to Congress on American Campaign Against Terrorism
September 24, 2001
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial
airliners. These terrorists coldly murdered thousands of innocent people on
those airliners and on the ground, and deliberately destroyed the towers of
the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings and a portion of the Pentagon.
In response to these attacks on our territory, our citizens, and our way of
life, I ordered the deployment of various combat-equipped and combat support
forces to a number of foreign nations in the Central and Pacific Command areas
of operations. In the future, as we act to prevent and deter terrorism, I may
find it necessary to order additional forces into these and other areas of the
world, including into foreign nations where U.S. Armed Forces are already located.
I have taken these actions pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct
U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. It is
not now possible to predict the scope and duration of these deployments, and
the actions necessary to counter the terrorist threat to the United States.
It is likely that the American campaign against terrorism will be a lengthy
I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed,
consistent with the War Powers Resolution and Senate Joint Resolution 23, which
I signed on September 18, 2001. As you know, officials of my Administration
and I have been regularly communicating with the leadership and other Members
of Congress about the actions we are taking to respond to the threat of terrorism
and we will continue to do so. I appreciate the continuing support of the Congress,
including its passage of Senate Joint Resolution 23, in this action to protect
the security of the United States of America and its citizens, civilian and
military, here and abroad.