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Bush convenes anti-terror security meeting as US goes on higher alert

US President George W. Bush met with his top anti-terror advisors, one day after the US government raised its nationwide security level amid concerns of an impending domestic terrorist attack. Bush convened a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, including officials from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), after the domestic security threat level was raised Sunday from yellow, denoting an “elevated” risk of attack, to orange or “high” risk. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters after the White House meeting that Americans should not cancel holiday travel plans, but he urged all citizens to be vigilant for suspicious behaviour. “If you’ve got holiday plans, go,” Ridge urged. “For national security reasons, we’re not going to broadcast everything that we are doing,” he said when asked what precautions were being taken to ward off a potential attack. At Monday’s meeting “we reviewed the specific plans and the specific action we have taken and will continue to take,” Ridge said. Full Story

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