Message from the Director: Remembering 11 September 2001
Excerpt from the Director's Message to the Workforce: Remembering 11 September 2001
September 11, 2013
Today we mark twelve years since the terrible attacks that shook our Homeland on September 11, 2001—a tragedy that had a profound impact on our Agency, the Nation, and the world. While much work still needs to be done on the counterterrorism front, CIA officers should be proud of the many, many contributions they have made since 2001. Indeed, the CIA now works more closely than ever with its domestic and foreign partners to thwart the plans of al-Qa‘ida and other terrorist groups. And we will always hold dear the memory of those lost to terrorism on that day and in the years since.
To commemorate the occasion, we have put on display an American flag retrieved from the rubble of Ground Zero. The flag was restored and has graced the CIA Director's office for more than a decade. George Tenet, to whom the flag was originally presented, had recommended that it eventually be put in a more central location so it could serve as an inspiration to the entire workforce. The flag is now directly across from the image of Lady Liberty, on the opposite end of our Upper Lobby. The two symbols make clear to the world the resilience and perseverance of our people, our unwavering support of freedom, and our embrace of those who share our values.
John O. Brennan