Remarks by Robert A. Hartung at Press Briefing on Rewards for Justice Announcement

September 1, 2010

Remarks by Robert A. Hartung
Assistant Director, Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate
Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State
at Press Briefing on Rewards for Justice Announcement
Harry S Truman Building Press Briefing Room

I am pleased to announce today that the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards of up to $5 million each for information that leads law enforcement or security forces to Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali ur Rehman.

Under their direction, the terrorist organization Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan – or TTP – launched a suicide bombing at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, attacked the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, and planned the failed bombing in New York City’s Times Square.

In southern Asia, Mr. Mehsud and Mr. Rehman have planned and organized the killing of citizens from both the United States and Pakistan.

These individuals are dedicated terrorists, and they are attempting to extend their bloody reach into the American homeland. They are a danger to the interests of the United States, to its facilities, and its citizens.

For that reason, we urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Mehsud or Mr. Rehman to contact the Rewards for Justice program, a U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate, or a U.S. military commander immediately. You may contact RFJ by visiting the RFJ Web site at “www dot Rewards for Justice dot net.” There you may submit a tip anonymously. You may also reach the Rewards for Justice program via e-mail at “RFJ at state dot gov.” All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The RFJ program has been an effective tool in our fight against international terrorism. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid more than $100 million to more than 60 people who provided credible information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring terrorists to justice.

Through the efforts of the courageous people who have stepped forward with information about wanted terrorist suspects, the Rewards for Justice program has helped law enforcement authorities throughout the world stop terrorists and save lives.

I am hopeful that our rewards program will play a similar role in bringing Mr. Mehsud and Mr. Rehman to justice.

Thank you.