The ‘terrorist threat’ behind the attacks continues to threaten the country, the US president has warned
US President Joe Biden has renewed the national emergency declared by former president George W. Bush in the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 for another year.
The “terrorist threat“behind the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people”continues,” Biden wrote in a Thursday memo published in the Federal Register, adding that the “powers and authorities enacted to deal with“the attacks”shall continue in force after September 14, 2022.”
The 9/11 emergency declaration was just one of several extended by Biden this week alone. Also on Thursday, the president extended a national emergency he declared last year over sectarian violence and human rights abuses in Ethiopia, while on Tuesday he announced the renewal of an emergency declared by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 about the threat of “foreign interference in or undermining public confidence in” US election.
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Biden has declared at least six national emergencies since taking office in January 2021 and has extended several others, including the Covid-19 pandemic emergency. The National Emergencies Act gives the president more than 136 powers, most of which do not require congressional approval to exercise. Since its passage in 1976, more than 60 national emergencies have been declared, with only about half of these officially ending.
The president has largely abandoned his predecessor’s focus on external terrorist threats such as the al-Qaeda hijackers believed to be responsible for 9/11, choosing to focus instead on domestic terrorism, declared by FBI as the main threat facing the country.
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