Operation Liberty Shield

March 17, 2003
Posted at: 8:10 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The nation's terror alert level is back to its second-highest stage -- amid fears that war in Iraq could cause terrorist attacks in the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security has raised the alert level to orange, or ''high.'' And officials are calling for an increase in security measures around the country.

The effort involves extra Border Patrol officers, and increased patrols at seaports, airports and nuclear power plants. Officials say there will also be tighter safeguards over the nation's food supply.

The security effort is called ''Operation Liberty Shield.'' Earlier, the FBI said there would be increasing surveillance on Iraqis and others in the U.S.

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