By Shepard Ambellas
Since the system was created by the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2002, the color-coded terror alert scale has been more confusing than effective.
How can DHS even begin to say they know how much danger people are in at all times? The very concept of the system is flawed. In fact it looks as if the scale was created to intimidate and terrorize American citizens in order to keep them living in a constant state of fear.
First one must ask; how would DHS even know if a terror attack may or may not be carried out at any given time? The enemy (if real) surely would not tell us when they plan to strike.
Second let’s just say for example that DHS knew that terrorists were going to strike somewhere in America but they did not know exactly when or where. Why even alert the general public? Wouldn’t a potential terror attack be a matter of national security?
Makes you wonder if DHS has realized the same things about the flawed system prompting the removal, or do they have new procedures or systems to implement?
US Scraps Color-Coded Terror Alerts
Nov, 25, 2010
Late-night TV hosts better get their jokes in quick, before the color-coded terror alert system that’s been the topic of so many punch-lines is gone for good.
U.S. officials say they’re phasing out the five-tiered alert scheme created in 2002 under the Bush administration, after years of criticism from lawmakers and citizens alike who say the system is vague, needlessly alarming — or just plain silly.
In March 2002, “Saturday Night Live” lampooned the system in a skit in which an actor portraying a Homeland Security official described it as “six shades of beige.” Conan O’Brien joked that “Champagne-fuchsia means we’re being attacked by Martha Stewart,” and Jay Leno quipped, “They added a plaid in case we were ever attacked by Scotland.”