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It remains to be seen how much the death of Osama bin Laden will cripple al-Qaida's ability to mount terror attacks. Rep. John Tierney says that the United States must always be vigilant and pro-active in protecting its citizens, even after bin Laden's death.

Osama bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location in this television image from an Al-Jazeera broadcast, in this Oct. 7, 2001, file image. (AP)
Osama bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location in this television image from an Al-Jazeera broadcast, in this Oct. 7, 2001, file image. (AP)

"Terrorism has been a persistent problem since 9/11 — and actually before that but we've had a heightened awareness of it since 9/11 — and it's not going to go away overnight," Tierney said.

Despite the persistent threat, bin Laden's death was a victory for the U.S., according to Tierney.

"On the strategic level, I think he very much was not just a symbol of al-Qaida and all of the offshoots of that, but I think he was the one that really focused...on the Western powers," Tierney said.

We speak with Tierney about the country's security risks in the post-bin Laden world.

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This segment aired on May 2, 2011.

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