05/02/2011

DHS: No plans to raise terror level

By Eileen Sullivan
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government has no plans to raise the terror alert level in the U.S. as a result of Osama bin Laden's death.

Napolitano says elevated terror alerts will only be issued when the government has specific or credible intelligence it can share with the American public.

Some communities around the country, including the New York City subway system, have increased security out of concerns of potential retaliation attacks.

Napolitano says the country remains at a heightened state of vigilance, and the U.S. is safer than it was on 9/11, in part because bin Laden is dead.

The government recently ditched the Bush administration's color-coded terror advisory system in favor of more specific alerts to the public when warranted.

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