Some US attack threats 'fabricated'
Terrorist suspects probably lied when they warned that attacks on the United States were imminent, Bush administration officials have said. But they added that the dubious tip-offs were not the sole basis for raising the alert across the US last week to orange, the highest level since the anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Separately, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said there was no need to panic, though Americans were wise to take precautions. There has been mass buying of supplies by people preparing to create shelters for a radiological or chemical attack. Security was increased at sites across the US after intelligence officials decided there was a clear danger. CIA Director George Tenet told a Senate committee on Tuesday: “This is the most specific [threat] we have seen.” Batteries of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles were set up around Washington and the capital’s skies were patrolled by F-16 fighter jets and helicopters. Full Story