Summary: Remarks Following the City of Charlottesville's 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
Hon. S. Ward Casscells III, M.D.
Dr. Saathoff, thank you. And thank you, President Sullivan, for being with us today.
This week has reminded us of the courage of our firefighters, our police, our EMTs, and our
military and intelligence community, who, in the past ten years, have broken up 40 plots
against targets here in the US. But the passage of ten years without another attack rests in
large part on the fact that so few were attempted. Why? I think it is because the vast majority
of people in this country believe that their ethnicity and religion are not threats to their
safety, freedom, or success.
And for this we must give credit to the tradition of religious freedom, chiseled into law by
UVA has made other contributions as well. Dr. Saathoff has mentioned UVA's 8th
Evacuation Hospital of Operation Torch, the tip of the US spear in WWII, in which my
father served in North Africa and Italy. The hospital served for 3 1/2 years, the longest of
any US field hospital, and won many awards and made many innovations.
UVA's Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG), led by Dr. Saathoff and advised by former
Governor and Senator Chuck Robb, former Congressman and Army Secretary Jack Marsh,
and former Attorney General Ed Meese, has been a model bipartisan "action tank",
entrusted by our FBI and Defense Department to perform rapid, sensitive analyses of