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    Recently, an advisory task force handed the Homeland Security Secretary a split recommendation over whether to scrap the color-coded terrorist alert system. I voted that for the public the system makes no sense.

    Now word comes that the authorities are on to a domestic terrorist plot that may have involved placing backpack bombs on subways and other public places. They did not raise the national level from “yellow” to “orange.” Instead they just published an alert telling people what they could, when they could…and this seem to work just fine. Proof enough that appropriately informing the American people does not require a complicated color-coded system. Every time a walk through an airport, I hear automated voice drone “the color code is orange” and I ask myself…”Does anybody really think coloring my world makes us safer?”

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    3 Responses to Don't Color My World

    1. Meryl Dattolico, New says:

      The color alert is not as big a problem as is the fact that Obama hasn't even mentioned the terror threat, or at least not as far as I have heard, and I listen to a lot of news.

    2. AN AMERICAN says:

      There is always a threat from terrorism.

      Like him or not, President Bush was correct, the battle against terrorism, in particular, the Jihadists, will take decades to win.

      Until the countries of the world give these monsters no sanctuary – the threat will remain. I believe when these monsters cause enough damage, countries will wake up – Pakistan FINALLY did when it threatened her survival.

      The question is, does anyone have the staying power to continue the fight? If not, a relative few could plunge the entire world into darkness.

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      I don't mind the color coding. It's a subtle way to let us know. Hopefully communications is on the up and up?

      Although thinking a bit further, if the color code is wrong and things happen anyway, then there's no purpose for it. If it costs an outrageous amount, get rid of it.

      Thanks, James.

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