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07 July 2005

Homeland Security's Chertoff Sees No Signs of Attack on U.S.

U.S. Interagency Incident Management Group activated, he says

U.S. government agencies do not have any information indicating that the type of attack in London July 7 is planned for the United States, the homeland security secretary says.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff issued a statement July 7 in response to the terrorist attacks earlier in London.  He noted that U.S. officials, including those at the department of Homeland Security, were monitoring the bombings in London -- an apparent act of terrorism – and extended sympathy and condolences to the victims of the attack and the citizens of London.

In response to the bombings, Homeland Security activated the Interagency Incident Management Group in order to ensure full awareness around this incident.

Homeland Security officials have contacted state and local officials, as well as public- and private-sector officials of major transportation systems, and have asked them for continued vigilance.  Some of the major transit systems have made the decision to add additional security as a precaution, according to the agency.

The agency also said it constantly evaluates both threats and protective measures, and at this time there are no immediate plans to raise the nation's threat level.  Homeland Security officials said they do not have any information on who is responsible, but will continue to work with British officials as they investigate the attacks.

For additional information on the London bombings, see Response to Terrorism.

Following is the text of Chertoff's statement:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Press Release
July 7, 2005

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
ON THE BOMBINGS IN LONDON

We have been closely monitoring the bombings in London.  Our sympathies and condolences go to the victims of this incident and the people of London.

We have been in direct communication with officials at the state and local level and with public and private sector transportation officials.  We have asked them for increased vigilance and additional security measures for major transit systems.

The Department of Homeland Security has stood up the Interagency Incident Management Group to ensure full situational awareness around this incident and in the United States.  We do not have any specific intelligence indicating this type of attack is planned in the United States, but we are constantly evaluating both intelligence and our protective measures and will take whatever actions are necessary.

We will continue to work closely with British officials as they investigate this incident.

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