POSTED: 3:44 p.m. HST, May 3, 2011
Hawaii's Congressional representatives praised President Obama and U.S. security forces following the announced death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden nearly 10 years after he orchestrated the deadly attacks on the United States.
"The people of Hawaii, the American people, and people across the globe who desire peace and security are rejoicing and relieved at the demise of Osama bin Laden, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, (D-2nd District), said in a statement.
"As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees who has closely examined the terrorist threat in the decade since 9/11, I commend the tenacity of the intelligence and military personnel that led to this victory. I applaud President Obama for his unwavering commitment to bring bin Laden to justice," U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka said in his statement.
But Akaka tempered his remarks, saying the U.S. "must not lose sight of the many national security challenges that still confront us. Our dedicated service members remain on the front lines in Afghanistan, and Al-Qaeda continues operations across the globe. We must remain vigilant and determined in our efforts to protect the American people."
Hirono said the U.S. must and will remain "ever-vigilant" in the face of any threat to homeland security.
"But, on President Obama's order, justice has been served for those who perished on September 11th, 2001 and an earthshaking blow has been delivered against those who would do us harm. For this, the people of Hawaii and the United States are deeply grateful," Hirono said.
"I am enormously proud of President Obama, our U.S. intelligence agencies, and our U.S. military personnel for their persistence and precision, their discipline and decisiveness, in bringing the world-wide manhunt for Osama bin Laden to its successful conclusion. Their leadership and performance represent a shining example of America at her best," she said.
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-1st District) was on a plane from Honolulu to Chicago when the news of bin Laden's death broke, her spokeswoman said.
"I commend President Obama, his security team, our men and women in uniform and everyone who played a role in this historic accomplishment. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I hope this moment brings some comfort and justice to the victims and their families - and may it also send a clear message to those who wish harm upon the United States," Hanabusa said in her statement.