WASHINGTON (KMOX) –  The operation to locate and eliminate international terrorist Osama bin Laden didn’t happen overnight.

The planning to either capture or kill the mastermind behind 9/11 and numerous other attacks stretched back to last August, once U.S. intelligence agencies were able to pinpoint bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan.

One of the four members of Congress who were briefed on the plan at that time was former Senator Kit Bond of Missouri.

“They’re working these things, following leads every day,” Bond told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Monday.  “They worked on this one, I understand, for four years to confirm it and get it set up.”

Bond was in on the planning session because he was the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He revealed that this wasn’t the first time there had been concerted efforts to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

Those efforts failed, obviously, but Bond’s grateful that intelligence officials never threw in the towel.

“I’m really glad that President Obama continued the policy of going after him, using the intel sources and exploiting all of the information that we had,” Bond said, “including information from the detainees at Guantanamo.”

Bond added he always had a feeling that bin Laden would be found and brought to justice, but he also expressed concerns that there will be retaliatory attacks by terrorist groups upset by his death.

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