August 9, 2003
The Homeland Security Agency's color-coded terrorism alert system is producing a muddle of confusion, according to a yet-unreleased report by the Congressional Research Service.
The New York Times reports:
A new Congressional report has found that the government's much ridiculed color-coded terrorist alert system is so vague in detailing threats that the public "may begin to question the authenticity" of the threats and take no action when the alert level is raised....
The report's authors cited, but did not necessarily endorse, criticism that "when federal officials announce a new warning about terrorist attacks, the threats are too vague."
"The vagueness that characterized the four increases in the threat condition in the past two years has raised concerns that the public may begin to question the authenticity of the H.S.A.S. threat level," the report said. "Questions about the credibility of the threat, say other observers, might cause the public to wonder how to act or whether to take any special action at all."
The Homeland Security Department has acknowledged that the system, which went into operation in March last year, needs adjustment.
See the article here and a later Washington Post article here.
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The HSNG agent refused to confirm allegations that failure to purchase the HSASNAP would result in arrest and detention by the HSA. He did confirm that the suspects so far taken into custody have been treated "humanely" during interrogation, but hinted that the recalcitrant are being forced to watch Barney the Dinosaur to deprive them of sleep, saying: "We have found Barney a valuable ally in the war on terrorism."
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