Bin Laden’s Death Provides Closure, But Sparks Retaliation Concerns

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in a firefight Sunday with U.S. forces in Pakistan, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said in a dramatic late-night announcement at the White House.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon spoke to New Yorkers after news of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden’s death spread.

Hundreds of people sang and waved American flags at Ground Zero in New York — where the twin towers that once stood as symbols of American economic power were brought down by bin Laden’s hijackers 10 years ago.

MORE: Complete CBS News coverage on the death of Osama bin Laden

“New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

New York City resident Charles Wolf lost his wife, Katherine, on that fateful day. He said he was “extremely happy” that Osama bin Laden was killed.

“What a surprise – what a wonderful surprise,” Wolf said. “I am so glad that this man’s evil energy, that his evil being, is no longer on this earth.”

Sally Regenhard was one of the many mothers who lost a child in the September 11 terror attacks. Her son, Christian, was a 28-year-old probationary firefighter.

“I’m glad, and I feel very gratified that we finally have a modicum of justice, the families finally have a modicum of justice after 10 long years,” she said. “I feel it’s better late than never.”

New York lawmakers said the death of bin Laden was a huge step in the war on terror.

“The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation – and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation,” Bloomberg said.

While many were jubilant that the mastermind of the worst terror attack in New York City history was dead, that excitement was tempered by the possibility for retaliation.

“We have to be on heightened alert now – other cities around the world, around the country, as well,” terrorism expert Robert Strang said. “We’re going to see more security in the United States, [and] right here in New York obviously. We’re going to see heightened police activity all over the country.”

President Obama struck a less than boastful tone in his brief announcement, although he said the death of bin Laden was “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida.

“His death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al-Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant,” he added. Moments after Obama spoke, the State Department put U.S. embassies on alert and warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence. In a worldwide travel alert, the department said there was an “enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan.”

“This is huge for us, it’s a major victory, and hopefully the beginning of the end of terrorism as we know it,” Strang said.

  • super dude

    osama lives on


    4 MORE YEARS!!!!

  • Taquan

    Obama finally did it….Bush (white man) couldn’t do it…..4 more years!

    • TomNJ


      • Taquan


        You a whitey, ain’t you? I don’t like whitey.

  • Alex

    this is the beginning of the END

  • Nick

    As if muslimes don’t normally attack and murder people every day. Why would they need a special occasion?

  • Stu

    Now Osama sleeps with the fishes – or 72 virgins – take your pick.

    Considering that it was Bush who made Bin Laden a target, it would be appropriate revenge for al Qaeda to hit targets in Texas, if they can find any.

  • pjb

    does this mean lots o virgins?????…hey osama? see you on the dark side.

    yippee kayeah!!!!!

  • Chintaka

    SL kills Prabakaran (the most ruthless terror leader ever lived), the leader of the LTTE and they (UN/EU/UK/etc,etc,) called it crimes against humanity, then US kills Osama Bin Laden.

    So now where is the UN? Is the UN/EU/UK,etc,etc deaf or just deaf and dumn? Either UN/EU/UK,etc,etc shut up and embrace what SL did OR UN/EU/UK,etc,etc better have the same war crimes and crimes against humanity aginst US as well.

  • Muditha

    Congratulations to the US who followed Sri Lanka in eliminating another known terrorist leader. Like the USA eliminating Osama Bin Laden, Sri Lanka eliminated Prabarkaran…both tied to known terrorist organizations banned around the world.

    The civlian casualties in the War on Terror, was unfortunately necessary to achieve the ultimate objective for the greater good of humanity, peace and stability in the world, even though it is sad many innocent civilian deaths took place during these efforts in Afghanistan, and perhaps even Pakistan. It is the unfortunate high price of counter terrorism that has to be paid when there is no distinction between civilians and terrorists, especially when civilians can also be underground sleeper cells that can result in chaos later.

    • James

      Well said. All countries must be united in their effort to battle terrorism. Congratulations to both Sri Lanka and USA.

      The colllataral damage and the death of civlians, is sadly a necessary evil, when Nations seek to eradicate terrorism.





  • dawood

    Where ever there is injustice,in whatever name,as the BIBLE says,it is time for the BEAST to appear.then JESUS will reappear to defeat EVIL and bring about peace in this world.
    U be the judge.Who created injustice in this world.There was NO ISRAEL,AMERICA,U.K.,RUSSIA usurped land from Palestianians to create ISRAEL.
    There was NO YEMEN. U.S./U.K. created Yemen from Iraqi territory.There was no iraq, US/UK created divided IRAN/IRAQ.Why does FRANCE,GERMANY,ITALY,EUROPE NOT INVADE COUNTRIES LIKE USA DOES? We people of the other countries realise USA divides & RULES.MAN will ALWAYS DEFEND HIS FREEDOM WHETHER USA labels them freedom fighters or

  • steve

    Bin Laden had NOTHING to do with 9/11 — it was an inside job, engineered by cheney to save the floundering shrub presidency.

    shrub’s ratings were down to 47%, pre: 9/11.

    ONLY a war could save his presidency.

