Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Gov. Bill Ritter today reminded citizens to stay vigilant in the fight against terrorism. Citizen alerts to law enforcement helped to prevent a terrorist attack on Saturday, May 1, in New York City’s Time Square.

“As we learned in New York and here in Colorado, citizens have a vital role in preventing terrorism,” said Gov. Ritter. “I urge all Coloradans to always be aware and to alert law enforcement of any suspicious activities.”

After the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the suspect responsible for the attempted car bombing, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano thanked the citizens of New York for their vigilance. “What happened on Saturday shows the critical role that the American people play in the security of our country. If anybody ever had any doubt about it, this failed bombing attempt clearly shows the value of the saying, if you see something, say something.”

“We continue to be reminded that the threat of terrorism knows no boundaries. Colorado has been in the forefront of terrorism prevention through its public private partnership initiatives in educating the public,” said Gov. Ritter.

This past October, Secretary Napolitano and Gov. Ritter launched the nationally recognized video, “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism.” This video aims to educate citizens on how to recognize the warning signs of those who might be planning a terrorist attack and how to work with the authorities to stop it.

The video can be seen at the Center for Empowered Learning (CELL), a non-profit organization in Denver whose exhibit addresses global terrorism. The CELL produced this video with content provided by The Colorado Information Analysis Center, the local FBI, and The Governor’s of Office of Homeland Security. The video is available online at and

Any Coloradan who observes suspicious activity should report it to the Colorado Information Analysis Center online at, or 720.825.6705.

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