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Media Note (Revised)
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 4, 2006


Rewards For Justice Program Dispatches “Faces of Global Terrorism” Posters To Airport Hubs to Heighten Travelers’ Awareness

Hundreds of wanted terrorist posters are being distributed during the holiday season to U.S. airports by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The poster, "The Faces of Global Terrorism," identifies 26 known terrorists with reward offers of up to $25 million as part of the Rewards For Justice (RFJ) program. Well-known images of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are joined on the poster by the most recent addition to the RFJ program, American-born terrorist Adam Gadahn.

More than 500 posters are on their way to major airports in New York City, Houston, Kansas City, Newark, Sacramento and Washington, DC. Smaller airports across the country also requesting posters include those in Guam, Fairbanks, several cities in the Hawaiian Islands, Dayton, Myrtle Beach, Little Rock, San Antonio and Londonderry, NH.

Increasing an airline traveler's awareness of wanted terrorists is part of the U.S. Government's mission in fighting the war on terror. These posters will increase this awareness for both travelers and airport workers.

The goal of RFJ is to bring international terrorists to justice and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States. The RFJ program is a valuable tool in the U.S. fight against international terrorism. Thousands of innocent lives have been saved through information received under this program. RFJ has paid more than $62 million to more than 40 individuals for information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior acts. Rewards are generally up to $5 million. Reward offers up to $25 million have been made for Usama bin Laden and senior al-Qaeda leadership.

Under the RFJ program, the U.S. Secretary of State may offer rewards for information that prevents, frustrates, or favorably resolves terrorist acts against the United States. The Patriot Act of 2001 allows the Secretary of State to offer or pay larger rewards if she determines that a larger amount is necessary to combat terrorism or to defend the nation against terrorist acts. More information about the Rewards for Justice Program may be obtained at www.rewardsforjustice.net. Tip information can be sent via e-mail to RFJ@State.gov.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.

Contact: Brian Leventhal, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (571) 345-2499 2006 Rewards For Justice Poster

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Released on December 4, 2006

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