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U.S. off high threat status that cost $5B

The United States Wednesday lowered its color-coded terrorist threat warning level to yellow — signifying an “elevated” risk of attack — as the fighting in Iraq winds down, and as officials say that the cost of heightened security associated with the war was more than $5 billion. But many of the measures comprising the massive nationwide security operation — dubbed “Liberty Shield” — that authorities put in place just before the attack on Iraq will remain, officials said. “We are still in the process of determining which of the portions of Operation Liberty Shield will be scaled back,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse told United Press International, “There are certain measures that will continue for the time being.” He said that special flight restrictions over Washington and New York, and the detention of asylum seekers from more than 30 countries were among the measures that would remain in place. Other measures, including more patrols by Coast Guard vessels, and additional security measures for critical infrastructure were being reviewed, he said, and likely would be scaled back. Full Story

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