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  • President Obama: Well, thank you, Leon, and thank you, Jim.

  • When I chose Leon Panetta as Director of the CIA,

  • I said he was going to be a strong advocate for this agency

  • and would strengthen your capabilities to meet the threats

  • of our time.

  • And when I chose Jim Clapper as Director of National

  • Intelligence, I charged him with making sure that our

  • intelligence community works as one integrated team.

  • That's exactly what these two leaders have done,

  • along with all of you.

  • So, Jim and Leon, thank you for your remarkable leadership,

  • not just in recent weeks, but during the entirety of

  • your tenure.

  • You have done a great job.

  • (applause)

  • This is my third visit here to Langley as President,

  • and each of these visits has marked another milestone in our

  • mission to protect the American people and keep our

  • country safe.

  • On my first visit, just months after taking office,

  • I stood here and I said that this agency and our entire

  • intelligence community is fundamental to America's

  • national security.

  • I said that I believed that your best days were still to come and

  • I pledged that you would have my full support to carry out your

  • critical work.

  • Soon after that visit, I called Leon into the Oval Office and I

  • directed him to make the killing or capture of Osama bin Laden

  • the top priority in our war to defeat al Qaeda.

  • And he came back here, and you guys,

  • who had already been working so hard on this issue,

  • redoubled your efforts.

  • And that was true all across the intelligence community.

  • My second visit, a year later, came under more

  • somber circumstances.

  • We gathered to pay tribute to seven American patriots who gave

  • their lives in this fight at a remote post in Afghanistan.

  • As has already been mentioned, their stars now grace this

  • memorial wall.

  • And through our grief and our tears,

  • we resolved that their sacrifice would be our summons to carry on

  • their work, to complete this mission, to win this war.

  • Today I've returned just to say thank you,

  • on behalf of all Americans and people around the world,

  • because you carried on.

  • You stayed focused on your mission.

  • You honored the memory of your fallen colleagues.

  • And in helping to locate and take down Osama bin Laden,

  • you made it possible for us to achieve the most significant

  • victory yet in our war to defeat al Qaeda.

  • I just met with some of the outstanding leaders and teams

  • from across the community who worked so long and so hard to

  • make that raid a success.

  • And I'm pleased today that we're joined by representatives from

  • all of our intelligence agencies,

  • and that folks are watching this live back at all of those

  • agencies, because this truly was a team effort.

  • That's not always the case in Washington.

  • (laughter)

  • But all of you work together every single day.

  • This is one of the few times when all these leaders and

  • organizations have the occasion to appear together publicly.

  • And so I thank all of you for coming --

  • because I think it's so important for the American

  • people to see all of you here today.

  • Part of the challenge of intelligence work is,

  • by necessity, your work has to remain secret.

  • I know that carries a heavy burden.

  • You're often the first ones to get the blame when things go

  • wrong, and you're always the last ones to get the credit when

  • things go right.

  • So when things do go right -- and they do more often than the

  • world will ever know -- we ought to celebrate your success.

  • That's why I came here.

  • I wanted every single one of you to know,

  • whether you work at the CIA or across the community,

  • at every step of our effort to take out bin Laden,

  • the work you did and the quality of the intelligence that you

  • provided made the critical difference --

  • to me, to our team on those helicopters, to our nation.

  • After I directed that getting bin Laden be the priority,

  • you hunkered down even more, building on years of painstaking

  • work; pulling together, in some cases,

  • the slenderest of intelligence streams,

  • running those threads to ground until you found that courier and

  • you tracked him to that compound.

  • And when I was briefed last summer,

  • you had built the strongest intelligence case against --

  • in terms of where bin Laden was since Tora Bora.

  • In the months that followed, including all those meetings in

  • the Situation Room, we did what sound intelligence demands: We

  • pushed for more collection.

  • We pushed for more evidence.

  • We questioned our assumptions.

  • You strengthened your analysis.

  • You didn't bite your tongue and try to spin the ball,

  • but you gave it to me straight each and every time.

  • And we did something really remarkable in Washington --

  • we kept it a secret.

  • (laughter and applause)

  • That's how it should be.

  • (applause)

  • Of course, when the time came to actually make the decision,

  • we didn't know for sure that bin Laden was there.

  • The evidence was circumstantial and the risks,

  • especially to the lives of our special operations

  • forces, were huge.

