- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President
Bush extended a state of emergency on Friday authorizing the Defense Department
and Coast Guard to call part-time reservists into active duty to fortify
the nation's defenses.
- Bush first invoked the national emergency on Sept. 14,
2001, three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
killed more than 3,000 people.
- In a statement, Bush said a "continuing and immediate
threat of further attacks on the United States" justified extending
the national emergency for another year.
- "How could you not extend it, given where we are
in the ongoing war against terrorism? It's not over," White House
spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
- Bush's action extends the authority for the Department
of Defense and the Department of Transportation, which oversees the U.S.
Coast Guard, to order members of the reserves to active duty.
- On the eve of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,
the Bush administration warned that there was a "high risk of terrorist
attacks" and, as a precaution, moved Vice President Dick Cheney to
a secret location. Cheney is next in line for the presidency after Bush.
- Bush signed the order after delivering a blunt speech
to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday in which he urged the world body
to force Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm.
- But Bush and his advisers stressed the United States
was prepared to act on its own if the United Nations failed to do so.
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