to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate
April 22, 2003
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Pursuant to section 3204(f), title III, chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental
Act, 2000 (the "Act"), as enacted in the Military Construction
Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 106-246, I am providing a report prepared
by my Administration that provides "the aggregate number, locations,
activities, and lengths of assignment for all temporary and permanent U.S.
military personnel and U.S. individual civilians retained as contractors
involved in the antinarcotics campaign in Colombia."
This report is classified because of force protection considerations and
the high level of terrorist threat in Colombia. However, the aggregate numbers
given below are unclassified.
The report indicates that as of March 13, 2003, the end of this reporting
period, there were 347 temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and
324 U.S. civilians retained as individual contractors in Colombia involved
in supporting Plan Colombia. This report further indicates that during January,
February, and March 2003, these figures never exceeded the ceilings established
in section 3204(b) of the Act, as amended.