The latest move by the Bush administration suggests the threat of terrorism linked to the war in Iraq has gone down somewhat. The administration is lowering the national terror alert level to yellow – which it defines as an “elevated” risk of a terrorist attack. The alert had previously been a notch higher at orange – which signifies a “high” risk of attack.
The threat level had been raised to orange on March 17th, just days before the U.S.-led war started. Yellow is the middle level on the five-tier danger scale.
A Homeland Security spokesman says the end of major combat in Iraq led to the decision, along with several other factors. He says many of the extra domestic security measures that had been imposed as part of the department´s Liberty Shield operation will end.
The spokesman says during the heightened alert, people were found in places “where they should not have been.” He didn´t give details, but said investigations continue.