Richard Clarke at the 9/11 Commission hearings:
To the loved ones of the victims of 9/11 … To them who are here in the room, to those who are watching on television: your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter because we failed. And for that failure, I would ask — once all the facts are out — for your understanding and for your forgiveness.
Thank you, Mr. Clarke.