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The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom, says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Over the last few hours, British authorities have arrested a significant number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States.

Chertoff said that currently there is no indication, however, of a terrorist plot within the United States.

“We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted,” said Secretary Chertoff.

“For that reason, the United States Government has raised the nation

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