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THE WHITE HOUSE

 

                       Office of the Press Secretary

 

_________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release                          September 16, 2003

 

 

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-6

 

Subject:  Integration and Use of Screening Information

            to Protect Against Terrorism

 

It is the policy of the United States to (1) develop, integrate, and

maintain thorough, accurate, and current information about individuals

known or appropriately suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct

constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism

(Terrorist Information); and (2) use that information as appropriate and to

the full extent permitted by law to support (a) Federal, State, local,

territorial, tribal, foreign-government, and private-sector screening

processes, and (b) diplomatic, military, intelligence, law enforcement,

immigration, visa, and protective processes.

 

This directive shall be implemented in a manner consistent with the

provisions of the Constitution and applicable laws, including those

protecting the rights of all Americans.

 

To further strengthen the ability of the United States Government to

protect the people, property, and territory of the United States against

acts of terrorism, and to the full extent permitted by law and consistent

with the policy set forth above:

 

(1)  The Attorney General shall establish an organization to consolidate

the Government's approach to terrorism screening and provide for the

appropriate and lawful use of Terrorist Information in screening processes.

 

(2)  The heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent

permitted by law, provide to the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC)

on an ongoing basis all appropriate Terrorist Information in their

possession, custody, or control.  The Attorney General, in coordination

with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the

Director of Central Intelligence shall implement appropriate procedures and

safeguards with respect to all such information about United States

persons.  The TTIC will provide the organization

referenced in paragraph (1) with access to all appropriate information or

intelligence in the TTIC's custody, possession, or control that the

organization requires to perform its functions.

 

(3)  The heads of executive departments and agencies shall conduct

screening using such information at all appropriate opportunities, and

shall report to the Attorney General not later than 90 days from the date

of this directive, as to the opportunities at which such screening shall

and shall not be conducted.

 

(4)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall develop guidelines to govern

the use of such information to support State, local, territorial, and

tribal screening processes, and private sector screening processes that

have a substantial bearing on homeland security.

 

(5)  The Secretary of State shall develop a proposal for my approval for

enhancing cooperation with certain foreign governments, beginning with

those countries for which the United States has waived visa requirements,

to establish appropriate access to terrorism screening information of the

participating governments.

 

This directive does not alter existing authorities or responsibilities of

department and agency heads to carry out operational activities or provide

or receive information.  This directive is intended only to improve the

internal management of the executive branch and is not intended to, and

does not, create any right or benefit enforceable at law or in equity by

any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities,

officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

 

The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the

Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of Central Intelligence,

shall report to me through the Assistant to the President for Homeland

Security not later than October 31, 2003, on progress made to implement

this directive and shall thereafter report to me on such progress or any

recommended changes from time to time as appropriate.

 

 

                                    GEORGE W. BUSH

 

 

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