Entries in Terror Alert (2)


UK Reduces Threat Level from Severe to Substantial

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Britain's Home Office announced that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) reduced the international terror level from "severe" to "substantial" on Monday.

"The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away -- there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask the public to remain vigilant," said Home Secretary Theresa May.

"Substantial" means there is a strong possibility of an attack. Since the threat system was first used in 2006, the highest level of "critical" -- meaning an attack is imminent -- was reached twice: in August 2006 and June 2007.

The JTAC, which was established in 2003, collaborates with law enforcement agencies to assess intelligence relating to international terrorism.

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Russia Adopting Color-Coded Terror System

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MOSCOW) -- What the U.S. is doing away with, the Russians will soon be embracing.

While the U.S. Department of Defense has decided to nix its color-coded terror alert system, Russian lawmakers are getting set to implement one in the wake of last week's deadly bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

Russia will use three colors to denote threat levels.

Critics say the plan is cosmetic and too broad to be of any use. They say protecting people comes down to releasing specifics; intelligence such as locations, likely targets and possible timeframes.

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