The current "orange alert" appears to be more than scaremongering."Unlike past elevations of the terrorism threat level, the decision to raise the alert to orange this time was unanimous and decisive, because it was based on what senior Bush administration officials described as the most alarming, credible and specific information they had ever seen," reports the Los Angeles Times."I have never seen the national security leadership as tense and anxious as they are right now," a senior federal law enforcement official tells the paper.The threat is thought to be in the skies."According to data received as recently as Monday, officials remain primarily concerned about Al Qaeda operatives plotting to hijack passenger and cargo planes and fly them into U.S. targets," the Times says.CNN notes that, because of the alert, the Pentagon his holding a "continuity-of-government" exercise today -- a drill to make sure the government can keep operating in the face of disaster.

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