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    Obama Renews 14-Year-Long National Emergency Proclaimed by Bush

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    President Barack Obama has renewed the declaration of emergency over the United States that his predecessor George W. Bush first proclaimed following the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The President explained that terrorist actions "continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States."

    "I have sent to the Federal Register… the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, is to continue in effect beyond September 23, 2015," Obama stated in a letter sent on Friday.

    The letter was sent to Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and to Vice President Joe Biden in his role as President of the Senate, the White House Press Office stated.

    "The crisis constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001… has not been resolved," Obama stated.

    Obama noted the state of emergency needed to be continued, but did not offer any date or estimate as to when, if ever, it might be lifted.

    "I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13224 with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism," he said.

    The state of emergency has now been in force for almost 14 years — as long as US participation in World War II, the Korean war and the Vietnam War combined.


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