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Terrorism / Threat Level / Local Security / Kelly, Davis Interview #728863

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

(Studio: David Ensor) Concern that Al Qaeda terrorists will attack "soft targets" in the US featured; details given about intercepted communications & of the need for local security. [Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa HUTCHINSON†- says vigilance is a deterrent to terrorism.] [RAND terrorism analyst Bruce HOFFMAN†- says the US is more prepared.] The additional information reinforcing the fear of attacks discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: Chris Burns) The political process in changing the terror security alert level examined; details given about unspecified terrorist chatter & worries about large public gatherings for Memorial Day weekend; statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge about terrorist tactics & targets quoted. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- comments on Bush's statement that "the tide has turned" against Al Qaeda.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Frank Buckley) The cost of security measures on the state & local level featured; details given of what major cities like New York & Los Angeles will do for public safety. [New York Governor George PATAKI†- cites additional troops & National Guard in the state.] [Ohio public safety director Kenneth MORCKEL†, Los Angeles Mayor James HAHN†, L.A. police Chief William BRATTON†- comment on security measures against the threat of terrorism.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live interview held with New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly & California Governor Gray Davis about the security alert. [From New York, KELLY - says it is a huge & expensive challenge to police the city 24 hours a day; outlines Operation Atlas, an overlay program for public security; outlines the per-day cost; states we cannot go on without the federal money that is "in the pipeline."] [From Sacramento, DAVIS - says this is a time when we cannot shortchange public safety against terror; states we can increase security for the people at specific sites; asserts the federal government has to deliver financial resources.]

Woodruff, Judy;
Ensor, David;
Burns, Chris;
Buckley, Frank

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