Obama say, jihad is our friend. Obama say, "Respect it!" OK, then why this mandatory alert system directly to your cellphone by geographic area? Isn't this the same administration that made fun of and eliminated Bush's threat level system?
Robert P opines:
This messaging will identify everyone’s location at the time the message is received. There is nothing innocent about this, this is time-stamping where you are. This may be the most egregious violation of civil liberties ever.
Every cell phone is targeted by the O-ministration -- you can opt out for all the alerts EXCEPT the "Presidential alert." Are you vomiting yet? I can just see the November 6th, 2012 "Presidential alert" -- "Emergency!"
Chump Bloomberg loves the idea.
Emergency officials will soon be able to blast critical alerts to anyone with a cell phone in a certain section of the city.
If Times Square needs to be evacuated because of a bomb threat or if a hurricane is bearing down on Queens, warnings will be bounced from cell towers.
"Making sure that [people] get useful and life-saving information, quickly and easily, right on their mobile phones, will help more people get out of harm's way when a threat exists," said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate.
The system - called PLAN or Personal Localized Alerting Network - uses cell phone towers to send messages to everyone currently in a certain area, regardless of whether they're visiting from out of town or have a phone registered elsewhere. People won't have to register in advance to receive the alerts.
The messages, including urgent blasts from the President, information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won't be stalled or delayed.
FEMA's Fugate and Federal Communications Commissioner Chair Julius Genachowski plan to announce the new system at the World Trade Center site Tuesday in a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg and top phone company execs.
Mayor Bloomberg called the alerts a "quantum leap forward in using technology to help keep people safe."