Terror Alert Status Lowered

September 24, 2002
Posted at: 10:40 a.m. CDT


WASHINGTON, Ark. -- The nation's terror alert isn't as high as it was, but it doesn't mean Americans can rest easy.

President Bush Tuesday lowered the terror alert status back to Code Yellow, two weeks after it went to Code Orange, which signifies a ''high risk'' of a terrorist attack. The new alert status reflects a ''significant'' attack risk, and an ''elevated'' alert.

The move came because of what were described as disruptions in the al-Qaida terror network. Bush approved the change after consulting with top intelligence and law enforcement authorities.

The move to Code Orange two weeks ago came as officials warned of possible attacks in connection with the nine-eleven anniversary.

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