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The announcement comes a day after Ridge raised the U.S. terror alert level to orange, its second-highest setting, citing intelligence information warning of new terrorism threats.
RealAudio: Philip Shenon of the New York Times reports on the government's recently announced homeland security plans.
RealAudio: Secretary Ridge's press briefing. (3/18/03)
Terror Alert Level
Raised to Orange
In an effort called "Operation Liberty Shield," the department deployed extra Border Patrol officers, stepped up patrols at seaports, airports and nuclear power plants and increased safeguards over the nation's food supply.
"The intelligence community believes that terrorists will attempt multiple attacks against U.S. and coalition targets worldwide in the event of a U.S-led military campaign against Saddam Hussein," Ridge said.
Earlier in the day FBI officials announced an increase in round-the-clock surveillance, monitoring and interviewing of people who might try to retaliate should hostilities with Iraq begin. (3/17/03)
Alert Level Lowered to Yellow
Security Secretary Ridge
Work to Meet Increased Terror Threats
Margaret Warner discusses local implications of the warnings with Anthony Williams, mayor of Washington, D.C.; Patrick McCrory, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina; Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters; and Randall Larsen, director of the Institute for Homeland Security at the Anser Corporation. (2/11/03)
Remains "Resourceful, Merciless" Threat to U.S.
Alert Level Raised to "High"
RealAudio: Ray Suarez discusses the heightened terror alert and administration calls for increased public awareness with The New York Times' Eric Lichtblau.
RealAudio: Attorney General Ashcroft, Secretary Ridge and FBI Director Robert Mueller announce the threat level increase. (2/7/03)
Background on the Homeland Security Advisory System, including how officials decide when to make a threat level change. (2/7/03)
Approved to Head Homeland Security Department
Signs Homeland Security Bill
Raises Threat Level to "High"
Update: Citing new and significant intelligence from several sources, the U.S. increased its threat level status to "high" -- the second-highest state on the government's five-stage Homeland Security Advisory System. (9/10/02)
RealAudio: Attorney General Ashcroft and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge announce the terror alert status change. (9/10/02)
RealAudio: President Bush addresses officials at the Afghan embassy and then responds to reporters' questions on the U.S. terror alert status. (9/10/02)
Security Director Ridge