Friday, May 28, 2004
Economist.com | The threat from al-Qaeda: "Mr Ashcroft admitted having no information on when or where the feared attacks might happen. The Department of Homeland Security said it had no plans to raise its terror-alert level from yellow?signifying an ?elevated? risk of attacks. Some security analysts reacted with scepticism?suggesting that President George Bush and his officials were simply trying to cover themselves in case there is an attack, seeking to avoid a repeat of accusations that they failed to act on intelligence reports ahead of September 11th 2001. Mr Bush's Democratic challenger, John Kerry, accused him of turning homeland security into a ?photo opportunity? for his re-election campaign. "