Threat level orange for time being, Ashcroft says

| 2/26/2003

The threat of a terrorist attack against America remains at orange, or high, and there are no plans to downgrade the alert, according to Attorney General John Ashcroft, as reported by The Associated Press.

U.S. intelligence gathering continues to show enough of a threat to warrant keeping the alert level at "high risk," the second-highest level on a five-color scale, Ashcroft said.

"The constant and continuous evaluation of the factors that go into the development of threat level have not changed in a way significant enough for the threat level to be changed," he said.

Administration officials have acknowledged an informant lied earlier this month in predicting specific al-Qaida attacks in New York and Washington. That was part of the intelligence that prompted the terror alert level to be increased.

Current intelligence, which is evaluated daily, shows a "regular and continuing" heightened risk of a terror attack, Ashcroft said.