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Vice President Cheney On The War On Terror

Recorded on January 4, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

 Vice President Dick Cheney   Vice President Dick Cheney    

An excerpt--Vice President Cheney on National Security:

"The President also signed the Patriot Act, which removed the artificial barrier that used to exist between law enforcement and intelligence … and gave federal officials the ability to pursue terrorists with the tools they already use against drug traffickers and other kinds of criminals. There was no need for a tie-breaking vote on the Patriot Act, because the Senate passed it 98 to one. That law has helped us to disrupt terrorist activity, break up terror cells within the United States, and protect the lives of Americans. We look forward to a renewal of the Patriot Act in 2006, because that law has done exactly what it was intended to do - and this country cannot afford to be without its protections.


 Vice President Dick Cheney   Vice President Dick Cheney


"Another vital step the President took in the days following 9/11 was to authorize the National Security Agency to intercept a certain category of terrorist-linked international communications. There are no communications more important to the safety of the United States than those related to al-Qaeda that have one end in the United States. If we'd been able to do this before 9/11, we might have been able to pick up on two of the hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon. They were in the United States, communicating with al-Qaeda associates overseas. But we didn't know they were here plotting until it was too late.


Vice President Dick Cheney   Vice President Dick Cheney

"If you'll recall, the report of the 9/11 Commission focused criticism on our inability to uncover links between terrorists at home and terrorists abroad. The authorization the President made after September 11th helped address that problem in a manner that is fully consistent with the Constitutional responsibilities and legal authority of the President and with the civil liberties of the American people. The activities conducted under this authorization have helped to detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks against the American people. As such, this program is critical to the national security of the United States."


 Vice President Dick Cheney   Vice President Dick Cheney


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