (At least 11 members of the N.C. National Guard have died in the fighting; about 14,000 soldiers and airmen in the organization have served in the conflict.)

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