INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ex-Sept. 11 Commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton says the death of Osama bin Laden deals a psychological blow to al-Qaeda because he was its symbolic leader who inspired followers with his periodic pronouncements.
The former Indiana Democratic congressman tells WIBC-FM that burying bin Laden at sea was a shrewd move because it prevents his remains from becoming a shrine for his followers.
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and says bin Laden's death is welcome news but doesn't eliminate the threat of the terrorism he espoused.
Rep. Mike Pence is vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and says Americans are safer today. Pence also says the public must remain vigilant against ongoing terror threats.