South Florida Reacts To Bin Laden’s Death

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death Sunday at the hands of U.S. forces caught South Floridians by surprise Sunday night, leaving many with questions about possible retaliation, even as elected officials praised the end of the Bin Laden era.

US Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Pinecrest) spoke with CBS4’s Natalia Zea at her Pinecrest home shortly after learning of Bin Laden’s death.

US REPRESENTATIVE ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ON BIN LADEN

“Well, it is a symbolic victory and also a strategic victory as well. We know Osama Bin Laden was no longer the operation leader of Al-Qaeda but he was the mastermind of 9/11 and he was the number one target for all these ten years,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “This is a significant military victory, it has raised our hopes, expectations so people know whenever it appears that everyone is looking the other way, our armed forces are 24/7 on the job keeping us safe. Thank God for them.”

She said Congress was not briefed on the operation leading to Bin Laden’s death, confirming Senior Obama administration officials who safe few people in the US Government, and no representatives of any other country, knew about the operation before it was concluded.

US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Ft. Lauderdale) credited President Obama for keeping US focus on the search for Bin Laden.

“This terrible chapter in American history will never be forgotten, but tonight we can go to sleep knowing that no other innocent life will be taken by this terrorist,” she said in a statement issued early Monday.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of West Miami-Dade called word of Bin Laden’s death an historic moment.

“Just as every American will never forget where we were when America was attacked on 9/11, this moment will forever be remembered by each one of us as the day justice for that tragedy was finally served,” Rubio said.

“While this diabolical terrorist’s death at America’s hands is a moment to celebrate, we must never forget the serious terrorist threats that remain and will demand an enduring vigilance.”

Those continued threats, and the worry that Bin Laden’s death might trigger terrorist reaction, was addressed early Monday morning by senior Obama administration officials speaking on background about the operation leading to Bin Laden’s death. While they said it prudent to always be vigilant against terrorism, they did not express concern about specific threats of retaliation.

In South Florida, officials have identified a number of potential terror targets, including two airports, two seaports, Miami’s MetroRail system, and two power plants, among others.

A spokesperson for Miami International Airport said Sunday night that there had been no increase in the terrorist threat level at the facility, and none of the police agencies contacted by CBS4 News indicated any increased alert status because of Bin Laden’s death.

US Representative Allen West, (R-FL 22), urged people not to let celebration of Bin Laden’s death to distract us.

“Although this is a time of exuberance, rejoicing and healing, America, as well as our allies, must be vigilant and on guard for retaliatory attacks from the extreme Islamic world,” he said in a statement released early Monday morning. “What strongly concerns me is that bin Laden was not found hiding in a remote cave, but in an urban area of Pakistan where the Pakistan Army’s premier training institution operates. This is a war that is no where close to being over.”

Community reaction has already begun. A number of people gathered late Sunday night at Versailles restaurant in Little Havana, a traditional community rallying point, to talk about Bin Laden’s death.

Shalom International, a Jewish organization, said it would gather at Noon Monday at Miami’s Torch of Friendship in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. The group said it would hand out candy, “just as the Arabs did while dancing in the streets after 9/11.”

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  1. Ariel says:

    Rot in hell

  2. JLL says:

    Osama is but one of many dangerous criminals and terrorists threatening our way of life and love of liberty. Although a victory to us, we must always remember the phrase, THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE! May God Bless our American Armed Forces and the US Navy Seals who carried out their mission on this glorious day!

  3. Phil Landers says:

    Osama is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things. He’s a nice trophy but the Military Industrial Complex is either setting their sites on or manufacturing (they made Osama) our next Boogie Man as we speak. Of this I can assure you. We have Moammar Kadafi to amuse us in the meantime. They have to justify themselves (the MIC) somehow and can’t without a wedge. Ever seen the documentary “Why we fight”? I highly recommend it.
    We spend more on our Military than the rest of the world combined. And you wonder why this country is broke . . . .

  4. sleepwallking sheep says:

    if you repeat a lie long enough, people will believe, if you repeat a lie long enough , people will believe. if you repeat a lie long enough, people will believe, if you 911 repeat a lie long enough , bin laden people will believe, this is bait, lets see what happens in the near future, i am not buying this for a second….

    1. mike says:

      I am with you I think his death is BS. Show me the body and put it on display at ground zero. burial at sea my A#@.

