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Ridge Says Warning Levels Might Be Lowered in Days

The country’s domestic security chief said today that the heightened alert level warning of possible terrorist attacks might be lowered in coming days depending on assessments of threats received by the government. “Today, as we speak, because we review the information and our intelligence on a day-to-day basis, we maintain it at the orange level, but that could change within 24 to 48 hours,” Tom Ridge, secretary of homeland security, said on the CNN program “Late Edition.” Mr. Ridge added, “Although some may have faded in terms of accuracy or relevance, there is still enough out there for today for us to remain on an orange level.” The threat level was raised on Feb. 7 to the second-highest category in response to what senior officials described as a pattern of intelligence reports suggesting that Al Qaeda might be plotting attacks in the United States or overseas for the middle of February. The exact place and nature of the threatened attacks was never certain, but officials said the reports were credible. Full Story

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