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