    2. Charlotte Whigham says:

      Don’t take the wind out of our sails buddy. Let me repeat this to you: Osama Bin Laden is dead. Osama Bin Laden is dead. Believe it…………

  5. Lewis says:

    While it is a victory for justice, as a christian i am reminded that the Bible says that we should not rejoice when an enemy falls, rather we should remember that we are all human, and fallible, and are subject to the same forces that shaped Bin Laden. Consequently, we should consider the fact that where we go after we die, is what we should keep our eyes on. Where is Bin Laden now?

  6. SLEEPWALKING SHEEP says:

    LIES, LIES, LIES LIES, LIES, LIES ,, WAIT A MINUTE, WE BURIED BIN LADEN AT SEA ? TO RESPECT HIS RELIGIOUS VOWS? WHAT? HUH? REALLY? WOW .. THESE PEOPLE WILL BUY ANYTHING…..

    1. Charlotte says:

      S.S. You won’t believe in what you REFUSE to believe in.

      Take this time to Thank all of the many people who Masterminded his death, and who spent countless number of hours trying to see that this mission was carried out. What were you doing while this was going on? Just go away with ALL your NEGATIVITY. Let the people rejoice as we turn over a new leaf. This is Huge. This is History. Embrace it.

    2. Marko says:

      where’s the DEATH CERTIFICATE, lol…. Religious Vows my A..

  7. Lewis says:

    My Gut feeling also.

  8. Chuck says:

    Another terrorist dies from lead poisoning. Leave to Wasserman Schultz to turn this great moment into a political issue.

  9. Zane says:

    There’s no reason for them to lie to us about him being dead regardless of how it really happened, it didn’t matter to us one way or another because he was no longer operating commander. This is just a morale victory for people who have been disillusioned about Middle Eastern conflict, let them have that at least then we can celebrate real strategic victories later

  10. liberal Fascist says:

    Can someone explain why Mr Obama HAD to take credit for this like he was on the front line leading SEAL Team 6 into the fight. While I will give him credit for giving the order to go that is ALL he did and his taking credit like it was all him is just plain wrong and an insult to all the service personnel who have fought and died since 9/11

  11. mimi says:

    i too would like them to display Osamas body for all to see and yes the threat is not over this war will never be over not in our life time I am sure of this

  12. Phil Landers says:

    The ugly truth about the Osama ordeal: Osama is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things. He’s a nice trophy but the Military Industrial Complex is either setting their sites on or manufacturing (they made Osama) our next Boogie Man as we speak. Of this I can assure you. We have Moammar Kadafi to amuse us in the meantime. They have to justify themselves (the MIC) somehow and can’t without a wedge. Ever seen the documentary “Why we fight”? I highly recommend it.
    We spend more on our Military than the rest of the world combined. And you wonder why this country is broke . . .

  13. Phil Landers says:

    Why won’t you allow me to post my comment Mr. Game? It’s only been echoed by 2 pre November 22, 1963 Presidents.

    1. Phil Landers says:

      Thank you sir. That comment really needed to be said.

  14. Debbie Deceglie says:

    Bless the Troops for getting this MADMAN!!! Bless all that died on 9-11 and Bless the people who were victims of Bin Laden and hopefully restore their country and have peace.

  15. Marko says:

    Show me the DEATH CERTIFICATE. There are still many unawsered questions about 9/11 ….

  16. Oslama says:

    I love the way this board believes Osama Obama Bin Laden is dead just because Obama Osama says so . He states ” we have the body ” and a minute later he is buried at sea . Come on folks , I have some dry land for sale in the Everglades .

  17. Kathryn Gomez says:

    One thing has me a tad confused? Islamabad is 9 hours ahead of us here on the east coast. and if the raid took place at night, it had to have happened on Saturday night not last night – the timing does not fit? So – when was he really killed?
    Another thing that concerns me is as a gardener I know that when you prune a plant, many more shoots appear very quickly at the pruning point – this was only one head of the Hydra…

  18. Love USA.. says:

    God Bless America & Our Troops!!. 100% Heroes!!! (10 years,figthing)

  19. Ofe Sierra says:

    Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory

  20. This Orderly Konduct says:

    “If it appears that you are surrounded by idiots,
    it’s probably just a four-way mirror”.however,

    Ignorance can be cured with education, but stupidity is permanent.

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