DeWine: Anti-terrorism campaign 'must remain vigilant'

By John O'Brien | May 2, 2011


COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a former member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, reacted Monday to the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

President Barack Obama announced bin Laden's death Sunday night, explaining that the leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda was found in a compound in Pakistan and killed after a firefight with American forces. Bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks.

DeWine was a member of the Senate when the attacks occurred.

"Today, we remember all of the men and women who have died at the hands of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden," DeWine said.

"We pray for them and for their families. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, America must remain vigilant in our anti-terrorist and counter-intelligence activities. As a member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee both before and after 9/11, I know how vital American intelligence efforts are to maintaining our safety and security."

Obama thanked intelligence professionals in his speech Sunday, saying, "The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice."

DeWine was elected attorney general of Ohio in November. He spent 12 years as a U.S. senator.

From Legal Newsline: Reach John O'Brien by e-mail at jobrienwv@gmail.com.

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