From Yellow to Orange: U.S. raises national terror threat level
December 21, 2003
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the national terror threat level from "Yellow to Orange" on December 21, 2003. Secretary Ridge made the announcement during a press conference in Washington, D.C.
Secretary Ridge said, "The U.S. intelligence community has received a substantial increase in the volume of threat-related intelligence reports." Ridge added, "Credible sources suggest the possibility of attacks against the homeland around the holiday season and beyond." Secretary Ridge also stated:
Secretary Ridge was also asked, "With security already so high at the airports, why is there continued concern about airplanes being used as weapons or bombs being put on them? I mean, I think Americans would think our airports are pretty secure right now."
Ridge answered, "I hope they do, because we think aviation is far, far more secure from the curbside to the cockpit. I mean they are layered, comprehensive, defensive measures — baggage screeners, which are now professional. We've armed hundreds; we're going to arm thousands, of pilots. We've got hardened cockpit doors. We've got thousands of federal air marshals."
Since September 11, 2001 the national terror threat level has been raised to "Orange" four times. The Color "Orange" means: "There is a high risk of terrorist attacks."
When code "Orange" is declared, Federal departments and agencies take the following measures:
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