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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 
         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 
    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
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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


    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

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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.

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    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.

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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.
    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 

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