RIDGE: TERROR ALERT SYSTEM NEEDS FIXING

Tom Ridge has finally figured out what we've all known for months: that he needs to take his cockamamie terror alert system back to the shop for major repairs."We worry about the credibility of the system," Ridge told Reuters. "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."But as the intelligence related to potential terror attacks becomes more detailed, Ridge expects to have more specific information that will give the government flexibility in predicting the target of a potential terror attack."Hopefully in time we can be much more specific with the alerts so we don't have to ask communities and states to enhance their security with the accompanying expense when we really don't think they have to," he said.
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