Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Video Teaches Public to Spot Terror Plots

The following news article appeared on Denver Colorado’s 9news.com web site last night. I reviewed the video, which is about eight minutes long, and found it to contain some very good information that is just as relevant to residents of Mount Rainier as it is in Colorado and across the country. I recommend it highly.

The video tells individuals that if they observe any of the eight signs of terrorism they should call the Colorado Information Analysis Center at their toll free number. That will not work here in Maryland. Residents should replace the CAIC number with that of the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC): 1-800-492-TIPS (8477).

You can view the video by clicking on the following web link:

Video Teaches Public to Spot Terror Plots
Written by: Jeffrey Wolf Deborah Sherman
9News.com (Colorado)

A new video released Monday teaches Coloradans how to recognize eight signs of terrorism, including suspects testing security, acquiring supplies and rehearsing terrorism plots.

The video was co-produced by the nonprofit Center for Empowered Living and Learning (the CELL) in Denver and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. They created it over the last four months using a $30,000 federal grant.

It is narrated by former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and 9NEWS Anchor Kim Christiansen.

"Eight years after 9/11, it's important to remember that the United States is not immune from terror attacks," Governor Bill Ritter said. "The video will help empower citizens with the knowledge they need to protect our communities, our state, our nation."

Ritter and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released the new video after touring the CELL Monday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, the world we live in today, everyone has to assume the threat of terrorism is anywhere," Napolitano said. "It's New York City, it could also be Denver."

Napolitano says attacks across the world show the battle against terrorism is a shared responsibility.

"You just can't leave it up to a state agency to do it, you can't just leave it to a federal agency to do it, there are things, practical things, that every individual can do that will help minimize the risk of terrorism," she said.

"Without question, every one of us has the potential to make a difference in the fight against terrorism," Ritter said. "It all starts with being alert and being prepared."

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