Ridge Nettled by Terror Alert Credibility

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After raising the national terror threat level to code orange three times in the past four months, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday that he is concerned about the “sustainability and credibility” of the color-coded system.

Ridge said he wants to avoid that kind of fluctuation in the alert level in the future and wants a new system where alerts can be targeted for specific industries, states or cities rather than the entire country.

Ridge also said he thought that terrorists might be gaming the system – pumping up the “chatter” picked up by intelligence officials in order to trick the country into tightening security.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-06-05-homeland-security_x.htm

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