US President Bush signs "9/11 Law"
Updated: 2007-08-04 08:33
US President George W. Bush signed
a bill Friday to implement unfulfilled recommendations made by the panel set up
to investigate the 9/11 terror attacks.
US President George W. Bush (C)
signs H.R. 1, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of
2007, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, August 3, 2007.
Looking on are (L-R) Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend, Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Congressman Peter King (R-NY),
Congressman Bernie Thompson (D-MS), Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Senator
Susan Collins (D-ME) and Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK).[Reuters]
This legislation, dubbed as "9/11
law," requires mandatory screening of incoming freight shipments with a
three-year deadline for air cargo and five years for sea.
increases federal aid for areas believed to be at the greatest risk of terrorist
The bill "builds upon the considerable progress we have made in
strengthening our defenses and protecting Americans since the attacks of
September 11, 2001," Bush said at the signing ceremony.
He also seized
the opportunity to urge the Congress to act soon on changes to the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act, which dates from the 1970s, predating cell phones
and the Internet.
The measure is aimed to implement unfulfilled
recommendations that the independent 9/11 Commission made three years ago in the
wake of the terror attacks in 2001.
It was passed the House and the
Senate last week.
In 2004, the independent 9/11 Commission issued 41
recommendations covering domestic security, intelligence gathering and foreign
Some of them have been implemented, including the creation of a
director of national intelligence, tightening land border screening and cracking
down on terror financing.
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