DHS Secretary Reveals Updated Terror Alert System

Jeh Johnson unveiled the new threat advisory level called "bulletin," which points to general threats of terrorism.
6:00 | 12/16/15

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It's time we change the system in this is what we are doing in announcing. Today we are creating. An intermediate level. To the end test system that includes. An end task bulletin. Which describes. General developments. Or trends. Regarding threats of terrorism. We do this in public speeches in public statements. We do this for law enforcement. With joint intelligence bulletins. We do this on a periodic basis. There are news leaks anonymous sources. From national security and law enforcement. We want to put in one place for the public to see what we are seeing concerning the homeland. And what we are doing about it and what the public. Into about it so today we are creating this new intermediate level. To the end tax system called an antacid bulletin. This is a temp plate for an elevated. And tassel over which we have never used. In the four year history of this system this is an elevated alert which again depends upon. A credible specific threat. This is the temp plate for a bulletin. Which we are announcing today. This is general information for the public about the current threat environment. What we see additional details. What your government is doing about it. And how the public can help. With today's announcement. We are also issuing. An actual and test bulletin. The duration for this bulletin in these bulletins should have a duration. Will be six months. To June 16 when he sixteen. From today. And in summary. What we are informing the public today in this bulletin which will be issued today is the follow. We're in a new phase in the global terrorist threat. Which has implications. On the homeland. Particularly with the rise in used by terrorist groups of the Internet to inspire and recruit. We are concerned about the self radicalized actors. Who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security. As well as increased public vigilance. And awareness. Though we know of no intelligence that. Is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations. To attack the homeland. The reality is terrorist inspired. Individuals. Have conducted. Or attempted to conduct attacks. In the United States this year. DHS is especially concerned that terrorist inspired individuals. And homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged. Or inspired to target public events or places. As we saw in the recent attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. Terrorists will consider a diverse in wide selection. Of targets for attacks. In the current environment DHS is also concerned about threats and violence directed at particular communities. And individuals across the country based on perceived. Religion ethnicity. Or nationality. DHS and the FBI. Are providing additional guidance to state and local partners or an increased security measures. The public should expect an increased presence of law enforcement across communities. In the weeks ahead. More stringent security should also be anticipated. At public places and events. This may include a heavy police presence additional restrictions in searches on bags and the use of screening technologies. The FBI is investigating potential terrorism related activities associated. With this broad threat throughout the United States. Federal state and local authorities are coordinating. Numerous law enforcement actions and community outreach. To address. This evolving threat. How you can help. Community leaders coworkers friends and family can help. By reorganize by recognizing signs. Potential radicalization. To violence. For more information visit. An SI dot NC IRC. Doc goes. Report threats or suspicious activity. To the FBI or your local authorities. Contact information for FBI field offices can be found. At FBI dot gov contact das US slash field. Stay informed. The US government will provide additional information. About any emerging threat as additional information is identified. And not necessarily on a six month time line. The public is encouraged. To listen to law enforcement. And public safety officials. Finally. We urge the public to continue. To travel attend public events. And freely associated with others but remain vigilant. And aware of surroundings while doing so. Particularly during. This holiday season. This is the bulletin will be issuing today. We want the public to have this it will be on the DHS web site. We want the public to be aware we also want the public to be aware of all the things that those of us in Homeland Security. Law enforcement national security. Are doing on their back.

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