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Friday, December 21, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker's Statement Regarding the 30th Anniversary of the Pan Am 103 Bombing

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker today released the following statement:

"The Pan Am 103 bombing changed this country and it changed law enforcement forever," Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said. "At the time, it was the deadliest terrorist attack on American civilians in our history. The victims came from across America and from every walk of life. College students coming home for Christmas, a couple on their honeymoon, an outstanding Department of Justice prosecutor, and more than 200 other innocent people were targeted by terrorists. In response to that unspeakable tragedy, law enforcement changed the way we investigate terrorism, the way we collaborate with one another, and the way we provide services to crime victims. It is right that the law enforcement community stops today to remember this tragedy, to honor the victims and their families, and to once again recommit ourselves to preventing acts of terror from victimizing the American people ever again."

Press Release Number: 
18-1686
Updated December 21, 2018