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George W. Bush

Press Briefing to the Pool By Ari Fleischer
September 11, 2001

Aboard Air Force One

1:47 P.M. EDT

MR. FLEISCHER: While on the ground at Barksdal, the President spoke to the Vice President several times -- the Vice President, of course, being at the operations center at the White House.




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President Bush Speaks About 9/11 for First Time in National Geographic Special

President Bush remembers 9/11 10 years later in a new National Geographic detailed interview called George W. Bush:  



Press Briefing to the Pool By Ari Fleischer
September 11, 2001

Aboard Air Force One
En Route Andrews Air Force Base

5:30 P.M. EDT


MR. FLEISCHER: The President will address the nation tonight, upon his return to the White House. He met this afternoon for one hour and five minutes with his national security team via live tele-conference from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Among the things the President said were, "We will find these people and they will suffer the consequence of taking on this nation. We will do what it takes," and he continued, "No one is going to diminish the spirit of this country."

 The President has also heard today from countless world leaders either who are calling to -- back to Washington or have sent him directly communiques. He's heard from Britain, France, Germany, Russia -- a host of nations, all of whom have expressed their outrage at this attack, and who have assured the American people that the international community stands with America.


Andy Card Talks About Acting as “Buffer” Between President and Secret Service on 9/11

Former President George W. Bush is speaking out in a new National Geographic production, called “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview,” as the nation prepares to mark 10 years since the September 11 terror attacks. In the documentary, Bush recalls the very moment when he learned our nation was under attack. Former chief of staff Andy Card, the man who informed President Bush of the attack on 9/11, tells Megyn Kelly about that tragic day.

In discussing that conversation between Andy and the president, Card says, “I thought he acted exactly the right way. He did nothing to introduce fear to those very young elementary students and he did nothing to demonstrate fear to the media that would’ve translated it to the satisfaction that would’ve demonstrated it to the terrorists all over the world. I thought he did a phenomenal job.”

When Bush decided he wanted to go back to D.C. right after he heard the news of the attacks on 9/11, Card says, “I was quite frankly the buffer between the president and secret service, and both sides were pretty tough on me, but I said we had to learn more about it before we could go back.”

“The president was pushing to get back to Washington, D.C. quickly. I’m glad we went back. He addressed the American people from the Oval Office, which was the right venue for him to talk to us.”

Don’t miss this full special presentation on the National Geographic Channel, Sunday at 10p ET. Plus, watch the interview with the executive producer.

Press Briefing to the Pool By Ari Fleischer
September 11, 2001
The Briefing Room

7:15 P.M. EDT

MS. BUCHAN: Good evening. We'll be having General Ashcroft, Secretary Thompson, Secretary Mineta, and Director Allbaugh will each be providing you with updates on how their agencies are responding to today's events. As we'll be giving you as frequent updates as possible, they will not be taking questions at this time. And with that, I will turn it over to General Ashcroft.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT: Thank you. Today America has experienced one of the greatest tragedies ever witnessed on our soil. These heinous acts of violence are an assault on the security of our nation. They are an assault on the security and the freedom of every American citizen.

Our hearts are hurting this evening. Those individuals who have lost loved ones or do not know where their loved ones are, are in our prayers and are in our thoughts.

Thank you all very much.

END 7:28 P.M. EDT

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Pilot Reveals Shocking Details About Threats Against Air Force One on 9/11

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Colonel Mark Tillman, who piloted Air Force One on that fateful day, is revealing shocking details about threats against the president and his aircraft. As he was flying President Bush from Sarasota, Florida, Tillman was warned that an unidentified aircraft was bearing down on the plane. Tillman said, “As we got over Gainesville, Florida, we got the word from Jacksonville Center. They said ‘Air Force One, you have traffic behind you, and basically above you, descending into you. We are not in contact with them and they’ve shut their transponder off.’”  

In addition, an unidentified man near the runway forced Air Force One to take off in the opposite direction.

Given that officials had no idea what the capabilities of the terrorists were, Tillman didn’t want to take chances and asked for support from fighter jets.

Air Force One and President Bush landed safely, but the attack forced Tillman to scrutinize the security of the aircraft. He said, “We had to make sure that every little hole, chink in our armor, had to be filled so we could protect the president. “


I Believe - A 9/11 Tribute


Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Security Team
September 12, 2001
I have just completed a meeting with our national security team, and we have received the latest intelligence updates.

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack.

The American people need to know we're facing a different enemy than we have ever faced. This enemy hides in shadows and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover. But it won't be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide, but it won't be able to hide forever. This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe, but they won't be safe forever.

This enemy attacked not just our people but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world. The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient; we will be focused; and we will be steadfast in our determination.

This battle will take time and resolve. But make no mistake about it: We will win.

The Federal Government and all our agencies are conducting business, but it is not business as usual. We are operating on heightened security alert. America is going forward, and as we do so, we must remain keenly aware of the threats to our country. Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.

This morning I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding authority so that we are prepared to spend whatever it takes to rescue victims, to help the citizens of New York City and Washington, DC, respond to this tragedy, and to protect our national security.

I want to thank the Members of Congress for their unity and support. America is united. The freedom-loving nations of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail.

Thank you very much.

                  George W. Bush  
Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Security Team September 12, 2001


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Remarks While Touring Damage at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia  September 12, 2001



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** FILE ** The World Trade Center terror attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. (Associated Press)

‘Significant increase’ in terror chatter as haunting anniversary of 9/11 nears

The U.S. intelligence community has observed a “significant increase” in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Blaze.

While the intelligence community can not pinpoint whether or not an attack is planned, the official said that agencies “did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks.”

Deciphering chatter is more difficult than in previous years because of the rise of the Islamic State group, which threatens to drain al Qaeda of resources as it asserts dominance Iraq and Syria. Like al Qaeda, Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has openly declared its intent to bring terror to American interests around the globe.

“The threat is two-fold because ISIS is in war with core al Qaeda,” former CIA case officer Brian Fairchild told The Blaze. “ISIS was kicked out of al Qaeda in February and they’ve been fighting each other internally for leadership. ISIS is winning right now. They have captured the imagination of young Muslims from around the world and depriving al Qaeda of its own fighters. Al Qaeda is split down the middle and now you have 9/11 [anniversary approaching]. It would be beneficial to both camps that on 9/11, some great attack in the United States takes place,” he added.

The Islamic State executed American photojournalist James Foley on Aug. 19, and has used social media platforms to threaten terror attacks on American soil.

Chicago’s WGN network recently reported that a tweet from the terror group on June 20 includes a picture taken on Michigan Ave. The tweet reads “Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” An Arabic message held up in the picture was translated “We are in your streets.”