Today's status: Smokey Bear.
January 28, 2011 1:25 PM Subscribe
posted by Mister Fabulous (28 comments total)
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A little bit of security theater
will shut down in April as the Department of Homeland Security
will end the
color coded Homeland Security Advisory System. The terror alert has not changed from yellow
in over four years, unless you are on an international flight. The system has been criticized immensely
since its introduction. And don't forget the jokes
The terror alert system was most criticized for its possible use as fear-mongering by it's well timed use near President George W. Bush's election campaigns. The alert system never dropped below a yellow "elevated" alert status. It was raised to the orange "high" status several times and once to red "severe" in regards to flights between the US and UK.
The system does not go away entirely. It will be replaced by the National Terror Advisory System which will do the following. From DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:
"This new system is built on a clear and simple premise: when a credible threat develops that could impact the public, we will tell you and provide whatever information we can so that you know how to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe."
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