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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-911-07 on Mar 23, 2004

Decided Jul 22, 2004
Report: the 9/11 Commission Report
Source: The 9/11 Commission Report, p.381
In May 2003, the Bush administration announced the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI): nations in a willing partnership combining their national capabilities to use military, economic, and diplomatic tools to interdict threatening shipments of WMD and missile-related technology. The PSI can be more effective if it uses intelligence and planning resources of the NATO alliance. Moreover, PSI membership should be open to non- NATO countries. Russia and China should be encouraged to participate.

Outside experts are deeply worried about the U.S. government’s commitment and approach to securing the weapons and highly dangerous materials still scattered in Russia and other countries of the Soviet Union. The government’s main instrument in this area, the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (usually referred to as “Nunn-Lugar,” after the senators who sponsored the legislation in 1991), is now in need of expansion, improvement, and resources. The U.S. government has recently redoubled its international commitments to support this program, and we recommend that the United States do all it can, if Russia and other countries will do their part. The government should weigh the value of this investment against the catastrophic cost America would face should such weapons find their way to the terrorists who are so anxious to acquire them.

Recommendation: Our report shows that al Qaeda has tried to acquire or make weapons of mass destruction for at least ten years. There is no doubt the United States would be a prime target. Preventing the proliferation of these weapons warrants a maximum effort—by strengthening counterproliferation efforts, expanding the Proliferation Security Initiative, and supporting the Cooperative Threat Reduction program.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Support "Cooperative Threat Reduction" on Soviet nukes

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Democrats participating in 04-911-07

Lee Hamilton s1sIndiana Democrat (Until 2004) 
Bob Kerrey s1sNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 



Republicans participating in 04-911-07

Slade Gorton s1sWA Republican Senator (Former) 
Thomas Kean s1sNJ Former Republican Governor (1982-1989) 
James Thompson s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1977-1990) 



Independents participating in 04-911-07



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 3
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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