(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's top senior senators released separate statements Monday following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Senator Daniel Inouye said:
"I am pleased that the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks has been brought to justice after nearly a decade. While the death of Osama Bin Laden brings some solace to those who lost loved ones to the terror and violence of al-Qaeda, we must work to ensure that no one takes his place and that America and our allies remain vigilant against the threats posed by international terrorist organizations. I would like to commend the intelligence community and the brave men and women in uniform who placed themselves in harm's way in order to end the threat posed by this terrorist."
Senator Daniel Akaka said:
"Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor, is dead.
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.
I am pleased to see the nation unite around this significant milestone. However, we 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."