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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, June 5, 1995
Volume 31--Number 22
Pages 915-966

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Bosnia, downed F-16--962
    Clean water legislation--921
    Colorado, Colorado Springs
        Peterson Air Force Base--932
        U.S. Air Force Academy commencement--923
        Community in Billings--936
        Roundtable discussion with farmers and agricultural leaders in 
        Town meeting in Billings--950
    NCAA men's and women's basketball champions--962
    POW/MIA postage stamp unveiling ceremony--917
    Radio address--915
    Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--919

Communications to Congress

    China, letter transmitting report on trade--963

Communications to Congress --Continued

    Former Eastern Bloc states, letter transmitting report on trade--964

Communications to Federal Agencies

    China, memorandum on trade--963
    Former Eastern Bloc states, memorandum on trade--964

Interviews With the News Media

        Jim Gransbery of the Billings Gazette--933
        U.S. Air Force News--929


    Time for the National Observance of the Fiftieth Anniversary of 
        World War II--916

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--966
    Checklist of White House press releases--965
    Digest of other White House announcements--964
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--965


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Monday, June 5, 1995
Volume 31--Number 22
Pages 915-966
Week Ending Friday, June 2, 1995
The President's Radio Address

May 27, 1995

    Good morning. It has now been over 5 weeks since the tragic bombing 
in Oklahoma City. In the days immediately after that tragedy, 
congressional leaders pledged to have the legislation I proposed to 
crack down on terrorism on my desk by Memorial Day. The Senate is now 
considering the antiterrorism bill. I'm glad they're working on it. At 
the same time, I disagree with the position of some Senators from both 
parties that three crucial weapons in the fight against terrorism should 
be stripped from the bill.
    The first concerns my proposal to expand the wiretap capabilities of 
Federal investigators. Terrorists move around. They don't want to be 
caught. They go from State to State, from motel to motel, from pay phone 
to pay phone. We need the power to move our taps and surveillance as 
fast as the terrorist moves his base of operations. But those who want 
to weaken my antiterrorism bill want law enforcement to go back to court 
for a new wiretap order each and every time a terrorist moves, unless we 
can specifically show that he's trying to evade our surveillance.
    We should protect citizens' privacy rights. But we shouldn't force 
law enforcement to lose valuable time by making them get a court to 
agree that a terrorist is trying to knowingly evade us. Have you ever 
heard of a terrorist who wasn't trying to evade the police? I don't care 
whether a terrorist is trying to knowingly evade the police. I care that 
he or she may be trying to plan another Oklahoma City bombing. And I 
want the police to stop those people cold.
    The restrictive view taken by some people in Congress would handicap 
our ability to track terrorists down, follow them when they move, and 
prevent their attacks on innocent people.
    The second disagreement I have is about my request that we should be 
able to use the full resources of the military to combat terrorists who 
are contemplating the use of biological or chemical weapons. In general, 
the military should not be involved in domestic law enforcement in any 
way. That's why it's against the law.
    But there is a limited exception to this authority: granting the 
authority to cooperate with law enforcement to the military where 
nuclear weapons are involved. There's a good reason for this. The 
military has the unique technical expertise, sophisticated equipment, 
and highly specialized personnel to fight a nuclear threat. Well, the 
same is true for biological and chemical weapons, which seem even more 
likely to be used in terrorist attacks in the future, as we saw recently 
in the terrible incident in the Japanese subway.
    Therefore, I can't understand how some Senators could actually 
suggest that it's okay to use the military for nuclear terrorism but not 
to use them for chemical and biological terrorism. We need their unique 
knowledge in all instances. I want law enforcement to have the authority 
to call in the military to deal with these chemical or biological 
weapons threats when they lack that expertise, equipment, or personnel. 
There's simply no reason why we should use anything less than the very 
best we have to fight and stop the extraordinary threat now posed by 
chemical and biological terrorism all around the world.
    Finally, I strongly disagree with Senators who want to remove a 
provision of my bill that will help us track down terrorists by marking 
the explosive materials they use to build their weapons. It would be a 
relatively simple matter to include something called a tagget in 
materials used to build explosive devices. That way, law enforcement 
could track bomb materials back to their source and dramatically 
increase their ability to find and apprehend terrorists.

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    There is no reason to delay enactment of a law that would require 
taggets in explosive materials. Every day that goes by without a law 
like that is another day a terrorist can walk into a store and buy 
material that is virtually untraceable. As long as the basic building 
blocks of bombs are sold without taggets, we can only hope they're not 
being bought by terrorists.
    The Senators who want to oppose my bill on these points simply argue 
that these provisions will open the door to an overly broad domestic use 
of military troops, to overly invasive wiretapping, or to an erosion of 
the constitutional rights of those who buy explosives. I disagree. 
Constitutional protections and legal restrictions are not being 
repealed. We are simply giving law enforcement agencies who are 
committed to fighting terrorists for us the tools they need to succeed 
in the modern world.
    I want to work with Congress to resolve these differences and to 
make my antiterrorism bill the law as soon as possible.
    On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who fought and died in 
our Nation's wars to keep America free. In the 21st century, the 
security of the American people will require us to fight terrorism all 
around the world and, unfortunately, here at home. It's a fight we have 
to be able to win.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 2:22 p.m. on May 26 in the Oval Office 
at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 27.

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Monday, June 5, 1995
Volume 31--Number 22
Pages 915-966
Week Ending Friday, June 2, 1995
Proclamation 6806--Time for the National Observance of the Fiftieth 
Anniversary of World War II, 1995

May 26, 1995

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    In remembering the nightmare we now know as World War II, it is 
natural and fitting that we pause to mourn our loss. Eleven million 
service members--more than 400,000 of them American--perished in that 
war. Countless more civilians died in its awful course. We Americans 
retain a special bond to all of these heroes. We've seen pictures of 
their faces and told stories of their courage. For when the darkest days 
of fear seemed to tear our world apart, the brave millions we now honor 
kept liberty alive.
    As the forces of oppression sought to extinguish freedom's light, 
Americans from every walk of life heard the call to service. Women 
joined our Nation's factories, and farmers doubled their efforts in our 
fields. Victory gardens flourished across the land, and although the 
rationing of goods made our dinners less than feasts, the sharing of a 
cause filled our hearts with hope. Hand in hand, our parents and 
grandparents led our Nation on to victory, and together with our allies, 
we prevailed.
    Like the men and women who fought half a century ago, Americans 
today are just as bound to defend the cause of freedom. Now as then, we 
are privileged to see the triumph of democracy in nations too long 
oppressed. Now as then, we know that service is our highest call. And 
still today, we pray for lasting peace.
    May the spirit of those prayers forever grace our land. May they 
guide relations between citizens and friendships among nations. May our 
children remember our cause well, and may they one day see a time when 
harmony fills the Earth.
    The Congress, by Public Law 103-291, has designated May 29, 1995, 
through June 6, 1995, as a ``Time for the National Observance of the 
Fiftieth Anniversary of World War II.''
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim May 29, 1995, through June 6, 
1995, as a Time for the National Observance of the Fiftieth Anniversary 
of World War II. I call upon all Americans to celebrate these days with 
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth 
day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-five, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and nineteenth.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 1:43 p.m., May 30, 1995]

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Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on May 29, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
June 1.

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