Grand Lodge News


2 MAY 2011                                               



FOP President Canterbury Applauds U.S. Operation Resulting Bin Laden Death

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, shared the sentiments of all Americans with the news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed yesterday after a successful U.S. military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

�This is a victory not only of the United States over the forces of terrorism, but of justice over injustice,� Canterbury said.  �Seventy-two law enforcement officers lost their lives on 9/11 and seventy-two families have been grieving since that day.  It is my hope that these families, and those of the thousands of victims from 9/11 and other attacks planned by this mass murderer, can perhaps gain a small measure of comfort and closure that this architect of evil has met his end.�

Yesterday, the U.S. military launched a targeted military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan and raided a secure compound where Osama bin Laden had been hiding.  The terrorist leader was killed in the operation.

�It has been ten years since 9/11 and it may be ten years more before the United States has finally ended the terrorist threat,� Canterbury said.  �But we will not lose confidence in the justice of our cause and will draw strength from the courage shown by the men and women in the NYPD and NYFD who lost there lives on that tragic day.  We will not forget.�


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