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GOP Lawmaker Urges Reform of Terror Alert System

A leading House Republican said yesterday that the Homeland Security Department needs to reform its color-coded alert system to avoid alarming people who are not at risk and to reduce the impact of idle threats from al Qaeda terrorists. Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, said the current terrorist threat system, which assigns a color to each of five risk levels, may be alarming “an awful lot of people who really can’t do much with this information other than hand-wring and hanky-twist.” Legislation co-sponsored by Cox would mandate a more regional approach. “The terrorists are playing a losing game,” Cox said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But if by making idle threats that are always taken seriously by people who are just scared, we can impose enormous costs on the country and the terrorists can impose enormous costs on the country. . . . That turns their losing game into a winning game.” Full Story

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