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Congressman Silvestre Reyes' Statement on the One-Year Mark of Osama bin Laden's Killing


Location: El Paso, TX

Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today released the following statement on the one-year mark of the capture and killing of one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Osama bin Laden:

"Months before the raid and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, there were intelligence reports indicating that our agents had identified a location in Pakistan where bin Laden was hiding. In fact, as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the years leading up to bin Laden's killing, I was very much aware of the tactical intelligence on the ground and received regular briefings regarding the work of our field agents who were trying hard to confirm bin Laden's exact location.

"In 2010, we received intelligence and believed that bin Laden was likely the individual dubbed "Pacer" for his frequent walks in the secluded compound. Although modern communication was a challenge due to the terrain where bin Laden was, our Intelligence agencies were able to track down a man whom we would later learn was bin Laden's courier. Tracking him led us to the compound where bin Laden was hiding. I was proud to have authorized the reprogramming of funds in September 2010 to fund the operation for CIA Director Panetta.

"In fall 2010, intelligence activity increased near bin Laden's location and it wasn't long before President Obama decided to take action on the intelligence we had gathered. What President Obama was proposing to do carried great risk, but would also be one of the greatest opportunities we had to capture or kill bin Laden. The President made the courageous decision to go after Bin Laden after careful preparations and options were presented. I backed President Obama and Director Panetta.

"Today the world is safer because of the actions taken by President Obama and Secretary Panetta. Bin Laden is now dead and we continue to weed out those who wish to harm our country. I will stand with President Obama, our Intelligence agencies and our country to ensure the safety, security and the well-being of our country and its people."

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