Blunt, McCaskill Respond to bin Laden's Death

May 2, 2011

Senator Roy Blunt spoke with members of the press Monday to share his reaction about the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Blunt says he had no prior knowledge of the planned attacks to take out Osama bin Laden. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, he says that American intelligence officials have been working leads since 2005 concerning the whereabouts of bin Laden. He says he feels the ten year wait for justice is over. Blunt said he supported the president’s decision to execute a direct attack instead of an air strike.

“It was worth the extraordinary risk to individuals to go in and get bin Laden. I think the president’s decision not to bomb the compound, but to be able to verify as someone did earlier this morning, through DNA, that this was bin Laden,” said Blunt.

In a statement released by the Missouri National Guard, heightened security has been implemented as a result of bin Laden’s death. The Guard adds that no threat has been identified, but this increased measure is indefinite.

In a written statement, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said justice had been delivered with the death of Osama bin Laden. She also extended thanks to the intelligence community and military personnel for their service and making this operation successful.