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specifically talking about, and what do you want from them?
    President Bush. I am going to the United Nations to give a speech on 
Saturday. And I am going to praise those nations who have joined our 
coalition. But a coalition partner must do more than just express 
sympathy; a coalition partner must perform. And our coalition partner 
here has performed; we work together.
    And that means different things for different nations. Some nations 
don't want to contribute troops, and we understand that. Other nations 
can contribute intelligence sharing, and for that we're grateful. But 
all nations, if they want to fight terror, must do something. It is time 
for action. And that's going to be the message of my speech at the 
United Nations.
    I have no specific nation in mind, at least as I stand here now. 
Everybody ought to be given the benefit of the doubt. But over time, 
it's going to be important for nations to know they will be held 
accountable for inactivity. You are either with us or you are against us 
in the fight against terror. And that's going to be part of my speech at 
the United Nations.
    Last question.
    President Chirac. Just one comment. I would just like to remind you, 
ladies and gentlemen, that through Resolution 1373, the Security Council 
of the United Nations acknowledged the legitimacy of U.S. action and 
also outlined the obligation for all countries to join the fight against 
terrorism. So, of course, all nations and countries contribute according 
to their capabilities. But there is no way they can get out of this 
commitment. It is the legitimacy and the legitimate reaction of the U.S. 
that was endorsed.
    President Bush. The soup is getting cold. Do you want one more 
question from the French press?
    President Chirac. You are the--you're the boss.
    President Bush. I'm the boss? Well, let's go eat, then. [Laughter] 
Thank you, Mr. President.

Note: The President spoke at 11:44 a.m. in the Rose Garden at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al 
Qaida terrorist organization. President Chirac referred to U.N. Special 
Representative for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi. President Chirac spoke 
in French, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter.

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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
Remarks at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in Vienna, Virginia

November 7, 2001

    The United States is pressing the war against terror on every front, 
from the mountains of Afghanistan to the bank accounts of terrorist 
organizations. The first strike in the war against terror targeted the 
terrorists' financial support. We put the world's financial

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institutions on notice: If you do business with terrorists, if you 
support them or sponsor them, you will not do business with the United 
States of America.
    Today we are taking another step in our fight against evil. We are 
shutting down two major elements of the terrorists international 
financial network, both at home and abroad. Ours is not a war just of 
soldiers and aircraft. It's a war fought with diplomacy, by the 
investigations of law enforcement, by gathering intelligence, and by 
cutting off the terrorists' money.
    I want to thank Secretary Paul O'Neill for being here today and for 
being the leader of this fine organization. I want to thank the 
Director, Jim Sloan, as well. You're doing some imaginative work here at 
the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and I want to thank all the 
fine Americans who are on the frontline of our war, the people who work 
    I want to thank Secretary Colin Powell for being here, as well. He's 
doing a magnificent job of stitching together one of the greatest 
coalitions ever, a coalition of nations that stands for freedom. And I 
want to thank our Attorney General for coming--the man whose job it is 
to make sure that any time we find anybody inside our country who will 
threaten an American, threaten our institutions, they will be brought to 
justice. And that's exactly what our Nation is doing.
    Acting on solid and credible evidence, the Treasury Department of 
the United States today blocked the U.S. assets of 62 individuals and 
organizations connected with two terror-supporting financial networks, 
the Al Taqwa and the Al Barakaat. Their offices have been shut down in 
four U.S. States. And our G-8 partners and other friends, including the 
United Arab Emirates, have joined us in blocking assets and coordinating 
enforcement action.
    Al Taqwa is an association of offshore banks and financial 
management firms that have helped Al Qaida shift money around the world. 
Al Barakaat is a group of money-wiring and communication companies owned 
by a friend and supporter of Usama bin Laden. Al Taqwa and Al Barakaat 
raise funds for Al Qaida; they manage, invest, and distribute those 
funds. They provide terrorist supporters with Internet service, secure 
telephone communications, and other ways of sending messages and sharing 
information. They even arrange for the shipment of weapons.
    They present themselves as legitimate businesses. But they skim 
money from every transaction for the benefit of terrorist organizations. 
They enable the proceeds of crime in one country to be transferred to 
pay for terrorist acts in another.
    The entry point to these networks may be a small storefront 
operation, but follow the network to its center and you discover wealthy 
banks and sophisticated technology, all at the service of mass 
murderers. By shutting these networks down, we disrupt the murderers' 
work. Today's action interrupts Al Qaida's communications; it blocks an 
important source of funds. It provides us with valuable information and 
sends a clear message to global financial institutions: You are with us, 
or you are with the terrorists. And if you're with the terrorists, you 
will face the consequences.
    We fight an enemy who hides in caves in Afghanistan and in the 
shadows within in our own society. It's an enemy who can only survive in 
darkness. Today we've taken another important action to expose the enemy 
to the light and to disrupt its ability to threaten America and innocent 
    I'm proud of the actions of our agencies. We're making a difference. 
We're slowly but surely tightening the noose, and we will be victorious.
    Now it's my honor to welcome the Secretary of Treasury, Paul 

