Director Tenet's Statement to CIA Workforce about Terrorist Attacks [September 12, 2001]   [open pdf - 40KB]

"Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet spoke to the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] workforce this afternoon about yesterday's terrorist attacks. Here are excerpts of his remarks: Good afternoon. Yesterday, the entire American people--joined by men and women around the globe--recoiled in horror at the barbaric acts against our country. In my hometown of New York, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania, the bloody hand of evil struck again and again, stealing thousands of innocent lives. As the devastating toll of terror comes into focus, we are sure to find among those who were lost friends, colleagues, and others we hold dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, with those searching and caring for them, and with those who mourn them. I urge all of you to take the time to think of brothers and sisters that we, as Americans, have lost and to pray for those who survive them. The images of fire and destruction are forever etched in our minds. And in our hearts, amid the numbing shock, there has been profound grief and renewed resolve. As President Bush said last night, the search for the sponsors of these unspeakable acts has already begun. Our Agency is among the leaders of that search. The fight against those who use the weapon of terror to menace and murder is necessarily hard. The shield of fanaticism --wielded by those ready to forfeit their lives to achieve their twisted dreams--is not easily pierced."

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