Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Avoid Times Square, Planes Flying from Europe to U.S.

Says U.S. Congressman.

From New York Post Online Edition: news:

"Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) offered his regrets yesterday, telling The Post that he'd avoid the Times Square crowd because it's a 'tempting target' for terrorists.

'I wouldn't go to Times Square. That is my opinion. It is one based on the reality that the government has declared a Code Orange,' said Shays.
Air safety also worries Shays - 'I wouldn't be flying from Europe to the U.S. in an airplane,' he said.

Shays, who chairs a House subcommittee that deals with terror issues, said officials shouldn't make citizens think that, despite the heightened terror alert, they need not take precautions.

'We need to be straight with people,' he said.

He especially ripped Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's suggestion that people go on with their normal lives. "