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Former Vice-Chairman Of 9/11 Commission Gives Perspective

A member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council says even though Osama bin Laden is dead, the threat from Al-Qaida still exists. Speaking at a Rotary club meeting Tuesday, former vice-chairman of the September 11 Commission Lee Hamilton said after searching for Osama bin Laden for more than 15 years, the news of his death certainly came as good news.

“He was the world’s number one most wanted, a mass murderer, and he has caused untold sorrow to the American people in many ways,” said Hamilton.

He said security measures and government drastically changed after the September 11 attacks.

“He’s had a profound impact on American it’s good to see him gone, but the demise of Osama Bin Laden does not mean the demise of Al-Qaida.”

The Afghanistan War is now the longest war in the history of the United States. The next step for the country is to achieve a negotiated end to the war.

“The question now is whether we can strike a political deal with the Taliban,” he said. “We’d like the government to reasonably govern that country, it may not be achievable, but we’ll try to do it.”

Hamilton served in Congress for more than 30 years.

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