Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of 9-11:
"On September 11th 2001, the violent extremists, willing to die in order to
kill innocent people in a warped interpretation of their religious mandates,
destroyed a symbol of our economic power, partially destroyed a symbol of our
military power, and attempted to destroy a symbol of our representative
"September 11th was a wake-up call that we, and our way of life, were and had
been under attack by radical Islamists. They awakened the survival instincts of
the American people and now our country is safer, because law enforcement and
our intelligence agencies, including our men and women of the FBI who we honor
today, have disrupted terrorist plots planned on American soil using the
Terrorist Surveillance Program, the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, detainee
debriefings and the Patriot Act.
"We honor our brave defenders, along with the men and women of our military,
especially Missourians serving in the National Guard and active military in
combat overseas, for their efforts to deny radical Islamists the sanctuaries
they need to plan attacks and pursue acquisition of weapons of mass destruction
to use against the United States.
"While the terrorists took away some of our symbols, and the lives of innocent people, they could not destroy the American spirit of hope and optimism."