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Homeland Lockdown: "Red Alert" = Martial Law

by TOM BALDWIN Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 2:42 PM

FBI and other federal officials in NJ outline Homeland [In]Security's "Red Alert" response: it will mean Martial Law.

Red Alert would end some personal freedoms

Published by the Gannett State Bureau 3/15/03



By TOM BALDWIN

GANNETT STATE BUREAU

TRENTON -- If the nation escalates to "red alert," which is the highest in the color-coded readiness against terror, you will be assumed by authorities to be the enemy if you so much as venture outside your home, the state's anti-terror czar says.

"This state is on top of it," said Sid Caspersen, New Jersey's director of the office of counter-terrorism.

Caspersen, a former FBI agent, was briefing reporters, alongside Gov. James E. McGreevey, Thursday, when for the first time he disclosed the realities of how a red alert would shut the state down.

A red alert would also tear away virtually all personal freedoms to move about and associate.

"Red means all non-critical functions cease," Caspersen said. "Non-critical would be almost all businesses, except health-related."

A red alert means there is a severe risk of terrorist attack, according to federal guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security.

"The state will restrict transportation and access to critical locations," says the state's new brochure on dealing with terrorism.

"You must adhere to the restrictions announced by authorities and prepare to evacuate, if instructed. Stay alert for emergency messages."

Caspersen went further than the brochure. "The government agencies would run at a very low threshold," he said.

"The state police and the emergency management people would take control over the highways.

"You literally are staying home, is what happens, unless you are required to be out. No different than if you had a state of emergency with a snowstorm."

"The reason being is, what we're saying is, 'Everybody sit down!'

"If you are left standing, you are probably a terrorist. And if you are not law enforcement or emergency response; That's how we're going to catch you.

"You're not going to have a seat to go to.

"That is the basic premise of it."

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Resource: Surviving Martial Law Pat Henry Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 2:43 PM
Not shocked. Cloak And Dagger Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 3:52 PM
Hmmm MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 4:03 PM
Irony Disbelief Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 4:57 PM
kinda makes you feel like a chump for voting for Bush Sheepdog Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 5:05 PM
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MR 2nd Ammendment Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 5:19 PM
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Don't See Marshall Law! Boxer IV Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:21 PM
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Ms. hax0r_m0m Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:27 PM
It's Not The "Left" I'm Worried About"--Nationalist's Ban Books 2nd Adm Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:29 PM
References please? MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:37 PM
To Kire Box Cutter Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:43 PM
Yeah war certainly isn't going to do anything curtail terrorism Pissed Off in Ohio Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 6:45 PM
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Graphic aid please. MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 8:35 PM
Here's Your Link... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 8:54 PM
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wow POIO Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 9:16 PM
Oh Well,... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 9:16 PM
Conspiracy? MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 9:46 PM
Oh Yeah... Cloak And Dagger Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 9:59 PM
Engaged (Past Tense..?) MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:06 PM
National Review?! Sheepdog Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:09 PM
And who pays? MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:12 PM
Eta ne ochen harasho Gaspadeen Sheepdog Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:20 PM
MadMixmaster Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:20 PM
Cute, but you failed to answer the question MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:25 PM
yeah wtf anyways POIO Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:29 PM
You know... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:30 PM
You don't need to be a Stalinist MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:34 PM
You... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:42 PM
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Information Warfare MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:46 PM
The Price of Liberty... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:52 PM
Das vedanya tavasish, ne! Sheepdog Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:54 PM
"Let them watch" Uhuh MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 10:58 PM
Freedom... Diogenes Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 11:03 PM
And I suppose I am too.. MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 11:05 PM
yeah get the other 28% involved too eh? POIO Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 11:19 PM
Why? You prove it time and again Liberal with a Gun Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 11:27 PM
Not absentee ballots MadMaxim Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2003 at 11:37 PM
Yes a paper trail sheepdog Thursday, Mar. 20, 2003 at 6:41 PM
How about an ETrail? MadMaxim Thursday, Mar. 20, 2003 at 7:20 PM
Frankly... Diogenes Thursday, Mar. 20, 2003 at 7:41 PM
mr. jim smith Thursday, Mar. 20, 2003 at 10:25 PM
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Dr. Smith was a woosy. MadMaxim Thursday, Mar. 20, 2003 at 11:15 PM
Thread hidden? MadMaxim Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 2:58 PM
Now you are getting paranoid. Diogenes Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 3:04 PM
Ok then... where is MadMaxim Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 3:13 PM
I give. Diogenes Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 3:24 PM
I'm new at this... MadMaxim Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 3:35 PM
You have to... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 11:15 PM
Hey Cool MadMaxim Friday, Mar. 21, 2003 at 11:55 PM
Hmmm, Anybody Recognize this Quote? MadMaxim Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003 at 12:16 AM
This is why... Khiken Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003 at 3:07 PM
Running from it... Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003 at 3:11 PM
Mr. The Milkman Friday, Feb. 06, 2004 at 10:22 AM
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The Milkman Friday, Feb. 06, 2004 at 10:27 AM
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