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.]