Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President's Announcement Of The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

When Secretary Clinton called me at home to alert me that the President would be announcing that Bin Laden was dead, many thoughts and emotions came quickly to the surface.

I thought of the countless lives ended and disrupted by this malevolent figure.  Thousands of Americans and thousands more of other nationalities were innocent victims of his self-righteous venom, and so many brave men and women have died in the struggle to bring him to justice.  Our thoughts and prayers again are with the 9-11 families and our service members overseas.

We are also mindful of the need for continued vigilance.

It is an appropriate end of a life misspent fomenting hate, death and destruction.

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