Elite U.S. soldier's perspective: Bin Laden's dead, but 'it's not over'
A U.S. Army soldier rides through the streets of Kandahar, Afghanistan, three months after 9/11.
May 2nd, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Elite U.S. soldier's perspective: Bin Laden's dead, but 'it's not over'

A soldier in a special forces unit based in Georgia told CNN on Monday that while the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is cause for celebration, elite military units have sprung into high alert.

“A lot of guys got their security clearances elevated due to what happened last night,” said Lamont, who didn’t give his last name because of what he said were security reasons. “I lot of people got called back” overseas, he said, adding that his unit already was scheduled for deployment as early as two weeks ago.

The U.S. special forces operation that killed bin Laden took place Sunday at a mansion in Abbottabad, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

Lamont, who's been in the service for 17 years, called into Atlanta radio station WVEE-FM (V-103) on Monday morning to voice support for U.S. troops. "I didn't call for the glorification for ourselves," he told CNN. "We don’t do this for the praise, but I wanted to do this for other servicemen."

Lamont said while Americans celebrated the death of bin Laden, it was a time of vigilance for elite military units. “It’s a joyous time, don’t get me wrong, but we also have to look for what’s to come. It's not over."

Referring to the al Qaeda terrorist network, Lamont said, "You've got people who are trying to prove themselves and it’ll come down to, 'We want to avenge his death,' which is something (bin Laden) most definitely taught them."

Anti-terror experts agreed Monday, saying the demise of bin Laden doesn't necessarily reduce the terrorist threat.

"Al Qaeda is weakened. But it doesn't mean that the United States has no challenges," Steven L. Spiegel, director for the Center for Middle East Development at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Monday.

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  1. Amerie

    I agree. Just like any group, if their leader passes (or especially is murdered), you can bet there is a game plan to follow for retaliation and a man waiting in the wings. They are now filled with even more anger and passion to hurt US. I might be a bit more worried now, than I have been the past year.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nefsek

    "Elite soldiers" don't announce themselves as such and do not call into news stations. Also, what "had security clearances elevated" means is beyond me. Security clearances don't get elevated in such fashion. Utter buffoonery from this guy.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      You are absolutely correct. If anything the fpcons on bases may go up a level or two depending on if it is a spec ops base or not. And he couldnt give his name for security reasons, bologna. If he was an elite soldier he (nt that we even call them tht) would have a ts and def wouldnt be voicing his opinion nor his level of expertise on a local radio station

      May 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Who were the others killed with him? It'd be great if they were his 'heirs' lol

    May 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Betty Hughes

    This is an awesome time for our country, we should all unite and give thanks that this horrid man is gone from the earth. Thanks to our wonderful military and national security and president who placed this matter as Priority #1!! Maybe now we can experience a time of healing. God bless America.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SABC

    "have sprang"???? Could your writers not have changed this to be correct – have sprung?

    All language aside, there are many bad times still ahead. However, I am glad Osama is GONE. Good work soldiers. I am proud to be an American, with much thanks to our military men and women.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bryan

    Steven Spielberg should direct this striking story " NAVY SEAL TEAM 6" it will become a block buster!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey

    "Give thanks?"
    I'm very glad that our side killed our enemy bin Laden.
    I hope that Betty Hughes's comment was not a call to "give thanks" to God, as I do not presume to know that God caused bin Laden's death on America's behalf.
    Osama bin Laden and many others praised God for bringing down the WTC on 9/11.
    On just which side is God fighting?
    I want to be sure that the right side gives God the glory and thanks.
    The side not being favored should keep silence regarding thanksgiving, yet pray to God to change His mind.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • micheal

      yea at least it was the other way around.... osama killing obama

      May 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael L

    "Elite soldiers" means we won't know who they were and it needs to be kept that way. Thanks to who ever pulled the trigger .... many thanks and GJ!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tony

    Christianity got started in a similar fashion. A lot of historians think that the developed Jesus and Barabbas characters had the same origins .

    May 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. moggy6actual

    Sounds like a crank call to me.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    Don't forget that, according to Islam, "God is the greatest."

    May 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elijah

    This is far from over there gonna avenge his death the sloiders know that a day of recking is coming so be ready.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    today in my neigboring country germany a terrorist plot was revealed and the suspects
    where taken in custody (ironicly on the day bin laden was killed) so i guess
    western sociatys have to get use to islamic fundamentalist terrorism, afer all they have been confronted with terroris threats before (germany,RAF,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Army_Faction) after the iron curtain came down left wing terrorist organisations like the raf dissolved. so i believe islamic fundamentalist terrorism
    will dissolve when the standard of living in islamic countrys will improve

    May 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Reporting on a guy who called into a radio station? C,mon CNN, this guy is almost certainly a poser. “A lot of guys got their security clearances elevated due to what happened last night”-you might want to look into that statement, sounds ridiculous if you know anything about "elite forces" and "security clearances."

    May 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    The data recovered from the Bin Laden compound, including computer disks, could provide 'actionable intelligence" pretty quickly, depending on how good (or bad) Bin Laden's IT staff was. If it does, some operators may need different (not necessarily higher – information is compartmentized on a "need to know" basis, not just levels) security clearances to see intel for their next missions. If Bin Laden was sloppy (unlikley in my judgement), there may be far more time-sensitive targets then the currently cleared operators can handle.

    CNN shouldn't have needed a phone call to figure this out. In the wake of 9/11 the special forces guys reported to bases and started packing immediately. I'm sure they did the same yesterday as soon as they heard the news.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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