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Sen. Susan Collins: Elevate Terror Threat Level Now

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee told ABC News the federal government should elevate the nation’s threat level for at least a two-week period, until the intelligence community is able to review the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death, as well as materials found at his compound in Pakistan.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Sen. Susan Collins’ Senate committee Wednesday that she “has not been advised” of information that would cause her to raise the threat level, under the new system that Napolitano used to replace the old color-coding system.
Collins, R-Maine, disagrees:
“I would raise the terror threat level,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told ABC News. “It’s a common sense approach. To do an assessment -- we have all these materials, computer disks, etc., that were seized by our Navy SEALs from the compound. Those need to be fully reviewed and exploited. And until that process, at least an initial review has been completed, and until we have a worldwide intelligence assessment of the impact of bin Laden's death, it just seems prudent to me to temporarily elevate the terror threat level.”
“I think it's an important message to send to the American public. It's not an overreaction. It's not telling people to panic. It's just a prudent step to take until we have a better sense of the materials that were seized in the compound.”

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