- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 20, 2001

NEW YORK The United States yesterday submitted to the U.N. Security Council a list of steps it has taken to combat terrorism, both at home and around the world.
The 24-page report, required of all nations under a landmark anti-terrorism resolution passed last month, outlines measures taken by law enforcement, intelligence, immigration and other government branches to identify and root out terrorist groups.
Washington has classified 153 individuals and organizations as perpetrators or supporters of terrorism and, under the presidential executive order of Sept. 23, ordered their assets frozen, according to the documents released yesterday.
The government has also created a new interagency task force, housed within the FBI, to investigate financial support for terrorists, and cracked down on suspected terrorists entering or already living in the United States.
U.S. law-enforcement and diplomatic offices have also increased their cooperation with regional groups and Interpol.
"Our submission details the most important actions taken by the U.S. government since September 11th," John D. Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters here yesterday. "But we intend to do even more in the months and years to come to insure that we have taken all appropriate measures."
On Sept. 28, the Security Council passed a binding resolution, called 1373, directing all governments to file reports assessing their own counterterrorism activities and areas in which they need improvement. The resolution, passed in response to the September 11 attacks, is the first in U.N. history to invoke threats to international peace and security without specifying a single country, region or perpetrator.
A dozen nations have responded so far, including Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Honduras, Burma and Norway.
All 189 U.N. member states are required to submit assessments to the Britain-chaired committee by Dec. 27. U.S. officials stress that Resolution 1373 was not meant to list terrorist organization or punish those governments that refuse to cooperate.
"What 1373 is trying to do is increase the level of competence and capability of all nations, including the United States, and increase the cooperation so that when a nation decides that it wishes to take actions against terrorism or terrorists they are able to do it," said Ted McNamara, the U.S. official appointed by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to coordinate cooperation with the counterterrorism committee.
"These terrorists are violating the sovereignty of so many different nations and these nations don't have the capacity to respond. We also lack some of that capacity, as witnessed by 9-11."
Washington's most significant measure has been President Bush's Executive Order 13224, passed just two weeks after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
That order seeks to choke off financing and other forms of support for terrorist groups by freezing assets and blocking transactions of those thought to be affiliated with them.
Mr. Negroponte said the administration hopes the order would provide a model for other nations.
"We believe this executive order will figure prominently among global best practices in counterterrorism and are willing to help other nations follow suit," he said.
As Mr. Bush has promised, he said, "we will direct every resource at our command to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network."

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