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Nation's Threat Level Raised to Orange

The government on Sunday raised the national threat level to orange, the second-highest, saying attacks were possible during the holidays and that threat indicators are “perhaps greater now than at any point” since Sept. 11, 2001. “Extensive and considerable protections have been or soon will be in place all across the country,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said at a hastily arranged news conference at department headquarters. “Your government will stand at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to stop terrorism during the holiday season and beyond.” Orange means a high risk of terrorist attack. Since May, the level had been at yellow, or an elevated risk, and in the middle of the five-color scale. Full Story

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