Federal officials said
Tuesday that a threat of possible terrorist attacks against West Coast suspension
bridges is not credible. Despite the clarification, law enforcement agencies
have been advised to remain on high alert.
Last week, the FBI issued
a warning to law enforcement agencies in eight Western states warning of a
possible attack on suspension bridges, based on "uncorroborated"
information. The warning led California Gov. Gray Davis to heavily fortify
the state's most prominent bridges and issue a warning that there was "credible
evidence" that terrorists were plotting a rush-hour attack on one or
more of the bridges.
Despite the new information,
Davis said he intends to keep National Guard troops at the state's four major
bridges - the Golden Gate and Bay bridges in the Bay Area, the Vincent Thomas
Bridge in San Pedro and the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. The FBI provided
no details as to why the latest threat has been dismissed.