End near for Liberty Shield antiterror measures

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The federal terrorist alert threat level was lowered from “high risk” (orange) to “elevated risk” (yellow) yesterday, partly because the war in Iraq is ending. The shift will end many security measures taken March 17 under the name Operation Liberty Shield, the Washington Post reports. States and localities say the alert was costing them millions in increased security expenses, for example sending National Guard troops to nuclear plants and other critical sites. The federal Homeland Security Department said state and local authorities could scale back the Liberty Shield measures “so there is still a visible security presence . . . such as continuing random or rolling patrols that can be effective in signaling heightened security and disrupting terrorist activities.” While lowering the threat level, the department warned that “We must be vigilant and alert to the possibility that al Qaeda 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.”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41323-2003Apr16.html

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