Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

U.S. Threat Condition Raised to 'High'; Corroborated Info Cited

U.S. Threat Condition Raised to 'High'; Corroborated Info Cited

By Kathleen T. Rhem, American Forces Press Service.

Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) February 7, 2003 -- Citing an increased threat of terrorist attacks within the United States, President Bush agreed today to raise the homeland security threat condition to "orange," designating a high likelihood of attack.

"This increased threat condition designation is based on specific intelligence received and analyzed by the full intelligence community," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a televised press conference from the Justice Department. He added that several sources corroborated the intelligence information.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have warned that al Qaeda is still active and still dangerous. The color-coded threat-level warning system was started in response. Since it began, the threat level has mostly held steady at "yellow," meaning "elevated threat of attack."

The level has been raised beyond that on three previous occasions, however, the most recent being Sept. 10, 2002. Ashcroft noted that the heightened threat level lasted about two weeks.

The current orange threat level is specifically related to the Muslim holy period of Haj, which ends in mid-February.

Intelligence reports warn of threats to apartment buildings and hotels and other "soft," or lightly guarded, targets that would lead to high numbers of casualties, the attorney general said. Economic targets, such as transportation or energy hubs, and sites symbolic of American history or power might also be targeted.

Recent arrests in London of individuals possessing the deadly biological toxin ricin show terrorists are willing and may be able to carry out biological or chemical attacks.

Federal, state and local law enforcement and public health agencies have been made aware of the change and will be updating their security measures, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said. He reminded security managers at all levels that varying security measures can be an effective deterrent.

Officials are not recommending individuals cancel plans or gatherings. "As we have in the past, we ask that Americans continue their daily work and leisure with a heightened awareness of their environment and the activities occurring around them," Ashcroft said.

Ridge suggested Americans take some time to prepare for possible emergencies and that families make a contact plan, "so that if an event occurred you can get in touch with one another."

He also urged Americans to become informed now about the types of threats and how best to deal with each. "Terrorist attacks really can potentially take many forms," Ridge noted, "and so by learning more now about these kinds of attacks, you and your families can be armed in advance with a kind of information that you might need and that might be critical to your health and well-being."Such information is available on the Homeland Security Department Web Site.

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact