Published January 27, 2017
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," May 2, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Just moments before hijacked United Flight 93 was taken over by courageous passengers and crashed into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Todd Beamer was overheard saying those now famous and fearless words, are you guys ready? Let's roll.
Now, nearly ten years after that somber September day, Usama bin Laden is now dead, justice has finally been delivered. But does this latest development provide any closure for the families of those lost on 9/11?
Joining me now with reaction is the father of hero Todd Beamer. David Beamer is back with us.
Mr. Beamer, it's an honor to have you back, it's an honor to talk to you again. And I couldn't be happier for the country. And I wanted to really get your take today because you suffered as much as anybody on that day.
DAVID BEAMER, FATHER OF TODD BEAMER: Well, Sean, thank you very much. And I really appreciate the chance to be with you and your audience tonight. This is a great time for America and when I heard the news that Usama bin Laden had been killed by brave members of our military Navy SEALs, I can't tell you -- it was not only a sense of relief but the immense pride and thankfulness that I have for our military and intelligence forces and special ops, these people are really, really special. What they did was -- well, it was great. They went in, they got him, they killed him and they took him out along with much intelligence documentation.
So it is truly a time to be thankful for what these Navy SEALs did and it's also a time to remember how many our brave military men and women and intelligent people have been working diligently ever since 9/11, now nine and a half years ago, to have another victory. And how many sacrifices have come along the way.
HANNITY: You know, it was -- I think this was an extraordinarily courageous, dangerous, gutsy move which these guys do every day. I mean, they are always putting their lives on the line for us.
But you know something, we were talking off the air just before you came on here and you said something that I think is rather profound, is that this was a victory in this war but so is what your son was involved in as he led the effort, let's roll.
BEAMER: Well, the passengers and crew on Flight 93, they launched a counter attack. It was a victory. It saved further destruction whether it was the Capitol Building which I believe was the intended target or the White House, either one would have been horribly bad for our country and that counter attack was successful. And he, well, our son Todd and 39 other free peoples on the plane died in that counter attack.
It's really a blessing in this most recent milestone victory in the ongoing war against radical Islamists that not only that this Navy SEALs and the folks do what they did so well, they all made it out alive and for that I'm so thankful.
And I got to tell you, Sean, it was a bit of special irony when I heard that it was 40 Navy SEALs involved in this operation. There were 43 people on Flight 93, some nine-and-a-half-years ago. So, it was a great day.
HANNITY: We first met in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004 when President Bush was on the reelection campaign, and I remember because he went in a room in the back of the stadium where you were. And I think I met you right after that.
BEAMER: That's correct.
HANNITY: And I remember seeing him come out of that room having met with families that had lost loved ones including you having lost your son, and I remember him seemingly being very emotional about that.
Now, the intelligence seems to have provided -- I know we always had the means because we had the best military in the world. But it seems the intelligence, maybe enhanced interrogations, renditions played a role in this. What do you think it means for, in that sense, the president that I know you met on a number of occasions?
BEAMER: Well, I'm sure that President Bush is feeling some satisfaction and happy about this most recent victory. And I think the ongoing efforts now for many, many years with special ops and, yes, special interrogation methodologies. And I've never felt sorry for chaos and anybody else that had to quote, "suffer some harsh interrogation" which even our own military is trained and prepared for such tactics should they encounter them. Certainly nothing like what KSM and Usama bin Laden and their fellow enemies have been willing to do to innocent civilians here in our homeland to carry on their war on our way of life. So, the fact that these procedures and this process work and yield this kinds of results, I approve the point. We are safer because of them.
You know, I know that there is a certain amount of -- it feels like a clamor to claim credit for what has happened. And I think especially for right now Americans ought to give credit where credit is due and it is really due to these courageous people that did the unimaginable to accomplish this victory.
HANNITY: I agree.
BEAMER: Hooray for them.
HANNITY: Would you urge the president maybe to reconsider the issue of enhanced interrogations?
BEAMER: Absolutely. Just as I have encouraged the president and attorney general to carry on of all dispatch with the military tribunals to bring KSM, who I call the chief operating officer of 9/11, to bring him the justice. It is way, way overdue.
You know, Sean, I really wish that I could have seen the look on Usama bin Laden's face when realized uh-oh, these are the Navy SEALs and they are right here. I don't know what uh-oh translates in his language but that would have been something to see.
And, so, he got American justice delivered by the U.S. Navy SEALs and moments thereafter he received divine justice delivered by God Almighty.
HANNITY: Yes, he did.
BEAMER: And, we know, I'm a Christian, I'm a person of faith as is our family and there's a heaven and there's a hell and Usama bin Laden knows all about that now.
HANNITY: Yes, he does. You know, I -- I think I know where your son got his courage from. Thank you so much for being with us. We really appreciate it, David Beamer, and you know what, your son is a -- a role model for the ages. Thanks for being with us.
BEAMER: Well, Sean, I'm just so thankful that the families of these, most recently, these 40 SEALs can not only celebrate the victory but know what their loved ones did and the fact that they came out of there alive. That's a great blessing because a heart goes out every time someone is lost in this war and we must remain vigilant because it's not over.
HANNITY: That's a good point and a -- and a sober reminder. David Beamer, thanks for being with us.
BEAMER: Thank you, Sean.
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