Remarks of Attorney General John Ashcroft [September 11, 2001]   [open pdf - 21KB]

"Today America has experienced one of the greatest tragedies ever witnessed on American soil. These heinous acts of violence are an assault on the security of our nation and every American citizen. We will not tolerate such acts and we will expend every effort and devote all necessary resources to bring the people responsible for these crimes to justice. Now is the time for us to come together as a nation and offer our support and prayers for victims and their families, for the rescue workers and law enforcement, and for every one of us who has been changed forever by this horrible tragedy. The following is a summary of the known facts surrounding today's incidents: American Airlines flight 11 departed Boston for Los Angeles, was hijacked by suspects armed with knives. This plane crashed into the World Trade Center. United Airlines flight 175 departed Boston for Los Angeles, was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center. American Airlines flight 77 departed Washington Dulles for Los Angeles, was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. United Airlines flight 93 departed Newark for San Francisco, was hijacked and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Crime scenes have been established by federal authorities in New York, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Boston, and Newark. The full resources of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Attorneys offices, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Prisons, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of Justice programs, have been deployed to investigate these crimes and to assist victim survivors and victim families."

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