Osama bin Laden has been dead for a year, but are we any safer?

Some say yes, some say no

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - We continue to follow a developing story out of Afghanistan where President Obama landed late this afternoon, our time, paying a surprise visit, landing under the cover of darkness.

Mister Obama signed a cooperation agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, on  the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

So with the biggest name in terror, dead, are we Americans any safer?

9-11 will forever be in the memory of Americans and people across the world.

For nearly 10 years  the United States hunted for Osama bin Laden. His  death will always serve as a reminder of the United States persistent efforts to bring him down.

"I don't think anything has changed in terms of security, says Barbara DeGeorge,  an expert on Middle Eastern studies. She says although bin Laden is dead, his ideas are still alive and well with those like him who have yet to be caught.

"I wish I could say it changed, I wish I could say it diminished the terrorist cells but I don't believe it has," says DeGeorge

And neither does Tony Lathome, a native New Yorker. "It's just a matter of time when something else is going to happen, but you have to go on living like a normal person i don't think twice about it," says Lathome.

While the thoughts of another attack looms with some, others say they feel safer because of bin Laden's death.

"I think we are much safer because of our president," says Francine Weitzman.

"I was there when 911 took place and when I go back to NY I also feel safer," says Sherry Zekowski.

It was May 1, 2011 when President Obama made the call to enter a compound in Abbotobad, Pakistan, where intelligence agencies believed there was a strong possibility the mastermind behind 9-11 was living.

His death while a major breakthrough for the U.S., to some it's not enough to stop terrorism in its tracks.

DeGeorge says if another attack is to happen,  it could be awhile before anyone's sees it. "We see a period of time, a lengthy period of time goes by between their actions."

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