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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, September 16, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 1517-1541 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation Terrorist attacks of September 11 from Ellis Island, New York--1528 Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Afghan Embassy--1525 Michigan, implementation of the ``Smart Border'' Declaration and Action Plan in Detroit--1521 New York See also Addresses to the Nation Luncheon honoring U.N. Secretary-General Annan in New York City--1535 Reception for heads of U.N. General Assembly delegations in New York City--1535 U.N. General Assembly in New York City--1529 Radio address--1517 Virginia, Pentagon in Arlington--1527 Communications to Congress Colombia, letter transmitting report on military personnel and civilians involved in the antinarcotics campaign--1520 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Afghan Embassy--1525 Camp David, MD--1518 New York City, NY--1537 Joint Statements President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Implementation of the ``Smart Border'' Declaration and Action Plan--1523 Road Construction in Afghanistan by the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Japan, and the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia--1534 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Afghanistan, President Karzai--1533 Burundi, President Buyoya--1537 Cameroon, President Biya--1537 Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--1521, 1523 Central African Republic, President Patasse--1537 Chad, President Deby--1537 Democratic Republic of the Congo, President Kabila--1537 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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[[Page ii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued Equatorial Guinea, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo--1537 Gabon, President Bongo--1537 Japan, Prime Minister Koizumi--1534 Portugal, Prime Minister Durao Barroso--1524 Republic of the Congo, President Sassou-Nguesso--1537 Rwanda, President Kagame--1537 Sao Tome and Principe, President De Menezes--1537 Saudi Arabia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Saud--1534 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1518 United Nations, Secretary-General Annan--1535 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks--1536 Statements by the President Healthy Forests Initiative, proposed legislation to implement--1535 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1541 Checklist of White House press releases--1540 Digest of other White House announcements--1538 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1539 [[Page 1517]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1517-1518] Pages 1517-1541 Week Ending Friday, September 13, 2002 The President's Radio Address September 7, 2002 Good morning. Next week, our Nation will pause to honor and remember the lives lost on September the 11th. We must also remember a central lesson of the tragedy: Our homeland is vulnerable to attack, and we must do everything in our power to protect it. We protect our country by relentlessly pursuing terrorists across the Earth, assessing and anticipating our vulnerabilities, and acting quickly to address those vulnerabilities and prevent attacks. America needs a single department of Government dedicated to the task of protecting our people. Right now, responsibilities for homeland security are scattered across dozens of departments in Washington. By ending duplication and overlap, we will spend less on overhead and more on protecting America. And we must give the Department of Homeland Security every tool it needs to succeed. One essential tool this new Department needs is the flexibility to respond to terrorist threats that can arise or change overnight. The Department of Homeland Security must be able to move people and resources quickly, without being forced to comply with a thick book of bureaucratic rules. For example, we have three agencies working to safeguard our borders, the INS, the Customs Service, and the Border Patrol. They all have different cultures and different strategies but should be working together in a streamlined effort. Other Federal agencies dealing with national security already have this flexibility, the FBI and the CIA and the new Transportation Security Administration. It seems like, to me, if it's good enough for these agencies, it should be good enough for the new Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the new Secretary of Homeland Security needs the authority to transfer some funds, limited funds, among Government accounts in response to terrorist threats. This requirement is nothing new; such authority is presently available to numerous agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Energy. The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would ensure the flexibility and authority needed for the Department of Homeland Security to effectively carry out its mission. The legislation now in the Senate would not. The Senate bill would not allow the new Secretary of Homeland Security to shift resources or streamline functions in response to a terrorist threat without a time-consuming approval process. And the legislation would keep in place a process that can take up to 18 months just to fire an employee. The Senate bill also provides no transfer authority for the Secretary of Homeland Security. Under the Senate bill, the Secretary would have to ask the President to submit a supplemental budget request to Congress, and then wait for Congress to act every time new terrorist threats presented a need for additional funding. In this war on terror, this is time we simply do not have. Even worse, the Senate bill would weaken the President's well- established authority to prohibit collective bargaining when a national security interest demands it. Every President since Jimmy Carter has used this authority, and a time of war is not time to limit a President's ability to act in the interest of national security. Senators need to understand I will not accept a homeland security bill that puts special interests in Washington ahead of the security of the American people. I will not accept a homeland security bill that ties the hands of this administration or future administrations in defending our Nation against terrorist attacks. [[Page 1518]] America has been engaged in this war for nearly a year, and we've made real progress. Yet more work remains. A new Department of Homeland Security will help us to protect our country, but only if it has the tools to get the job done. I urge the Senate to follow the House's lead and pass legislation that gives the Department the flexibility and the authority it needs to protect the American people. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 11:35 a.m. on September 6 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on September 7. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 6 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1518-1520] Pages 1517-1541 Week Ending Friday, September 13, 2002 Remarks Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and an Exchange With Reporters at Camp David, Maryland September 7, 2002 President Bush. It's my honor to welcome the Prime Minister back to Camp David. I look forward to spending a good 3 hours talking to our friend about how to keep the peace. This world faces some serious threat--and threats--and we're going to talk about it. We're going to talk about how to promote freedom around the world. We're going to talk about our shared values of--recognizes the worth of every individual. And I'm looking forward to this time. It's awfully thoughtful of Tony to come over here. It's an important meeting, because he's an important ally, an important friend. Welcome. Prime Minister Blair. Thanks. I'm looking very much forward, obviously, to discussing the issues that are preoccupying us at the moment, with the President. And I thank him for his kind invitation to come here and his welcome. The point that I would emphasize to you is that the threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability, that threat is real. We only need to look at the report from the International Atomic Energy Agency this morning showing what has been going on at the former nuclear weapons sites to realize that. And the policy of inaction is not a policy we can responsibly subscribe to. So the purpose of our discussion today is to work out the right strategy for dealing with this, because deal with it we must. President Bush. AP lady [Jennifer Loven, Associated Press]. Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction Q. Mr. President, can you tell us what conclusive evidence of any nuclear--new evidence you have of nuclear weapons capabilities of Saddam Hussein?
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