Washington DC - House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith (WA - 09) released the following statement after President Obama announced this evening that Osama Bin Laden has been killed:

"Osama Bin Laden orchestrated a devastating attack on our nation nearly 10 years ago designed to destroy our way of life. Since that day, he has continued to call for the death of innocent Americans and those who disagree with his distorted, violent ideology.

"His death is a victory for all those who champion freedom around the world and sends a resounding message to violent extremists who seek to do our country harm.

"I applaud the hard work of our men and women in the armed services and intelligence community, the President and all the individuals who have worked tirelessly to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice."