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What Tufts Alumni In Washington D.C. Said:

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.12.01] Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)

Congresswoman

Graduate, Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

"Americans are shocked and angered by such brutality on America's shores. Let us pray for the families of the victims and emergency workers killed and injured by this catastrophic and senseless act. We must ensure that these families get as much support as they need in the long and difficult days ahead. We must also ensure that our law enforcement authorities also get much support as they need in order that they can hunt down and capture those responsible for these great crimes."

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John Olver (D-MA)
Congressman
Graduate, Tufts University

"Yesterday, America was assaulted by a carefully planned, coordinated and executed campaign of terrorism. My deepest sympathies go to those who have been touched by this tragedy: the victims and their families. They include victims from my district and my state of Massachusetts.

My heartfelt thanks go to the medical personnel, firefighters, policemen and volunteers who selflessly answered the call. We are forever indebted to those heroic rescue workers who have risked and given their lives in the search for victims. All of us pray that additional survivors will be rescued from the devastation.

We must be certain that all the needed resources are available to do that. But today, we must also look toward the future. We must ensure the safety of our citizens-the primary goal of both military and civilian components of our government.

I support the actions already taken by the President to secure the nation and provide disaster relief. We must mete out punishment for the perpetrators of this attack. Our response must be decisive, but carefully calculated. One critical goal of American foreign policy must be to mobilize other nations to crack down on terrorism with new determination.

And we must overhaul our airport security and surveillance procedures so that yesterday's disaster cannot happen again. These issues will consume the Congress, beginning today."

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Bill Richardson
Former Energy Secretary
Graduate, Tufts University
from Fox News

"I thought the President was right on the mark. He had to reassure the country that we would respond aggressively. He had to comfort the country, show that there's been normalcy. I think the fact that his Cabinet was out there basically indicating that we're not going to be terrorized by terrorists, that work in the nation is going continue, that the economy and airports are going to open -- I think the Congress showed unity here."

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Richard Boucher
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Graduate, Tufts University

"There has indeed been an outpouring of offers of specialized teams, bloods, just a whole lot of different things -- equipment -- that people around the world have. There has, also, as you know, been an outpouring of support and assistance in the United States, among our own people, in terms of giving blood or teams from the country coming up to help with the search. "

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Former Senator from New York
Graduate, Tufts University
from Chicago Sun Times

"This, after all, was not Pearl Harbor... we haven't lost the Pacific Fleet."

 

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