February 27, 2003
The U.S. government today downgraded the terror alert from "high" (orange) to elevated (yellow). While emphasizing that travelers should maintain attitudes of caution and watchfulness, the lowered threat level was "based on a careful review of how this specific intelligence has evolved and progressed over the past three weeks, as well as counter-terrorism actions we have taken to address specific aspects of the threat situation," according to a statement by Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. "Among the factors we considered was the passing of the time period in or around the end of the hajj."
The alert was initially raised from elevated to high on February 7.