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Born April 5, 1937, Colin Powell is a retired US Army General. He became the 65th United States Secretary of State in January 2001 under President George W. Bush. Prior to this time, Powell served as both National Security Advisor (1987-1989) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993).

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As Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, Powell’s work and actions have had a profound affect on both the nation and much of global society. On February 5, 2003, Powell delivered an address to the United Nations Security Council detailing the US government’s motivations for confronting Iraq.

“What you will see is an accumulation of facts and disturbing patterns of behavior. The facts on Iraqis' behavior - Iraq's behavior demonstrate that Saddam Hussein and his regime have made no effort - no effort - to disarm as required by the international community. Indeed, the facts and Iraq's behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction.


In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on December 25, 2005, the former Secretary of State spoke of recent revelations of a national eavesdropping program initiated following the attacks of 9/11. When asked if the government was overstepping its boundaries in monitoring the phone calls of the nation’s citizens, Powell responded, “in the aftermath of 9/11, the American people had one concern, and that was protect us. And so I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions."

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on December 25, 2005, the former Secretary of State spoke of recent revelations of a national eavesdropping program initiated following the attacks of 9/11. When asked if the government was overstepping its boundaries in monitoring the phone calls of the nation’s citizens, Powell responded, “in the aftermath of 9/11, the American people had one concern, and that was protect us. And so I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions."

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PbWinter 16:23, 31 May 2006 (PDT)

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