For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 22, 2004
in the War on Terror
today announced a 9.7% increase in government-wide homeland security
funding in his FY 2005 budget, nearly tripling the FY 2001 levels
(excluding the Department of Defense and Project BioShield).
budget will propose increasing counterterrorism funding through
the Department of Justice to $2.6 billion, a 19% increase over
FY 2004 levels. The additional Department of Justice resources
will put more FBI agents to work on counterterrorism activities,
bringing overall FBI funding to $5.1 billion - a $1.9 billion
(60%) increase over FY 2001 levels. The additional resources
will also strengthen the FBI's intelligence capabilities and
support the interagency Terrorist Threat Integration Center
(TTIC), announced by President Bush in last year's State of
the Union Address.
the Federal government has provided more than $13 billion to
help state and local governments prepare for terrorism.
Over two years
have passed since the last attack on American soil, but the danger
is still clear. As President Bush reminded the Nation in his
State of the Union Address, "[I]t is tempting to believe that
the danger is behind us. That hope is understandable, comforting
-- and false." President Bush, joined by a bipartisan majority
in Congress, made the decision that we would not stand by and
wait for another attack. Instead, America has taken the fight
to the terrorists.
America's steadfast resolve is paying
dividends. Terrorists are being rounded up, regimes that harbor
and sponsor them have been defeated, and states pursuing weapons
of mass destruction are getting the message. At the same time,
America will redouble its efforts to spread democracy and freedom
as alternatives to terror and violence.
Significant Progress in the War on TerrorProtecting Our
Bush's leadership, America has made an unprecedented commitment
to homeland security, including leading the most extensive
reorganization of the Federal government in 50 years by creating
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS is working to
protect our skies, borders, ports, and critical infrastructure
as well as supporting the new intelligence mission and providing
research to develop the next generation of terrorism countermeasures.
was created, there were inspectors from three different agencies
of the Federal Government and Border Patrol officers protecting
our borders. Through DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) now consolidates all border activities into a single
agency to create "one face at the border." This not only better
secures the borders of the United States, but it also eliminates
many of the inefficiencies that occurred under the old system.
With over 18,000 CBP inspectors and 11,000 Border Patrol agents,
CBP has 29,000 uniformed officers on our borders.
11, 2001, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 124,000 port
security patrols, 13,000 air patrols, boarded more than 92,000
vessels, interdicted over 14,000 individuals attempting to
enter the United States illegally, and created and maintained
more than 90 Maritime Security Zones.
than a year, over 45,000 Federal security screeners were hired,
trained, and deployed at America's airports. All people and
their baggage are now being professionally inspected prior
regarding nearly 100% of all containerized cargo is carefully
screened by DHS before it arrives in the United States. Higher
risk shipments are physically inspected for terrorist weapons
and contraband prior to being released from the port of entry.
technologies are being deployed to identify warning signs of
chemical, biological, or radiological attacks. Since September
11, 2001, hundreds of thousands of first responders across
America have been trained to recognize and respond to the effects
of a WMD attack.
In the past
year, DHS has visited several hundred chemical facilities in
high-threat urban areas and has identified measures to improve
their security. As a result, millions of Americans are safer
Threat Integration Center (TTIC) has been established, integrating
and analyzing terrorism threat-related information collected
domestically and abroad, ensuring that intelligence and law
enforcement entities are working in common purpose.
Screening Center was established to consolidate terrorist watchlists
and provide 24/7 operational support for thousands of Federal
screeners across the country and around the world. The Center
will ensure that government investigators, screeners, and agents
are working off the same unified, comprehensive set of anti-terrorist
information - and that they have access to information and
expertise that will allow them to act quickly when a suspected
terrorist is screened or stopped. The Center began operations
on December 1, 2003, and remains on schedule to achieve full
operational capability in 2004.
PATRIOT ACT provides authorities that strengthen law enforcement's
abilities to prevent, investigate, and prosecute acts of terror,
facilitating Federal government efforts to thwart potential
terrorist activity throughout the United States. President
Bush, in his State of the Union Address, called on Congress
to take action to ensure that these vital law enforcement tools
do not expire.
the Al-Qaida Network
leader and member by member, Al-Qaida is being hunted down
in dozens of countries around the world. Of the senior al-Qaida
leaders, operational managers, and key facilitators the U.S.
Government has been tracking, nearly two-thirds have been taken
into custody or killed. The detentions or deaths of senior
al-Qaida leaders, including Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, the mastermind
of 9/11, and Muhammad Atef, Usama Bin Ladin's second-in-command
until his death in late 2001, have been important in the War
these successes, we cannot rest until al-Qaida has been fully
dismantled. Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for recent
terrorist attacks in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida supporters
have been arrested in the United States - including in Buffalo,
New York, and Portland, Oregon - a clear sign that the terrorists
are still plotting to strike America again.
Afghan People and Denying Refuge to Terrorists
the Taliban regime, which turned the country into a training
camp for al-Qaida, has been removed from power. America and
more than 20 other allied countries are continuing operations
against Al-Qaida and Taliban elements in the region while helping
the Afghan people rebuild their nation.
