What they're saying
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell
"We are not going to shut down the government. The last thing we want to do is give the terrorists any satisfaction."
Washington Gov. Gary Locke
"It's an act of war. It's the new face of war. I think we have to consider it equally ... to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I think you will see, beginning right now, the biggest manhunt in this country."
U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash.
"We have to be careful about what our response is. There's nothing to do that has to be done right this minute. There'll be a lot of crazy suggestions made here in the near future."
U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.
"We have checked the Space Needle, the Federal Building, any large buildings, looking for large packages or anything that might be out of place. This is just a precautionary measure."
Clem Benton, Seattle police spokesman
"All the dams are being checked, all the overpasses are being checked, all the tunnels are being checked, especially the ones in Seattle. We're just in a monitoring situation, with no direct threat to the state at this time, thank goodness."
Barbara Thurman, a spokeswoman for Washington state Emergency Management
"We're monitoring the situation very closely, but at this point we believe the safest place for our children is at the schools."
Seattle schools Superintendent Joseph Olchefske
"We are now in a heightened state of awareness. Basically, everybody's ID is getting checked, and we're making sure that our people are coming on base and everybody's extra-cautious and trying to make sure that we're all safe."
Staff Sgt. Scott McNabb, McChord Air Force Base
"Let us grieve this tragedy and pray for the victims and their families. Let us redouble our efforts to ensure that local communities are secure and prepared."
State Rep. Aaron Reardon, D-Everett
"We all have to recognize now that the Cold War is over, but we face a very dangerous world. You wish your intelligence could have been good enough to pick up on this so we could have thwarted this event."
U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash.
"Without a doubt, there has been a failure of the intelligence community to detect an attack so fundamental as this. The American people are owed answers and need to be prepared to make changes without sacrificing our civil liberties."
U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
"It is just an outrageous and cowardly act to attack civilians in this manner. When you have suicide bombers, basically, it's hard to get in their way to stop them."
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
"The best way to honor the fallen is to carry on the business of the nation."
U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore.
"This calls for all of us, everyone in the nation, to reach inside ourselves and find the courage to not allow these kinds of things to disrupt our lives. We need to carry on."
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber