Director George Tenet
Message to CIA employees
September 14, 2001
Today, Americans of every background and every faith are joining together across
our great, grieving country to remember the brothers and sisters taken from
us this week by the vile, vicious hand of terrorism.
Thousands of familiesamong them our friends, colleagues, and neighborsare
struggling with the sorrow of loss, the pain of injury, and the ache of uncertainty.
Millions more, though, stand with them and with all the victims of these atrocities.
For in this noble nationbloodied but most assuredly unbowedgood
has answered evil.
Good in the heroism of rescuers, relief workers, and in every American who has
stepped forward to offer every kind of care and comfort. You are firmly and
honorably among them.
But the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agencyalong with our
partners throughout the governmenthave an additional, decisive task.
To us belongs the mission of unmasking the authors and sponsors of this evil.
Those who on a seemingly ordinary Tuesday attacked decency itself. Those who
have defiled every standard of humanity.
The road ahead will be neither short nor easy. Yet it is one we must take without
hesitation. Indeed, we have already taken the first steps, as a nation and as
Part of our response can be seen around you. The task forces, the heightened
tempo of our global operations, the surge in support and security.
But there is a crucial part that cannot be seen. The determination that is cut
into our hearts, the resolve that is burned into our minds.
Ours is a shared commitment to a single goal: To do what we canto do what
we mustagainst the sort of unspeakable horror that has now invaded and
shattered so many, many lives.
Those we remember deserve no less. May our prayers be with them, and may God
bless you all.