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Terrorism / Threat Alert #745040

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

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The intelligence that Al Qaeda is trying to strike the US during the holidays examined; details given of the sources for the alert & of concerns that Al Qaeda will use cargo or passenger planes as weapons. [At briefing, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE - says the threat of attack is great.] [Former FBI agent Jack CLOONAN†- says the alerts decrease the public morale.]

(Studio: Bob Woodruff) The decision by Ridge & President Bush to raise the alert noted.

(Washington: Geoff Morrell) Heightened security in major & smaller cities examined; statistics cited on the financial cost to municipalities of raising the alert. [Los Angeles police Chief William BRATTON††, RIDGE - comment on security protections.] [National League of Cities Michael REINEMER†- cites "alert fatigue."]

Woodruff, Bob;
Thomas, Pierre;
Morrell, Geoff

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