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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

What hue is the current Homeland Security threat level? Doesn’t matter, because the 9/11-born color-coded terror alerts look to be going away in favor of descriptive designations.

By scrapping the colors, President Barack Obama would abandon a system that critics long have said was too vague to be useful and that Democrats criticized as a political scare tactic. And it would represent a formal undoing of one of the George W. Bush administration’s most visible legacies…

Under the current system, green, at the bottom, signals a low danger of attack; blue signals a general risk; yellow, a significant risk; orange, a high risk; and red, at the top, warns of a severe threat. The nation has never been below the third threat level, yellow — an elevated or significant risk of terrorist attack.

It’s a cerebral vs. instinctual way to process information. Very reflective of the divergent approaches of the past two administrations.

There’s no reason to lament the loss of the rainbow of terror alerts; I don’t think they really permeated the national consciousness, except maybe among longtime frequent fliers. But I’m sure the right will seize upon it come campaign time, and hype it up into some sort of symbol of Democratic “softness” on national vigilance.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/24/2010 10:37pm
Category: Politics, Society
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