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Terrorism / Threat Alert #744536

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 21, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The raising of the terrorist threat alert from yellow {elevated} to orange {high} introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The intelligence that Al Qaeda is trying to strike the US homeland examined; details given of the sources. [At briefing, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE - says extremists abroad are planning big attacks.] [Counterterrorism expert Roger CRESSEY†- comments on the threat of an attack.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) President Bush's administration's decision to raise the threat level examined; details given of the terror concerns. [RIDGE - comments on intelligence review.] [Senators Pat ROBERTS, Evan BAYH†- comment on the threat of attacks.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) America on Alert reports introduced.

(New York: Pat Dawson) The security measures in New York City reviewed; scenes shown from the city streets, including the heavily armed Hercules police teams. [New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG†- says we are stepping up counterterrorism.] [RIDGE - says New York City is best prepared.] [Shopper John VESPER†- reacts.] [Former NYC police commissioner Bernard KERIK†- lists the target sites.] [At train station, TRAVELLER - reacts.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Jeannie Ohm) Special concerns & vigilance at America's airports, seaports & on fuel tanker trucks & facilities reviewed; scenes shown from the Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport & seaports in Florida & South Carolina. [In Atlanta, two TRAVELLERS; Port Everglades spokesperson Ellen KENNEDY†; truck DRIVER; South Carolina MAN - react.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: James Hattori) Increased security & precautions along the West Coast featured; scenes shown from airports, malls, seaports. [At Los Angeles airport, two TRAVELLERS, Santa Barbara SHOPPER; border CROSSER; California Highway Patrol Sgt. Wayne ZIESE†, Los Angeles police department terrorism officer John MILLER†- react to the terrorism warnings.]

Reporter(s):
Seigenthaler, John;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Dawson, Pat;
Ohm, Jeannie;
Hattori, James
Duration:
00:11:40

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