...The information used to justify the increased alert status in New York, Newark, and Washington was 3 or 4 years old. Now while this may give the terrorists info they need to carry out an attack, it was the height of irresponsibility of the Administration to tip its hand thus. It could have taken the actions needed to further harden these targets quietly. But no...they decided to blurt it out at a politically advantageous time. So much for homeland security.