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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Congressional leaders, meeting--187
        Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville--200
        Small-business owners in Jacksonville--196
    Improving counterterrorism intelligence--204
    Judicial nominee Miguel A. Estrada--187
    Radio address--175
    Tennessee, National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville--
    Virginia, small investors in Alexandria--188
    West Virginia, ``Congress of Tomorrow'' Republican retreat reception 
        in White Sulphur Springs--176

Communications to Congress

    Amendments to the 1987 Treaty on Fisheries Between the Governments 
        of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the 
        United States of America, with Annexes, message transmitting--
    Chemical Weapons Convention, message reporting certification--195

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Frontier Airlines, letter transmitting subsidy budget request--195
    Iraq, letter transmitting report--204

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Designation of Officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs To Act 
        as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, memorandum--195
    Interagency Working Group on Assistive Technology Mobility Devices, 
    To Authorize a Drawdown for Afghanistan and Jordan, memorandum--204

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--184

Letters and Messages

    Eid al-Adha, message--186

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Australia, Prime Minister Howard--184
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on February 14, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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Statements by the President

    Colombia, terrorist attack--176
        Congressional action on 2003 appropriations legislation--203
        House of Representatives action on welfare reform legislation--
        Senate action on the nomination of Miguel A. Estrada to be U.S. 
            Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit--187
        Senate confirmation of William Donaldson as Chairman of the 
            Securities and Exchange Commission--203
    Greenhouse gas emissions, initiatives to reduce--192

Statements by the President--Continued

    National Strategy for Combating Terrorism--207
    National Strategy To Secure Cyberspace and the National Strategy for 
        the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--211
    Checklist of White House press releases--211
    Digest of other White House announcements--208
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--209

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Week Ending Friday, February 14, 2003
The President's Radio Address

February 8, 2003

    Good morning. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Powell briefed the 
United Nations Security Council on Iraq's illegal weapons programs, its 
attempts to hide those weapons, and its links to terrorist groups.
    The Iraqi regime's violations of Security Council resolutions are 
evident. They are dangerous to America and the world, and they continue 
to this hour.
    The regime has never accounted for a vast arsenal of deadly 
biological and chemical weapons. To the contrary, the regime is pursuing 
an elaborate campaign to conceal its weapons materials and to hide or 
intimidate key experts and scientists. This effort of deception is 
directed from the highest levels of the Iraqi regime, including Saddam 
Hussein, his son, Iraq's Vice President, and the very official 
responsible for cooperating with inspectors.
    The Iraqi regime has actively and secretly attempted to obtain 
equipment needed to produce chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. 
Firsthand witnesses have informed us that Iraq has at least seven mobile 
factories for the production of biological agents, equipment mounted on 
trucks and rails to evade discovery.
    The Iraqi regime has acquired and tested the means to deliver 
weapons of mass destruction. It has never accounted for thousands of 
bombs and shells capable of delivering chemical weapons. It is actively 
pursuing components for prohibited ballistic missiles. And we have 
sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field 
commanders to use chemical weapons, the very weapons the dictator tells 
us he does not have.
    One of the greatest dangers we face is that weapons of mass 
destruction might be passed to terrorists who would not hesitate to use 
those weapons. Saddam Hussein has longstanding, direct, and continuing 
ties to terrorist networks. Senior members of Iraqi intelligence and Al 
Qaida have met at least 8 times since the early 1990s. Iraq has sent 
bomb-making and document forgery experts to work with Al Qaida. Iraq has 
also provided Al Qaida with chemical and biological weapons training. 
And an Al Qaida operative was sent to Iraq several times in the late 
1990s for help in acquiring poisons and gases.
    We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a 
senior Al Qaida terrorist planner. This network runs a poison and 
explosives training camp in northeast Iraq, and many of its leaders are 
known to be in Baghdad.
    This is the situation as we find it: 12 years after Saddam Hussein 
agreed to disarm and more than 90 days after the Security Council passed 
Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote, Saddam Hussein was required to make 
a full declaration of his weapons programs. He has not done so. Saddam 
Hussein was required to fully cooperate in the disarmament of his 
regime. He has not done so. Saddam Hussein was given a final chance. He 
is throwing away that chance.
    Having made its demands, the Security Council must not back down 
when those demands are defied and mocked by a dictator. The United 
States would welcome and support a new resolution making clear that the 
Security Council stands behinds its previous demands. Yet, resolutions 
mean little without resolve, and the United States, along with a growing 
coalition of nations, will take whatever action is necessary to defend 
ourselves and disarm the Iraqi regime.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:15 a.m. on February 7 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on February 8. The 
transcript was made available by the Office

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of the Press Secretary on February 7 but was embargoed for release until 
the broadcast. In his remarks, the President referred to President 
Saddam Hussein of Iraq and his son, Qusay; and Vice President Taha Yasin 
Ramadan and presidential adviser Lt. Gen. Amir Al-Saadi of Iraq. The 
Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language 
transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, February 14, 2003
Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Colombia

February 8, 2003

    Last night, terrorists attacked a nightclub in Bogota, Colombia. The 
latest reports are that 25 innocent men and women were killed and more 
than 150 wounded.
    On behalf of the United States, I condemn this barbaric act of 
terrorism. I offer our deepest condolences to the Colombian families and 
friends of all who were murdered. We also hope and pray for the quick 
recovery of those that were injured.
    I extend to President Uribe and the people of Colombia our deepest 
sympathy for this horrible tragedy.
    We stand with the Colombian people in their fight against 
narcoterrorists who threaten their democratic way of life.
    We will offer all appropriate assistance to the Colombian Government 
in bringing to justice the murderers responsible for this act.

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Week Ending Friday, February 14, 2003
Remarks at the ``Congress of Tomorrow'' Republican Retreat Reception in 
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

February 9, 2003

    Thank you. Please be seated. Nothing like about an hour's speech for 
a Sunday lunch--[laughter]--trying to loosen up my vocal cords for the 
    Thanks for having me. And thanks for serving our country. First, I 
want to tell the family members who are here, I appreciate your 
sacrifice. I know it's hard to leave a district and a State that you 
love. I know your spouse is working incredibly long hours, and I want 
you to know that I feel that you're just as an important part of your 

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