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A wary Washington puts up its guard

Antiaircraft missiles were positioned around the nation’s capital yesterday as Washington braced for a possible Al Qaeda attack that CIA Director George J. Tenet said could come as early as this week. Heat-seeking Stinger surface-to-air missiles were spotted mounted on light trucks around Washington. Some of the air defense units were guarding the Pentagon, which was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. The Air Force reportedly stepped up its combat air patrols over the capital. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld refused to discuss the specifics of the heightened security, which was ordered after the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert level, indicating a high threat of attack. ”Any time there’s threats that are perceived, the prudent thing to do is to take steps that seem to be appropriate,” Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon briefing. ”To the extent those steps are described in great detail, it advantages nobody other than the terrorists.” Full Story

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