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U.S. Government Raises Terror Alert Level Today

May 20, 2003

U.S. Government Raises Terror Alert Level Today
In a decision made by President Bush and the Homeland Security Council today, the nation’s terror alert level was raised from "elevated" to "high," indicating a high risk of terrorist activity inside the United States.

According to, the increase comes as intelligence information was released "indicating terrorists are regrouping for a possible attack in the United States and overseas." The news does not specify targets or methods of attack in this case.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the United States is a great deal safer since the events of Sept. 11. "We are safer because as a nation we are more aware of the threat of terrorism and much more vigilant in confronting it," Ridge said. "We are safer because our Homeland Security professionals now have a single department leading them and our states and cities have a place to turn for financial, technical and operational support."

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