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White House pledges to bring Benghazi perpetrators to justice

The White House said in a new statement Tuesday that it remains committed to finding those responsible for the killings of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, a year ago.

The Sept. 11 anniversary on Wednesday marks 12 years since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but also one year since Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in Benghazi.

The White House continues to be criticized about its role in the Benghazi episode --  for its fumbling of the aftermath and for its inability thus far to bring those responsible to justice.

The White House's statement includes the names of the four Americans killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

“September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in the statement. “The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world. As we near this day of remembrance, we continue to mourn the death of our cherished colleagues and honor their dedication to public service. We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety of our brave personnel serving overseas.”

Here is the full statement, which addresses security concerns on the Sept. 11 anniversary:

Earlier today the President met with key national security principals on our preparedness and security posture on the eve of the twelfth anniversary of September 11th. Over the past several months, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has convened numerous meetings to review security measures in place for this anniversary, as well as other global threats, including the recent threat emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.

The President’s National Security team is taking measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of U.S. persons and facilities abroad. The President reiterated that protecting the American people, both at home and abroad, is the Administration’s top national security priority.

September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world. The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world.  As we near this day of remembrance, we continue to mourn the death of our cherished colleagues and honor their dedication to public service.  We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety of our brave personnel serving overseas.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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