June 1, 2004
The Color Purple
BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
there's a spankin' new reason for a terror alert to be issued. It
is so new that it caused the Administration an embarrasing situation
because Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge didn't have a proper code
level to cover the threat.
There were reported widespread complaints of confusion over the fact that the terror alert level wasn't heightened as well, even though it warranted a surprise press conference by the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. The call for increased vigilance by Ashcroft instead of Ridge caused far more confusion and concern than normal.
As you may recall, his announcement had something to do with the "nonspecific but credible threats" and "upcoming political conventions." Not only was Ridge not aware that the USAG was going forward with the alert, he refused to bump the color level even though Ashcroft announced that there are terrorists in the U.S. preparing to attack.
So in order to avoid confusion and possible widespread panic over this new type of threat, I'm proposing a new color and level for the Administration's terror guage.
new level of alert for the Homeland Security Advisory System should
be considered to cover future specific (yet unspecific)
for the upcoming Republican political conventioneers only.
Then the rest of the country could sustain its already heightened
vigilance at the not-so
mellow "yellow" level.
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