Terrorists don’t take a summer break, that’s the warning from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
He tells the Chicago Tribune he has a gut feeling about an upcoming period of increased risk for attacks.
His assessment is based on earlier patterns of terror strikes in Europe and U.S. intelligence.
Chertoff’s department has not indicated that it plans to increase the nation’s color-coded terror alert system. Airlines are currently under orange - the second most serious level on a five-point scale. The rest of the country remains a step below at yellow.
He said the U.S. has an edge though, technology and the vigilance of the ordinary citizen.
The secretary tells Americans to be watchful for suspicious activities in the wake of recent terror incidents in England and Scotland.