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Lawmakers: U.S. Split Over Terror Warnings

The FBI and Justice Department insist that warning the public about a possibly devastating terror attack in this country was justified by intelligence and may avert a repeat of the Sept. 11 attacks. But some lawmakers aren’t so sure. Some members of Congress with access to the same intelligence reports said the announcement by Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller was overblown and caused unnecessary public worry. Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the Ashcroft-Mueller news conference on Wednesday mistakenly led some to believe the nation’s threat level had been increased. He called it “regrettable” that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who made a round of television appearances Wednesday, did not join Ashcroft and Mueller. “Their separate public appearances left the impression that the broad and close interagency consultation we expect — and which the law requires — may not have taken place in this case,” Cox said. Full Story

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