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U.S. Takes Out Murderer Osama bin Laden: “A Great Day For the U.S.”

Mike Klein

Georgia’s United States senators, Governor Nathan Deal and the state’s thirteen congressmen were united in praise on Monday for the U.S. military hit that killed Osama bin Laden.   Congressman Austin Scott released a YouTube video that you can watch here.  Congressman David Scott issued a succinct statement on Facebook: “A great day for the U.S.”

Osama bin Laden masterminded the September 11, 2001 attack against the United States, along with many other incidents during two decades of terrorist violence. Bin Laden was shot in the head and killed when U.S. forces stormed his compound in Pakistan.  President Barack Obama announced the successful hit on bin Laden during a late Sunday evening live broadcast from the White House.

Governor Nathan Deal:
“We celebrate this victory against an embodiment of evil, and we remember and mourn the thousands of innocents who died at the hands of this murderer. Today, our great nation showed once again that we will stop at nothing to defeat those who threaten our people with terrorism.”

Senator Saxby Chambliss:
“This is a historic moment for the U.S. special operations and intelligence communities. I highly commend the special operations units who undertook this mission and carried it out. The CIA and others in the U.S. intelligence community did a phenomenal job over several months in carrying out this assignment.”  An early version of the Chambliss statement said there were no injuries to women and children; that part was retracted after U.S. officials said one woman who was being used as a human shield was killed.

Senator Johnny Isakson:
“This is an historic moment that brings to a close an unfortunate chapter in American history. This day comes as a result of the hard work by the Central Intelligence Agency, the national security agencies and especially our military. We have hunted down and killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, but we must not stop here. The threat of terrorism still exists and we must remain steadfast in our mission to eradicate it around the globe.”

Congressman Jack Kingston (1st):
“What happens in the Hereafter to a man whose life caused the death of so many innocent people is left up to God.  Our job is to continue the fight against terrorism which he – on tragic day – raised to the highest level.  “His legacy in America is more government security, more check points, less personal freedom, more war and an end to our relative isolation and peace as we knew it.  While the world is better off without him, his hatred lives on in his followers and we must remain ever vigilant on their next move.”

Congressman Sanford Bishop (2nd):
“We all remember where we were on September 11th when Al Qaeda attacked our country, but today we have finally brought the mastermind of those terrorist attacks to justice. I congratulate President Obama, our military and the intelligence community for conducting a successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. While this is a great moment in the war on terror, the threat from those who wish to harm our country will continue, and we must remain vigilant.”

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (3rd):
“Today is a great day for America.  After years of searching for the terrorist behind the most massive strike on American soil since World War II, we have finally killed Osama Bin Laden.  This is a huge victory for our troops and I would like to personally thank them for all they have done for us.  This historic victory is also due to our Intelligence Community and all of our international partners in the War on Terror.  Without their work and support, we would never have been able to achieve this.  The backbone of al-Qaeda is no more.”

Congressman Hank Johnson (4th):
“This victory in the ongoing fight against violent extremism shows the resolve of the American people and the leadership of President Obama. We are grateful to U.S. intelligence personnel and military forces who carried out this essential mission and brought Osama bin Laden to justice.”

Congressman John Lewis (5th):
“I am not one to rejoice in the death of any person, but Osama bin Laden took the lives of thousands of innocent people in this country and around the world.   He committed heinous crimes that ended the hopes and dreams of many courageous public servants … Many people left home for work that day never to return. Today thousands of families are missing their fathers and mothers, sons and daughters due to the violence this man fomented and supported.  His terrorism changed not only individual lives, but it promoted an environment of fear and the need for ever-ready security to assure the defense of this nation and others around the world.”  (Edited for Length)

Congressman Tom Price (6th):
“Confirmation of the death of Osama bin Laden is welcome news to freedom loving people around the globe. Evil has met justice. The brave men and women of our military forces and intelligence services are to be commended for their defense of our liberty and freedom.  May God Bless America.”

Congressman Rob Woodall (7th):
“The news that Osama bin Laden has been located and killed by U.S. troops is uplifting and sobering at the same time.  We all remember where we were and what we were doing when the hijacked planes crashed on American soil.  We will all now remember where we were and what we were doing when the President of the United States announced that the man with the blood of more than 3,000 Americans on his hands is no longer a threat to America.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks, for the soldiers overseas who are still working to keep our homeland safe, and the families that wait so patiently for their return.”

