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Terrorism / Terror Alert #744464

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 22, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The elevation of the terror alert level to orange noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The threat of a terror attack against the US featured; scenes shown of anti-aircraft missile batteries in Washington, DC; details given of intelligence warnings that Al Qaeda is planning to use airplanes as weapons, possibly using pilots of foreign airlines, and of the potential damage from a dirty bomb. [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE – says they’re looking to return to methods they’ve used successfully before.] [Airline security expert Andrew THOMAS†- comments on lax security in other countries.] [Terrorism expert Roger CRESSEY†- says the point of a dirty bomb is to instill fear and panic into the population.] Focus on two potential rural targets mentioned.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Law enforcement procedures being put in place to head off an attack featured; details given of specific measures recommended by the FBI. [President BUSH – says governments at all levels are working hard to protect American citizens.] [Former FBI agent Richard HAHN†- comments on enhanced security at ports.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The public’s reaction to the terror threat featured; details given about the impact of increased security on holiday travel. [Air passengers Dr. Alan & Linda ROMAN†- react to the terror threat.] [RIDGE – says we cannot be burdened by fear.] [WOMAN – says the government should tell people what to do.] [Cato Institute Charles PENA†- says we may be lulling people into a false sense of complacency.] [O’Hare International Airport acting federal security director Mike ZUNK†- says it’s a heightened awareness for all of us.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Tibbles, Kevin

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