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Russia Adopts Color-Coded Terror Alert System , France And UK Dropped It

Posted by Info on 28/01/2011

Under intense pressure to ratchet up security measures after Monday’s terrorist airport attack, Russian lawmakers on Friday fast-tracked the introduction of a color-coded alert system similar to the one adopted by the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Russia began discussing a color-coded system months ago, after two suicide bombers exploded in Moscow’s subway, killing 40 people. Medvedev said: “After a terrorist attack, in many cases, metal detectors were put in place at transport facilities. They worked in the beginning, with everyone being sent through them, but then everything stopped, and people could come and go as they pleased.

The Russian system would categorize threats as blue, yellow, and red, in order of seriousness. The bill was presented Friday by the deputy director of the Federal Security Service, the domestic successor to the K.G.B., and the Parliament approved it in the first reading.

Fred Burton, a counterterrorism expert
at inteligence company Stratfor, said the United States had modeled its system on coded alerts used on military bases, which would then clearly dictate security measures like vehicle searches. It was, he said, “a knee-jerk reaction,” and when generalized to the population, it proved impossible to control how people would respond..

“Nobody really understands it. I’ve been a counterterrorism agent, but I couldn’t tell you on any given day what color code you were in, because it doesn’t really mean anything.”

France used such a system, and the United Kingdom adopted and then dropped it.

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One Response to “Russia Adopts Color-Coded Terror Alert System , France And UK Dropped It”

  1. Roslyn said

    B., and the Parliament approved it in the first reading.The bill was presented Friday by the deputy director of the Federal Security Service, the domestic successor to the K..G?

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