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New Terror Alert System [5 levels replaced by 2; colors dumped]
myfoxny.com ^ | 20 Apr 2011 | KATHY CARVAJAL

Posted on 04/20/2011 9:06:45 AM PDT by matt1234

The Department of Homeland Security is putting its new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS,) which consists of two levels of warning: 'imminent' and 'elevated,' into use within the week with an official announcement in Grand Central Terminal Wednesday from DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano.

--SNIP--

An "Elevated Threat" will warn of a credible terrorist threat against the United States. An "Imminent Threat" will warn of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the nation.

--SNIP--

It replaces the color-coded system used following the terror attacks of 9/11.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxny.com ...


TOPICS: Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bigsis; dhs; terroralerts; wot
Does anyone think this is an improvement? I don't. This is more ineptitude from DHS under Napolitano.


1 posted on 04/20/2011 9:06:50 AM PDT by matt1234
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To: matt1234
Get a Helmet.

Put On The Damn Helmet.


2 posted on 04/20/2011 9:08:40 AM PDT by RockinRight (Trump's "fake" conservatism is still better than the "real" conservatism of most of the GOP.)
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To: matt1234

0 = No Terror
1 = Terror


3 posted on 04/20/2011 9:08:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: matt1234

Is this not a three level system?

No threat, elevated and imminent...


4 posted on 04/20/2011 9:08:58 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: matt1234

OBL has to be laughing his ass off in his Cave.


5 posted on 04/20/2011 9:09:45 AM PDT by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: thackney

In logic terms yes. That would be tri-state system.............


6 posted on 04/20/2011 9:10:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: matt1234
I think air raid drills just like when we were kids. Use the fire house sirens.

And I'm gonna be real p**** if they lock down all the schools and the parents are denied access to them.

7 posted on 04/20/2011 9:10:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: matt1234

8 posted on 04/20/2011 9:10:18 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: matt1234

Two Levels: (1) Clueless and (2) We Don’t Give a Damn


9 posted on 04/20/2011 9:10:40 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Rappini

Word on the street is that the old color system was VERY offensive to the Muslim Community. This new system will be more politically correct.


10 posted on 04/20/2011 9:11:10 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: RockinRight
I was thinking of something form an old wetern. Similar to prepare to mount orders shouted dowen the cavalry column.

"Preare to die!"

"Dye-eh!"

11 posted on 04/20/2011 9:11:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: ConservativeStatement

1) the system worked
2) the system failed


12 posted on 04/20/2011 9:12:05 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The biggest threat to Homeland Security.

Unless he gets those hands on you.

13 posted on 04/20/2011 9:13:27 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: matt1234

Can anyone out there write a Sesame Street-styled song to go with this?


14 posted on 04/20/2011 9:14:36 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Mr. Wright
"Word on the street is that the old color system was VERY offensive to the Muslim Community. This new system will be more politically correct."

And we all know there is no higher priority than that.

15 posted on 04/20/2011 9:14:42 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: matt1234

So this assumes we will always be at an elevated alert level? Forever and ever?


16 posted on 04/20/2011 9:14:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: matt1234

Where’s Elmo?


17 posted on 04/20/2011 9:15:35 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: matt1234

I’d propose...

1. No Problemo
2. What Up
3. Oh Noes!


18 posted on 04/20/2011 9:16:14 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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19 posted on 04/20/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: matt1234

They left out levels for “disingenuous”, “counterproductive”, “unnecessary”, “wasteful”, “authoritarian”, and “vulgar”.


20 posted on 04/20/2011 9:17:43 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: thackney
Is this not a three level system? No threat, elevated and imminent...

Implicity, yes. Explicity, no. Therein lies one of the multiple problems with the new system.

21 posted on 04/20/2011 9:18:26 AM PDT by matt1234 (Union rank-and-file are now dem brownshirt rank-and-file.)
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To: matt1234

how much did this cost?


22 posted on 04/20/2011 9:18:37 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

And they tell me they can’t cut down on Federal employees? How many worked how long to come up with this BS?


23 posted on 04/20/2011 9:19:20 AM PDT by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: matt1234

24 posted on 04/20/2011 9:19:27 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: RockinRight
Get a Helmet.

Put On The Damn Helmet.

LOL! Beat me to it!

25 posted on 04/20/2011 9:19:50 AM PDT by Envisioning ( Call me a racist................, one more time......................)
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To: Mr. Wright

Government concerns regarding the new system were numerous. The one of most concern however was that a binary response to any event could sooner or later trigger a similar pattern in understanding. At some point the public would begin to expect yes or no answers to any question and that could not be allowed to happen.


26 posted on 04/20/2011 9:21:17 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: matt1234

1. Pucker up your lips
2. Kiss your ass goodbye


27 posted on 04/20/2011 9:22:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: matt1234

First, it appears there are three levels, since it says the two levels will only be “relayed” in “certain circumstances”, which suggest there is a level where they are not communicating a level.

Second, most states and localities, and many businesses, have spent big bucks putting together emergency action and security plans that are based on the 5 levels. They will all have to re-do their plans for the new levels.

Of course, since we were NEVER going to get to blue or green, I guess it doesn’t really matter. What politicians wants first to say that there is no more threat and then have something happen; and what terror expert wants to argue that there is no more threat, and put all those terror alert personnell out of work.


28 posted on 04/20/2011 9:22:30 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: matt1234

"Mr. Sulu, go to grey alert."

29 posted on 04/20/2011 9:22:36 AM PDT by matt1234 (Union rank-and-file are now dem brownshirt rank-and-file.)
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To: Mr. Wright

If that’s the case, I then propose:

Terrorist Threat Level Bacon - No threat.
Terrorist Threat Level Canadian Bacon - Mild threat.
Terrorist Threat Level Pork Chops - Moderate Threat.
Terrorist Threat Level Pig Roast - High Threat.


30 posted on 04/20/2011 9:29:24 AM PDT by RockinRight (Trump's "fake" conservatism is still better than the "real" conservatism of most of the GOP.)
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To: matt1234

(nicked from somewhere on the ‘net, LOVE Scotland’s levels :) )...

How different nations set their security threat alert status
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.”

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940, when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588 when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards”. They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability. Indeed it’s not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout loudly and excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans also increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Americans meanwhile, and as usual, are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.

And in the southern hemisphere...

New Zealand has also raised its security levels - from “baaa” to “BAAAA!”. Due to continuing defence cutbacks (the air force being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister’s bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is “I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!’, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.


31 posted on 04/20/2011 9:32:17 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: matt1234

I know that, as a doctor, I always diagnose my patients as either, 1. Healthy, or 2. Unhealthy. My ability to make those sort of fine distinctions is why they pay me the big bucks.


32 posted on 04/20/2011 9:58:40 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: matt1234

There is no “low threat” or “minimal threat” setting. We’re either always elevated or imminent. Elevated will come to mean nothing because that’s what it will always be at, except for the brief times it could be at ‘imminent’.

Idiots rule.


33 posted on 04/20/2011 10:16:41 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: matt1234

Doesn’t make a lick of sense. As many have said, there is no normal, or no known threat condition. And it would seem that “ongoing attack” would also deserve its own category under any system.


34 posted on 04/20/2011 10:50:50 AM PDT by Will88
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To: matt1234
Those extra colors must have been a bear to memorize for the DHS induction test.

On a side note- Al Qaeda must think we are stupid. They spend $4000 for a bomb scare, and we (in typical knee-jerk reaction) spend millions.

35 posted on 04/20/2011 10:52:28 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: RockinRight

Very creative . . . I like the system!!!


36 posted on 04/20/2011 4:39:08 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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