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Florida reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden

Sen. Marco Rubio: "I congratulate our intelligence and military communities on this monumental operation. Their persistence and relentlessness in tracking Osama Bin Laden down have finally brought us this long awaited event. While this diabolical terrorist's death at America's hands is a moment to celebrate, we must never forget the serious terrorist threats that remain and will demand an enduring vigilance."

Sen. Bill Nelson: "The noose has been tightening for months because of our intelligence operations. And we've finally cut off the head of the snake. This is a historic day, and we thank the men and women who carried out this operation."

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "This terrible chapter in American history will never be forgotten, but tonight we can go to sleep knowing that no other innocent life will be taken by this terrorist. I cannot thank enough the men and women of our armed forces and intelligence agencies, who bravely fought, and continue to fight, to protect all Americans from terrorism. The fight has been long, but tonight, because of you, America rid the world of a mass murderer. President Obama's leadership in making the targeting of Osama Bin Laden our highest military and intelligence priority, warrants our gratitude."

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor: “Finally after ten long years, the maniacal founder of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network who had the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands has met his end. President Obama and the outstanding men and women in America's intelligence and armed forces, especially those in Special Operations, remained focused on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice - and today justice was done.”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller: "The death of Bin Laden does not mean the United States can let down its guard.  We must remain diligent in the defense of our homeland and in the elimination of terrorist threats against America.”

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack: "After nine years, seven months and twenty days: justice served. Tonight we should all remember those lost on September 11, 2001 and the brave men and women who sacrificed so much in the pursuit of this coward who perpetuated the highest of crimes against human kind. We will never quit the pursuit of justice in the War on Terror."

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "This outcome is a testament to the commitment and determination of our military, intelligence, and diplomatic personnel to use all available resources to defeat our enemies and protect our homeland. It sends a clear message to the families of those who perished on September 11, 2001, and in the battle against the agents of hatred and terror, that the sacrifice of their loved ones is not forgotten. it sends a clear message to our adversaries that we will not rest and will not waiver in our defense of freedom and liberty."

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland: “I am pleased that Osama Bin Laden now faces the ultimate judgment for a life spent sowing seeds of hatred.  We must, however, remain vigilant against terrorist thugs who will use today’s events as a rallying cry for their evil extremism.  I pray that God will continue to watch over our dedicated men and women in uniform as they protect our safety at home and fight for our freedom overseas.”

U.S. Rep. Allen West: "Congratulations to President Obama and his National Security Team for the capture and killing of the world's most dangerous and evil criminal mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to General Petreaus and the brave men and women in theater.  Although this is a time of exuberance, rejoicing and healing, America, as well as our allies, must be vigilant and on guard for retaliatory attacks from the extreme Islamic world.  What strongly concerns me is that bin Laden was not found hiding in a remote cave, but in an urban area of Pakistan where the Pakistan Army’s premier training institution operates. This is a war that is no where close to being over."

Gov. Rick Scott: “I am so proud of our dedicated military men and women and our intelligence community for not giving up in our pursuit of justice. I am grateful for their tenacity and their deep sacrifices. President Barack Obama should also be commended for doing the right thing and following through with the promise of justice initially given by President George W. Bush. While threats remain, today the world is a safer place.”

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who was on overnight flight from Tel Aviv an heard news announced by pilot. "We are grateful for the incredible courage and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and I salute the precision of our intelligence community and the leadership of President Obama and his national security team. The killing of Osama bin Laden marks a dramatically vital development in our war against terror, and it is my hope this victory sustains our nation and our allies as we continue our struggle for a safer world."

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis: “Our U.S. military and intelligence agencies have displayed extraordinary persistence and courage in methodically pursuing the evil mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The global war on terror continues and we must remain as vigilant as ever against those who still seek to harm us. Right now, however, we remember the victims of 9/11, their families, and the thousands of heroes who have given their lives fighting for liberty and justice.”

U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams: "Almost ten years ago, Osama Bin Laden masterminded one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in human history and on American soil. Now, this man has been brought to justice.  It is because of our men and women in the Armed Services and the intelligence community that justice prevailed.  I want to commend them for their hard work, perseverance, and their unflinching patriotism. This is not only a victory for the American people, but for freedom loving people around the world.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney: “The death of Osama bin Laden sends a message that the United States will not rest until justice is served to those who do us harm or wish to do us harm. We are all grateful to those in uniform and in the intelligence community who never wavered in their pursuit and whose service led us to this moment, especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Today will go down in American history as a great day in the fight against terror.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey: “I commend our troops who have brought Osama Bin Laden to justice. Hopefully this will help close a very painful chapter in the lives of so many who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings: “The irony of two events on May 1 should not be lost.  First, the late Pope John Paul II was beatified and moved closer to Sainthood. He spent his life blazing a path of enlightenment, peace, love, and uplifting humanity. Secondly, bin Laden spent his life lighting a path of murder, deceit, and the destruction of humanity. While one found Sainthood, the other found Satan. It is good that bin Laden no longer plagues the earth and the hope for human kind is that Pope John Paul II would be our exemplar of goodness.”

U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns: "As in Proverbs 21:15 – ‘It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.’ Although it is a time to pause and reflect on this great success, the global threat of terrorism continues and we must remain vigilant.  We also must find those who helped to shield bin Laden from justice.  Again, I thank our military and our intelligence community for their outstanding service.”

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw: "This is a great day for America: Justice has been done. Osama bin Laden’s death is a major blow to al Qaeda and terrorist networks around the globe and  a comfort to the loved ones of those who perished on September 11, 2001. Our military and intelligence personnel displayed  expertise in this mission, and they deserve thanks and praise.  Our work is not over though.  We must remain vigilant in the war on terror.  Today and every day moving forward, we stand squarely behind our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect us  around the world, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”

U.S. Rep. David Rivera: "Osama bin Laden took the lives of thousands of Americans and others around the world through al-Qaeda’s violent attacks. Justice has been done and the world is a safer place now that he is not in it. However, we must remain vigilant and aware that while this is a great achievement, the war on terror is far from over, and we must always strive to ensure that America is safe from the threat of terrorism.“

[Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 1:17pm]

    

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