U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 2, 2004


WASHINGTON, DC - As part of a series of initiatives to improve coordination and communication among all levels of the American public, Secretary Randall M. Packer signed the Homeland Insecurity Secretarial Directive 3, activating the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System (HIAS).

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System will provide a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of the United States Government to the American people and around the world.

The HIAS, created by Jonah Brucker-Cohen (Under Secretary for Homeland Insecurity), is a public rating system that allows people from across the globe to determine the US Government's Threat Level by collectively rating RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) feeds from major US news sources.

Turning the "Homeland Security" threat level on its head, the system will allow the people to determine the threat condition by rating each major US news source according to its support level for or against the US Government's actions. Finally, the citizens of the world have a voice in determining the threat level of the most dangerous government on the planet. According to Under Secretary Brucker-Cohen, “It is important to identify the threats to our nation resulting from our government-in-action.”

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System will provide a national framework for citizens to communicate the nature and degree of government threats. This advisory system characterizes appropriate levels of vigilance, preparedness and readiness in a series of graduated Threat Conditions that characterize the risk of government failure in order to reduce vulnerabilities:

Benign – Green: Low risk of government failure.
Danger – Blue: General risk of government failure.
Frightened – Yellow: Significant risk of government failure
Horrific – Orange: High risk of government failure
Apocalyptic – Red: Severe risk of government failure

US Department of Art & Technology announcements of threat advisories and alerts help deter government activity and inform the public about government actions, policies, announcements and decisions, as well as provide them with the information necessary to respond to the threat.

With the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System, the US Department of Art & Technology is providing a truly democratic system that allows us to assess the job the US Government is doing in a tumultuous domestic and international arena.

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System is a project of the Experimental Party DisInformation Center,opening at LUXE Gallery in New York during the Republican National Convention.

For information and to rate the US Government, please visit: http://www.usinsecurity.us

About the US Department of Art & Technology

The US Department of Art and Technology is the United States principal conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

About the Experimental Party DisInformation Center

The US Department of Art & Technology presents the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, opening on Saturday, August 21, from 6 - 8 pm at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, NYC. The show continues through Saturday, September 4. Regular gallery hours are 11AM - 6PM, Tuesday - Saturday. The Experimental Party DisInformation is a state-of-the-art media installation subverting Republican propaganda through works by Secretary Randall M. Packer and US DAT artists. This "convention intervention" uses techniques of media and illusion to counter the political hype of the Bush Administration. Featured projects include the "Media Deconstruction Kit," transforming live broadcast convention coverage into an immersive multimedia experience.


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