"We have just completed a meeting with our national security team and we've received the latest updates. The deliberate and deadly attcks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror, they were acts of war. This will require the country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack. The American people need to know that we are facing a different enemy than we have ever faced. This enemy hides in shadows and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people and then runs for cover, but it won't be able to run for cover for ever. This is an enemy that tries to hide, but it will not be able to hide for ever. This is an enemy who thinks its harbourers are safe, but they won't be safe forever. This enemy attacked not just our people, but all freedom loving people everywhere in the world. The United States of America will use all its resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient, we will be focused and we will be steadfast in our determination. This battle will take time and resolve, but make no mistake about it we will win. The federal government and all our agencies are conducting business, but it is not business as usual. We're operating on heightened security alert. America is going forward and as we do so we must remain keenly aware of the threats to our country. Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens, but we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. This morning I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding authority so that we are prepared to spend whatever it takes to rescue victims, to help the citizens of New York city and Washington DC respond to this tragedy and to protect our national security. I want to thank the members of Congress for their unity and support. America is united and the freedom loving nations of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail."
In a keenly awaited press conference, the US President George W. Bush, pledged the resolve of himself and his government to find the perpetrators of Tuesday's multi-targetted terrorist attack.
He said that in spite of the attacks "we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life."
However, it is inevitable following the attacks - when four planes were hijacked and used as manned bombs to attack the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon - that America will be looking over its shoulder for many years to come.
President Bush, elected amid controversy in a contested presidential ballot, faces the sternest test an American leader has had to face possibly since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in Hawaii on December 7,1941.
How he responds, both to the victims of the tragedy and to the perpetrators of the attacks, will be keenly watched and judged.