WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Chairman Mark Hinkle issued this statement today:

“I am glad to hear of the death of Osama bin Laden, who had no qualms about slaughtering American civilians.

“Unfortunately, bin Laden leaves behind an evil legacy in the United States: the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretaps, the ‘state secrets’ doctrine, and other violations of Americans’ civil and economic rights.

“Just like Osama bin Laden, these programs must be terminated.

“President Obama must also end the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. It’s time to stop being the world’s policeman. It’s time to bring all those troops home.

“Our government should also end its foreign aid programs, which create future terrorists by funding many dictators around the world.”

The Libertarian Party platform (section 3.3) states, “American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.”