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John Ashcroft & Robert Mueller Media Announcement Regarding the 9/11 Attacks (9/17)
U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft addresses the media regarding the continuing investigation into the September 11th attacks. Ashcroft has directed the U.S Deputy Marshall's to assist the FBI in their investigation, Air Marshall's will now help patrol in the airline industry and become a presence on board flights inside the United States. Meanwhile the State Department has been notified by the FBI that associates of the hijackers may still be inside the country. FBI Director Robert Mueller also addresses the media regarding the threats to ethnic Muslims have been heightened since the 9/11 attacks, he states vigilante crimes against Muslims will be prosecuted aggressively. The FBI is actively seeking Arab and Farsi speaking American citizens to help with the PENNTBOM investigation.
Note: The FAA uplifts the suspension of flights on 9/13. The Saudi Royal Family have started to leave the United States, 160 in total, since 9/14 to return to Saudi Arabia. This is also the first presser where FBI malfeasance is addressed by the media, regarding the Minneapolis field office and FBI agent Colleen Rowley, Mueller states there were no "warning signs" regarding the 9/11 attacks.