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    On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four U.S. 
commercial airliners. These terrorists coldly murdered thousands of 
innocent people on those airliners and on the ground, and deliberately 
destroyed the towers of the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings 
and a portion of the Pentagon. In response to these attacks on our 
territory, our citizens, and our way of life, I ordered the deployment 
of various combat-equipped and combat support forces to a number of 
foreign nations in the Central and Pacific Command areas of operations. 
In the future, as we act to prevent and deter terrorism, I may find it 
necessary to order additional forces into these and other areas of the 
world, including into foreign nations where U.S. Armed Forces are 
already located.
    I have taken these actions pursuant to my constitutional authority 
to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief 
Executive. It is not now possible to predict the scope and duration of 
these deployments, and the actions necessary to counter the terrorist 
threat to the United States. It is likely that the American campaign 
against terrorism will be a lengthy one.
    I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the 
Congress informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution and Senate 
Joint Resolution 23, which I signed on September 18, 2001. As you know, 
officials of my Administration and I have been regularly communicating 
with the leadership and other Members of Congress about the actions we 
are taking to respond to the threat of terrorism and we will continue to 
do so. I appreciate the continuing support of the Congress, including 
its passage of Senate Joint Resolution 23, in this action to protect the 
security of the United States of America and its citizens, civilian and 
military, here and abroad.
     Sincerely,
                                                George W. Bush

Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, and Robert C. Byrd, President pro tempore of 
the Senate.


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[Page 1372-1375]
 
Monday, October 1, 2001
 
Volume 37--Number 39
Pages 1357-1393
 
Week Ending Friday, September 28, 2001
 
Remarks Following Discussions With Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of 
Japan and an Exchange With Reporters

September 25, 2001

    President Bush. I am really pleased and honored that my personal 
friend and a friend of the United States has come all the way from Japan 
to express his solidarity with the American people and our joint battle 
against terrorism.
    The Prime Minister and I had a wide- ranging discussion about ways 
that we can cooperate with each other to fight global terrorism. Most 
notably, we talked about the need to work in a way to cut off their 
funding. The Prime Minister also talked about ways that Japan will share 
intelligence, that we'll work cooperatively on the diplomatic front. We 
had a great discussion.
    Not only am I pleased with the great cooperation that we're having 
with our friend

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the Japanese; I am most pleased that the Saudi Arabians yesterday cut 
off relations with the Taliban, and that President Putin, in a strong 
statement to the world, talked about the cooperation that Russia and the 
United States will have in combating global terrorism, as well.
    The coalition of legitimate governments and freedom-loving people is 
strong. People will contribute in different ways to this coalition. But 
the mission won't change. The duties of the coalition may alter, but the 
mission won't alter. And that is to rout out and destroy international 
terrorism.
    The Prime Minister understands this requires a long-term vision, 
requires a patience amongst both our people. And it also requires a 
determination and a strong will. I know he's got a determination and 
strong will, and he knows I am determined and willful in this struggle.
    Mr. Prime Minister.
    Prime Minister Koizumi. I'm very pleased to say, we are friends. Had 
a great talk, friendly. And I convey what I am thinking. We Japanese are 
ready to stand by the United States to fight terrorism. We could make 
sure of this global objective. We must fight terrorism with a 
determination and a patience. Very good meeting--fantastic meeting.
    President Bush. I'll take a few questions.

Airlines Security/Airline Labor Issues

    Q. Mr. President, on the domestic front, sir, why not extend 
unemployment and health insurance benefits to airline workers? And what 
do you think of the proposals to put reservists and military police on 
airplanes and to allow pilots to carry guns?
    President Bush. Well, we're looking at all options--this doesn't 
require translation, by the way--we're looking at all options as to how 
to enhance airline security. I had a breakfast this morning with leaders 
of the Senate and the House. This was one of the topics we discussed. 
Secretary of Transportation Mineta is coming over this afternoon to 
present me with some of the options. And I look forward to working with 
Congress to put some concrete steps in place that will assure the 
American public that the Government and the airlines are doing as much 
as we can to enhance security and safety.
    In terms of the labor issues, Elaine Chao is developing a list of 
recommendations, a list of options, to make sure that the displaced 
worker is given due consideration in the halls of Government. That 
subject came up, as well. There is no consensus yet. There is a desire 
to work toward taking care of displaced workers. And both the Congress 
and the White House will be presenting options.
    Yes, Steve [Steve Holland, Reuters].

