U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has sought to reassure Americans about security for Tuesday's elections and beyond after the release of a video by al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
At a briefing in Washington Saturday, Mr. Ridge said there are no specific threats for election day, and he said the United States is safer than ever before.
Mr. Ridge said authorities have no plans to raise the terror threat level because of the bin Laden tape.
President Bush held a closed circuit video conference Saturday with his top security officials, telling them to take all actions that might be necessary in response to the tape.
Friday, Mr. Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry both reacted to the release of the bin Laden video by vowing to defeat terrorism. In the tape, Bin Laden said Americans can ensure their safety from further attacks by changing U.S. Middle Eastern policy.