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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 22) - Residents should
see an increase in security measures here after the island's terrorism threat
level was raised yesterday to orange -- the second-highest category of risk.

The Bush administration raised the terrorism alert level
following a slate of attacks overseas and concerns attacks could spread to the
United States, according to Associated Press reports.

"There is just a lot of information that leads the
Department of Homeland Security to believe that terrorist organizations may be
planning attacks on U.S. interests," said local Homeland Security Adviser
Frank Blas Jr.

Blas said there will be tighter security at government
facilities and public places. He met with government officials yesterday to
discuss steps that need to be taken, including the use of security badges and
restricted parking.

"We are encouraging businesses as well to implement the
mandatory use of employee identification badges," Blas said.

Among the measures taken:

· Restricted public access to critical government

· Restricted parking in or around government complexes;

· An increase in surveillance at critical government
facilities and public places; and

· Increased traffic enforcement.

"We are also encouraging the public to report anything of
suspicious nature," Blas said.

The Guam Telephone Authority reconnected "critical"
phones at government agencies because of the rise in the threat level, but they
still have to pay for their bills, according to interim General Manager Lawrence

The telephone agency disconnected lines Monday at the Department
of Customs and Quarantine, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department,
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of Public Health and
Social Services, Guam Public Library System, Veterans Affairs Office and
Department of Commerce, for failure to pay their phone bills, according to GTA
spokesman Sam Hill.

May 22, 2003

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