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Archive for November 15th, 2015

Suicide Bombing Attacks Across Paris Leaves 129 dead and 352 Injured: Statements by President Obama and Vice President Biden on the Situation in Paris

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President Barack Obama:  Good evening, everybody.  I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight.  Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.  This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.

We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond.  France is our oldest ally.  The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again.  And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress.  Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong.  The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.  We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share.  And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.

We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.

We don’t yet know all the details of what has happened.  We have been in contact with French officials to communicate our deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, to offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have been wounded.  We have offered our full support to them.  The situation is still unfolding.  I’ve chosen not to call President Hollande at this time, because my expectation is that he’s very busy at the moment.  I actually, by coincidence, was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the G20 meeting.  But I am confident that I’ll be in direct communications with him in the next few days, and we’ll be coordinating in any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation of what’s happened.

This is a heartbreaking situation.  And obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like.  We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves.  And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us.  They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion.

I’m sure that in the days ahead we’ll learn more about exactly what happened, and my teams will make sure that we are in communication with the press to provide you accurate information.  I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this.  It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak.  And so until we know from French officials that the situation is under control, and we have for more information about it, I don’t want to speculate.

Thank you very much.

Statement by Vice President Joe Biden:

I join President Obama in offering my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today’s terrorist attacks in Paris.  It’s heartbreaking. Outrageous. The American people understand and share the pain the people of Paris are going through. As these tragic events unfold, the investigation continues, and we learn all of the details of what’s happened, the United States stands ready to support the French government and the people of Paris.  And, as we’ve done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another.  We will stand together.  We will never bow.  We will never break.  That’s the character of our two nations.  We are bound by timeless democratic values that the cowardice and perverse ideologues of extremist networks can never match, wherever they are. Such savagery can  never threaten who we are. We will respond. We will overcome. We will endure.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk in Solidarity With France

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on attacks in Paris:

“We stand in solidarity with France, as it has stood with us so often in the past. This is a devastating attack on our shared values and we at the Department of Justice will do everything within our power to assist and work in partnership with our French law enforcement colleagues.”

Kirk Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement on the terrorist attacks tonight in Paris, France:

“We are shocked and outraged at the terrorist attacks that claimed over 150 innocent lives in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. 

“Those behind these attacks are avowed enemies of the civilized world, but their evil will never extinguish the City of Light’s strength and spirit. As the French people face this dark hour, the people of Illinois and all Americans stand with our first allies. Ce soir, nous sommes les Parisiens.”

Jesse White Joins Various Religious Organizations to Show Support for National Donor Sabbath

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Jesse WhiteSecretary of State Jesse White joined with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith leaders to show religious support for organ/tissue donation and recognize National Donor Sabbath, an interfaith campaign aimed at educating religious communities about organ donation. During the weekend of November 13-15, faith communities in Illinois and across the country recognize National Donor Sabbath. Faith leaders and congregations participate in services and events to show religious support and increase awareness of organ and tissue donation.

White is at podium, pictured from left to right: Kevin Cmunt, CEO Gift of Hope; Ed Young of SGI USA Buddhist Center; Bishop Lance Davis, of the New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton; Rev. Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, senior priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church; the Most Reverend Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, representing Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; Reem Hobeldin of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; Pastor Myron McCoy, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple; Rabbi Michael R. Zedek of Emanuel Congregation of Chicago, a senior rabbi, scholar, teacher and civic activist; S.S. Shiva Singh Khalsa, a Minister of Sikh Dharma International and President of the Spirit Rising Foundation.

FBI Seeking Special Agent Applicants

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FBI Seeking Special Agent Applicants

Do you have what it takes to be a special agent? The FBI is now accepting applications from talented and motivated individuals who want to embrace this challenging and rewarding opportunity to serve their country and communities.

Special agents bring with them a variety of experience and skills, from computer science and engineering to law and accounting. The FBI is looking for diversity of perspective to effectively achieve its mission.

Applicants must successfully complete the Special Agent Selection System (SASS), a mentally and physically challenging process designed to identify the most capable candidates. The SASS includes an online application to screen for eligibility and willingness, followed by a number of exams, interviews, and background evaluations. Applicants are rated on their individual competitiveness and the professional needs of the FBI. The process can take six months to a year.

Becoming a special agent isn’t easy. In fiscal year 2014, the Bureau received more than 20,000 applications for approximately 700 special agent vacancies.

Before you apply, make sure you meet the preliminary standards (with some exceptions):

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between 23 and 36 years of age
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least three years of full-time work experience
  • Have lived in the United States or its territories for three of the last five years.

For more information, visit https://www.fbijobs.gov/special-agents

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