Homeland Security Dept. to use social media for alerts

April 7, 2011 11:05:10 PM PDT
The Department of Homeland Security plans to use Facebook and Twitter to issue terror alerts.

According to the Associated Press, the government's color-coded warning system will be replaced with a more specific plan that would offer two levels of alert -- elevated and imminent. The new terror system is expected to be in place by April 27.

In Afghanistan, the major general in charge of the 101st Airborne Division at Bagram Airfield, Maj. Gen. John Campbell, said the troop surge there is making a difference in strengthening Afghan security forces and preventing insurgents from staging terrorist attacks around the world.

"We feel we are contributing to the security of the people back in the U.S., I tell folks when they ask is it worth it, I tell them absolutely, there hasn't been another 9/11 incident since forces have been in Afghanistan taking it to the insurgents," he said.

Major General Campbell said the entire 101st Airborne Division is there helping strengthen the Afghan army, police and local government.

You can watch ABC7's Cheryl Jennings entire interview with Maj. Gen. John Campbell about the progress of the war in Afghanistan in the video above.

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