Thousands of people gathered around the White House, Times Square and Ground Zero throughout last night and into today in jubilation as U.S. President Barack Obama announced to the world that American forces had infiltrated a compound in Pakistan and killed the most wanted man in the world - Osama Bin Laden.
The President spoke of a tactical plan carried out by a team of Navy Seals. Bin Laden's body was positively identified through a DNA comparison to that of his deceased sister. The world has reacted with celebration, and two of Nebraska's political leaders have issued statements to the news.
Senator Mike Johanns released the following statement on the death of Osama bin Laden:
"What rewarding news for our country, our Allies, and the ideals for which so many have fought and sacrificed. Let the death of Osama Bin Laden be the latest reminder that extremism and terrorism have no place in this world. The universal cause of freedom, tolerance, and democracy has a refreshed purpose today, and will never be deterred by violent extremists.
"I commend the men and women of our Armed Forces for their valiant efforts since September 11, 2001. The global fight against extremism will continue, but this is a significant hurdle in the long process of seeking justice for the atrocity of the greatest attack on American soil in our nation's history."
Congressman Adrian Smith today issued the following statement in reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden:
"This event is justice for the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in the vicious attacks of September 11th. The credit belongs to the men and women in our military and intelligence agencies who never gave up, prevented further terrorist attacks on American soil, and kept the fight off our shores.
"However, we must remember the war on terrorism is not over, and we must remain vigilant as our troops continue the fight to destroy and disrupt terrorist networks which threaten our nation. May God bless and protect those who serve in harm's way."