Cheney won’t rule out terror strike


Richard Moore

Please Cheney, give us a break. Can't you think of some less violent way to 
pursue your objectives? Do you really need to stage another 911? 


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Date:30/08/2006 URL:

Cheney won't rule out terror strike

"The enemy that struck on 9/11 is weakened and fractured, yet still lethal"

"We will not let our guard down"

"This is not a war we can win on the defensive"

Washington : Warning that another terror strike against the United States cannot
be ruled out, Vice-President Dick Cheney has said the recent court ruling to end
a terrorism-related telephone tapping programme was ``just dead-wrong.''

Terrorists had successfully carried out attacks in Mumbai, Casablanca, Jakarta, 
Mombassa, Bali, Riyadh, Baghdad, Istanbul, Madrid, London and Sharm el-Sheikh 
since the September, 11, 2001, attacks. "Here in the U.S., we have not had 
another 9/11," he said. "No one can guarantee that we won't be struck again."

"But to have come this far without another attack is no accident. We have been 
protected by sound policy decisions by President [George W. Bush], by decisive 
action at home and abroad, and by round-the-clock efforts [by] people in armed 
forces, law enforcement intelligence and Homeland Security," he told a 
convention of U.S. veterans of foreign wars on Monday.

"We have an urgent duty to learn who they are, what they are doing and to stop 
them before they can act. To this end, in the days following 9/11, the President
authorised the National Security Agency to intercept a certain category of 
terrorist-linked international communications. On occasions you will hear this 
called a domestic surveillance programme. That's more than a misnomer; it is a 
flat-out falsehood," he said. "Parameters of the programme are fully consistent 
with the Constitution, the legal authority of the President and the civil 
liberties of the people."

"The enemy that struck on 9/11 is weakened and fractured, yet still lethal, 
still desperately trying to hit us again. They hate us, they hate our country, 
and they hate the liberties for which we stand," Mr. Cheney said. ``This is not 
a war we can win on the defensive. Either we are serious about this fight or we 
are not. And the enemies of America need to know we are serious and we will not 
let down our guard."

"The terrorists want to end all American and Western influence in the Middle 
East. Their goal in that region is to seize control of a country so they have a 
base from which to launch attacks and to wage war against governments that do 
not meet their demands.''

``The terrorists believe that by controlling one country, they will be able to 
target and overthrow other governments in the region and, ultimately, to 
establish a totalitarian empire that encompasses a region from Spain, across 
North Africa, to the Middle East and South Asia, all the way around to 

"They have made clear their ultimate ambitions: to arm themselves with chemical,
biological and even nuclear weapons, to destroy Israel, to intimidate all 
Western countries and to cause mass death in the United States." ‹ PTI

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