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Triumphant Moment of OBL's Termination

 
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 In announcing the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden to the American people Sunday night, President Barack Obama thanked federal employees.Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who've worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.


Monday morning, CIA director Leon Panetta offered his congratulations to feds for their "outstanding expertise, amazing creativity and excellent tradecraft" in tracking down and launching the military strike that killed bin Laden.

Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, told Federal News Radio neither thanks nor congratulations are necessary.

"Whether it's the FBI or it's the inspector general community or one of our military law enforcement components or our land management folks, it's one team - one fight," said Adler.

A fight, added Adler, that's far from over. Given that Panetta warned that "terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge" the killing, anchor Amy Morris asked Adler if members of FLEOA are on alert too.

It's a good question Amy, we're always on alert, but as far as we're concerned, you know, God bless our military components for eradicating a vile cancer to humanity and we're prepared. We get up every morning. We live to defend the American citizenry. We live to affect justice. And irrespective of what they may see, what they may say, what they may attempt to do, we're going to carry on our mission with the same honor we do every single day, only today's a little bit different. Today's a moment of triumph for us. It shows both the American citizenry and the rest of the world that the indomitable American will stands strong and eternal, and we're going to continue to carry our our mission and we do it with honor. Whatever the press may ultimately report in terms of things said by these factions overseas, we're still going to do what we do what we do with our heart and our soul, which is defend our country with pride and honor.

As for where the law enforcement community goes from here, Adler said "this is a defining moment. It's a triumphant moment for us. I think and what I would like to send a message to perhaps Congress is that to continue funding domestic law enforcement is vital to this nation's security. So where do we go? We go as far and as strong as we're capable of, provided we have the requisite funding to operate. So I appeal to every member of Congress to recognize and fund us as mandatory security and not as a discretionary, disposable expense."

Adler, who was one of the first responders in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 said "it's not as though at one point we're sort of going to just, I guess, work ourselves out of a job where bad folks and terrorists just simply disappear. What we did was, we basically...brought closure to the heinous attack of 9/11," but, he said he's keenly aware the community wants to "aggressively do our very best" to pursue and capture terrorists to ensure something like 9/11 doesn't happen here again.