The Bush administration raised the US terror alert warning on Tuesday, September 10, to its second highest level—code orange—“high risk of attack” in advance of the September 11 anniversary. Trucking companies and storage terminals were among the sectors being cautioned to show heightened vigilance over the next several days.
This is the first time since last year’s terrorist attacks that the alert level has been set so high. The change in alert level was announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller.
According to the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center a large volume of threats of undetermined reliability have been received and are being investigated. Many of these threats allegedly make reference to September 11, 2001, and New York City and Washington DC.