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Terrorism / Terror Alert #744820

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The intelligence that prompted the heightened terror alert level featured; details given about the potential use of foreign airliners as weapons and the naming of Las Vegas and Tappahannock, Virginia, as potential targets. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – notes the seriousness of the threat.] [Terrorism expert Roger CRESSEY†- says Al Qaeda is looking to seriously hurt our nation’s economy.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The warning to Americans in Bahrain about a possible terror attack noted.

(White House: David Gregory) The confusion over the raising of the terror alert level while President Bush is reassuring the public about the nation’s safety examined; details given about the strength & organization of Al Qaeda; statement from Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri quoted. [November 25 & December 5, BUSH – cites successes in the war on terror.] [Senator Evan BAYH†, terrorism expert Steve EMERSON†, Vice President Dick CHENEY - comment on the continuing threat from Al Qaeda cells.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Gregory, David

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