For Immediate Release
Friday, September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON DC –– On the 20th Anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE) solemnly remembers the victims of this horrific act of terrorism that took the lives of almost 3,000 innocent individuals. The victims included not only Americans, but nationals from nearly half of the countries of the world. The 9-11 attacks changed the world and brought attention to the new realities and dangers posed by global cross-border security threats, shocks, and the wicked aims of terrorist groups, criminal organizations, and their corrupt enablers who aided and abetted in the attack on freedom itself that day.
We will always remember. We honor the lives of those who were lost and stand with the families and communities who hold them in their hearts forever. We honor the injured and traumatized survivors and the heroic first responders. We also honor our military troops who have served for the past twenty years to keep America strong and safe, and those fallen patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country. We must never forget.
We need to digest the lessons learned from the past 20 years to continue to safeguard our homeland and democracy from terrorists and other adversaries that are intent on doing great harm to the United States, the American economy, and to the democratic values shared by people around the world.
We must remain resolute in our commitment to peace and security by strengthening our commitment to countering terrorism, violent criminals, and instability; prosecuting the corruptive actions of rogue governments that provide safe havens to criminals and threat networks; investigating officials who pillage their countries and profit from illicit economies to finance acts of terror and criminality; and supporting direct and judicial action against money laundering and threat finance operations across borders and the digital world.
Find the ICAIE 9-11 Statement Against Terrorism, Illicit Economies, and Threat Convergence on the resource page.
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