Minn. delegation reacts to bin Laden killing

Published 9:17 am Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s congressional delegation reacted to the death of Osama bin Laden by urging constituents to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and to remain vigilant.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the killing of bin Laden “brings a measure of justice” for the families of those lost to terrorism, including Tom Burnett of Minnesota. The architect of the Sept. 11 attacks was killed in a firefight with elite America forces Monday after he was tracked down in a hideout near the Pakistani military academy.

In an announcement about bin Laden’s death, President Barack Obama reminded the Americans to remember how unified they felt after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Sen. Al Franken said he thought the president was wise to remind the country of this unity and how the country can achieve anything it puts its mind to.

“I think every American feels very emotional about what happened in Pakistan today,” Franken said. “Our hearts are full of pride and gratitude for all those responsible for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, with sadness as we remember that horrific day 10 years ago, and with hope as we go forward in our fight against radical jihadism.”

Congressman Tim Walz said bin Laden’s death “marks a dark chapter” in the country’s history. Walz said his thoughts are with the “brave men and women in uniform.” U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen said bin Laden’s death “marks a significant achievement in the fight against terrorism.”

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann expressed her gratitude to the U.S. military and intelligence community after the death of Osama bin Laden.

She said their “persistence and dedicated service has yielded success in a mission that has gripped our nation since the terrible events of 9/11.”

The possible presidential hopeful says that while bin Laden’s death “does not end the threat posed by terrorists,” she hopes “this is the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism.”