    ANYONE have an answer as to why NORAD was ordered to stand down, amidst the chaos, and why only one plane was allowed to depart america the next day, with sixteen saudis???

  • Dale Auburn

    Some questions:

    – If the U.S. Government knew all along that he was in Pakistan, why have our troops spent all these years in Afghanistan?

    – Why didn’t Obama keep OBL in captivity and wait for a slow news day next year to kill him and announce the news (just the way Bush did with Saddam Hussein)?

    – Why didn’t anybody photograph the body? What proof do we have that he’s really dead (or that it really was him)?

    • Alex

      “Sorry i took long getting my birth certificate, i was too busy killing Osama” :) EFF YOU DONALD TRUMP!! :D

    • Alex

      the speech that our president gave last night stated that they had a lead back in august and it firmed up last week and he was killed yesterday.

      they DO have a picture by the way.

    • nyc

      You know now that the Pakistan government knew he was there ! Why do we continue to give Pakistan sooo much money in aide ? They are not our friends and never have been !

    • G

      You are very misinformed. We didn’t know all along he was there. We had an idea since last August and only knew as of recently. Also just because he was in Pakistan the majority of the insurgency is in Afghanistan where they are very active.

      He wasn’t taken prisoner because they were not able to capture him. It’s not always possible to capture a person and judging by the fact they used a woman as a human shield they weren’t likely to surrender.

      Third the body was more than likely photographed. The probable reason the pictures have not been released is operational security. By releasing the pictures it will do more harm than good. It will give motivation to the terrorists/insurgents to have pictures of there “martyr.”

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  • Saajid

    Intelligent and educated people out there still beliebing after almost a decade that Osama’s Al-Quaida did that attack!! Come on people in broad day light you can see it’s an act of high precision and professionalism to coordinate and execute this job and not of amateurs! Unless you are wearing blinkers and and see only what it looks like. God is great and He sees everything unlike us human beings. God bless us all:)

    • Warakah

      It will not stop until Islam is eradicated. The source of hate, pride, and division of man.
      faithfreedom (dot) org

      • Maria

        Don’t hate the car if the driver is reckless my friend.

  • James

    Nice… Swin in Pig blood, Swine Bin Laden!

  • caleb

    All of the Satanic Dogs of Islam must perish.

  • MAK

    The mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 was Bush , Ramsfield and Wolfowitz

    • Conspiranoid Jones


      Incorrect. the mastermind behind 9/11 was none other than Rodney Allen Rippy.

    • R. G. White

      You conspiracy theorists are missing something very important. The Bible reveals a mastermind of evil, which fills in the missing pieces of the puzzle without the need for contorted theories. Thankfully, it also reveals the way for us to be saved, as well as the final end of sin and evil. Have a good day.

      • Roy G. Biv

        You bible-thumpers are missing something very important: the bible is man-made.
        Have a good day.

  • R. G. White

    “Fear of retailiation…” Really! You guys engage in unlawful imprisonment, torture, and extra-judicial killings, and your only fear is relatiation? There IS a God, you know. Bin Laden will meet his maker, and you will someday meet yours too. Think about it, O.K.?

    • rabi tonaca

      And bin laden is so fair right?

      I rather follow our government than your binladen

  • ali lusiba

    Its a success to all over the world but it cant be the end of terrorism- if injustices of US and its allies of Israel,Britain are still eminent all over the world.

    This is manifested in their operations in IRAQ,AFHAGN,PALESTINE AND NOW LIBYA where they are funding labels naked when all the world is watching them……………………………..A BIG SHAMEE…..BT BT BT PEACE LOVERS CONGS…..

  • zafar

    osama is alive & the 9,11 is done by bush not osama…

    • rabi tonaca

      oh, yeah sure if you say so Einstein!

  • May Lee

    Yes, all must be extra vigilant. The world is a big place. Even though the head is gone, there are still many brainwashed fanatics around…. There are still many hotpots that might just erupt; and we have to deal with each and every incident until the world can be a “safe” place…

  • Christine Shackleton

    I lost a friend who helped save my life. His name was Mr Oneill , who was head of FBI anti terrorism and was virtually forced to leave… enough said. His first day ….was a new job as head of security at WTC that must have included the third building CIA FBI etc and the attack came.
    Whatever there are some strange happenings we have seen on TV …from who was on what aircraft to… what was the aircraft …to water derivatives being held from California.
    Like MCK it all started evidently in 1964 and W stands for what surname and T and C , all on a piece of reclaimed land near where Cleopatras needle stood and was chased overseas, and British soldiers fought George Clintons men
    The fireball that was London Coventry or Dresden , Stalingrad was matched on that day

    • Jake

      Put down the bong.

  • Amad

    IS This a Joke The Americans Only Needed A Proof To show that what they had done in Afghanistan was right. Osama WAs Dead Years ago.

    • rabi tonaca

      and your momma to

  • hafidhu ally

    is true osama dea?

  • uhpul

    hope this is a really good news



  • MCK

    Obama got Osama! What do you say now Donald Trump? Need proof? Good job by our troops….and thank you! GO USA!!!

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