"Today's attempted attack on our nation is a reminder that we all must remain vigilant in our work to protect American citizens at home and around the globe.

"From our ports and borders to our airports and embassies, American interests are a target to those who would do us harm.  As we learn more about the events of today and what policies and procedures must be improved, we can't forget about our larger war on terror and the work all of must do to keep our country safe.

"And especially during this holiday season, we should all give thanks for the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and their families, as they do the important work to keep us safe and root out terrorists abroad."