WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death is pouring in from lawmakers.

Adam May has more.

There are a lot of questions as to what’s next in the war in Afghanistan and some new concerns about homeland security.

The death of Osama bin Laden, planned since August, was no surprise to some lawmakers, aware of the operation for months.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger spoke between top secret security briefings.

“We had to get in there quick.  I believe the whole operation took 40 minutes—go in, take care of him, get his body,” Ruppersberger said.

Congressman Elijah Cummings sees this as the turning point of the war on terror.

“I think the president is assessing things very carefully,” Cummings said.  “It may involve getting out faster, it may involve staying a little longer, but I think people now are more likely to trust his judgment.”

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up at military bases and airports.

“We still have to be ready for other attacks,” Ruppersberger said. 

It was an unforgettable moment for Senator Barbara Mikulski.

“I must tell you I sense a great sense of relief.  I have the same feeling as I had when I was a little girl and we heard that Hitler died during World War II.  My response was good riddance,” she said.

Late Monday afternoon, Ruppersberger had another update from the CIA.  Most of this information is classified. 

Comments (7)
  1. Rosemarie Ceo says:

    This war started with bin laden, as it should end with him, or maybe it just open up a can of worms, my son Cpl Bernard Lawrence Ceo, gave his life for this country, as his Mother and friend it has put my life in a turmoil, the detail of his death along with his fellow man that he died with its tjust too painful for me to speak of rigth now, I have ingratiate myself with different organizations to soften the blow of his death, that does not help but it keeps me moving on..I want everyone to know that although i share the title of being a Gold Star Mom, it does not come with out pain, a pain that never goes away….

    1. Ted Steel says:

      I hope you find peace. All Americans salute you, your son, and your sacrifice.

  2. sheriff says:

    We could have gotten Bin Laden years ago if we sent in Milkulski into Pakistan with a promise to marry him. He would have surrendered on the spot or dropped dead of a heart attack.

  3. Miguel Bobadilla says:

    Aren’t these the same Md. Officials that are against the Death Penalty in Maryland ?????

    1. TJN72 says:

      Your right on. I ‘d like to see how they would response to your question

  4. Angela Johnson says:

    Bin Laden Isen’t dead. Its all a lie.

  5. MDTaxesYouEarlyAndOften says:

    the democrats are good at raiding my wallet for tax money.

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