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Chertoff's "Gut Feeling"

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a "gut feeling" about a new period of increased risk.

Al Qaeda's apparent interest in summertime attacks and training along with earlier patterns of terrorists in Europe caused Chertoff to make this statement.

"The threat coming out of there is very real, even if there aren't a lot of specifics attached to it," one of the officials said.

The nation's color-coded terror alert system has not yet been raised. Airlines are currently under orange or "high" alert, the second most serious on a five point scale.