Heath Mayor Ratcliffe tells CBS11-TV there are calls for vigilance due to bin Laden’s death

DALLAS – City of Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas and former Anti-Terrorism Director under the Bush administration, told CBS11-TV in an interview yesterday that there are calls for heightened vigilance for national security after Usama bin Laden’s death for fears that some “sympathizers” might act alone “to exact some sort of revenge.”

A partner in the Ashcroft Law Firm, headed by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Ratcliffe said he has spoken recently with former colleagues in the FBI and Homeland Security to gain information.

He explained that although someone else will “technically” step in to replace Bin Laden, no one will be able “to duplicate the status that Osama Bin Laden” had.

“It’s really hard to overstate the importance of this event and his death – not just the fact that it occurred because he was the central figure in the War on Terror – but how he was killed at the hands of US forces,” said Ratcliffe. “It’s very significant.”

He also praised US forces for how well they completed their mission and added that Ashcroft told him yesterday how hopeful he is that the families of 9-11 victims may now find more closure.



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