Homeland Security’s Terrorism Threat Levels May Lose Some of Their Rainbow Colors

November 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by JetSetCD

Here’s something intriguing we’re pondering this Monday morning: a world without the rainbow-tiered “threat level” Department of Homeland Security warning system. According to the AP, the government is considering scrapping the 9-year-old program, which came to be just after the 9/11 attacks as a way of relaying terrorism danger levels to travelers. Typing that makes it sound all scary and stuff, but really it’s just been a big joke.

As you probably already know, the system consists of five levels, from green “low” to red “severe.” At “low”, everything is hunky-dory and world peace is on the horizon. At “severe,” terrorist plots are being carried out and the safety of the American public is actively at an immediate risk. We know it’s been on yellow before, but frankly that was so brief that it pretty seems as though the threat level has been glued on orange’s “high” level forever. No time soon will we all join hands and sing “Kumbaya” around the world, so why is there even a need for the green or blue levels?

Homeland Security is apparently beginning to see the light, and is considering to “go to two threat levels instead of five: elevated and imminent.” Okay so basically that’s just cutting off the lower three and owning up to the fact that danger is always around the corner. All in all, it would be an obvious improvement and far clearer, but then we’d be sad about having to retire our threat level quilt to the back of closet.

No final decisions have been made, but in the end it’ll be up to President Obama to decide exactly how many levels to throw away and how many levels are here to stay

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