Monday, May 2, 2011

High Alert for Americans in Wake of Bin Laden Death

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

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Look at the FBI's Most Wanted list this morning and you'll see that Osama bin Laden's status has been updated. A large red-and-white "deceased" label now matches bin Laden's photograph (nine other highly sought after terrorists remain on the list, including Bin Laden's deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri).

In the wake of bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals, law enforcement agencies across the United States have added security measures with what one called "an abundance of caution." The U.S. State Department is urging all American citizens traveling or living abroad to limit travel outside of their homes or hotels. The State Department is also urging Americans to avoid mass gatherings or demonstrations.

Mountain Home Air Force Base has assumed Force Protection Condition BRAVO, warning base personnel that they can expect extended delays at gate entrances and heightened security activities associated with the alert.

Idaho's congressional delegation welcomed the news of Bin Laden's death but urged caution.

"Bin Laden's death carries huge symbolism and is a blow to the al-Qaeda network," said Republican Sen. Mike Crapo. "But it does not end the threats to our country and American citizens."

"We should be proud of what is operation achieved," said Republican Sen. Jim Risch. "But we must also remain vigilant in the war on terror because al-Qaeda and others are determined to bring destruction to America and our allies."

"President Obama and former President Bush deserve praise for their resolve in following through on this long mission of justice," said Republican Rep. Raul Labrador.

"While we celebrate this news," said Republican Rep. Mike Simpson. "It is important that we remember the victims of terrorism and offer our gratitude to the men and women of our nation who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms."

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