Source: The Washington Post
On December 12, 2001, The Washington Post published the full transcript of the press conference of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) regarding the bombing plot. His statement read, in part: "Although this plot apparently involved members of the Jewish Defense League, I know that Jewish Americans, of which I have some of my colleagues with me here today, are appalled to hear of a plot like this that originated in their community and in my community in California, just as Arab Americans have been appalled by these terrible attacks of September 11. As you can imagine, this is shocking news to receive." After his statement, in the company of Jewish representatives, Rep. Issa noted "I think the important message today, though, is here we are, a group of people perhaps in another country would be adversaries; we're not here. In America, we're trying to find a peaceful solution in the Middle East and we're not going to be divided along any lines, including religious lines, including ethnic backgrounds. And I think that's got to be the important message for people, extremists on both sides, is America will stand together."