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Ashcroft: 'We will not tolerate such acts'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Tuesday the full resources of the Department of Justice have been deployed to help find the people responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the hijacking of a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.

"We will find the people responsible for these cowardly acts and justice will be done," Ashcroft said.

Ashcroft said that thousands of FBI agents in all of the agency's field offices in the United States and overseas are participating in the investigation, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Bureau of Prisons and other agencies.

"These heinous acts of violence are an assault on the security of our nation. They are an assault on the security and the freedom of every American citizen," Ashcroft said. "We will not tolerate such acts."

Ashcroft said that Americans should come together in support of the victims and their families and "for every one of us who were changed forever by this horrible tragedy."


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