Governor Tom Vilsack says while war has commenced, there is no credible threat here at home, and he is urging Iowans to carry about with daily business. Vilsack says “terrorism wins when we allow it to disrupt our day-to-day life.” He says “we have a job to do, and it’s important for Iowans to understand that.” Vilsack says the “brave men and women now in harm’s way” have a job to do, and they’ll do it “well and with honor.” Vilsack says the job state-side is to do whatever’s necessary to make this a stronger country and a stronger state. Vilsack says Iowans “are not going to let any threat or fear…distract us from the important work that we are about.” At about 10:30 last night, Vilsack participated in a telephone conference call with members of the President’s staff. Vilsack says federal officials don’t expect to raise the “threat level” from orange to red, which is the highest level — with a label of “severe.”Vilsack says the feds have “no specific information of any particular threat to any particular location in the United States,” and “there is no particular information relating to any specific threat to Iowa, to any Iowa community, to any Iowan or to any aspect of state government.” Speculation’s rampant this morning that it was not Saddam Hussein who appeared on Iraqi T-V last night, but a “double.” But Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says he’s gotten no confirmation Hussein was taken down in the bombing in Baghdad that kicked off the war last night. Harkin says he doesn’t know anything more than the rest of America does. Harkin says the situation will require investigation to determine just what is going on.
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