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Maine Leaders React to Death of Osama Bin Laden 

Maine’s two senators and congressional leaders are weighing in on the killing of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden Sunday.Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:”This welcome news is a credit to our intelligence efforts and brings to justice the architect of the attacks on our country that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.”Senator Olympia Snowe released this statement:“(This) marks an historic and seminal moment for our nation and the world as it has been confirmed that Osama bin Laden – who was responsible for the single deadliest attack on American soil – is dead.”We are all a different people in America as a result of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, that are etched upon the landscape of our consciousness for all time.  Out of the rubble on September 11th rose our resolve, out of despair grew our determination, and out of the hate that was perpetrated upon us proudly stood our humanity.  We illustrated in word and deed that the iconic American spirit is stronger and more permanent than any pain or suffering that can be inflicted upon us.  If the likes of Osama bin Laden laid bare the unimaginable cruelties of which humankind is capable, it also imbued forever within our minds the heights to which the human spirit can rise – even and especially in the face of mortality.“The resilience we recaptured as a country remains pressed upon our national psyche and the memory of the inspirational sacrifices of so many heroic Americans who perished that September morning will forever have a home in our hearts and our prayers – as will all whose lives were tragically cut short by the hands of such ruthlessness.“I think about all of the soldiers who willingly joined the military specifically to fight because of what happened on 9-11, and the sacrifices of their families and the lives that have been lost.  Indeed, we are forever grateful to the brave men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community who have laid their own lives on the line to keep our homeland safe and secure.  Without their valiant efforts and unwavering dedication, this momentous moment in our nation’s history would not have been possible.”This statement from Congressman Mike Michaud:“All Americans remember with vivid detail the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.