Bush’s poll numbers go down, the terrorist threat bugaboos go up.
As the election nears, U.S. officials say they are increasingly concerned al-Qaida will attempt to mount a devastating attack aimed at disrupting the political process.
Though they have no new information indicating a time, place or method of attack, government agencies are stepping up counterterrorism efforts.
“We remain concerned that al-Qaida continues to demonstrate its intent and desire to carry out an attack that will effect the democratic process,” Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said.
Democrats and others have accused the Bush administration of scare tactics on terrorism warnings â€” deliberately frightening the public to give President Bush (news – web sites) a boost at the polls.