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D.C., N.Y. Airspace Restrictions Tightened

The government yesterday further restricted airspace over Washington, New York City and any major sporting events because of heightened fears of terrorist attack in the buildup to war with Iraq. The nation’s airports also resumed random car inspections yesterday and stepped up police patrols amid what some experts described as the strongest sense of threat since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “We’ve got a real war here now we’re talking about. I think the intensity of this is greater” than past security increases, said Rick Vacar, director of the airport system in Houston. Airports took similar steps last month when Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the nation’s threat level to orange, or “high risk,” as he did again Monday night. But previous security alerts were “ambiguous” and based on vague, generalized threats, Vacar said. This one “puts more meat on the bone than we’ve had before” because of the imminent war. Full Story

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