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Santorum says attacks have been prevented

| Tuesday, June 4, 2002

HARRISBURG — Several specific terrorist actions against the U.S. have been thwarted since the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said on Monday.

Santorum, a Republican from Penn Hills, said he learned of the events through briefings as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He said there had been "several" such countered actions as of his last briefing months ago. He did not disclose when or where such thwarted attacks may have occurred. The issue came up in a news briefing Monday in Harrisburg.

Santorum made the statements in response to questions about whether the CIA, the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies are cooperating and to what extent that cooperation has improved since the September terrorist attacks.

"The fact of the matter is, between 9-11 and today there have been several attempted terrorist actions against the U.S. — several — which we have intercepted and stopped and which you haven't heard about," Santorum said.

"Nor will you hear about them because of the potential to compromise sources and methods by which (we) get that information," he said. "The fact that we have not been hit by a terrorist incident shows how things have changed. There are improvements being made. All I'm saying is that we still have a long ways to go."

Asked if the general public would feel better knowing what the potential attacks might have been, he said: "You don't jeopardize agents in the field by announcing to the public that you stopped some terrorist attack from occurring. We are keeping terrorists on the run."

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