High-Profile Events Bring New Terror Warnings

July 7, 2008 - 8:21 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Go about your life -- enjoy the summer months -- and be aware that the federal government is working every day to make America more secure. That's the message Wednesday morning from Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

In an interview on Fox News, Ridge said a number of high-profile events, beginning with this weekend's dedication of a World War Two Memorial, have prompted a significant increase in security.

But Ridge said the government is not raising its color-coded threat alert level. "On a day-to-day basis, it's our job to be smarter and to use people and technology to improve security around the country, and we don't need to raise the threat level in order to do that. That's our job 24/7," he said.

Ridge said "credible" but nonspecific reports have prompted the government to issue new warnings.

"There is a threat reporting stream that talks about an attack, and if you couple that with the number of high profile events we are going to have in the United States and coupled with it being an election year, [it] gives us reason to be concerned," he said on NBC's "Today" show.

Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller will hold a joint news conference at 2 p.m. in Washington, where they reportedly will show photographs of suspected al Qaeda operatives who may be in the country already.

Ridge admitted that what happened in Spain last month - a terrorist attack on passenger trains right before a national election -- is "one of the reasons" why the federal government is now "accelerating" security coordination within the federal government.

The Democrats plan to hold their national convention (which may or may not be a presidential "nominating" convention) in Boston in late July, and the Republicans hold their nominating convention in New York City in mid-September.

Ridge sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday: "I think America needs to know, we have literally hundreds of thousand of people go to work every single day trying to make America more secure."

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