Security Heightened for Obama's Grandmother After bin Laden Death

Reports of plans to attack the home of Sarah Obama called for heightened security measures.

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President Obama's grandmother Sarah Obama. (Getty Images)

Black Voice News is reporting that a beefed-up battalion of security was ordered around the rural-Kenyan home of President Obama's grandmother following the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

"We received reports of plans to attack the home of Mama Sarah Obama, and we immediately put in place adequate security measures," local police chief Stephen Cheteka told the African Review, a Kenyan paper.

In the U.S., news of bin Laden's killing set off an emotional rally of thousands in Washington, D.C., and in New York City at Ground Zero, the site of the fallen World Trade Center towers. But in Africa, fears of retaliation by the surviving al-Qaida network were foremost in the minds of many citizens. Many believe that because bin Laden was killed instead of being brought to trial, the myth of his greatness continues.

South African journalist Julian Rademeyer stated, "In death, the myth of bin Laden lives on. Would've been preferable that he stood trial and could be seen for what he was."

"The loss of [al-Qaida's] leader may first upset the movement, but then it will regroup and continue," said Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The fallout from the death of Osama bin Laden has consequences throughout the world, even for President Obama's grandmother. It is interesting that while we are celebrating in the streets in the U.S., Kenyans are preparing for retaliation, which may be swift. We're wondering why the media aren't covering this story in the United States. Is the reality of threats against President Obama's grandmother a threat to the fantasy for some that terrorism has died with bin Laden?

Read more at Black Voice News.

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