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Bush: U.S. 'in danger' but resolved to win


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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (CNN) -- President Bush highlighted his leadership against homeland terror Saturday during his weekly radio address, saying he agreed with the recently completed 9/11 commission report, which concluded the United States was safer since the attacks but not safe enough.

America, he said, is "in danger" and needs him to ensure its security.

"The elevation of the threat level in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. is a grim reminder of the dangers we continue to face," Bush said.

"Information from arrests in Pakistan, taken together with information gathered by the U.S. intelligence community, indicated that al Qaeda has cased financial targets in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., and has recently updated their targeting information."

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the threat level for the financial sectors of those three areas this week from yellow (elevated) to orange (high).

Ridge said the move was based on detailed information from 200 and 2001 -- possibly updated in January 2004 -- about certain buildings found on a Web site run by a captured militant.

"We and our allies are working to protect our people from these threats," the president said. "As we fight the ongoing terrorist threat we will continue moving forward with additional changes to protect our country."

In addition to asking Congress to approve a national intelligence director and a national intelligence center -- although watered down from what was proposed by the commission -- Bush said he would act on on other "valuable recommendations made by the commission."

"In the coming days, I will issue a series of directives to various departments on essential steps for the government on the war on terror," he said. " We're a nation in danger. We're doing everything we can in our power to confront the danger."

His presidency, he said, is "making good progress in protecting our people and bringing our enemies to account."

"But one thing is certain," he concluded. "We'll keep our focus, we'll keep our resolve, and we will do our duty to best secure our country."


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