APA Members of Congress React to bin Laden’s Death

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WASHINGTON — Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus have issued statements on the death of Osama bin Laden, praising the Obama Administration and the armed forces but warning that the threat of terrorism continues.

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): “I am pleased that the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been brought to justice after nearly a decade. While the death of Osama bin Laden brings some solace to those who lost loved ones to the terror and violence of al-Qaeda, we must work to ensure that no one takes his place and that America and our allies remain vigilant against the threats posed by international terrorist organizations.

“I would like to commend the intelligence community and the brave men and women in uniform who placed themselves in harm’s way in order to end the threat posed by this terrorist.”

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii): “As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security committees who has closely examined the terrorist threat in the decade since 9/11, I commend the tenacity of the intelligence and military personnel that led to this victory. I applaud President Obama for his unwavering commitment to bring bin Laden to justice.

“I am pleased to see the nation unite around this significant milestone. However, we must not lose sight of the many national security challenges that still confront us. Our dedicated service members remain on the front lines in Afghanistan, and Al-Qaeda continues operations across the globe. We must remain vigilant and determined in our efforts to protect the American people.”

Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte): “The death of Osama bin Laden, at the hands of assets of the U.S. military, is an unprecedented development in the decade long war on terror and indeed welcome news. Finally, justice has been served for the thousands of Americans killed on that dark day in 2001, their families, and the families of the countless Americans and others killed in the conflicts that ensued following the attacks of 9/11.

“While I may not agree with the president’s ongoing prosecution of the war in Afghanistan, I commend him, his national security team and the brave men and women of our intelligence and armed services who collaborated to finally bring justice to America’s greatest enemy. This is exactly where our military efforts should be concentrated on: tracking down, capturing or killing the individuals responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

“At the same time, I urge Americans both here and abroad to remain vigilant. The killing of Osama bin Laden is indeed the most severe blow that has been dealt to al Qaida, but we must never forget that there are still adherents of bin Laden that will continue his efforts to wage violent jihad against America and her allies. We must be prepared to repel and disrupt any retaliatory attacks that may result from this historic event.”

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento): “I want to commend President Obama and the brave men and women both in uniform and in our intelligence services for their courageous efforts. Osama bin Laden’s death brings a measure of relief to the many families whose lives were forever changed by the events of Sept. 11, as well as to all Americans. Not only was justice served, but bin Laden is now no longer able to extend his ring of terror.

“Though his death is a significant milestone in the fight against extremism, we as a nation must remain vigilant against further acts of terror perpetrated by those who would seek to follow in bin Laden’s footsteps.

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims who were killed on 9/11, the families of rescue and recovery workers who have died, and those individuals who remain ill and injured as a result of their service. My thoughts and prayers are also with the families of military personnel killed and injured in defense of this country, and with those who have served and are currently serving. Their sacrifice in defense of the very ideals that our country was founded upon will never be forgotten.”

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