Pakistan/Saudi Arabia

    Q. Mr. President, you mentioned Saudi Arabia. What does this mean in 
terms of isolating the Taliban? And would you now encourage Pakistan to 
do the same?
    President Bush. Well, we've gotten broad cooperation from Pakistan. 
We're most pleased with their response. They are a country that has--
going to be, obviously, deeply affected by actions we may or may not 
take in that part of the world.
    It's very interesting that the Prime Minister shared with me the 
fact that his country has provided $40 million in humanitarian 
assistance to the Pakistanis, and I want to thank him for that. We, too, 
are providing humanitarian assistance for people in that world, as are 
the Saudis. And that's an important part of the coalition, to understand 
that one of the issues is to make sure that Pakistan is a stable country 
and that whatever consequences may occur as a result of acts that we may 
or may not take is one that we do the best we can to manage.
    In terms of----
    Q. Isolation of the Taliban.
    President Bush. Oh, isolating the Taliban? Well, I think most people 
in the world understand that I was very serious, and they're serious, 
when we say if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the 
terrorist. That's pretty isolated, it seems like to me.

Japan

    Q. Mr. President, according to opinion poll, about 90 percent of the 
Japanese are concerned that Japan's support of the U.S. military action 
could trigger terrorist attacks

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on Japan, itself. Do you have anything to say to them, to their concern?
    President Bush. Well, I think this: I think 100 percent of the 
Japanese people ought to understand that we're dealing with evil people 
who hate freedom and legitimate governments, and that now is the time 
for freedom-loving people to come together to fight terrorist activity. 
We cannot be--we cannot fear terrorists. We can't let terrorism dictate 
our course of action. And we will not let a terrorist dictate the course 
of action in the United States, and I'm sure the Prime Minister feels 
the same way about Japan.
    No threat--no threat will prevent freedom-loving people from 
defending freedom. And make no mistake about it: This is good versus 
evil. These are evildoers. They have no justification for their actions. 
There's no religious justification; there's no political justification. 
The only motivation is evil. And the Prime Minister understands that, 
and the Japanese people, I think, understand that, as well.

Afghanistan

    Q. Mr. President, amid signs of increasing turmoil in Afghanistan 
and signs that there may be splits within the Taliban regime, itself, do 
you believe that the people of Afghanistan, themselves, are trying to 
liberate themselves from the Taliban rule, and would you support that as 
part of your campaign against terrorism?
    President Bush. We have no issue and no anger toward the citizens of 
Afghanistan. We have, obviously, serious problems with the Taliban 
Government. They're an incredibly repressive Government, a Government 
that has a value system that's hard for many in America, or in Japan for 
that matter, to relate to--incredibly repressive toward women.
    They have made the decision to harbor terrorists. The mission is to 
rout terrorists, to find them and bring them to justice. Or, as I 
explained to the Prime Minister in western terms, to smoke them out of 
their caves, to get them running so we can get them.
    The best way to do that, and one way to do that, is to ask for the 
cooperation of citizens within Afghanistan who may be tired of having 
the Taliban in place or tired of having Usama bin Laden, people from 
foreign soils, in their own land, willing to finance this repressive 
government.
    I understand the reality of what's taking place inside Afghanistan, 
and we're going to have a--listen, as I've told the Prime Minister, 
we're angry, but we've got a clear vision. We're upset, but we know what 
we've got to do. And the mission is to bring these particular terrorists 
to justice and, at the same time, send a clear signal, Terry [Terry 
Moran, ABC News], that says if you harbor a terrorist, if you aid a 
terrorist, if you hide terrorists, you're just as guilty as the 
terrorists.
    And this is an administration--we're not into nationbuilding; we're 
focused on justice. And we're going to get justice. It's going to take a 
while, probably. But I'm a patient man. Nothing will diminish my will 
and my determination--nothing.

