Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued the following statement upon the announcement by President Obama that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden:
"Tonight President Barack Obama announced to the American people that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, had been killed by U.S. forces in his compound in Pakistan.
Since that horrific day in 2001, America has pursued justice. In defense of freedom, we have embarked on an international campaign to combat an ideology that spreads hate and destruction. Tonight marks a major victory in the war on terror.
I know I join all American's in commending our President, the Commander-in-Chief, for continuing the resolve to find Osama Bin Laden. The brave men and women of our military work hard day in and day out to preserve our security and deserve our gratitude for accomplishing this dangerous mission. Without their dedication to the mission and their resolve to track Osama Bin Laden, tonight's announcement would not have been possible."