Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on the Deaths of Al-Qaida Hostages

WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement of the deaths of two hostages held by al-Qaida: 

“Today’s news from the White House is heartbreaking.  This is a sad day for our country and for our Italian allies, and my prayers are with the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto.  In our grief, though, we should remember that al-Qaida is merciless in their capture and continued detainment of hostages who have selflessly sought to serve others, and they bear the ultimate responsibility for these deaths.  Congress will continue to conduct vigorous oversight of our nation’s counterterrorism operations.  I firmly believe the dedicated Americans engaged in those efforts take very seriously the need to prevent collateral damage and limit the risk to innocent people, and they, too, share in the grief being felt by the Weinstein and Lo Porto families.”