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For immediate release - Friday, October 19, 2001. Contact Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699.

State Attorneys General Support President in Efforts Against Terrorism, Hate Crimes and Harassment

Attorney General Tom Miller and his counterparts from all fifty states delivered a letter to President George Bush on Monday pledging continued support and cooperation in efforts against terrorism. The attorneys general also noted scattered examples "of misplaced anger and violence directed toward persons because of their ethnic, national, or religious backgrounds." They supported and joined efforts by the President and Attorney General Ashcroft (former State Attorney General of Missouri) urging all Americans "to respect our fellow citizens without regard to their ethnicity or religious beliefs."

The letter was signed by attorneys general from fifty states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. (Copy of the joint letter follows below.)

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is responding to the Sept. 11 attacks in various ways, including working to stabilize and roll back gas prices on Sept. 11 and 12; leading an 8-person Iowa Crisis Response Team that served in NYC Sept. 23-29; organizing a second team expected to go to NYC in early October; providing legal counsel to the Iowa Emergency Management Division, the Governor and other state agencies responding to the attacks; facilitating interagency communication on hate crimes, harassment and discrimination, or possible terrorist tips; and cooperating with the Dept. of Public Safety and other state and federal authorities on investigation and public safety.

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[Joint letter to President Bush from the Nation's attorneys general.]



Monday, October 1, 2001

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As members of the National Association of Attorneys General, we write first to wholeheartedly commend you for the strong leadership you have demonstrated during the past two weeks. Your words and actions have given comfort to the loved ones of those who were victims of the carnage on September 11th and confidence to all Americans that we can face this unfathomable tragedy together.

We also write to express both the concern and support of this nation's state Attorneys General as we face the myriad of challenges from the events of September 11th.. Attorney General Ashcroft has established anti-terrorism units in the offices of every United States Attorney. General Ashcroft's actions were quick and decisive. State Attorneys General are ready, willing, and committed to working cooperatively with our federal counterparts as we seek to best coordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts regarding terrorist activities.

We, as a nation, have seen scattered and isolated examples of misplaced anger and violence directed toward persons because of their ethnic, national, or religious backgrounds. Attorneys General are very appreciative of your ongoing efforts, and those of General Ashcroft, to remind Americans to respect our fellow citizens without regard to their ethnicity or religious beliefs . As do you, we believe it is important that Americans stand together and not allow the events of September 11th to divide us one against another.

Mr. President, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and our national leaders as we face this crisis. We are grateful for your certitude and resolve and pledge to assist our states and country in what lies ahead.

Sincerely,


[Letter signed by Attorneys General for fifty states,

the District of Columbia, and four territories.]

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