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Rummy: 'Serious? You Bet Your Life.'

The Pentagon on Tuesday conducted an exercise to prepare for a terror attack and widened warplane patrols around the United States amid fresh concern about threats to nuclear power plants and other vital infrastructure facilities.

Two days after the U.S. government raised its terror alert to the second-highest level, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld emphasized the gravity of the threat.
Rummy Emphasizes The GRAVITY Of The Threat.  (William Philpott/Reuters)
Rummy Emphasizes The GRAVITY Of The Threat. (William Philpott/Reuters)
"You ask, 'Is it serious?' Yes, you bet your life. People don't do that unless it's a serious situation," Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing.

But Rumsfeld said Americans should not cower in fear.

"We shouldn't sit around, you know, hiding under chairs and hoping it will go away. We have to live our lives and that's what we'll all do, and that's precisely what the president suggested," Rumsfeld said.

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