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Beyond duct tape: the new terror-awareness strategy

At the start of the weekend, rumors swirled that the nation may go to Code Red – the highest level of terror alert and a warning that something dire was likely to happen. But officials put that talk to rest. And a swirling of a different kind – one of the biggest blizzards to hit the Washington area in decades – calmed a jittery capital population that embraced the comprehensible challenge of up to two feet of snow. Suddenly, Washington shifted to Code White. Terrorists don’t like snow, people here told themselves, as they settled into life in the snow globe. For now, disaster preparedness means having enough hot chocolate in the house. Nationally, the terror-threat level may soon be reduced, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Sunday. The end of the Islamic pilgrimage called the hajj, seen as a time of vulnerability for attacks, has passed without incident. Secretary Ridge also acknowledged in a CNN interview that some intelligence “may have faded in terms of accuracy or relevance.” Full Story

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