State Attorneys General Support President in Efforts Against
Terrorism, Hate Crimes and Harassment
|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.
[Letter signed by Attorneys General for fifty states,
the District of Columbia, and four territories.]
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