Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 6, 2002

Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military and Civilian Personnel in Colombia Supporting Plan Colombia,
November 6, 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 September 13, 2002, the end of this reporting period, there were 138 temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and 250 U.S. civilians retained as individual contractors in Colombia involved in supporting Plan Colombia. This report further indicates that during July, August, and September 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 November 7.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military and Civilian Personnel in Colombia Supporting Plan Colombia, November 6, 2002," Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1998 Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TTXW1LHV69QXSAZ.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military and Civilian Personnel in Colombia Supporting Plan Colombia, November 6, 2002." Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1998, Original Sources. 25 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TTXW1LHV69QXSAZ.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on Military and Civilian Personnel in Colombia Supporting Plan Colombia, November 6, 2002' in Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 8, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:1998. Original Sources, retrieved 25 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=TTXW1LHV69QXSAZ.