Sunday, May 1, 2011 is a date that will forever be remembered as the day that Justice was finally served. Almost 10 years post 9-11 the American people got to hear the long awaited news that Al Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed at the hands of American Troops.
Late Sunday night news stations were frantic when they heard that President Obama was going to address the American people and it would have something to do with National Security. When the news stations finally confirmed that the press conference was to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, massive celebrations broke out in the streets and tears filled the eyes of many Americans.
About a week ago, U.S. forces found Al Qaeda’s master mind in a million-dollar compound just over an hour's drive from Pakistan's capital. U.S. officials said that four helicopters carrying CIA paramilitaries and a Navy Seal team conducted a nighttime raid on the compound and after about 40 minutes of fighting, Bin Laden, an adult son, one unidentified woman and two men were dead. And after a week of being on pins and needles while waiting for confirmation from a DNA test, the results were in and it was time to tell America that we finally got him.
U.S. forces were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years of tracking one of Bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Authorities discovered in August 2010 that the courier lived with his brother and their families in an unusual and extremely high-security building. The home is in Abbottabad, a town about 35 miles north of Islamabad, that is relatively affluent and home to many retired members of Pakistan's military.
The building sat on a large plot of land that was relatively secluded. Intense security measures included 12- to 18-foot outer walls topped with barbed wire and internal walls that sectioned off different parts of the compound. Two security gates restricted access, and residents burned their trash, rather than leaving it for collection as did their neighbors. Few windows of the three-story home faced the outside of the compound, and the terrace came complete with a seven-foot privacy wall.
This historic moment comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The four airplane hijackings orchestrated by Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda organization and carried out on that day killed more than 3,000 people, including 24 Canadians.
The attacks set off a chain of events that led the U.S. and its allies into wars in Afghanistan and then Iraq, and America's entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home.
However, one thing that all Americans and others alike need to remember while celebrating this milestone is that Osama Bin Laden's death does not end the threat of terrorism because sadly, others will take his place.
Osama Bin Laden's death is a major blow to Al Qaeda, and it could actually increase the threat of a domestic attack. Experts are warming "to be on full alert" for attacks by Islamic terrorists looking to avenge the killing of the movement's long-time spiritual leader.