SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — News that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden died in a firefight Sunday night has brought satisfaction and peace for some Bay Area policymakers.

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“Anyone who witnessed the events of 9/11 wanted to see a day of justice. This is that day,” said state Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York, was pronounced dead by President Obama in a late-night speech delivered from the White House’s East Room.

“The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon,” Obama said.

He said the terrorist leader had been killed in a U.S. military-organized firefight in Pakistan.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

“That he’s dead is part of the healing process,” said Harold Schapelhouman, chief at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. “But it really won’t change what was done. This doesn’t turn back the clock.”

Each year, fire district officials have been placing 343 American flags in honor of each firefighter that was killed in the Sept. 11 rescue effort, Schapelhouman said.

He said it was unclear if the district would do anything to honor bin Laden’s death.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“In the short term, this is a win for President Obama,” said Larry Gerston, a political science professor at San Jose State University.

“But a year from now, people won’t be thinking about what happened tonight. They’ll be thinking about the economy and about unemployment,” he said.

Gerston said he expects Bay Area law enforcement agencies to be on heightened alert for acts of terrorism in the coming days and months.

“Something we know about al-Qaida is that they don’t necessarily give tit-for-tat the day after an event,” he said. “If anything, this news will lead people to be more vigilant during the months to come, in the least.”

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Comments (28)
  1. anbiethc says:

    Somehow, I feel skeptical about Obama’s claim of Osama Bin Laden’s recent death. I have heard this story before, but because of millions of our soldiers died from Bin Laden’s army of death, I have some reason to doubt what Obama says is true. I still need more proof to help give me some clear indication that there is no massive coverup and it is not one of Al Qaida usual attempt to fool us.

    1. chris says:

      Are you high? What are you talking about?

    2. aavia says:

      Do you want short-form proof? Or long-form?

    3. Morris says:

      Remember that was your dumb a$$ President and his administration who said it the last time. If I was Obama I would have said “MIssion Accomplished” for real this time at the beginning of my speech!

  2. Gerhard Sneider says:

    1. You’ve heard stories of Bin Laden being killed before?
    (You’re watching Fox news too much).

    2. Millions of our soldiers died?
    (Not true).

    3. This is an Al Quada cover up?
    (Really, are you a Tea Party Freak?).

    1. patrick says:

      @Gerhard — someone who wants lower taxes is a freak? Someone who wants the idiot in the White House to stop spending money we don’t have is a freak? It is idiots like you that elect indiots like Obama — and idiots like you that honestly don’t get politics. Dude — how in the hell do you know if Bin Laden didn’t just die and they gave us his body to DNA? You ever heard the saying “wag the dog.” Ever heard of Pat Tillman?.

      1. Gerhard Sneider says:

        You tool, Tea Party is a dying fad. They came out as wanting lower taxes but the truth is out. Tea Baggers actually want increased spending. They want to take away services from middle class to give tax cuts to the wealthy. Pat Tillman ???? Why do you bring up a 3rd rate football player that joined the army because he got cut from football? His family wants you to believe he gave up millions fir his country. Not true. He was minimum wage $250k that got cut. No college degree. No future.
        You’re another conspiracy theorist. You ptobably don’t believe man landed on the moon.

  3. tonyj says:

    ““In the short term, this is a win for President Obama,” said Larry Gerston, a political science professor at San Jose State University.

    “But a year from now, people won’t be thinking about what happened tonight. They’ll be thinking about the economy and about unemployment,” he said.”

    DUH! We live in the age of Text Msg and twitter, this is short attention span podcast society we live in.

  4. JaneQPublic says:

    Let us savor the moment. Amen.

  5. MT says:

    “He said it was unclear if the district would do anything to ‘honor’ bin Laden’s death.”
    ??? This sounds really weird. Why do we want to honor his death?
    Glad that he was gone forever. Let him be forgotten. He succeeds if we keep his stories/ legacy alive.

  6. hopeitstrue says:

    If he got shot in the head he got off light… But, nonetheless, it did the job.

    This world is better off without him in it.

    Roast in Peace…

  7. Skeptical Liberal says:

    I’m skeptical that he’s really dead. Don’t you think that an at sea burial by the US Military immediately after he was killed is suspect? Does anyone know where his body really is now? I don’t think it’s an Al Qaiada cover up, but I am always skeptical of what the major news corporations tell me about Military activity.

    1. Lisa Chu Biakanja says:

      And did you see Elvis at the liquor store this morning?

      1. Susan says:

        And, of course, we know that the United States Government has never lied to its citizens, right Lisa?

    2. Morris says:

      What do you want? Public display of his body? Buried at sea, no trace of his body ever again, inability for his followers to give him a proper burial according to cultural standards. One man’s life who killed thousands is well worth never seeing him on another secret video or written letter claiming responsibility for another attack. It must have taken years for them to plan the attacks of 9/11 so if this gives us time before someone else claims leadership and comes up with another plan (which will eventually happen again) so be it. We are America and we will find terrorist and for those fews seconds before they are killed they will know the feeling of being victims of terror.

    3. Theresa says:

      I completely agree. I think it would make us feel even more assured that he really is dead if we could see photos, and a video of them dumping is lifeless body into the sea.

  8. Alan says:

    One good thing about Bin Laden’s death is the left & right are on the same page.

  9. practical says:

    OK they got the patsy….maybe. Now, let’s get the guys who ordered the NORAD standdown and the ordered the rigging of the bombs and thermate who really brought the buildings down!

  10. practical says:

    No one is going to cry for this guy (if thats really who it is..) but this doesn’t resolve ANY of the unanswered questions about 911.

  11. Jon says:

    Bravo Mr President,You did in 3 years what Bush jr could not do in 8..Nuff Said

  12. William Patrick Mosely says:

    As one stump-jumping old swamp critter, may I assure the cool readers here that I have jumped with the Seals, and I take their word for it without question. I have yet to meet up with more servicemen as dedicated as the Seals. I only wished to God I was invited to join them in their fire fight to terminate with extreme prejudice one dude named Osama bin ladin. I salute the cool Seals for their dedication. Airborne all the Way.SwampFox-82nd

  13. abc says:

    Today should be a national holiday!

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  16. Mark says:

    Well done. Burried out at (or plunged into) sea. Keeps other extremists from building a shrine at the foot of his grave and keeping his ideologies alive.
    Too bad we didn’t strap him to a plane and send it into Momar’s bunker. 2-for-1 deal.

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