Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Location-specific terror alerts 

Here's something that makes the location-specific alerts seem a little less sinister (see previous post). From the Homeland Security Presidential Directive, the bill that created the color-coded alert system:

There are five Threat Conditions, each identified by a description and corresponding color.... Threat Conditions may be assigned for the entire Nation, or they may be set for a particular geographic area or industrial sector.

So what they're doing now is within the bounds of the directive. Fine. All that means is that the text of the directive itself should have set off some alarm bells. Plus, you have to wonder why they haven't used these "geographic area" alerts until now, less than three months before the election. Of course, they say it's because this time they have specific intelligence on the intended targets. That could be the reason. Or, maybe this is a test run for November 2nd.

Okay, enough paranoia for today.

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