http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-07-01-alerts-cover_x.htm Phoenix sharply ramped up security last September under a federal Code Orange alert. USA Today reports that police chief Harold Hurtt has "concluded that absent a direct threat to Phoenix, his department couldn't afford to jump every time officials in Washington, D.C., said to do so." The newspaper says that officials nationwide are cutting back their responses to federal terrorism alerts. "There is broad consensus that the (federal alert) system . . .
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