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Rep. Schakowsky's Statement on Intercepted Terrorist Attempt

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2010) -- Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement in response to a terrorist attempt targeting Jewish sites in Chicago through packages sent from overseas.

"I want to commend the Obama Administration and intelligence services for their coordinated efforts and successful interception today of a terrorist plot originating from Yemen and targeting Chicago synagogues. This plot is especially disturbing to me as a representative of the Chicago area and as a member of its Jewish community. I have worked with the Jewish community to help them obtain resources for enhanced security, and I will continue to do so.

"Today's event highlights a stark reality: terrorism on American soil remains a threat and we absolutely must remain vigilant"
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the Potential Threat Originating in Yemen

"I am pleased that the two dangerous packages originating in Yemen were intercepted. For years, I have called for an intensified focus on the global threat from al Qaeda, particularly in Yemen. Anticipating and confronting al Qaeda threats around the world must be our top national security priority."

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the
Senate Homeland Security Committee, received a briefing this afternoon from John
Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and
former Deputy Director of the FBI, about suspicious packages containing
explosives that were shipped from Yemen to the United States.
Following the briefing, Senator Collins' released this statement:
"Federal officials acted quickly to thwart this latest terrorist plot
emanating from Yemen where Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has established a
strong foothold," Sen. Collins said.
"The use of commercial cargo carriers demonstrates the continuing
determination of terrorists to exploit any vulnerabilities in our security
systems. The positive test of two of these suspicious packages for explosives
confirms the danger posed by this most recent attempted terrorist
"I have urged Mr. Pistole to strengthen our screening of cargo and to
prevent any packages originating in Yemen from entering the United States
without thorough screening. He assured me that additional security measures have
been put in place to identify any additional suspicious packages emanating from
Yemen, including an immediate ground halt on air cargo coming to the United
States from Yemen and the deployment of additional inspectors to Yemen."


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