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Rumsfeld: 'Bet Your Life' Threat to U.S. Is Serious

The Pentagon on Tuesday conducted an exercise to prepare for a terror attack and widened warplane patrols around the United States amid fresh concern about threats to nuclear power plants and other vital infrastructure facilities. Two days after the U.S. government raised its terror alert to the second-highest level, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld emphasized the gravity of the threat. “You ask, ‘Is it serious?’ Yes, you bet your life. People don’t do that unless it’s a serious situation,” Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing. The Defense Department conducted an exercise in which some Pentagon officials were moved to remote locations to practice maintaining leadership continuity over the U.S. military in the event of an attack, defense officials said. A hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the Pentagon, the massive U.S. military headquarters across the Potomac River from Washington, during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America blamed by the Bush administration on the al Qaeda network. Full Story

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