Congressman Austin Scott (8th):

Congressman Tom Graves (9th):
“For the victims of 9/11, U.S.S. Cole, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and countless other terror attacks across the globe, justice has finally been brought to the chief perpetrator of those evils, Osama bin Laden.  Not only is this a great day for America, but also for all in the world who cherish freedom and democracy … May God bless our fighting men and women, their families, and all who continue the work of bringing justice to those who have attacked or threaten terror against the United States.” (Edited for Length)

Congressman Paul Broun (10th):
“I am elated to learn that Osama bin Laden, an enemy with so much blood on his hands, has finally been brought to justice.  I congratulate our brave men and women in uniform who fought tirelessly to secure this victory, and I encourage all Americans to remember those who paid the ultimate price while fighting the War on Terror. We will forever be grateful. I also commend President Barack Obama, our Commander in Chief, for authorizing this strategic operation, as well as President Bush for initially launching our counterattack after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.” (Edited for Length)

Congressman Phil Gingrey (11th):
“The death of the terror mastermind, Osama bin Laden, is a victory for Americans and all those who believe in the principles of freedom and justice. The horrific attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001 began a relentless pursuit for the death or capture of bin Laden. This news proves that – no matter how long it takes – we will not rest until those who kill Americans have been brought to justice.”  (Edited for Length)

Congressman John Barrow (12th):  
“This is a true victory for our country, and it shows that Americans are committed to fighting terrorism wherever it hides, and for however long it takes.  Our military leaders, intelligence community, and brave men and women who executed the raid that killed bin Laden special commendation today.  These folks have never wavered in their commitment to our country, and our entire nation is grateful for their service.  Anyone who attacks America needs to know that our people and our country will not rest until justice is done.”

Congressman David Scott (13th)
“A great day for the U.S.”

Quotes were compiled from official websites and statements to news organizations.

(Mike Klein is Editor at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation)

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Four Terrific Videos Show Learning is Viral, Mobile, Interactive, Independent

Mike Klein

Ask anyone from the baby boomer generation about our youthful learning and you will likely find a common thread:  Learning took place in a classroom where we listened to teachers and recited things we read in books.  Success was measured by how much we could regurgitate.

Today learning is viral and mobile.  It is interactive and independent.  Clunky books are losing ground to online lessons.  Success is often the ability to use deductive reasoning to establish the relationship between facts.  The teacher might be online.  Classmates might also be there.

The internet contains many examples of this new style learning.  We found a few that really illuminate what is possible in modern learning.  Here you will be introduced to Georgia students whose learning literally takes them around the world, and to Cartersville students who use the Georgia Virtual School credit recovery project.  And there is so much more.

Have you seen a great education video?  Tell us and we will pass it along.  My Georgia Public Policy Foundation mail address is mikeklein@gppf.org.  Get in touch.  Now, here are some terrific learning video resources:

Flat Classroom Conference: A Vision of the Future

Georgia educator Vicki Davis and her partner Julie Lindsay brought students from Georgia and around the world to Qatar for the 2009 Flat Classroom Conference.  This video is their story.  Conferences were held in Mumbai, India in 2010 and Beijing, China in 2011.

Georgia Virtual School Credit Recovery

Georgia Virtual School is the state Department of Education’s online learning project that is available to high school students statewide.  Credit Recovery is online learning for students who need to repeat a course they initially failed in a traditional classroom.  This video introduces you to GAVS credit recovery students at Woodland High School in Cartersville.

Online Learning: A Terrific Alternative for Parents

Author John Watson and Chicago Virtual Charter School founder Sharon Hayes explain why some students achieve better results with online learning than inside traditional classrooms. Hayes is a former principal in Chicago city and suburban area high schools.  We also hear from Pennsylvania parent Linda Dupes whose children participate in an online charter school.\

Virtual Learning: A Day in the Life of the Brems Family

Meet John, Ellie and Emma Brems and their parents Mindy and Bob.  The kids are Connections Academy students.  One room in their house is their classroom-at-home.  Here is a real world example of one family’s successful interaction with online learning.  Connections Academy will offer courses to Georgia students beginning this fall.

(Mike Klein is Editor at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation)

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