Ridge: Military advances in Iraq do not diminish risk of terrorism at home
Ridge: Military advances in Iraq do not diminish risk of terrorism at home

Online Exclusive, Apr 16 2003

The White House will keep an elevated "code orange" security level in place for now, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told a congressional committee this week. Ridge added that U.S. military advances in Iraq do not yet translate to a diminished risk of terrorism at home.

On March 17, just days before the start of the US-led war in Iraq, Ridge increased the terrorism alert from yellow to orange -- the second highest level possible -- as part of an anti-terror initiative he dubbed "Liberty Shield."

Ridge told members of the Senate Commerce Committee that he was "confident" the alert will soon be downgraded, but that the time to do so has not yet arrived.

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