On Thursday, President Joe Biden ensured the emergency that began after Sept. 11, 2001 will extend another year, giving him broad powers over the organization of the military.
The proclamation, “The National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks,” means the nation will be in a state of emergency for at least 23 years since Muslim terrorists attacked the country, killing nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
The one-year extension of President George W. Bush’s original Proclamation 7463 comes just four days before the 22nd anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2023. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency that was declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat,” the proclamation says.
Biden will spend Sept. 11 traveling home from Vietnam, and will make a quick stop for fuel in Alaska, where he will take part in a brief ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Aviators in Alaska will be observing a temporary flight restriction around Anchorage on Sept. 11, due to the president’s stopover.