Security beefed up amid new terror warning Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says on a scale of one-to-ten, the quality of intelligence sparking the new terror alert is a "Ten."
Ridge tells NBC "as reliable a group of sources" as he's ever seen prompted the alert level to rise to high in Washington, New York and northern New Jersey. The federal government says al-Qaida may be plotting attacks against financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and the nation's capital. Ridge cites intelligence pointing to a car or truck bomb.
A fresh terror threat pointing to a car or truck bomb has turned the start of the work week into a frightening inconvenience for (m) millions of Americans. Intelligence suggests the targets are financial icons. In New York -- the heart of business -- traffic is disrupted. Some tunnels leading into the city are off limits to trucks. Several midtown streets are closed. Random searches of vehicles are under way.