Colorado Lawmakers React to Bin Laden's Death

Colorado leaders are reacting to the killing of Osama Bin Laden in a U.S. military operation carried out by a small team of Americans in Pakistan Sunday morning.

In a special late-night address to the nation, President Barack Obama said, "Justice has been done." Here's what some of our Colorado lawmakers had to say about the development in the War on Terrorism:

Sen. Mark Udall responds to Osama bin Laden's death:

“Thousands of American men and women have fought and died to defeat the terrorists led by Osama bin Laden who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. The death of bin Laden is a major milestone in U.S. efforts to eradicate terrorism and keep our homeland safe. I salute our brave service members, our intelligence community, and our commander in chief, on this important occasion. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Intelligence Committee, I will continue to ensure that our government does all it can to keep Coloradans and every American safe from enemies who wish to do us harm.” - Senator Mark Udall

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement on President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed:

“Almost 10 years ago, extremist terrorists launched a vicious attack on our country that killed thousands of innocent men, women and children. Tonight, the families affected by this tragedy and all Americans received the welcome news that the architect of this attack was killed thanks to the competent and courageous efforts of American forces. While this development does not mark the end of our efforts, the death of Osama bin Laden does mark very significant milestone in our fight against Al Qaeda and violent extremism across the globe.” - Sen. Michael Bennet

Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn said: :

"For nearly a decade, America has sought to bring justice to the man responsible for the death of thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. Justice has now been served to Osama bin Laden. This is a major victory for our troops and intelligence community who have worked valiantly to make this day possible. I give credit to President Barack Obama for staying the course set by his predecessor, George W. Bush, in doggedly pursuing an evil villain. His death tells the world that freedom is a far greater force than fear and oppression. We will not relent in our fight to keep Americans safe and secure.”
– Congressman Doug Lamborn

Gov. John Hickenlooper released this statement today about the death of Osama Bin Laden:

“The death of Osama Bin Laden gives our nation another reason to remember and honor the thousands of Americans who were killed on 9/11. We owe a debt of gratitude to our military and counterterrorism professionals for bringing to justice one of our nation’s greatest enemies. It’s hard not to feel a sense of relief and hope that we have turned an important corner in the struggle against terrorism.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement on Osama Bin Laden's death:

“This will bring closure to the attack on 9/11 but it will have nothing to do with ending the global war on terror. After 9/11, U.S. efforts to target the leadership of al Qaida caused Osama bin Laden to keep his head down causing him to lose operational control of al Qaida ending his ability to initiate attacks against the United States. At that point, al Qaeda became more of a decentralized movement instead of a structured organization. However, since Osama bin Laden was seen as the spiritual leader of radical Islam we should be prepared for stepped up attacks against American targets as well as a strong reaction by Pakistani Islamic militants against their government for their cooperation.”

“Congratulations to our special operations personnel who conducted this successful mission.” - U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman

Colorado State Senate Minority Leader Kopp's Statement On U.S. Military Action:

"Today marks a historic day for America. Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice for the crimes and terrorists acts he’s committed in the United States and around the globe. We are forever grateful to our brave soldiers and intelligence services that relentlessly sought this villain and brought an end to his reign of terror." - Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp

Colorado Springs mayoral candidate Richard Skorman released this statement:

“The news today that American troops have brought Osama bin Laden's personal campaign of terror to an end should remind us all of the sacrifice so many families in our community make to keep our country safe,” said Skorman. “For the past ten years they have played an integral role in the war on terror and they need to know how grateful we are for their efforts. For what they have just accomplished, and for what they do every day, our soldiers and their families have earned and deserve our respect, and our thanks.”