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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-10-07 09:37 AM
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2. Britons can sign up for e-mail terror alerts

Britons can sign up for e-mail terror alerts

LONDON Britain's traditionally secret domestic security service, MI5, is reaching out to the public electronically to warn citizens if there is an increased threat of terrorism at home.

Beginning Tuesday, Britons could sign up on MI5's website to receive e-mail alerts whenever there are any changes in the nation's terrorism threat level. Britain established a warning system Aug. 1 that is similar to the U.S. color-coded advisory launched March 12, 2002. The U.S. government does not offer an official e-mail alert service.

Britain's current threat level is listed as "severe," the second-highest on the five-level scale. It means a terrorist attack is "highly likely." The U.S. threat level is at yellow, or "elevated," the third of five levels (it's "high," or orange, for air travel).

The e-mail alerts are part of a growing effort by the British government to make information on potential threats more available to the public and to enlist citizens in combating terror. Britain's Home Office, which is responsible for home security, said the United Kingdom needs its 60 million citizens to be on alert against terrorism to bolster the work of MI5's security officers. The government didn't specify what scale of event would trigger an alert.

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