No "specific information" . . . the "credible sources" are unidentified, and since there's nothing specific to stew about there will be no change in the color alert system. But administration officials have said "they are going to extraordinary lengths to secure upcoming events."
In the meantime, what is the American public to do? The days of duct tape have apparently passed, but Tom Ridge is recommending only two things:
1) Ridge gave the following advice on CBS's "Early Show": "We need Americans to just go about living their lives and enjoying living in this country." "America's job is to enjoy living in this great country and go out and have some fun," he said on CNN.
2) Be "highly vigilant", on "heightened alert" and report anything suspicious. Be "Citizen Soldiers". According to KGW news early yesterday evening, there are certain things to look for. I wasn't sure I believed my own ears when I heard what they were, so I watched later news to confirm them. Either because of time restraints or because somebody had second thoughts about the list of suspicious activities, it was not re-broadcast during the story about Ashcroft's speech and the new alerts.
To the best of my memory, these are the listed "suspicious things" citizens should watch for in order to identify terrorists:
a) People who appear overdressed for Summer weather or are wearing bulky clothing that might conceal weapons or bombs
b) People who appear nervous or anxious and might be pacing
c) People displaying a greater-than-average interest in mass transit
d) People using angry or derogatory language about the US
e) Anyone bragging about how their religion is the best (or something to that effect)
Of course we would risk a deadly food fight as some of the luckless tried to flee, but that's just the chance you have to take in these "times of war."