Echoing President Obama’s Sunday night address from the Oval Office on the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that America finds itself in a “new phase” of terrorism that relies less on 9/11-scale attacks and more on smaller acts like mass shootings.
“We’re dealing with the prospect of terrorist-inspired attacks by someone who may be totally below our radar and could act on a moment’s notice,” said Johnson.
The New York Times reports that “under the current system, there are two levels for threats: imminent and elevated. A new level will be added to cover less serious threats, though officials declined to say what it will be called.”
A review of the current National Terrorism Advisory System has allegedly been underway for quite some time to see how it can be improved.
@ABC THANK GOD! Now we're safe!
— Ryan And? (@MadaVentoux) December 8, 2015
@ABC why since ISIS is contained we should have nothing to worry about
— Gabe (@GabeGfolls) December 8, 2015
@ABC I feel safer already ?
— ©wordfromyrmom (@cbgb84) December 8, 2015
@ABC I can hardly wait! Honey? Get the popcorn!
— Art Busch (@buscharte7) December 8, 2015
@ABC well isn't that great but Americans are buying guns to defend themselves after O speech
— Mia (@maj1151) December 8, 2015
@ABC Please not colors again!
— Anne Stalfort (@astalfort) December 8, 2015
@ABC The last terror alert system they created for the public was never used, not once. Will anything change this time other than waste $$ ?
— labrats (@labratones) December 8, 2015
@ABC nothing meaningful just doing something for the appearance of doing something
— Ufa Man (@Thumb_Talker) December 8, 2015
The new system might take some time to roll out as DHS employees investigate each other for potential terrorist ties.
@ABC 72 DHS Employees on Terrorist watch list. I wouldnt hold my breath..
— Chris Silvey (@Chris_T_Silvey) December 8, 2015
— StarsNStripes (@USAmerica1st) December 8, 2015