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Heightened Terrorism Alert May Last Beyond Holidays

The Bush administration is considering extending its heightened terror alert into the new year, as national security officials brace for the possibility that operatives of Al Qaeda will try to hijack airliners or engage in other major attacks within days, officials said Monday. “No one should assume that once we get to Christmas and after New Year’s that people should let their guard down,” a government official said. “Al Qaeda has suffered some serious setbacks, but we know they’re still capable of launching major attacks.” A day after the administration raised the threat status from “elevated” to “high,” President Bush met for about 45 minutes Monday morning with members of his Homeland Security Council. Among those present were Tom Ridge, secretary of homeland security; Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; George J. Tenet, director of central intelligence; Attorney General John Ashcroft; and Robert S. Mueller, director of the F.B.I. Full Story

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