This is the first thing I have seen Tom Ridge say in two years that provides hope that he is more than a brain-dead automaton:
After raising the terror alert to its second-highest level three times over the past four months because of fears of potential terror attacks, Ridge said the system needs refining.
“We worry about the credibility of the system,” he told a small group of reporters. “We want to continue to refine it because we realize it has caused some anxiety.”
Ridge said the system, based on information from various intelligence agencies, relies heavily on the intelligence that is “fairly generic.”
y’know, if they’d just say, when they lower it again, something about the threat having been handled–no specifics, no dfetails, just something saying that they DID something and now we’re safe–the system would look much more useful
And, since in quite a few cases they ARE actually doing something to eliminate the threat, it would also be more accurate.