McCaul Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

Sep 11, 2013 Issues: Counterterrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Chairman McCaul: “Twelve years ago today, nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were killed by al Qaeda terrorists in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. Amidst tragedy, we witnessed incredible heroism, from the passengers on Flight 93 to the first responders who rushed into the chaos. On the morning of 9/11, our nation was forever changed, and twelve years later we remember the victims, their families and the perseverance that this day now represents.

“Today, we also remember the loss of four brave Americans who were killed in Benghazi. This violent attack, and those in Fort Hood, Boston, and Little Rock, painfully demonstrate that the threat of terrorism persists both at home and abroad. That’s why every day, we must continue to improve our counterterrorism efforts, we must call terrorism what it is, and we must use every tool at our disposal to fight it.

“I want to commend the men and women who have fought tirelessly to defeat terrorism since 9/11, and those who are fighting still today. We have lost many Americans on battlefields overseas so that this threat does not again reach our shores, and our heroes’ sacrifices are constantly in our hearts and minds. Today, and every day, we remain indebted to their service, and grateful for their courage.”

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