  • And I knew that the consequences of failure could be enormous.

  • But I made the decision that I did because I had absolute

  • confidence in the skill of our military personnel and I had

  • confidence in you.

  • I put my bet on you.

  • And now the whole world knows that that faith in you

  • was justified.

  • So just as impressive as what you did was how you did it.

  • It was a tribute to your perseverance,

  • your relentless focus and determination over many years.

  • For the fight against al Qaeda did not begin on 9/11.

  • Among you are veterans who've been pursuing these murderers

  • for many years, even before they attacked our embassies in Africa

  • and struck the Cole in Yemen.

  • Among you are young men and women for whom 9/11 was a call

  • to service.

  • This fight has defined your generation.

  • And on this wall are stars honoring all your colleagues and

  • friends, more than a dozen who have given their lives in the

  • fight against al Qaeda and its violent allies.

  • As the years wore on, others began to think that this

  • terrorist might never be brought to justice.

  • But you never quit.

  • You never gave up.

  • You pulled together across this agency and across the community.

  • No one piece of information and no one agency made

  • this possible.

  • You did it together -- CIA, National Security Agency,

  • National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial

  • Intelligence Agency, everyone at ODNI and the National

  • Counterterrorism Center.

  • Folks across the country, civilian and military,

  • so many of you here today.

  • And that's exactly how our intelligence community is

  • supposed to work, using every capability -- human,

  • technical -- collecting, analyzing, sharing,

  • integrating intelligence, and then acting on it.

  • That's what made this one of the greatest intelligence successes

  • in American history, and that's why intelligence professionals

  • are going to study and be inspired by your achievement for

  • generations to come.

  • Now, make no mistake -- this is not over.

  • Because we not only took out the symbol and operational leader of

  • al Qaeda, we walked off with his files --

  • (laughter)

  • -- the largest treasure trove of intelligence ever seized from a

  • terrorist leader.

  • Many of you now are working around the clock;

  • you didn't have much time to celebrate.

  • We've got to analyze and evaluate and exploit this

  • mountain of intelligence.

  • So today, every terrorist in the al Qaeda network should be

  • watching their back, because we're going to review every

  • video, we are going to examine every photo,

  • we're going to read every one of those millions of pages,

  • we're going to pursue every lead.

  • We are going to go wherever it takes us.

  • We're going to finish the job.

  • We are going to defeat al Qaeda.

  • Even as we stay focused on this mission,

  • we need you to stay nimble and flexible to meet the full range

  • of threats to our security, from plots against our homeland to

  • nations seeking weapons of mass destruction to transnational

  • threats such as cyber criminals and narcotraffickers.

  • So I'm going to keep relying on you --

  • for your intelligence, the analysis that comes across my

  • desk every single day.

  • And 300-plus Americans are counting on you to stay a step

  • ahead of our adversaries and to keep our country safe.

  • I have never been more proud or more confident in you than I am

  • today -- not just because this extraordinary success,

  • but because it reminds us of who we are as a people and as

  • a nation.

  • You reminded us that when we Americans set our mind to

  • something, when we are focused and when we are working

  • together, when we're not worried about who's getting the credit

  • and when we stay true to our values, even if it takes years,

  • there is nothing we cannot do.

  • That's why I still believe in what I said my first visit here

  • two years ago: Your greatest days are still to come.

  • And if any of you doubt what this means,

  • I wish I could have taken some of you on the trip I made to New

  • York City, where we laid a wreath at Ground Zero,

  • and I had a chance to meet firefighters who had lost an

  • entire shift; police officers who had lost their comrades;

  • a young woman, 14 years old, who had written to me because her

  • last memory of her father was talking to him on the phone

  • while her mother wept beside her,

  • right before they watched the tower go down.

  • And she and other members of families of 9/11 victims talked

  • about what this meant.

  • It meant that their suffering had not been forgotten,

  • and that the American community stands with them,

  • that we stand with each other.

  • So most of you will never get headlines for the work

  • that you do.

  • You won't get ticker-tape parades.

  • But as you go about your work with incredible diligence and

  • dedication every single day, I hope all of you understand how

  • important it is, how grateful I am,

  • and that you have the thanks of a grateful nation.

  • God bless you.

  • And God bless the United States of America.

  • Thank you.

  • (applause)

President Obama: Well, thank you, Leon, and thank you, Jim.

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