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In Remembrance of the Oklahoma City Bombing

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 168 who lost their lives:

“As the nation honors these victims and their families who were killed in this tragedy, we must not ignore the lessons the nation should have learned about the consequences of radical extremism, the threat of domestic terrorism, and the need to assure the safety of all those who work at or visit Federal facilities.”

“We must also agree that the lack of effective security at our Federal facilities is simply unacceptable. In several hearings over the last three years, the Committee has received clear and convincing evidence that private security guards hired by FPS to protect federal facilities do not have the experience or training necessary to assure the safety of the millions of people who work in or visit federal facilities every day. Repeated attempts to address these training and experience deficiencies have failed and the security lapses have continued,” said Thompson.

“Given the nature of the risks we face and the consequences of inaction, we must embrace a comprehensive solution. Federalizing this workforce is the critical first step. With this first step we create a uniform set of standards and guidelines that ensure the safety and security of our federal buildings are being protected by the best and brightest our government has to offer.”

“As we mark this day and honor these victims, let us resolve to assure that it never happens again,” Thompson concluded.

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Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson

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