Tom Ridge in a Statement said:
"The Iranian and Iraqi governments conspired and murdered dozens of pro democracy Iranian dissidents that the United States previously pledged to protect as refugees under the Geneva Convention. These men and women located at two locations in Iraq surrendered their means of self defense to the US military years ago with the assurance that America would protect them. The repeated security assurances by the State Department over the past year were obviously empty promises. The failure of this state department to provide the robust American presence at these locations surely lead to the unprovoked murderous attacks on these camps. Dozens have been killed and many apparently executed at point blank range. I am pained and ashamed that America made promises it failed to keep and innocent people have died as a result."