The Bush administration says it
is concerned about the possibility of a terrorist attack in the United States
during the coming months when a number of high-profile events are due to occur.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan says the United States is entering a serious
threat period, and security measures have been increased.
He says there has been a flow of credible intelligence information pointing
to the possibility of an attack. He says the information does not point to
a specific target, method or time. But he says there are many high-profile
events coming up and notes terrorists "like to have a dramatic effect."
Those events begin this weekend with the dedication of the new World War
II Memorial in the nation's capital. The Group of Eight summit will follow
in just a few weeks in Sea Island, Georgia. And the U.S. presidential election
campaign intensifies with the party nominating conventions in July and August,
voting in November and inauguration day in January 2005.
Mr. McClellan indicates there are no plans to increase the formal terrorism alert
level in the United States, though he stresses law enforcement and homeland security
officials are working non-stop to protect the American public.
Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller have scheduled
a news conference (2 p.m. EDT) to talk about the matter. The White House spokesman
says they will discuss specific individuals who pose a threat to the United
There are indications they will ask the American public for help in tracking
down several people suspected of terrorist activity already in the United States.