All Quiet as Bush Inauguration Moves Forward

No new terrorist threats, security scene is quiet


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement and security officials said Thursday they received no new information suggesting any threat from terrorists to President Bush's inauguration and reported no initial security problems.

``Everything is quiet,'' said FBI spokeswoman Debra Weierman a few hours before Bush was scheduled to take the oath of office.

Thousands of police and federal agents were on duty to provide unprecedented security for the event, including senior officials at a joint command center in suburban Virginia representing two dozen agencies ranging from the FBI and Secret Service to the District of Columbia mayor's office.

Security measures included rooftop snipers and observers, helicopter and jet patrols, anti-aircraft missile batteries, high-tech chemical, nuclear and biological weapons sensors, boat patrols on the Potomac River, bomb-sniffing dogs and many blocks of metal barricades along city streets.

The tight security produced long lines of people trying to get into the Capitol complex for the inauguration on all sides, with some reporting waits of between 20 and 45 minutes. Several streets were closed around the Capitol, forcing inaugural guests, onlookers, Capitol staffers and Capitol workers to try to squeeze through the same security gates.