New Jersey Will Declare Martial Law If Nation Goes to Red Alert


| March 2003


New Jersey?s director of counter-terrorism Sunday said that the state will declare martial law if federal Homeland Security officials announce a Red Alert.

Anyone venturing outside their home during such an alert will be considered ?the enemy,? reports Tom Baldwin in the South Jersey News. The announcement by New Jersey anti-terrorism czar Sid Casperson is the first such public acknowledgement describing how Americans will be affected by the highest level of alert set by the Homeland Security Department.

?Red means all noncritical functions cease,? said Casperson during a briefing with reporters. ?Noncritical would be almost all businesses, except health-related.?

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