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U.S. Officials Warn of New Tactics by Al Qaeda

The Department of Homeland Security warned yesterday that al Qaeda might launch attacks in the United States using tactics not employed here in the past, such as car bombs, men dressed as women to avoid scrutiny and hijacking airliners in Mexico or Canada that can be flown into U.S. targets. But the department did not raise the national threat alert level from yellow for “elevated risk” to orange for “high risk” because, department spokesman Gordon Johndroe said, “the intelligence information we have isn’t specific enough to do that.” Homeland Security officials have said they would avoid frequent raising and lowering of the threat level for fear that Americans would grow jaded about terrorism threats. Earlier this year, the government sounded three orange alerts in four months, and many citizens as well as public officials all but ignored them. Full Story

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