Residents not overly concerned about retaliation from al-Qaeda
Published 4:30 pm, Thursday, May 5, 2011
After 10 years of searching for the most wanted man in the world, the United States scored a major victory with the death of Osama bin Laden; however, concerns about safety elicit a mixed reaction from residents.
After it was announced that a team successfully infiltrated a mansion occupied by bin Laden and killed him, members of al-Qaeda vowed retaliation for the death of their leader. Security across the country and around the world has been increased significantly to deter any possible attacks, but some residents are concerned something could slip through.
Karen Smith, who works as a clerk in the probate judge's office, said she would expect some sort of retaliation from al-Qaeda as a result of bin Laden's death.
"I absolutely believe we can expect to see retaliation," Smith said.
Smith said she is becoming more aware of her surroundings because of the possibility of an attack.
"I'm not worried at all about any kind of retaliation and I don't find myself paying more attention to what is going on around me than I did before," Hannett said.
Democratic Selectman David Bayne, who commutes into the city on a regular basis, said he wasn't afraid of a potential terror attack.
"If you live your life in fear then you'll never do anything," Bayne said. "I don't think bin Laden's death will trigger anything they weren't already planning. I don't find myself particularly alert because we've been at a more heightened awareness since the 9/11 attacks."