Bin Laden's Death Brings On Mixed Emotions 5-02-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Bin Laden's Death Brings On Mixed Emotions 5-02-2011

Osama bin Laden's death seems to have a special significance for any soldier, especially the ones who served in Afghanistan.
U.S. troops killed the al-Qaida chief, along with four others, in a Sunday raid in Pakistan.
In the information age, word of bin Laden's death came to one Mid-Michigan soldier via an early morning text. Former soldier and current police Officer Rick Thompson recalls what it was like to read the news. “It was great news first off, I got chills, it's a great feeling,” said Thompson.
Thompson is still active in the Army reserves. He’s a drill sergeant with the 95th Division and has served the country for 14 years. During that time, he spent a year in Afghanistan.
“It's been a long time coming,” said Thompson. “I think it adds credibility to our mission, and it definitely shows the rest of the world that we are serious about hunting these people down and taking care of them.”
Because of his service, many of Thompson's friends and family thought of him when they heard the news. He said he got text messages and Facebook posts throughout the day.
“It's great to see the flag flying again and people celebrating, saying 'USA, USA.' It's good,” said Thompson.
Now that the mastermind behind 9/11 is dead, service men and women, past and present told TV5 this day represents so much.
“For so long, Osama bin Laden has been the face of that terror that we've been fighting,” explained Thompson. “So [his death] is very important to us and again, it sends a great message.”

Near Detroit, a group of prominent Michigan Muslims said they welcome news about Osama bin Laden's death and urge the U.S. government to release as much information as possible.
The executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says Monday that bin Laden was "a criminal." Dawud Walid says bin Laden was "a murderer who met his justice."
Walid was one of a half-dozen leaders speaking at the Islamic civil rights group's state offices in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.
Imam Abdullah Bey El-Amin of the Muslim Center in Detroit says it's important for credibility and to ease doubters' minds that the government provides details about the raid, bin Laden's death and the disposal of his body.
Meanwhile, among the hundreds who joyously gathered outside the White House early Monday morning to mark the death of bin Laden was the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan told reporters in a conference call that he tried to hide his identity by taking off his glasses. He said it didn't work.
Levin was at an airport in Detroit on Sunday night when he received a call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates informing him of the U.S. military operation and bin Laden's death. When he arrived in the Washington area around 2 a.m., he and his wife, Barbara, headed to the White House to see "the young people pouring their hearts out."
Levin said it was a moment all Americans wanted to participate in.
Closer to home, Michigan homeland security officials are urging citizens to remain vigilant in the wake of bin Laden's death.
Michigan State Police director and homeland security adviser Kriste Kibbey Etue said in a statement Monday afternoon there is no known threat to Michigan.
Etue said Michigan officials continue to monitor the situation and remain in touch with federal homeland security officials. Etue said that given the "uncertainty and potential volatility" after bin Laden's death, it's important for residents to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.
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