Nation's Terror Alert Falls to 'Yellow'
After 11 days at orange, the national terrorism alert level was dropped one notch to yellow Friday after officials determined that the threat of imminent al-Qaida strikes had diminished. The alert level was changed after various intelligence sources noted a modest decrease in terrorist threats. Officials were also worried about a possible attack on Memorial Day, which passed without incident. “The lowering of the threat level is not a signal to government, law enforcement or citizens that the danger of a terrorist attack has passed,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a statement. “The U.S. intelligence community remains concerned that al-Qaida is attempting to exploit our weaknesses.” No domestic terrorist strikes were attempted during the relatively brief alert. Previous alerts lasted roughly a month. Full Story