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President Bush assured anxious Americans on Saturday that government officials are “standing watch 24 hours a day against terrorism.” “Many of these dangers are unfamiliar and unsettling,” Bush said in his weekly radio address after eight days under the high-risk orange level terrorism alert. “Yet I assure you,” he said, “that our government, at every level, is responding to this threat, working to track down every lead and standing watch 24 hours a day against terrorism.” The Bush administration sought to spread calm at the end of a week in which many people, at the urging of federal officials, stocked up on food, water, duct tape and other supplies to prepare for a possible new attack. Democrats ridiculed the duct tape advice, urging Bush instead to send Congress a special request to pay for equipment, personnel and training needed by first responders, the people who would quickly respond to a terror emergency. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Friday officials have no conclusive evidence about where, when or how the terrorists could strike. He said the government does not plan to change the alert level, although he added threat information is under constant re-evaluation. Authorities had said they were worried about attacks timed to coincide either with the beginning of a war with Iraq or with the end of the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to holy Mecca that ended Thursday. Full Story

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