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State Lawmakers Reflect on Osama Bin Laden's Death

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 2, 2011
The California State Senate took a moment during the opening prayer today  to reflect on the death of Osama Bin Laden:
"We also remember at this time all those who've lost loved ones throughout these many years from the senseless terrorist attacks on innocent lives.  We pray for their families that they might find solace in the knowledge that one who is responsible for their pain has been brought to justice.
That's Senate Chaplain Rabbi Mona Alfi.  Democratic State Senator Leland Yee also acknowledged the significance of the event. 
"The fact that he is now gone is a tremendous relief for me and the people that I represent."
Republican Assemblyman Jim Nielsen called Bin Laden's death an important message:
"Terrorists now know there are absolute consequences for their continued behavior.  Muammar Gaddafi is another one who has just found that out."

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says it's important to stop and remember those affected by the events of the past ten years:

"It reminds us of the importance of remembering the thousands who died on 9-11 and the men and women who have given their lives and sacrificed their lives in furtherance of fighting terrorism since then."

California State lawmakers took time today (Monday) to reflect on the death of Osama Bin Laden.  Republican Assemblyman Paul Cook was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He says he was proud of the troops who carried out the dangerous mission:

"When you go through an operation like this it's not just dangerous, but it is the emotions, the adrenaline and everything like that.  There's so many ways that it can go wrong and to do it right I think all Americans I think are very very happy and it's kind of like, finally, we got the number one enemy of the world if not just the United States.
Security at the Capitol remains unchanged so far.
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