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Nation stays on high alert despite limited terror threats

There have been no credible threats of domestic terrorist attacks since the war began, but federal law enforcement officials said Thursday there are no plans to reduce the terror alert status. The nation will probably remain on high alert for the duration of hostilities with Iraq even if no evidence surfaces of an impending terrorist attack, said law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. Authorities are convinced there exists a “hidden network of cold-blooded killers,” as Attorney General John Ashcroft recently put it. But they acknowledge being pleasantly surprised that the war has not so far triggered a response by terror groups or so-called “lone wolf” extremists. The Bush administration raised the terror alert from yellow, or elevated, to orange, the second-highest level on a five-color scale. The move came on March 17 when President Bush completed his speech giving Saddam Hussein and his two sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion. Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, Iraqi officials and other Muslim extremists have sought to make the war a pretext for attacks on America, renewing calls for a jihad, or holy war. Full Story

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