Note: The President spoke at 1:52 p.m. in the FinCEN office's Multimedia 
Room. In his remarks, he referred to Shaykh Ahme Nur Jimale, founder, Al 
Barakaat, and Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaida terrorist 

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Week Ending Friday, November 9, 2001
Remarks Following Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the 
United Kingdom and an Exchange With Reporters

November 7, 2001

    President Bush. The last time we were standing here, I was getting 
ready to give an

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address to the United States Congress. And I knew then that the Prime 
Minister and the people he represents were going to be great friends of 
the United States in our mutual struggle against terrorism, and he has 
certainly proven that over the last weeks. We've got no better friend in 
the world than Great Britain. I've got no better person that I would 
like to talk to about our mutual concerns than Tony Blair. He brings a 
lot of wisdom and judgment as we fight evil.
    He also is, like me, determined. Nothing will deter us in this all-
important goal. We both recognize that we wage a fight to save 
civilization and that we must prevail and, not only must prevail, will 
    We've had a great discussion about progress in Afghanistan. I fully 
believe we're making great progress. I told the American people many 
times, and I've told the press corps many times that this is a struggle 
that's going to take a while, that it's not one of these Kodak moments. 
There is no moment to this; this is a long struggle and a different kind 
of war. But we're patient, and our close friends are patient, which is 
bad news for the Taliban and the people they harbor.
    Secondly, we talked a lot about making sure that our great 
compassion for the innocents in Afghanistan is fulfilled. We must feed 
the people. And the Prime Minister has--every time I've talked to him, 
which is a lot, is constantly talking about how we make sure that we 
fulfill the mission, not only military but fulfill the mission of 
helping people in need. And also, we continue to discuss the vision of a 
post-Taliban Afghanistan, and how do we make sure that all parties 
involved in that part of the world have a stake in the future? He's got 
a clear vision; he is a strong friend; and I welcome him back to the 
White House.
    Prime Minister Blair. First of all, can I say how pleased I am to be 
back at the White House in the company of President Bush and to have 
continued the discussions we've been having over these past weeks and 
continue them face to face. And can I thank him once again for his 
leadership and his strength at this time. And can I say to him, on 
behalf of the people of my country, but I believe people right across 
the world, that the determination to see that justice is done is every 
bit as strong today as it was on September the 11th.
    The cause is just. The strategy is there. The determination is 
there, and there is a complete and total commitment to making sure that 
this is a battle in which we will prevail, and we will. I have no doubt 
about that at all.
    What we've discussed already and will carry on discussing is, 
obviously, the military strategy in Afghanistan. We have discussed the 
humanitarian issues to make sure that we are doing everything we 
possibly can to help the plight of people in Afghanistan. And we should 
never forget that some 4\1/2\ million of them were refugees before the 
11th of September.
    We have discussed, also, the reconstruction of Afghanistan, how we 
make sure that after the present Taliban regime led by Mullah Omar is 
out of the way, that we construct a broad-based regime that is 
representative of all the different groupings in Afghanistan and offers 
some hope of stability and prosperity for that part of the world.
    And we have, obviously, also discussed how important it is that at 
this moment in time, we carry on building that strong coalition against 
international terrorism in all its forms. And I believe that that 
coalition, if anything, is even stronger today.
    Certainly, from the discussions I had with European leaders just a 
few days ago, their commitment is real, and their determination is also 
absolute to see this thing done. So can I once again thank President 
Bush very much for his kindness in welcoming me here.
    President Bush. The Prime Minister has consented to take a couple of 
questions, as will I. We are going to enforce the one-question rule, 
however, Fournier [Ron Fournier, Associated Press]. And that is, you get 
to ask me or him a question. [Laughter]
    Q. That's an Executive order?
    President Bush. Well--[laughter].
    Prime Minister Blair. It looks like it.
    Are you going to go first, George, or what?

