Labrador statement on 9/11, Benghazi anniversaries

Idaho Republican Congressman says the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the first anniversary of Benghazi are an occasion to honor the memory of the dead and to “spur greater action to bring the (Benghazi) perpetrators to justice and to get a full accounting of what happened on that fateful day.”

Labrador’s full statement follows:


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) issued the following statement today in observation of the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, and the first anniversary of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi:

“Twelve years ago today, over 3,000 Americans were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.  Today, we honor the memory of those we lost that day, including those who gave their lives to save the lives of others.  We must never forget the victims or their families.  Nor can we forget the reason we were attacked – the freedom we enjoy at home, and our willingness to serve as a beacon of freedom to people all around the world.  We must stay vigilant in the fight against terrorism.”

“One year ago today, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were murdered in Benghazi in another terrorist attack.  It is my hope that today’s anniversary will spur greater action to bring the perpetrators to justice and to get a full accounting of what happened on that fateful day.

“I also want to thank our servicemen and women and our first responders.  Every day, these brave Americans are working overseas and at home to keep our country safe.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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