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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 19, 1996
Volume 32--Number 33
Pages 1443-1457

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Radio address--1443
    Wyoming, New World Mine property agreement in Yellowstone National 

Appointments and Nominations

    Special Representative for the Promotion of Democracy in Cuba--1455

Bill Signings

    Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996

Communications to Congress

    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Export Control Regulations, 
        letter transmitting notice--1453
    Iraq, letter reporting--1450

Executive Orders

    Maintaining Unofficial Relations With the People on Taiwan--1453

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in Jackson Hole, WY--1448, 1455


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Export Control Regulations--1453

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Cuba, efforts to bring democracy to--1455

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1457
    Checklist of White House press releases--1457
    Digest of other White House announcements--1456
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1457

Editor's Note: The President was in Jackson Hole, WY, on August 16, 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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Monday, August 19, 1996
Volume 32--Number 33
Pages 1443-1457
Week Ending Friday, August 16, 1996
The President's Radio Address

August 10, 1996

    Good morning. Earlier this week Hillary and I were honored to 
welcome America's Olympic team to the White House. I believe the 
centennial Olympics were the best ever. The competition was wonderful; a 
record 197 teams were involved. The crowds were enormous and 
enthusiastic. Our athletes amassed a terrific record. There were 
powerful moments of courage in victory and defeat that captured the 
imagination of the entire world.
    I think most of us wish the world would work more like the Olympics. 
There were all kinds of people bound together by mutual respect and 
acceptance of the rules of the game. All the individuals and teams had a 
chance, gave it their best, and win or lose, were better off for their 
    As heroic as the feats of the athletes in this Olympics was the way 
all those involved in the Atlanta games pressed on in the face of 
adversity. Just 2 weeks ago today a pipe bomb exploded in Centennial 
Olympic Park. It was a terrorist act aimed not only at the innocent 
people there but the very spirit of the Olympics. This was brutal 
evidence that no nation is immune from terrorism and an urgent reminder 
that we must do everything we can to fight the terrorists.
    The world we live in is more open than ever. People have more 
opportunities than ever because people and technology and information 
travel quickly across national borders. But these things that make us 
all closer and give us more chances also make us more vulnerable to the 
forces of organized destruction, to the drug traffickers, the organized 
criminals, the people who sell weapons of mass destruction, and of 
course, especially to the terrorists.
    What happened in the Olympic Centennial Park, that wonderful public 
space open to all people who visited Atlanta, is symbolic of the world's 
problem with terrorism. Now, that's why terrorism must be a central 
national security priority for the United States. Our efforts must and 
will be unrelenting, coordinated, and strong.
    We are pursuing a three-part strategy against terrorism:
    First, we're rallying the world community to stand with us against 
terrorism. From the Summit of the Peacemakers in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt, 
where 13 Arab nations for the very first time condemned terror in Israel 
and throughout the Middle East, to the antiterror agreements we reached 
with our G-7 partners in Russia last month to take specific common 
actions to fight terrorism, we are moving forward together. Our 
intelligence services have been sharing more information with other 
nations than ever, to stop terrorists before they act, capture them if 
they do, and see that they're brought to justice. We've imposed stiff 
sanctions with our allies against states that support terrorists. When 
necessary, we're acting on our own. A law I signed this week will help 
to deny Iran and Libya the money they use to finance international 
    Second, our antiterrorism strategy relies on tough enforcement and 
stern punishment here at home. We made terrorism a Federal offense, 
expanded the role of the FBI, imposed the death penalty. We've hired 
more law enforcement personnel, added resources, improved training. And 
I'm proposing a new law that will help to keep terrorists off our soil, 
fight money laundering, and punish violent crimes committed against 
Americans abroad.
    Third, we're tightening security on our airplanes and at our 
Nation's airports. From now on, we'll hand-search more luggage and 
screen more bags and require preflight inspections for any plane flying 
to or from the United States. I've asked Vice President Gore to head an 
effort to deploy new high-technology inspection machines at our air- 

