Delaney Releases Statement on Death of Warren Weinstein
The White House announced today that Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage by al-Qa’ida, was killed earlier this year. Weinstein, a Montgomery County resident, was captured in Pakistan in 2011.
U.S. Rep. John Delaney has released the following statement about the loss of Weinstein:
“The loss of Warren is devastating, a tragic event that we must never forget. Warren was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Warren’s family has endured his long captivity with incredible strength, dignity and resolve. At this heart-rending time, April and I send our prayers to Warren’s family, including his wife Elaine, daughters Alisa and Jennifer and the rest of his family. Over the last two years, I feel so fortunate to have developed a relationship with them as we’ve pursued efforts to bring Warren home. I wish I would have had an opportunity to meet Warren. People in his life all say Warren was a warm friend to people around the world, a man who served our country as a member of the Peace Corps and at USAID. Warren represented the very best of our country; he was a gentle and loving man who dedicated his career to building a better world. We need more Warren Weinsteins in the world.
“Warren was taken from his family and held hostage by terrorists who hold no decency and no humanity. Their actions will not deter us for one second in our efforts to defeat them and bring them to justice.
“I’m saddened, disappointed and outraged that our government was not able to bring Warren home. Today’s news is a personal tragedy for Warren’s family but also a sobering national security and government failure. As Warren’s representative, I feel like his country failed him in his greatest time of need. I’m determined to ensure that Warren’s story is not forgotten, that we get to the bottom of why Warren wasn’t found and how he was killed, and that we drive tangible improvements to our hostage response process from an intelligence and resources coordination perspective. I have been working on legislation to reform, streamline and upgrade our ability to respond to hostage taking, which I plan to introduce soon, in the hope that more families don’t suffer the same fate. It is essential that the review of this tragic accident be a true investigation that focuses on the events surrounding Warren’s death and the intelligence efforts that were deployed to locate him. Our national security and intelligence response to hostages must improve and improve quickly.
“My thoughts and condolences are also with the family of Giovanni Lo Porto, an aid worker held hostage with Warren Weinstein.”
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The White House announced today that Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage by al-Qa’ida, was killed earlier this year. Weinstein, a Montgomery County resident, was captured in Pakistan in 2011. U.S. Rep. John Delaney has released the following statement about the loss of Weinstein: “The loss of Warren is devastating, a tragic event that […]
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