RealNews

War with Iraq Seen Boosting U.S. Security Drive

If the United States goes to war with Iraq, the government is expected to boost the terror-alert status, step up patrols of “symbolic” targets like national monuments and increase its questioning of Arab-Americans. U.S. government and law enforcement officials said on Thursday the Department of Homeland Security in the event of war would likely raise the terror-alert level at least to “orange,” meaning a “high” risk of terrorist attack. The level is now at “yellow” or “elevated.” Officials say intelligence reports show a strong likelihood of some type of retaliation if the United States attacks Iraq. Attacks could come from organized groups or “lone wolves” who might be motivated by a war to act. “Everyone seems to agree that the potential is there. Most people believe there may be an additional motive to do something,” a senior FBI official said. U.S. officials had speculated one of the reasons the government lowered the terror alert back to yellow late last month was to allow for a new increase if war broke out and avoid having to go to the highest, “red” level. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.