FACT SHEET: PRESIDENT BUSH HAS KEPT AMERICA SAFE
During my campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2006, an obscure radio talk show host on the West Coast of Florida asked me the most
penetrating question of the whole campaign, i.e. what is the principal duty of the U.S. Government?
I did a quick mental backtrack to the U.S. Constitution and blurted out ...."The U.S. Government's principal job is to protect
us from foreign intervention, you know.....PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE"! Besides, that answer best supported my contention
that the top two issues of my campaign were 1. National security, and 2. immigration control (another subset of National Security).
If you agree with me, you must acknowledge President George W. Bush has done an admirable job of protecting America following the
al Quaeda attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. ON 9/11/01.
I do NOT think the President has done a good job in control of illegal immigrants,......nor has he been well-served by some of
his appointees some of which include, 1. The Federal Reserve Governor, 2. the Securities and Exchange Commissioner, 3. Fannie
Mae/ Freddie Mac takeout specialists, 4. Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, 5. the Council of Economic Advisors, .....and a few
others who were "minding the store" when the economic meltdown became obvious to all in 2008. /S/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
President Bush Has Kept America Safe
President Bush Fundamentally Reshaped Our Strategy To Protect The American People
"Because of ... the efforts of many across all levels of government, we have not suffered another attack on our
soil since September the 11th, 2001."
President George W. Bush (March 8, 2008)
Today, President Bush visited the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and discussed efforts to protect the security and
liberty of the American people. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush took the fight to the enemy to defeat
the terrorists and protect America. The President deployed all elements of national power to combat terrorism, which had previously
been considered primarily a "law enforcement" issue. He transformed our military and strengthened our national security institutions
to wage the War on Terror and secure our homeland. The President also made missile defense operational and advanced
counterproliferation efforts to help prevent our enemies from threatening us, and our allies, with weapons of mass destruction.
Secured the Homeland
Waged the Global War on Terror
- Protected our Nation and prevented another attack on U.S. soil for more than seven years, modernized our national
security institutions and tools of war, and bolstered our homeland security. Under the President's watch, numerous terrorist
attacks have been prevented in the United States. These include:
- An attempt to bomb fuel tanks at JFK airport;
- A plot to blow up airliners bound for the East Coast;
- A plan to destroy the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles;
- A plot by six al Qaeda inspired individuals to kill soldiers at Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey;
- A plan to attack a Chicago-area shopping mall using grenades; and
- A plot to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago.
- Arrested and convicted more than two dozen terrorists and their supporters in America since 9/11.
- Froze the financial assets in the United States of hundreds of individuals and entities linked to terrorism and proliferation.
- Doubled the Border Patrol to more than 18,000 agents, equipped the Border Patrol with better technology and new infrastructure,
and effectively ended the process of catch and release at the border. Increased border security and immigration enforcement funding by
more than 160 percent and constructed hundreds of miles of fencing and vehicle barriers.
- Instituted a process
to screen every commercial air passenger in the country, launched credentialing initiatives to better identify passengers, and expanded
the Federal Air Marshal Program. Replaced the multiple watchlists that were in place prior to 9/11 with a single, consolidated watchlist,
and incorporated biometrics in screening and identifying individuals entering our country. Created US-VISIT to screen foreign travelers
and prevent terrorists from entering America. Required secure identification at our ports of entry to better monitor individuals
entering the United States.
- Invested more than $38 billion in public health and medical systems, created a biothreat air monitoring system, and developed
a national strategy and international partnership on avian and pandemic flu.
Transformed Our Approach to Combating Terrorism After the 9/11 Attacks
- Removed the Taliban from power and brought freedom to the 25 million people of Afghanistan.
- Freed 25 million Iraqis from the rule of Saddam Hussein, a dictator who murdered his own people, invaded his neighbors, and
repeatedly defied United Nations resolutions.
- Captured or killed hundreds of al Qaeda leaders and operatives in more than two dozen countries with the help of partner
nations. September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is in U.S. custody and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda
in Iraq, was killed in 2006. Removed al Qaeda's safe-haven in Afghanistan and crippled al Qaeda in Iraq, including defeating al Qaeda
in its former stronghold of Anbar Province.
Invigorated International Alliances And Partnerships To Make America Safer And More Secure
- Increased the size of our ground forces and number of unmanned aerial vehicles and strengthened special operations forces by
increasing resources, manpower, and capabilities. Increased the Defense Department's base budget more than 70 percent since 2001, including
increased funding for military pay and benefits, research, and development. Started moving American forces from Cold War garrisons in Europe
and Asia so they can deploy more quickly to any region of the world. Modernized and transformed the National Guard from a strategic reserve
to an operational reserve.
- Forged a new, comprehensive cybersecurity policy to improve the security of Federal government and military computer systems and
made protecting these systems a national priority.
- Improved cargo screening and security at U.S. ports and increased containerized cargo screening overseas.
- Established a more unified, collaborative intelligence community under the leadership of a Director of National Intelligence to
ensure information is shared among intelligence and law enforcement professionals so they have the information they need to protect the
American people while respecting the legal rights of all U.S. persons, including freedoms, civil liberties, and privacy rights guaranteed
by Federal law.
- Consolidated 22 agencies and 180,000 employees under a new agency, the Department of Homeland Security, to foster a comprehensive,
coordinated approach to protecting our country.
- Advocated for and signed into law the USA PATRIOT Act, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and a modernization
of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
- Shifted the FBI's focus from investigating terrorist attacks to preventing them. Created the National Security Branch at the FBI,
which combines the FBI's counterterrorism, counterintelligence, intelligence, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) elements under the
leadership of a senior FBI official.
- Created the Terrorist Screening Center and the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.
- Partnered with nations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere on intelligence sharing and law
enforcement coordination to break up terrorist networks and bring terrorists to justice.
- Transformed NATO to face 21st century threats, including strengthening the Alliance's capabilities against WMD and cyber attacks,
while leading the international military effort in Afghanistan.
- Established the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and other multilateral coalitions to stop WMD proliferation and strengthen
our ability to locate and secure nuclear and radiological materials around the world. Dismantled and prevented the reconstitution of the
A.Q. Khan proliferation network, an extensive, international network that had spread sensitive nuclear technology and capability to Iran,
Libya, and North Korea.
- Worked with European partners to limit Iran's ability to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles and finance
terrorism, and initiated targeted sanctions against Iran's Quds Force. Gathered support for and won passage of three Chapter VII United
Nations Security Council resolutions that impose sanctions on Iran and require it to suspend its uranium enrichment and other
proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities.
- Established the Six Party Talks framework in partnership with China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. Obtained a commitment
from North Korea to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. Since November 2007, USG experts have supervised North
Korea's activities to disable its plutonium production capability.
- Persuaded Libya to disclose and dismantle all aspects of its WMD and advanced missile programs, renounce terrorism, and accept
responsibility for prior acts of terror. Normalized our relations with Libya as a result.
- Signed agreements for missile defense sites in the Czech Republic and Poland to help protect America and its allies from the
threat of WMD delivered by ballistic missiles. Obtained NATO endorsement of plans to deploy missile defense assets in Europe.
"History – assuming it is written by free men and women not intimidated into silence by the fear of attracting the
terrorists' notice – will be exceedingly kind to this president." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sept. 16, 2007)
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.