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Raise in terror threat to high-risk changes little in Piscataquis County

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 52, December 24, 2003

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

On Sunday, the government raised the terror threat level to orange, and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge said United States was perhaps at its highest risk of terror attack since the Sept. 11, 2001 strikes, sending a wave of concern across the country during the busy holiday season.

But little changed in Piscataquis County, far away from the crowded urban centers, transportation venues and infrastructures of national security that many see as the most likely targets of terror activity.

Bob Wilson, director of the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency, which coordinates emergency response throughout the county, received word on Sunday that the level was being raised to orange, or high-risk.

He notified the appropriate county and municipal officials - police and sheriff departments, town goverments, etc. - but said there was little else to be done in an area without a commercial airport, large shopping center, or any of the other centers of population that may end up on a terrorist group's radar.

"All we try to do is raise the awareness that something is possible, but probably not in this county," said Wilson. "We don't have a real target."

He said that people in the area should stay vigilant and prepared. If an attack were to happen in Bangor, Portland or even Boston, regions like Piscataquis County may be needed as part of a relief effort.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.