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U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Rep. John W. Olver, react to bin Laden's death

May 2, 2011
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SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, pointed out Monday to reporters gathered at the Federal Court House in here that the United States did not share its plans for the operation that killed Osama bin Laden with the government of Pakistan.

“That’s because there have been leaks in the intelligence service in Pakistan,” Neal said. “I hope this is a chance for us to reset our relationship with Pakistan. But there needs to be a realization that Pakistan has not been an honest neighbor in the fight against terrorism.”

Neal congratulated President Barack Obama as well as former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

“I think what you are seeing here is the new war on terror beginning ,” Neal said. “This operation was carried out by a small group of extremely competent individuals.”

U.S. Rep. John W. Olver released a statements saying the killing is proof that the United States won’t tolerate indiscriminate killing .

“I salute the intelligence community and our military forces for their tireless work in successfully carrying out this mission. Osama bin Laden has been the face of global terrorism for many years, and we must now build on his death to reduce terrorism around the world,” Olver wrote. “ This will take continued preparedness, resiliency, resourcefulness, international cooperation, and diplomacy. I will work with President Obama and congressional leaders as we take additional steps to reduce terrorism.”



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