Even before President Barack Obama officially announced that the U.S. military had successfully attacked and killed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, social media network sites began to light up.
Facebook walls across the Bay Area and across the country lit up with word that Bin Laden was dead. Twitter posts also started popping around 7:30 p.m.
It seems that most of us here in the Bay Area used the Internet to spread the word, instead of the old fashioned telephone.
Television networks broke away from prime time drama series to go live to New York and Washington, D.C. studios for special reports. NBC corespondant Chuck Todd said that he got the word via text that included three lettters: "BFD."
After several apparent delays, Mr. Obama came out and announced to the world at 8:35 p.m. California time that a small team of Americans carried out the deadly attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains to make absolute certain that he was indeed the terrorist leader.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer issued the following statement:
"Almost ten years ago, after the horrific attacks of 9/11, I voted to go after Osama bin Laden to make sure justice prevailed. Today the world knows that he has paid the ultimate price for what he did.
His death doesn’t lessen the tragic loss of all those killed by al Qaeda, or the pain of their loved ones, but it closes a chapter on his unspeakable act.
I thank the President for his determination and I thank all the brave members of our Armed Forces who risked everything to carry out this mission of justice."
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi had these words:
"The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaeda. I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. It is a testament to the professionalism of our dedicated national security professionals that no American lives were lost in this operation.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I hope that today’s action provides some comfort to the 9/11 families who lost loved ones in the devastating attacks on our shores.
Though the death of Osama bin Laden is historic, it does not diminish our relentless pursuit of terrorists who threaten our country."
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