Bush signs 9/11 bill

President George W. Bush on Friday signed legislation implementing key counter-terrorism recommendations that emerged from the independent probe into the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The measure requires the introduction of a system to screen all cargo loaded onto passenger jets within three years, improves airport and port security, and hands out grants to protect against terror strikes to US cities based on risk.

“This legislation builds upon the considerable progress we have made in strengthening our defenses and protecting Americans since the attacks of September 11, 2001,” Bush said in a statement released by the White House.

The Democrat-led Senate led the way by passing the bill by 85 votes to eight on Thursday night, and the House of Representatives followed suit on Friday, by 371 votes to 40.

The bill’s other provisions include 100 percent screening within five years of maritime cargo before it is loaded on ships in foreign ports bound for the United States.

The measure also calls for:

– greater distribution of homeland security grants for states and high-risk urban areas based on risk of terrorism, while still ensuring that all states have funds available for basic preparedness.

– stronger security measures for the Visa Waiver Program, which allows travelers from select countries to visit the US without a visa, through creation of a new Electronic Travel Authorization system and improved reporting of lost and stolen passports.

– more than 4 billion dollars (2.9 billion euros) over four years for rail, transit, and bus security grants.

– 250 million dollars annually for airport checkpoint screening, 450 million annually for baggage screening, and 50 million annually for the next four years for aviation security research and development.

– a dedicated grant program to improve interoperability at local, state, and federal levels.

“Senate Democrats are continuing to make America safer after years of Congressional and administration inaction,” said Senate Majority leader Harry Reid.

“This bill is long overdue. With our intelligence experts saying Al-Qaeda is at its strongest since 9/11, there is no time to waste,” he said.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid tribute to the relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed on the airborne terror strikes on New York and Washington in 2001 for the way they had forced change.

“We could not have accomplished this without the courage and determination of those whose loved ones were lost on September 11,” she said.

“The families of 9/11 turned their grief into strength and advocacy, and that made America safer.

“Implementing the recommendations will fundamentally change the way the president and the Congress deal with matters related to terrorism — making us more unified and more effective.”


  1. gene

    Its not Bush (who I can’t stand or tolerate even looking at a photo of him) that blows what little mind I have left but the clowns standing around him with those stupid (ass kissing) grins. Not to be crude but I bet they would lick the dry shit off of his ass after a good crap.

    A photo of our (rea) enemies!!!

  2. gene

    (rea) should be (real)…oops and oops and oops again. Hmmm,sounds like the story of my life. (LFTL) its 5 AM here in Alabama, you still sawing logs and just how much wine did you consume…..yesterday?

  3. bryan mcclellan

    Gene : last I saw, LFTL was careening down the hill in my little Blue wagon towards the vineyard.Must have seen the same picture as we and decided to stock up.I wonder how smirks pals get rid of poop tongue?

  4. bryan mcclellan

    OOPS : with all the crap lawmakers spew on a daily basis they don’t realize the taste in they’re mouth is shit, my mistake.More unified and effective sounds like lock step with der smirkenfurhrer.I have to ask who it is really going to benefit(lawmakers technical stock portfolios) and how these so called monumental remedies will be financed,and what makes them think we can trust foreign inspectors to do their jobs? One idiot with a beef and poof there goes one or more of our ports. I suggest we return to our manufacturing base and cut by two thirds all imports that can be made in the good ole USA.This would give us time to implement reality based security measures instead duct tape solutions.Thereby,strengthening our economy and giving the American worker a level playing field instead of a spatula to flip crap burgers with.Where are the next generation of American craftsmen going to come from to fix our crumbling infrastructure if all the manufactured technology is foreign based.Handing out grants and screwing with air passengers contributes zero if we’ve nothing to protect but a bankrupt society dependent on foreign products and good will………….

  5. long_rider

    The 9/11 commission was a farce. They ignored so many items. And now our representatives are pleased with themselves for passing legislation the was predicated upon this report.

    How shallow our nation has become.

  6. gene

    What nation? We pretend to be citizens as they (the government) pretends to be a government for and by the people.

  7. Ardie

    This is all so much paranoia and nonsense. There is zero proof that al-Qeada was behind 9/11. Who is exactly wanted for 9/11, by the way? All the top terrorists on the FBI’s most wanted list are not wanted for 9/11. So who is our feckless president, George W. Bush, goig after? Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves? Something smells fishy in the Washington D.C.

    From the FBI most wanted terrorist list:

    Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.

    Do you see 9/11 specifically mentioned?

  8. Helen Rainier


    Of course bin Laden isn’t mentioned because there is NO evidence that will hold up in a court of law that OBL was responsible for 9/11 according to the FBI.

    Does anyone else remember right after 9/11 and before we sent troops into Afghanistan when Bush demanded the Taliban turn OBL over? The Taliban offered to turn OBL over to a neutral agency, such as the UN, and NOT to the US until they were told and saw the evidence against him.

    That caveat was and is still a reasonable request in many ways —

    1. Show us the proof — we would expect the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot.
    2. It would have provided the cover that the Taliban would have needed on the face of it to turn over an “alleged” terrorist.

    So, why DID Bush refuse? WHY didn’t Bush agree to turn such evidence over to say, the UN in a neutral way. That should have satisfied everyone’s expectations.

    Of course, Bush’s standard line was used: he refused to “negotiate” with tarrists. I call BS on that line of crap.

    I maintain he wouldn’t do it because he KNEW that there was no such evidence.

    If there were any such evidence, why wasn’t it turned over to the FBI so they could investigate it? So, here we are, six years ex-post facto, and OBL is still supposedly on the loose. Is he a terrorist? I don’t know — it appears that way. But, what I do know is the Bushies haven’t met the burden of proof, and I will not accept any such claims based on their “take our word for it” rhetoric.

    Their credibility was impeached long ago.

    My two-cents worth.

  9. Helen Rainier

    Who are all these people surrounding Bush? I think I’ve identified all but two:

    The two I can’t identify are the guy standing next to the lady in red (whom I think is Marsha Blackburn). There’s a black gent in the background and I can’t determine who he is.

    The others appear to be Michael Chertoff, Lieberman, Susan Collins and Ted Stevens.

    Any speculation on who the two are that I mentioned.

    Did look for a captioned photo but can’t find one on the net yet.

    Thanks for anyone who can help.