Presidential approval ratings up, Ridge changes threat level to “Bush”.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said that the U.S. has lowered the threat level one step to yellow or “elevated” from orange or “high” alert. The threat level had been at the orange level for 19 days over the Christmas and New Year holiday period after intelligence reports of impending attacks. Certain areas and certain private sector industries will maintain higher security, but Ridge refused to identify the specific areas. A yellow alert is in the middle of the five color warning system.