"Cobra has been officially designated as a terrorist organization, and its members have been added to a 'blacklist' barring them from entering the Lego Republic. We will also be increasing security, both at our borders and in urban areas. The Lego Republic also condemns Cobra's production of biological weapons, which is a violation of minifig rights. Cobra is a formidable threat, but we will stand firm against terrorism. Those who threaten the Lego Republic will not be successful," said Bricks.
Newly promoted Minister of Foreign Relations Jane Hanover urges caution when dealing with Cobra and expresses support for Bricks's actions.
"There is a very real possibility that Cobra could attempt to attack the Lego Republic; as a result, we are putting in place efforts to keep our country safe. I applaud President Bricks's plan and I hope that Parliament will follow her lead," said Hanover.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has taken a number of steps under President Bricks's direction, but its powers are limited. Major actions require the approval of Parliament. Steps taken include the establishment of the "blacklist," as well as travel advisories for Lego Republic citizens going near Cobra Island. Citizens are recommended to postpone all non-essential travel to the western PBR islands.
The Department of National Security has also issued a set of directives aimed at preventing Cobra from launching attacks against the Republic. Border security, especially in the coastal areas of the Republic, has been strengthened by 20 percent, and police in Bricksburg have been ordered to stay on guard for possible threats.
Some believe that Cobra may be linked to security and shipping company Arbco. Intelligence indicates that it is possible that Arbco has been transporting Cobra operatives or materials around the Lego world. However, the company does not do business in the Lego Republic, so there is little danger if Arbco is in fact a front of Cobra. Nevertheless, precautions have been taken and Parliament may take further action soon.
Polling after Bricks's speech aired suggests that support for the president is beginning to rise due to her tough-on-terrorism stance and foreign policy.