Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: September 5, 2002

Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military Personnel and Civilians Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia,
September 5, 2002

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Pursuant to section 3204(f), title III, chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000 (the "Act"), as enacted in the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 106-246, I am providing a report prepared by my Administration. The report provides "the aggregate number, locations, activities, and lengths of assignment for all temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and U.S. individual civilians retained as contractors involved in the antinarcotics campaign in Colombia."

In so doing, I note and appreciate the continued strong bipartisan support given to U.S. programs assisting Colombia in the Act and elsewhere. This report is classified because of force protection considerations and the high level of terrorist threat in Colombia. However, the aggregate numbers given below are unclassified.

The report indicates that as of July 12, 2002, the end of this reporting period, there were 170 temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and 228 U.S. civilians retained as individual contractors in Colombia involved in supporting Plan Colombia. This report further indicates that during May, June, and July 2002, these figures never exceeded the ceilings established in section 3204(b) of the Act, as amended.

Sincerely,
George W. Bush

Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Richard B. Cheney, President of the Senate. This letter was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 9.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military Personnel and Civilians Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia, September 5, 2002," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 13, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1520 Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7KEGXA99MLFXYYJ.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military Personnel and Civilians Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia, September 5, 2002." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 13, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1520, Original Sources. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7KEGXA99MLFXYYJ.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military Personnel and Civilians Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia, September 5, 2002' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2002. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 13, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1520. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7KEGXA99MLFXYYJ.