Statement on Foiled Terrorist Plot

August 10, 2006

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on news of the foiled terrorist plot:

“Once again we are reminded that the events of 9/11 must not fade in our collective memory because the threat posed to the safety and security of our people remains real.

“The good news is this plot has been foiled, and measures to increase security at airports are being taken.

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has raised the threat level for all commercial flights and large charter aircraft in the United States.

“My state office of homeland security conducted a conference call at 11 a.m. today with airport security officials at more than 30 airports in Texas to ensure they have all the assistance they need.

“I also talked to the heads of both American Airlines and Continental Airlines earlier today and offered the state’s assistance if needed.

“We remain in close contact with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI regarding this foiled plot and the security implications to the state. And we will continue to work closely with federal officials to keep our people and resources secure.

“We face a persistent enemy that will continue the effort to destroy our way of life. That means all Texans must be vigilant and all Texans can know that the state government is taking these threats very seriously and taking numerous precautions – some seen, and others not – to keep them safe.”

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