Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, issues the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation led by the U.S. military earlier today:
"The death of Osama bin Laden, at the hands of assets of the U.S. military, is an unprecedented development in the decade long war on terror and indeed welcome news. Finally, justice has been served for the thousands of Americans killed on that dark day in 2001, their families, and the families of the countless Americans and others killed in the conflicts that ensued following the attacks of 9/11. While I may not agree with the President's ongoing prosecution of the war in Afghanistan, I commend him, his national security team and the brave men and women of our intelligence and armed services who collaborated to finally bring justice to America's greatest enemy. This is exactly where our military efforts should be concentrated on: tracking down, capturing or killing the individuals responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
"At the same time, I urge Americans both here and abroad to remain vigilant. The killing of Osama bin Laden is indeed the most severe blow that has been dealt to al Qaida, but we must never forget that there are still adherents of bin Laden that will continue his efforts to wage violent jihad against America and her allies. We must be prepared to repel and disrupt any retaliatory attacks that may result from this historic event."