The FBI has alerted hospitals in four major U.S. cities -- Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Washington -- that they could be targeted for upcoming terrorist attacks, but few hospitals or communities viewed the threat as serious enough to warrant immediate new security measures. The White House quickly downplayed the severity of the threat, saying it had "very low credibility." The threatened attacks would take place in mid-December "in reaction to continued arrests of Pakistani nationals by Pakistani authorities," according to an FBI notice to California hospitals. The FBI notice said, "The threat information cannot be substantiated. The veracity of the source is unknown." Many hospitals already have tightened security significantly since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. Read more on this story at www.modernhealthcare.com. -- by Jeff Tieman
Hospitals may be terrorist target, FBI warns
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