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Ridge: Threat still warrants code orange

Federal anti-terror officials are reviewing the nation’s heightened alert level on a ”day to day basis” but aren’t saying when they will lower it. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Sunday that the government’s orange alert, the second highest of five color-coded warnings, was issued last week on the basis of multiple sources of intelligence and information ”from fairly credible people.” Ridge said the orange level could be lowered to the previous yellow level ”within 24 to 48 hours” based on intelligence the administration is evaluating. But he said that ”there is still enough (intelligence) out there for today for us to remain on an orange level.” Ridge made the rounds of the morning talk shows, including ABC’s This Week and CNN’s Late Edition programs. He tried to tamp down concerns raised by the administration’s urgings last week for citizens to stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting to protect against potential chemical, biological or radioactive attacks. The administration has come under heavy fire from Democrats, who said the warnings were inadequate and panic-causing measures, and late-night television comics, who have made duct tape a derisive symbol of government bumbling. Full Story

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