September 29, 2001
Good morning. I want to report to you on the progress being made on many fronts
in our war against terrorism. This is a different kind of war, which we will
wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity.
In recent days, many members of our military have left their homes and families
and begun moving into a place for missions to come. Thousands of Reservists
have been called to active duty. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast
Guardmen are being deployed to points around the globe, ready to answer when
their country calls. Our military families have accepted many hardships, and
our nation is grateful for their willing service.
The men and women of the Armed Forces are united in their dedication to freedom
and they will make us proud in the struggle against terrorism.
International cooperation is gaining momentum. This week, I met with the Prime
Ministers of two of America's closest friends: Canada and Japan. Other countries,
from Russia to Indonesia, are giving strong support as the war against terrorism
moves forward. America is grateful to the nations that have cut off diplomatic
ties with the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which is sheltering terrorists.
The United States respects the people of Afghanistan and we are their largest
provider of humanitarian aid. But we condemn the Taliban, and welcome the support
of other nations in isolating that regime.
We have also launched a strike against the financial foundation of the global
terror network. Our goal is to deny terrorists the money they need to carry
our their plans. We began by identifying 27 terrorist organizations, terrorist
leaders and foreign businesses and charities that support or front for terrorism.
We froze whatever assets they had here in the United States, and we blocked
them from doing business with people, companies or banks in our country. Many
governments and financial institutions around the world are joining in this
effort to starve terrorists of funding.
This week I visited the headquarters at the FBI and the CIA. Their agents and
analysts have been on the case around the clock, uncovering and pursuing the
enemy. In the long campaign ahead, they will need our continued support, and
every necessary tool to do their work.
I'm asking Congress for new law enforcement authority, to better track the communications
of terrorists, and to detain suspected terrorists until the moment they are
deported. I will also seek more funding and better technology for our country's
This week, we also took strong steps to improve security on planes and in airports,
and to restore confidence in air travel. We're providing airlines with federal
grants to make cockpits more secure through measures including fortified doors
and stronger locks. And we're dramatically increasing the number of federal
air marshals on our planes.
Americans will have the confidence of knowing that fully equipped officers of
the law are flying with them in far greater numbers. I'm also working with Congress
to put federal law enforcement in charge of all bag and passenger screening
at our airports. Standards will be tougher and enforced by highly trained professionals
who know exactly what they're looking for. To enhance safety immediately, I've
asked governors to place National Guardsmen at security checkpoints in airports.
As all these actions make clear, our war on terror will be much broader than
the battlefields and beachheads of the past. This war will be fought wherever
terrorists hide, or run, or plan. Some victories will be won outside of public
view, in tragedies avoided and threats eliminated. Other victories will be clear
Our weapons are military and diplomatic, financial and legal. And in this struggle,
our greatest advantages are the patience and resolve of the American people.
We did not seek this conflict, but we will win it. America will act deliberately
and decisively, and the cause of freedom will prevail. Thank you for listening.