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September 19, 2012

American values target of terrorism

Ada —  

Exactly 11 years after the September 11th attacks, the tragic and troubling events in Libya and the greater Middle East are a reminder that freedom and American values remain a target for violent extremists. 

 By all accounts, Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans murdered in Libya were exemplary public servants.  Many Libyans knew Ambassador Stevens as an ally who worked tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to protect and support them during the uprising that toppled Gadhafi’s brutal regime.  The other victims include two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, who had served in the Air Force.  The sympathy and prayers of all Americans are with the families of these brave foreign service workers  who dedicated their lives to serving their country.

 Information is still being gathered regarding possible security deficiencies that left Americans vulnerable, and investigators are also still determining who was responsible for the attacks.  While initial reports indicated unorganized mob violence, other evidence points to a planned, systematic assault carried out by terror groups using the manufactured protests as cover.

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