Bush Extends State Of National
Emergency Another Year


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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