days after raising the national threat level to orange, or
high, the Department of Homeland Security April 16 reduced
the level one step to yellow, or elevated.
threat level was raised from yellow to orange at 8 p.m. March
17, when U.S. President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein
a 48-hour ultimatum to step down as leader of Iraq.
a review of intelligence and an assessment of threats by
the intelligence community, the Department of Homeland Security,
in consultation with the Homeland Security Council, has made
the decision to lower the threat advisory level to an elevated
risk of terrorist attack, or yellow level," Tom Ridge,
Homeland Security secretary, said in a statement.
also said: "While we continue to be at risk to the threat
of terrorism at an elevated level, extensive protective measures
remain in place throughout our nation. As Secretary Rumsfeld
has noted, hostilities from Operation Iraqi Freedom still
continue, and there is a lot of work left to do."
added the country "must be vigilant and alert" to
the possibility that al-Qaida and those sympathetic to their
cause, as well as former Iraqi-regime state agents and affiliated
organizations, may attempt to conduct attacks against the
U.S. or our interests abroad.
signal we have sent our enemies over the past few weeks has
been clear. We will continue to resolutely defend our nation
and its freedom," Ridge said.