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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, February 17, 2003 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 175-211 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Congressional leaders, meeting--187 Florida 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-- 179 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-- 187 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, memorandum--193 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President Colombia, terrorist attack--176 Congress Congressional action on 2003 appropriations legislation--203 House of Representatives action on welfare reform legislation-- 203 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 Assets--208 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 [[Page 175]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 175-176] Pages 175-211 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 [[Page 176]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 176] Pages 175-211 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 176-179] Pages 175-211 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 week. 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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