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Joint Chiefs of Staff Issue Statement Regarding Terrorist Attacks

Aired September 11, 2001 - 12:11   ET

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JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I want to read for you now a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- quoting -- "We are outraged at this cowardly attack on the people of the United States. Our heartfelt prayers are with the victims and their families, and we stand strongly united behind the president as our commander in chief."

And I want to clarify that this a statement by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It's actually -- I want to clarify that -- this is from the leadership of the Congress. I misunderstood when I was handed this just a moment ago. And continuing, Congressional leaders: "We will work with the president to ensure that the full resources of the United States government are brought to bear to protect the American people and to punish the perpetrators of these unconscionable acts. May God bless America."

And just quickly before I go back to Aaron Brown in New York, hospitals in Washington dealing with the casualties from the Pentagon. Washington Hospital Center, 29 patients, a blood shortage, we are being told in Washington. So any of you who are able to get to a hospital anywhere in the Washington area, it is very possible that there is a need for blood to be donated. So we will just put that information out there as well. Aaron, now back to you in New York.

AARON BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Judy, thanks.

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