15 million Afghan citizens have been freed from the brutal
zealotry of the Taliban. Millions of Afghan women are experiencing
freedom for the first time, and thousands of Afghan girls
are going to school an act that was illegal under the Taliban
States led the world in providing humanitarian assistance
and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The U.S. Congress
passed the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act, which authorizes
$3.47 billion for Afghanistan over fiscal years 2003-2006.
More than 400,000 metric tons of food have been delivered
since operations in Afghanistan began. The United States
is assisting in the repair of more than 7,000 kilometers
of roads, reconstruction of more than 70 bridges, and the
rehabilitation of over 11,000 water wells, canals, dams,
and water systems.
and stability are improving as the new Afghan National Army
(ANA) and the Afghan National Police grow in size. The central
government is gradually but surely extending its authority
throughout the country. And the U.S. military is helping
the Afghan people help themselves through provincial reconstruction
teams (PRTs), which carry out both civil-military operations
and security functions. Twelve ANA battalions consisting
of 6,000 troops have been trained and are on full-time duty,
with a goal of 10,000 by June 2004 and 70,000 eventually.
The ANA is a disciplined fighting force capable of conducting
both combat and civil-military-affairs, and is currently
helping coalition forces hunt down remnants of the Taliban
Progress in Iraq - the Front Lines of the War on Terror
the United States and its allies liberated 25 million people
from the Saddam Hussein regime. Since then, working with our
allies and the Iraqi people themselves, we have discovered:
evidence that Saddam Hussein was in material breach of UN
Security Council Resolution 1441, a last chance that promised "serious
consequences" if Saddam refused full and immediate cooperation
with international weapons inspections.
unknown human rights atrocities, including at least 50 mass
graves where an estimated 300,000 victims of Saddam's vicious
regime are buried; torture chambers and rape rooms run by
the Iraqi secret police; and systematic oppression of Iraqi
of Iraq's links to international terrorism, including first-hand
accounts of high-level meetings between Iraqi Intelligence
Service officials and al-Qaida.
with the Iraqi people and a broad international coalition,
America is helping to bring peace, stability, and democracy
of the 55 most wanted regime members have been captured or
killed, including the dictator himself - Saddam Hussein.
The capture of Saddam Hussein sent a powerful message to
the Iraqi people that the tyranny of the past will never
Armed Forces are taking the offensive against remnants of
the Saddam Hussein regime and foreign terrorists, leading
over 1,600 patrols a day and conducting an average of 180
raids a week. More than 200,000 Iraqis are serving in Iraqi
security forces, including police, border patrol, and the
New Iraqi Army.
coalition of nations is providing support for efforts to
stabilize and rebuild Iraq. More than 30 countries, including
11 of the 19 NATO countries, have provided over 24,000 troops
to help provide security in Iraq. The international community
has pledged at least $32 billion to improve schools, health
care, roads, water and electricity supplies, agriculture,
and other essential services. The World Bank, International
Monetary Fund, the European Union, and 38 countries have
pledged to extend loans and grants to Iraq. Other nations
are contributing humanitarian assistance, extending export
credits, and reducing Iraqi debt. This international support
is crucial to improving the lives of the Iraqi people and
reversing the years of neglect under Saddam Hussein's regime.
Governing Council (IGC) is leading the transition to full
Iraqi sovereignty and democracy. The IGC will draft a "Fundamental
Law" by February 28, 2004, through which regional caucuses
will select an interim legislative body before June 2004.
This interim body will then elect a transitional Iraqi Administration
to which full sovereign powers will be conveyed by the end
of June 2004. The Fundamental Law will also contain a timetable
for: formulating a permanent constitution through a body
elected by the Iraqi people; holding a popular referendum
to ratify the constitution; and conducting elections for
a new permanent Iraqi government before the end of 2005.
Conditions for Long-Term Peace
steadfast resolve is paying dividends, sending a clear signal
to other nations about the consequences of developing illegal
weapons programs and supporting terror. Just last month, after
months of diplomatic negotiations, Libya voluntarily pledged
to disclose and dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction
programs, including a uranium enrichment project for nuclear
In the long
term, America's goal is not only to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan,
but to bring freedom and democracy to those countries and throughout
the Middle East. President Bush announced that the United States
would pursue a "forward strategy of freedom" to promote democracy
throughout the Middle East. Promoting democracy and freedom
in the Middle East is a challenging undertaking, but it is
worthy of America's effort and sacrifice. As long as freedom
and democracy do not flourish in the Middle East, that region
will remain stagnant, resentful, and violent - and serve as
an exporter of violence and terror to free nations.
Bush believes that democracy and Islam can co-exist. America
has accomplished the task of spreading democracy where it has
not existed before, and the President believes that the advance
of freedom will increase chances for peace and security for
Americans as well as for the people of the Middle East. To
support this effort, the President proposed a doubling of funding
for the National Endowment for Democracy.