Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the death of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.
"This is a great day for America. This is the second biggest blow to Al-Qaeda since September 11th, 2001, right behind the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Anwar al-Awlaki was an extremely dangerous, charismatic leader who actively recruited and inspired people to murder innocent Americans using hate-filled media messages.
Al-Awlaki was behind several high-profile attacks including the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day in 2009 and U.S. bound cargo planes in 2010. Al-Awlaki has now been removed from the battlefield. This is a major accomplishment.
I applaud our intelligence professionals who work tirelessly, around the clock and around the world, to keep us safe. Al-Qaeda should be on notice. If you come after Americans and try to kill us, we will come after you and bring you to justice."