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F.B.I. Director Calls Attack Quite Likely

The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said on Wednesday that terrorists would “quite probably” strike the United States again and that Al Qaeda remained a major threat despite the lowering of the nation’s threat status last week. “Al Qaeda would very much relish another high-profile attack within the United States in which numerous U.S. citizens would be killed,” Mr. Mueller told reporters at a luncheon meeting sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “We have disrupted their capability, but there are still persons out there who have that capability.” The sobering assessment echoed comments that he and other officials like Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge have made in recent months. After three weeks of intense concerns about the threat of a hijacked airliner or other terrorist attack, the Bush administration lowered the threat level on Friday to yellow, or “elevated” status. Full Story

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