Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement today after the killing of four Americans in Libya.
"I strongly condemn the vicious attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The brave group was committed to promoting freedom and justice around the world. I am saddened and disturbed by the loss of these true patriots. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives.
Through my work as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I travel the world meeting with our intelligence professionals and diplomatic corps who are working tirelessly in all corners of the globe to help people have a better life. I traveled to Libya and saw the brutal rule of the dictator Moammar Gaddafi and was inspired to see change in Libya.
While our diplomatic corps does not wear the uniform of our armed forces, this tragic incident reminds us of the risks these professionals face as they work to improve the lives of people worldwide. I am always impressed with their dedication to their mission. I stand with the other American leaders who say we will not rest until those responsible for this deadly attack are tracked down and brought to justice."