Roll Call cited two sources in first reporting the reason for the stepped up police presence on Capitol Hill. FBI and Homeland Security both say there is no "specific threat" out there right now.
But Congressmen and their staffs received an email from House Sergeant at Arms Wilson Livingood last Friday urging them to "maintain increased vigilance."
"Based on public reports it is widely known that the Capitol complex remains a target of interest for terrorist organizations." -- Email Message to
Congressmembers from House Sergeant-at-Arms, Wilson Livingood.
The warnings come as a new al Qaeda video called "Wait for the Big Surprise" has popped up on websites -- showing President Bush and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf standing in front of the White House and surrounded by flames. (WaPo)