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Terrorism / Threat / Port Security #728846

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 2003
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(San Francisco: Peter Jennings) The decision by President Bush's administration to raise the threat level from yellow to orange noted.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The reasons for raising the Terror alert examined; details given of intercepted e-mail messages threatening attacks. [Former counterterrorism official Dick CLARKE†- assesses the e-mails.] [Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa HUTCHINSON†- says the intelligence community believes terrorists are planning attacks against targets in the US.] [NYPD commissioner Raymond KELLY†- talks about security measures.]

(San Francisco: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) How the White House is handling the terror alert decision reviewed

(San Francisco: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Brian Rooney) The issue of port security featured; details given about Operation Safe Commerce, which is designed to better protect the three major US ports, but not yet funded. [Los Angeles port police Capt. Martin RENTERIA†- worries about the tentacles of Al Qaeda.] [Senator Patty MURRAY - says it only takes one explosion to shut down the port system.] [TSA spokesman Robert JOHNSON†- cites the budget issue.]

Jennings, Peter;
Thomas, Pierre;
Moran, Terry;
Rooney, Brian

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