Progress in the War on Terrorism

    Q. It has been 8 weeks since the September 11th attacks, and we 
don't know where Usama bin Laden is. It has been several weeks since the 
anthrax attacks, but we

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don't know who sent the letters. What do you say to Americans who might 
be frustrated and impatient despite your admonition about the ``Kodak 
    President Bush. Yes. I will say to them, we fight a new kind of war. 
Never would we dream that someone would use our own airplanes to attack 
us and/or the mail to attack us. I will tell them that we have put a 
sound strategy in place that has got Usama bin Laden and the Al Qaida 
thugs on the run. And I will tell them that we will bring them to 
    I can't tell them exactly when. But I will tell them that we will 
prevail. There's no question in my mind. We know he hides in caves, and 
we're shutting down caves. We know he moves around at night, and we're 
looking for him.
    We know that, slowly but surely, the Taliban is crumbling; its 
defenses are crumbling; its folks are defecting. We know that if you're 
on the frontline and if you're a Taliban soldier, you're likely to get 
injured, because we're relentless in our pursuit of the mission.
    In terms of the anthrax, we don't know who did it yet. We do know 
it's a terrorist. Anybody who would use the mail to try to kill an 
American is a terrorist. But we do know this, Ron, that we've responded 
rapidly, that our health officials are performing really fine work. And 
I truly believe, as I've said many times, I believe they have saved a 
lot of lives. We know how to treat anthrax. And we now know we need 
sanitation machines in our post offices, machines to sanitize the mail, 
and we're putting those in.
    We know that we're fighting evil. And the American people are 
patient. They've heard the call. And tomorrow night I'm going to put out 
an address that reminds the Nation that we're truly a great nation, that 
we've responded in ways that the enemy could never have imagined. And 
I'm so proud of the patience and steadfast nature of our people.
    Mr. Prime Minister.
    Prime Minister Blair. [Inaudible]--say a word on that?
    President Bush. No, you can call on somebody.
    Prime Minister Blair. Yes.

Situation in the Middle East

    Q. Mr. President, since we're limited to only one leader, can I ask 
you whether you think you can win this struggle against terrorism 
without a settlement in the Middle East? And in view of the rather 
strident notes struck by both sides on the Prime Minister's tour of the 
Middle East last week, what do you think the United States can do to 
bring that resolution about?
    President Bush. Of course we can win the war against Al Qaida.
    Q. Without a Middle East settlement?
    President Bush. Oh, I believe we can. I believe we're going to--we 
are hunting them down as we speak, and we will bring them to justice.
    But remember, the war is beyond just Afghanistan. There are over 60 
Al Qaida organizations around the world. And today we struck a blow for 
freedom by cutting off their money--one of their money sources. And I'm 
absolutely convinced we can.
    Having said that, however, we are both working hard to try to bring 
peace to the Middle East. My Secretary of State, who is here, spends 
enormous amounts of time on the phone with both parties, urging for 
there to be calm so that we can get into the Mitchell process. There is 
a process in place that will lead to peace, called Mitchell. It has been 
embraced by all or most of the nations of the world, and we are working 
hard to get us into the Mitchell process.
    There is no doubt in my mind--no doubt in my mind--we will bring Al 
Qaida to justice, peace or no peace in the Middle East.
    Prime Minister Blair. Can I just say a word on that? There is no way 
whatever in which our action in Afghanistan is conditional on progress 
in the Middle East. And indeed, one of the things that bin Laden wants 
to do is to try and hijack the Palestinian cause for his own purposes.
    Now, we are taking the action in Afghanistan, and I believe, 
incidentally, people are patient about this. I think they understand 
this is not a conventional conflict; it is not fought in a conventional 
way. It takes a lot of strategy and planning and determination over a 
period of time to be successful. But be under no doubt at all: Our 
objectives, which is to close down that terrorist network

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in Afghanistan, those objectives will be achieved.
    Now, even though it is not conditional in any sense, of course we 

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