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Terror Alert May Soon Be Lowered

The government is not yet ready to lower the “high risk” terrorism alert it ordered 10 days ago but could do so at any time, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said yesterday. Based on current intelligence information, Ridge said on CNN’s “Late Edition” that “there’s still enough out there today for us to remain at an orange [or second-highest risk] level.” But, depending on intelligence reports, he added, “At some point in time we’ll make a decision that it is now appropriate to reduce it” back to the lower yellow level, the mid-point of the government’s five-step, color-coded alert scale. Asked on ABC’s “This Week” how close the government is to a risk-reduction decision, Ridge said: “Today we are not, tomorrow we could be.” Full Story

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