September 10, President George Bush joined Attorney General
Ashcroft, Secretary of Homeland Security Ridge, Homeland Security
General Gordon, and FBI Director Mueller at Quantico, Virginia,
in a tour of the FBI Laboratory, then ended his visit with
an address on the War on
Terrorism to a law enforcement and military audience.
at the initial evidence bay of the new state-of-the-art FBI
laboratory, the President was given briefings in the Explosives
the Chemistry Instrument Room, the Firearms/Toolmarks Unit/Gun
Collection Room, and in the DNA Analysis Labs.
then spoke to a large audience of state and local law enforcement;
of employees of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department
of Homeland Security, and the FBI; and of U.S. Marines stationed
at Quantico and elsewhere. Expressing thanks to the military,
to intelligence officers,
law enforcement, and to first responders, he said, "All
of you may serve on different fronts, but you are serving
in the same war. I don't know how long it
will take, but I do know this: however long it takes, this
nation will prevail."