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Gillard Releases National Security Strategy

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has released the government’s National Security Strategy.

The Security Strategy document appears at the end of this page.

In a speech at the Australian National University, Gillard said the strategy “highlights the dramatic economic and strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region and provides a blueprint for national security over the next decade”. [Read more…]


Bush Claims Success In Iraq, Urges Resolve

President George W. Bush has claimed success in Iraq, linking the war there with the September 11 attacks on the United States, and urged resolve.

President BushIn a televised address to the nation, Bush said: “Not only can we win the war in Iraq – we are winning the war in Iraq.”

In the latest of a series of speeches and interviews on his Iraq policy, Bush said the Iraq coalition “will remain on the offense”. He claimed success in establishing “the institutions of a unified and lasting democracy” and said the coalition “is moving forward with a reconstruction plan to revive Iraq’s economy and infrastructure”. [Read more…]


Bush Defends Bugging Program

Electronic eavesdropping without warrants was “fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities”, according to President George W. Bush.

Delivering his weekly radio address live from the Oval Office, Bush reacted to revelations in the New York Times that he had ordered the National Security Agency to conduct a bugging program without first obtaining warrants. The president claimed the program was “a vital tool in our war against the terrorists”.

Bush also called on the Senate to re-authorise the Patriot Act which was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. [Read more…]


White House Releases August 6, 2001 Intelligence Briefing On Bin Laden

This is the text of the August 6, 2001 intelligence briefing for President George W. Bush that outlined Al Qaeda plans for strikes within the United States.

It was declassified and released by the White House following much discussion of its content at the 9-11 Commission hearings over recent weeks [Read more…]


Condoleezza Rice’s Testimony To The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of the prepared statement and testimony delivered to The National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to President Bush.

Ms Rice’s much-anticipated appearance before the Commission followed initial claims of executive privilege and refusals by the White House to allow her to appear. [Read more…]


Howard ‘A Man Of Steel’ Says Bush

President George W. Bush has described Prime Minister John Howard as a “man of steel”.

The remark came during a joint press conference between the two men in Crawford, Texas.

Transcript of joint press conference with President Bush and Prime Minister Howard.

BushPRESIDENT:

It’s an honour for Laura and me to welcome Prime Minister Howard and Mrs Howard to our ranch. We love coming here. It’s a place for Laura and me to really spend some private time, and to spend time with a friend makes it even more special. And John Howard has been a great friend. The Australian Government has been a great friend to the American people. The Australian people are great friends with the American people as well. [Read more…]


The National Security Strategy Of The United States Of America

President George W. Bush has released a policy document on the national security strategy of the United States.

The document says: “Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government. Today, that task has changed dramatically. Enemies in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities to endanger America. Now, shadowy networks of individuals can bring great chaos and suffering to our shores for less than it costs to purchase a single tank. Terrorists are organized to penetrate open societies and to turn the power of modern technologies against us.” [Read more…]


A Moment Of Silence Before I Start This Poem: Emmanuel Ortiz

A MOMENT OF SILENCE BEFORE I START THIS POEM

by Emmanuel Ortiz

Before I start this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me
In a moment of silence
In honour of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last September 11th. I would also like to ask you To offer up a moment of silence For all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned, disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes, For the victims in both Afghanistan and the US

And if I could just add one more thing… [Read more…]


President Bush’s September 11 Anniversary Address

On the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush has addressed the nation from Ellis Island, New York City.

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Text of President Bush’s Address to the Nation.

BushGood evening.

A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We have seen the images so many times they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror, reliving the anguish, reimagining the terror, is hard – and painful. [Read more…]


Bush Establishes Department Of Homeland Security

President George W. Bush has proposed the establishment of a new Department of Homeland Security.

The new department follows the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. [Read more…]