The Homeland Security Department has lowered the terror alert for the financial sector in New York, Washington and northern New Jersey. But authorities still caution the risk of attack is still very high -- perhaps even coming this year.
Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy says breathing a sigh of relief and taking it easy would be "a very dangerous train of thought."
U.S. authorities say they remain concerned about the upcoming holidays, the January presidential inauguration and beyond.
Now, counterterrorism officials are analyzing why al Qaeda may not have attacked and what may be ahead. One expert says three messages from Osama bin Laden to Americans have been followed by attacks eventually. Asurfaced the friday night before the election.
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