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ports and to review all our security operations.
    We'll continue to press forward on all three of these fronts. But we 
cannot cast aside any tools in this fight for the security of our 
country and the safety of our people. That is exactly what the 
Republican majority in Congress did by stripping from the antiterrorism 
legislation key provisions that law enforcement needs to help them find 
out, track down, and shut down terrorists.
    Law enforcement has asked for wiretap authority to enable them to 
follow terrorists as they move from phone to phone. This is the only way 
to track stealthy terrorists as they plot their crimes. This authority 
has already been granted to our law enforcement officials when they're 
dealing with organized criminals. Surely, it is even more urgent to give 
them this authority when it comes to terrorists. But Congress said no.
    And law enforcement has also asked that explosives used to make a 
bomb be marked with a taggant, a trace chemical or a microscopic plastic 
chip scattered throughout the explosives. This way sophisticated 
machines can find bombs before they explode, and when they do explode 
police scientists can trace a bomb back to the people who actually sold 
the explosive materials that led to the bomb.
    Now, tagging works. In Switzerland over the past decade it's helped 
to identify who made bombs and explosives in over 500 cases. When it was 
being tested in our country several years ago, it helped police to find 
a murderer in Maryland.
    In the last 2 weeks since the Olympic bombing, our law enforcement 
officers have been working around the clock, but they have been denied a 
scientific tool that might help to solve investigations like this one.
    Our antiterrorism bill would have given us the ability to require 
tagging gunpowder often used in making pipe bombs. The Republicans in 
Congress could give law enforcement this antiterrorism tool, but once 
again they're listening to the gun lobby over law enforcement. It may be 
good politics, but it's not good for the American people.
    This is a reasonable proposal from our law enforcement community. It 
doesn't have anything to do with limiting people's ability to own or use 
guns in a lawful manner. The same people who opposed the Brady bill and 
the assault weapons ban are opposing this provision. I'd just like to 
remind them that no hunter or sportsman has lost a weapon or the right 
to use a weapon in a lawful manner as a result of the Brady bill or the 
assault weapons ban, but we're getting rid of 19 deadly assault weapons, 
and 60,000 felons, fugitives, and stalkers have not gotten handguns 
because of the Brady bill.
    We should have a good taggants provision in our antiterrorism 
legislation. So let's put aside interest group politics and honor the 
victims of terrorism, protect our people, and support our law 
enforcement officials by giving them the tools they plainly need.
    This fight against terrorism will be long and hard; there will be 
setbacks along the way. But let's remember, we can win. Already we have 
prevented planned terrorist attacks on the Holland Tunnel in New York, 
on the United Nations building, on our airplanes flying out of our west 
coast airports. Already we have succeeded in extraditing terrorists back 
to America and convicting terrorists and arresting others who are 
suspected of terrorism. We can whip this problem.
    Just as no enemy could drive us from the fight to meet our 
challenges and protect our values in World War II and the cold war, we 
cannot be driven from the fight against today's enemy, terrorism. We 
know that if we all work together, America will prevail.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 3:30 p.m. on August 9 at the Chapman 
Ranch in Jackson Hole, WY, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 10.

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Monday, August 19, 1996
Volume 32--Number 33
Pages 1443-1457
Week Ending Friday, August 16, 1996
Remarks on Signing the New World Mine Property Agreement at Yellowstone 
National Park, Wyoming

August 12, 1996

    Thank you. This is not the hardest speech I ever had to give. 
[Laughter] What a happy day. Let me thank you, Sue Glidden, for all the 
work you've done. Just before she came up here one of the folks sitting 
back here with us said, ``Well, now what are you going to do?'' And she 
said, ``Now I have my life

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back.'' I'm sure she'll find something to do with it--highly productive.
    Thank you very much, Mike Clark, for all the great work you have 
done. Thank you, Mike Finley and Marv Jensen and all the people at 
Yellowstone who do such a magnificent job preserving our Nation's great 
treasure. I'd like to thank John Schmidt and Jim Pipkin. Ian Bayer, 
thank you very much for what you said and for what you've done.
    I can't say enough to thank the other people in the administration; 
Katie McGinty who has been wonderful about this. And you mentioned the 
Vice President--I thank you very much. We have lunch once a week and at 
least every other lunch I asked him or he reported to me on whether this 
was ever going to get done or not. So in the middle of Bosnia and the 
budget and everything, we were--for one year--I know more about this 

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