The ‘terrorist threat’ behind the attacks continues to threaten the country, the US president has warned
US President Joe Biden has renewed for another year the national state of emergency declared by former President George W. Bush in the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
There “terrorist threat“at the origin of the attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people”keep on going“, Biden wrote in a memo published Thursday in the Federal Register, adding that the”powers and authorities adopted to deal with” attacks “must remain in force beyond September 14, 2022.”
The 9/11 emergency declaration is just one of many extensions from Biden this week alone. Also on Thursday, the president extended the national state of emergency he had declared the previous year over sectarian violence and human rights abuses in Ethiopia, while on Tuesday he announced the renewal of the state of emergency declared by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 over the threat of “foreign interference in or undermining public confidence in“American Elections.
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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 adoption in 1976, more than 60 national emergencies have been declared, of which only about half have been officially concluded.
The president has largely abandoned his predecessors’ focus on external terrorist threats like the al-Qaeda hijackers held responsible for 9/11, choosing instead to focus attention on domestic terrorism, which the FBI said to be the main threat facing the nation.
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