President Bush: UK Arrests In Terror Plot Are "Stark Reminder That This Nation Is At War With Islamic Fascists"
(August 10, 2006) -- In a sternly worded statement at midmorning today (August 10), President George W. Bush said this morning's arrests of suspects in the UK, foiling what authorities said was a terrorist attack involving the planned use of liquid explosives on multiple U.S-bound jetliners from the UK, are a "stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation."
LBReport.com posts a transcript of the remarks by President Bush delivered on arrival at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin at midmorning CDT.
As LBReport.com reported on our front page (www.lbreport.com) within minutes of the story breaking post-midnight PDT time, and has continued to update as news breaks, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has raised the National Threat Level for domestic air travel to Orange (High) and instituted a number of additional air travel security measures...including prohibiting passengers from taking any liquids or gels aboard in carry-on items.
[The threat level for U.S.-bound planes from the UK has been separately raised to Red (Severe).]
At a DC news conference this morning, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "We believe that the arrests in Britain have significantly disrupted this threat. We cannot assume, however, that it has been completely thwarted, or that we have fully identified and neutralized all members of this terrorist network."
[begin White House transcript]
THE PRESIDENT: The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.
I want to thank the government of Tony Blair and officials in the United Kingdom for their good work in busting this plot. I thank the officials in Washington, D.C. and around our country who gather intelligence and who work to protect the American people. The cooperation on this venture was excellent -- cooperation between U.K. and U.S. authorities and officials was solid. And the cooperation amongst agencies within our government was excellent.
This country is safer than it was prior to 9/11. We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously, we're still not completely safe, because there are people that still plot and people who want to harm us for what we believe in. It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America. And that is why we have given our officials the tools they need to protect our people.
Travelers are going to be inconvenienced as a result of the steps we've taken. I urge their patience and ask them to be vigilant. The inconvenience is -- occurs because we will take the steps necessary to protect the American people.
Again, I appreciate the close cooperation between our government and the government of the United Kingdom. The American people need to know we live in a dangerous world, but our government will do everything we can to protect our people from those dangers.
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