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Terrorism / Security Alert #744550

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 22, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The second day of "high risk" status for terrorism attacks noted.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The intelligence behind the new warning examined; details given of concern about planes being hijacked overseas, about strategic indicators & of the release of the audiotape from Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden††'s aide Ayman al-Zawahiri. [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE - comments on the significance of the report.] [Former counterterrorism official Vince CANNISTRARO†- comments on the anxiety level.] [Terrorist Screening Center director Donna BUCELLA†- comments.] [Former counterterrorism agent Jack CLOONAN†- comments on the serious debate over the credibility of the intelligence.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Statement from President Bush about the terrorism alert noted. [BUSH - says Americans need to know the government is working to protect citizens.]

(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The American public's response to the Code Orange alert featured; scenes shown from police patrols & briefings in Dallas, of security at airports & patrols along borders. [Two PASSENGERS, Chattanooga police Chief Jimmy DOTSON†, TRAVELLER - react to the alert.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Thomas, Pierre;
Reynolds, Dean

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