Press Center

»Home   »Press Center   print page email page

Thompson Applauds Decision to End Color Coded Alert System

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 26, 2011 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to replace the color-coded alert system with a new, more useful system:

“The old color coded system taught Americans to be scared, not prepared. Each and every time the threat level was raised, very rarely did the public know the reason, how to proceed, or for how long to be on alert. I have raised concerns for years about the effectiveness of the system and have cited the need for improvements and transparency. Many in Congress felt the system was being used as a political scare tactic – raising and lowering the threat levels when it best suited the Bush Administration.”

“I applaud the Secretary for her decision to create a common sense approach to alerting the public when credible threats arise. It is important that the public continue to be vigilant and cooperate with state, local and federal authorities.”

# # #
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Dena Graziano or Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson

Sign up to receive the latest news from the Democrats of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee.