Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton
(District includes Lodi area)
“I was at home in Pleasanton when my son Michael, a reserve officer in the Air Force who joined because of 9/11, called and told me the news. Over a decade ago, Michael also called and told me about the tragedy that was unfolding on Sept. 11, 2001.
“President Obama, Leon Panetta, Robert Gates and countless members of our armed services and intelligence services deserve outstanding credit for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice 10 years after the nefarious attacks of 9/11. Americans who have lost loved ones or have been wounded fighting for our great country can now rest easier knowing bin Laden is dead.
“This is a significant victory in the war against terror. This does not, however, mean the end of the threat from al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. We must remain vigilant and continue our efforts to fight terrorism and protect our citizens at home and abroad.”
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River
(District includes Galt)
“The horrific tragedy of Sept. 11 was the main reason I felt the need to return to public service. In a region of Pakistan, the mastermind of that crime and the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network, Osama bin Laden, has been killed. I am pleased to hear this news.
“This is a strong reminder that actionable intelligence is the key to success in these types of operations. It is important we keep this in mind as we look at extending elements of the Patriot Act.
“I would like to commend the hard work of the intelligence community, Special Forces personnel and all of our military service members for their tireless efforts in serving justice for the American people.”
Council of American-Islamic Relations — Sacramento Valley
“We were shocked when we saw the news. After 10 years, it finally happened. We applaud President Obama. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, did not represent Islam and we are not at war against Islam.
“It is not just bin Laden’s death, but the upspring of revolution in the Middle East (that) shows they’re goin to bring change by peaceful means.
“(Bin Laden’s) support had been dwindling. We have been able to really diminish his capacity to carry out any attacks.”
Lodi Mayor Bob Johnson
“It’s a terrible thing to say, but I think it’s absolutely wonderful. The man is a mass murderer, and I can’t see having any sympathy that the man is gone.”
Galt Mayor Barbara Payne
“I was, of course, thrilled, happy that we were able to kill Osama bin Laden ... I felt like it was important that the United States shows its strength and that we are not going to turn our back when our country is threatened.
“I also was concerned about Pakistan. It seems that where he has been living in luxury for all this time, it sounds like the Pakistani politicians knew that he was there. Obviously, they are not a very good friend of the U.S., and that bothers me, too.”
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