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Expert: bin Laden's death heightens need for Americans to report suspicious activity


When news broke that U.S. Navy SEALs had killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, Neville Cramer found himself in an unusual situation.

Cramer, a retired Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent and border security expert, was conducting anti-terrorism training courses in the Middle East at the time of bin Laden's death on May 1.

"I was absolutely thrilled, but I didn't know if standing in the middle of Jordan and celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden would have been completely a good thing," said Cramer, who returned to Scottsdale less than two weeks ago. "The vast majority of people in Jordan are Muslim, so it generated a strange situation. I didn't know whether to act happy or unhappy, but officials in Jordan said they were glad bin Laden was dead. Although Jordan has been a strong ally of the United States for decades and a number of Middle Eastern countries say they are committed to fighting terrorism, I think it would have been more of a problem had I been in Yemen."

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