Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that on Wednesday, federal authorities in Washington have warned him on a terrorist threat that, for the first time specifically named the city's transit system. Read more here.
As an immediate meassure, Mayor Bloomberg has strenghtened the security in and around the cities subway stations, rising the alert level to "orange" (second highest level, read more here) and announced the information to the public, asking for their support.
This happened exactlly three month after the devastating London subway explosions that left 52 people dead, over 700 wonded and millions in shock all over the world, on October 7.
Even though Mr. Bloomberg's decision to make the information public has attracted some contestatory federal voices, President George W. Bush announced his support for the Mayor's actions.
"Our job is to gather intelligence and pass them on to local authorities, and they made the judgments necessary to respond," the president told reporters.
"We believe that there is some credibility to this, and if I'm going to make a mistake you can rest assured it is going to be on the side of being cautious," Mayor Bloomberg declared
Officials said that the source of the information was trained in an Afghanistan terrorist camp, has been giving many valuable information to the US authorities and he passed the poligraph test when giving this latest informations.
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