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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, September 24, 2001 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 1319-1355 Contents [[Page ii]] 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-- 1346 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-- 1351 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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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Proclamations Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1329 Minority Enterprise Development Week--1330 Proclamations--Continued 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 Preferences--1344 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 [[Page 1319]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1319-1321] Pages 1319-1355 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. [[Page 1320]] 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 appreciative. U.S. Response to Terrorist Attacks
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