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Ridge Believes Holiday Security Averted Attack

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said yesterday that he believes security crackdowns over the Christmas holidays, including the cancellation of some passenger flights into the United States, averted a terrorist attack. But intelligence on the threat was so wispy that U.S. officials may never know for sure, he said. The volume of threat information from many separate sources, some mentioning the same cities and the same international flights, was alarming and unprecedented, Ridge said. It led to the raising of the national threat alert level to orange, or “high risk,” on Dec. 21. The index was lowered three weeks later. “It was very unusual,” he said. “My gut tells me we did” avert an al Qaeda operation during that time, he told reporters yesterday. Full Story

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