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Old Jan 22, 10, 2:56 pm   #1
 
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UK Raises Threat Level to "Severe"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8476238.stm

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The UK terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe", Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

The US Department of Homeland Security said the move meant the UK would be on a similar level of alert to America.

In a statement it said: "The UK is raising their measures to effectively where we are with the airport security measures that we have taken and announced over the last few weeks.
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Old Jan 22, 10, 3:03 pm   #2
 
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It is in response to the perceived increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit airliner bombing on Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson stressed there was no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack was imminent.
So.... it's "just because".

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Old Jan 22, 10, 3:12 pm   #3
 
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My interpretation: Threat level has been raised from "The sky is falling!' to "The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!."
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The UK terror scale, in order of ascending panic:

1. Jolly Good
2. Right-O
3. Bobbies n' Cameras Everywhere
4. Immigrants are Suspicious
5. Arse Over Elbow
6. Substantial
7. Severe
8. American-Style
9. Bloody Hell!
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Old Jan 22, 10, 3:36 pm   #5
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Sounds like another "gut feeling" and a smoke screen.

My first thought involved a and a certain hand motion
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Old Jan 22, 10, 3:55 pm   #6
 
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The UK terror scale, in order of ascending panic:

1. Jolly Good
2. Right-O
3. Bobbies n' Cameras Everywhere
4. Immigrants are Suspicious
5. Arse Over Elbow
6. Substantial
7. Severe
8. American-Style
9. Bloody Hell!
10. GET JACK BAUER - NOW!!!

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10. GET JACK BAUER - NOW!!!

we are at level DAMN IT!!!!!!!
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So, in the UK they use words instead of colors? How can they expect people to understand the threat level without color-coded adjectives, dammit!
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So.... it's "just because".

-K
You miss the point. How else will they get public acceptance of the new security measures in UK if the dial-a-threat isn't set to maximum panic mode?
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The UK terror scale, in order of ascending panic:

1. Jolly Good
2. Right-O
3. Bobbies n' Cameras Everywhere
4. Immigrants are Suspicious
5. Arse Over Elbow
6. Substantial
7. Severe
8. American-Style
9. Bloody Hell!
and the pax terror scale is "buggered"
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Old Jan 22, 10, 6:41 pm   #11
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Little Johnny Peepants in the UK

"It is in response to the perceived increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit airliner bombing on Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson stressed there was no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack was imminent."

Thank you, "Mr Johnson". You're certainly living up to the slang version of your name. You can delete the prepositional phrase in that second sentence.
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"It is in response to the perceived increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit airliner bombing on Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson stressed there was no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack was imminent."

Thank you, "Mr Johnson". You're certainly living up to the slang version of your name. You can delete the prepositional phrase in that second sentence.
Interesting that "perceived increased threat" is used. Sounds like there isn't an increased threat, but people perceive there is so they're deciding to raise the "threat" level while they still can.

Despicable.
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False alarm guys.

We have a general election due before long, and our glorious leader isn't too popular....

Nothing to see here

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"It is in response to the perceived increased threat from international terrorism following the failed Detroit airliner bombing on Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson stressed there was no intelligence to suggest a terrorist attack was imminent."

Thank you, "Mr Johnson". You're certainly living up to the slang version of your name. You can delete the prepositional phrase in that second sentence.
stick to subjects you understand. Maybe read a few books if necessary to broaden the list. I would rate the quality of the intelligence services in the UK as several light-years ahead of those in the US with which you are infinitely more familiar. To point you in the right direction, "imminent" is the critical word in this sentence.

Your abhorrence for any form of security commentary from any government-related agency from any country is to be expected; it's easier to b*tch about everything than use judgment, critical thinking and common sense.

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stick to subjects you understand. Maybe read a few books if necessary to broaden the list. I would rate the quality of the intelligence services in the UK as several light-years ahead of those in the US with which you are infinitely more familiar. To point you in the right direction, "imminent" is the critical word in this sentence.

Your abhorrence for any form of security commentary from any government-related agency from any country is to be expected; it's easier to b*tch about everything than use judgment, critical thinking and common sense.

Thank you! It's about time!
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