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by Art Jahnke

Is It Time To Scrap the Color-Coded Alert System?

May 25, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Writing on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, Stephen E. Flynn, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former consultant to the United States Commission on National Security, call on DHS to scrap the color-coded terrorism alert system. Flynn finds what he calls two fatal flaws with the system. First, he says, the federal government lacks the ability to collect and analyze the intelligence that can produce a timely judgment on where the threat level should be set. And second, it is unreasonable to impose the costs of the upgraded security precautions associated with these alerts on governments and businesses across the country when terrorists cannot strike everywhere at once. Read all of what Flynn has to say.