Terror Alert: Duct and Cover?

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When the -terror alert- went from yellow to orange a week and a half ago, there was a run on batteries, plastic sheeting and duct tape. Tomorrow, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will unveil a new strategy to prepare the public for a -range of threats.- However, the Department of Homeland Security says your house doesn-t need a -safe room- yet, and Newsweek reports that the so-called -credible threat- might have been -bogus.- Where does that leave a nation that already suffers from high anxiety? We learn more about the dilemma -to be prepared--or not to be prepared,- with the author of Culture of Fear, terrorism experts from St. Andrews University-s Centre for the Study of Terrorism, the National Commission on Terrorism, and a journalist who put on a gas mask and went out on the streets of Washington with anti-war protestors.
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