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America gripped by fear of 'dirty bomb' attack

From the anti-aircraft missiles around Washington to government recommendations that families prepare bunkers in their homes against biological, chemical, radiological weapons, America is suffering its most acute bout of terror jitters since the attacks of 11 September. Nerves began to jangle last week when the new Department of Homeland Security raised its colour-coded threat alert to orange, denoting a “high” risk of an attack. Then came the latest purported Osama bin Laden tape, urging more suicide attacks against American citizens. And yesterday, George Tenet, the CIA director, issued his grimmest warning yet, telling a Senate panel that a strike could come as early as this week, either in America or in the Arabian peninsula, perhaps involving a dirty bomb. The threat was “the most specific we have ever seen”, he warned. Hours earlier, the Pentagon confirmed that anti-aircraft Stinger missiles had been deployed around key sites in Washington, considered with New York the likeliest targets for the terrorists. But all along the eastern seaboard tensions are running high, and ordinary people are taking precautions. Full Story

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