intelligence" about terror threats against U.S. interests
overseas, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Sept. 10 the
government is raising its nationwide terror threat status to code
orange, signifying a high risk of terror attacks.
said the government was not urging Americans to change their travel
plans or that there be a cancellation of events. Similarly, he
said there was no call for government workers to stay home.
official, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, said the
action that prompted code orange involves specific and credible
information about threats to American embassies overseas.
officials have been saying since the weekend that there has been
an increased amount of "chatter" among al-Qaida sympathizers.
Meanwhile, the FBI issued a warning that became public Monday
asking operators of computer networks, utilities and transportation
systems to be wary during the anniversary of the suicide hijackings
that leveled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.
States has been on a yellow alert, which indicates a significant
risk of attacks. Under an orange alert, security officials are
to take additional precautions at public events, prepare to work
at an alternate site, and coordinate security efforts with armed
forces or law enforcement agencies.