Japan

    Q. Mr. President, do you expect any financial support also from 
Japan, including----
    President Bush. Financial proposals?
    Q. Yes.
    President Bush. You mean, related to our----
    Q. For the entire mission against terrorism.
    President Bush. For our--well, first of all, the Prime Minister, as 
he said, talked about $40 million of aid to Pakistan. That's a very 
important contribution. And I repeat the reason why: A stable Pakistan 
is very important to a stable world. After all, Pakistan has nuclear 
weapons, and we want stability in countries that may have nuclear 
weapons. And so that's a very important financial contribution.
    Remember, this war will be fought on a variety of fronts. It is not 
like wars that we're used to. There's very little that's conventional 
about it. It's different. And so, for example, the sharing of 
information is vital to find and rout out terrorism. It's vital that we 
have a cooperative relationship. It's vital that if we hear anything 
that may affect the security of Japan, that we're forthcoming with that 
information and vice versa.

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    And so the resources--again, you--the tendency is to think in terms 
of a conventional war, where people might put money in to support a 
military operation. That's not the kind of war we're talking about now. 
And so resources will be deployed in different ways: intelligence-
gathering, diplomacy, humanitarian aid, as well as cutting off 
resources. And one effective tool in getting these people is to cut off 
their money. And yesterday I made an announcement here about how we 
intend to do so.
    Prime Minister Koizumi. I believe there are many ways to cooperate. 
It is one way to provide financial assistance, but there are diplomatic 
means; there are ways to provide medical assistance; there is assistance 
to refugees; there is ways to transport supplies. And I believe these 
are all various ways in which we can cooperate.
    President Bush. Thank you all very much.

Note: The President spoke at 11:45 a.m. in the Colonnade at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to President Vladimir Putin of 
Russia, and Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaida terrorist 
organization. After the Prime Minister's opening remarks, he spoke in 
Japanese, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter.


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[Page 1375-1377]
 
Monday, October 1, 2001
 
Volume 37--Number 39
Pages 1357-1393
 
Week Ending Friday, September 28, 2001
 
Remarks to Federal Bureau of Investigation Employees

September 25, 2001

    Thank you all. Thanks. It's been my honor to come over to thank 
everybody for their hard work. I know there's a lot of folks here at the 
FBI who are working long hours. People are away from their families more 
than they want. But my presence here should assure you that I recognize 
the important contribution you make and that the FBI and the wonderful 
men and women who work here are an incredibly important part of the army 
that is going to win the war on terrorism.
    You've got some pretty good generals here, starting with General 
Ashcroft, who is doing a fine job as the Attorney General of America. I 
told the country when I picked the man that you don't have to worry 
where he stands and the values he brings to the job. I'm proud of the 
service. And I appreciate so very much Larry, as well, coming up from 
Atlanta, Georgia, to serve our country.
    As you know, I made an important pick to head the agency. I picked a 
good, solid American, a man who has been under fire before and who 
doesn't flinch under fire this time around, either. And that's Bob 
Mueller. Thank you for your service.
    First, I--as I mentioned to many of your colleagues, we're facing a 
different kind of war than our country is used to; that 2 weeks ago 
there was an act of war declared on America. No one could have possibly 
dreamed that it would come in the way it did, and it shocked our Nation, 
of course.
    And we've had time to think about it here in the country, and we're 
angry. But we're also clear--we've got clear vision about what the 
country needs to do. This is a nation that has come together to defend 
our freedom and our way of life.
    I see things this way: The people who did this act on America and 
who may be planning further acts are evil people. They don't represent 
an ideology; they don't represent a legitimate political group of 
people. They're flat evil. That's all they can think about, is evil. And 
as a nation of good folks, we're going to hunt them down, and we're 
going to find them, and we will bring them to justice.
    Ours is a nation that does not seek revenge, but we do seek justice. 
And I don't care how long it takes to rout out terrorism, we're going to 
do it. We will take the time and effort and spend the resources 
necessary to not only find these who--these evildoers who did what they 
did to America on September the 11th; this is a larger campaign against 
anybody who hates freedom, anybody who can't stand what America and our 
allies and friends stand for.

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