FBI to issue new terrorism warning for this week, officials say

Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI prepared a new terrorism warning Monday asking Americans and law enforcement to be on the highest alert for possible new attacks this week in the United States and abroad, government officials said.

The alert was based on information the FBI received about possible attacks that could occur over the next several days, said officials familiar with the warning.

The alert would be the second this month. On Oct. 11 the FBI said it had gathered "certain information" that additional terrorism attacks could occur within days.

The new alert is based on information gathered since the last warning, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Earlier Monday, President Bush was asked whether the government expected more attacks from groups associated with Osama bin Laden, the primary suspect in the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings. Bush said, "We believe the country must stay on alert, that our enemies still hate us."

Underscoring the balancing act that officials face in warning the public but not inciting panic, Bush urged people not to stop their daily activities.

"The American public must go about their lives. I understand it's a fine balance," Bush said.