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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 24, 2001

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses to the Nation

    U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, address 
        before a joint session of the Congress--1347

 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Capitol Hill, departure for--1346
    Charitable organizations--1331
    Congressional leaders--1342
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building, employees--1324
    Islamic Center of Washington--1327
    National security team, meeting--1319
    Radio address--1321
    Virginia, Pentagon employees in Arlington--1324
    White House, arrival--1322

 Appointments and Nominations

    White House staff, Office of Homeland Security, Director, remarks--

 Bill Signings

    Authorization for Use of Military Force, statement--1333

 Bill Signings--Continued

    Legislation to create the Brown v. Board of Education 50th 
        Anniversary Commission, statement--1336

 Communications to Congress

    Cuba, message transmitting report on telecommunications payments--
    Iran, message transmitting report on the national emergency--1345

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    FY 2002 Refugee Admissions Consultations, memorandum--1334

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Arlington, VA--1324
         Camp David, MD--1319
         Eisenhower Executive Office Building--1324
        White House
            Grand Foyer--1346
             Oval Office--1334, 1337, 1342
             South Lawn--1322
(continued on the inside of the back cover.)

   Editor's Note:   The President was at Camp David, MD, on September 
21, 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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Joint Statements

    United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia--1340
    United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia on Terrorism 
        and Religious Tolerance--1342

Letters and Messages

    Rosh Hashanah, 5762, message--1331

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    France, President Chirac--1334
    Indonesia, President Megawati--1337
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1345


    Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1329
    Minority Enterprise Development Week--1330


    National Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week--1328
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day--1351
    To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of 

Statements by the President

    See Bill Signings; joint statements

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1355
     Checklist of White House press releases--1354
     Digest of other White House announcements--1352
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1353

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Week Ending Friday, September 21, 2001
Remarks in a Meeting With the National Security Team and an Exchange 
With Reporters at Camp David, Maryland

September 15, 2001

    The President. I've asked the highest levels of our Government to 
come to discuss the current tragedy that has so deeply affected our 
Nation. Our country mourns for the loss of life and for those whose 
lives have been so deeply affected by this despicable act of terror.
    I am going to describe to our leadership what I saw: the wreckage of 
New York City, the signs of the first battle of war.
    We're going to meet and deliberate and discuss, but there's no 
question about it, this act will not stand. We will find those who did 
it; we will smoke them out of their holes; we will get them running; and 
we'll bring them to justice. We will not only deal with those who dare 
attack America; we will deal with those who harbor them and feed them 
and house them.
    Make no mistake about it: Underneath our tears is the strong 
determination of America to win this war. And we will win it.
    I'm going to ask the Secretary of State to say a few things, and 
then the Attorney General.
    Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Thank you, Mr. President. I 
might just say that I'm very pleased with the response we've been 
getting from the international community. I think every civilized nation 
in the world recognizes that this was an assault not just against the 
United States but against civilization.
    We should also take note, it's not just Americans who lost lives in 
the World Trade Center. Dozens of countries lost lives, and they realize 
that this was an attack against them, as well.
    We are receiving expressions of support from around the world and 
not just rhetorical support but real support for whatever may lay ahead 
in this campaign that is ahead of us to win the war that the President 
has spoken of.
    I might especially want to thank the President and the people of 
Pakistan for the support that they have offered and their willingness to 
assist us in whatever might be required in that part of the world as we 
determine who those perpetrators are. It's a coalition that will stay 
intact, that will be built upon over time. And what we have to do is not 
just go after these perpetrators and those who gave them haven but the 
whole curse of terrorism that is upon the face of the Earth. And this is 
a campaign that we have begun this week, and we will stick with it until 
we are successful.
    The President. Attorney General.
    Attorney General John D. Ashcroft. Four days ago we began an 
investigative effort to understand not only those who perpetrate this 
heinous assault against America and free people everywhere but to 
develop an understanding of those who are associated with it and how it 
was conducted.
    The FBI, together with very cooperative local and State officials 
and law enforcement agencies, has processed thousands of leads. We are 
making the kinds of contacts and developing the information that allow 
us to describe this as proceeding with reasonable success. We believe 
that the picture is developing a kind of clarity that's appropriate. We 
have named 19 individuals that we have high levels of confidence were 
the hijackers. And we are further refining our understanding of the ways 
in which this terrible crime was developed.
    I might add that we have put in place very serious measures that we 
believe will provide greater security and provide a basis for our 
country returning to the kind of freedom and business and conduct that 
is characteristic of this great Nation.

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U.S. Response to Terrorist Attacks

    Q. Sir, what do you say to Americans who are worried that the longer 
it takes to retaliate, the more chance the perpetrators have to escape 
and hide and just escape justice?
    The President. They will try to hide. They will try to avoid the 
United States and our allies, but we're not going to let them. They run 
to the hills. They find holes to get in, and we will do whatever it 
takes to smoke them out and get them running, and we'll get them.
    Listen, this is a great nation; we're a kind people. None of us 
could have envisioned the barbaric acts of these terrorists. But they 
have stirred up the might of the American people, and we're going to get 
them, no matter what it takes.
    In my radio address today I explained to the American people that 
this effort may require patience. But we're going to----
    Q. How long----
    The President. As long as it takes. And it's not just one person. 
We're talking about those who fed them, those who house them, those who 
harbor terrorists will be held accountable for this action.

Usama bin Laden

    Q. Sir, are you satisfied that Usama bin Laden is at least a kingpin 
of this operation?
    The President. There is no question he is what we would call a prime 
suspect. And if he thinks he can hide and run from the United States and 
our allies, he will be sorely mistaken.

U.S. Military

    Q. Mr. President, do you have a message for the reservists that you 
called up yesterday? Can you tell us whether you think more may have to 
be called up?
    The President. The message is for everybody who wears the uniform: 
Get ready. The United States will do what it takes to win this war. And 
I ask patience of the American people. There is no question in my mind 
we'll have the resolve. I witnessed it yesterday on the construction 
site. Behind the sadness and the exhaustion, there is a desire by the 
American people to not seek only revenge but to win a war against 
barbaric behavior, people that hate freedom and hate what we stand for.
    And this is an administration that is going to dedicate ourselves to 
winning that war.
    Q. What did Pakistan say it would do to help the United States?
    Secretary Powell. We put before the Pakistani Government a specific 
list of things that we would like cooperation on, and they've agreed to 
all those items. I'm not prepared to announce today what those specific 
items are. But the Pakistani Government was very forthcoming, and we're 

U.S. Response to Terrorist Attacks

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