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March 14, 2004

Why Not Orange?

By Andrew Dobbs

The current terror level is still yellow, or "Elevated" rather than "High" or Orange. This week a massive, coordinated terrorist attack was launched against one of our closest allies and the most likely culprit it now seems was al Qaida and still we are at Yellow? Does this confirm the ridiculousness of this system or simply the political cravenness of this administration? If we are going to have an alert system, let's use it effectively for chrissakes.

Posted by Andrew Dobbs at March 14, 2004 03:22 PM | TrackBack


Don't forget, Al Qaeda also said "we're next"!

Bush's numbers just aren't low enough to raise the terror level yet.

Posted by: Brady at March 14, 2004 04:30 PM

Going to High alert now would affect Spring Break travel. Jenna would be so pissed.

Posted by: Chuck at March 14, 2004 04:58 PM

The great stupidity of the color coding system is revealed when you ask yourself if we will ever go below Yellow or not. I mean, what exactly does Blue mean - that we can return to ignorant bliss?

Posted by: Jason Young at March 14, 2004 05:42 PM

Hey.. Jenna's not the only one with Spring Break plans... I'm going to New Orleans :-P

Posted by: Byron L at March 14, 2004 05:44 PM

Also, have you ever noticed that the top 3 ratings- guarded, elevated and high- are essentially synonyms? I mean, what do they mean? What would it take to be at Red? Does anyone really pay attention to this stuff? The only effect I know is that tours of the UT Tower are cancelled during the Orange alerts. Other than that, i have no idea what this stuff means.

Posted by: Andrew D at March 14, 2004 09:17 PM

Hey Jason. I'm guessing we'll go to blue when we've killed all the terrorists and everyone loves us again. Right? :)

Posted by: Mike at March 14, 2004 10:58 PM

I was just in PC (Panama City, FL) this weekend. It is a totally insane mess down there.
The terror alert system is like everything else associated with Bush & Co., a big flucking joke. What's the point?
Besides, why do people keep forgetting that Sept 11th was NOT the first act of terrorism in this country. Has everyone forgotten Oklahoma City? Home bred terrorism, is just as devastating. Maybe even worse.

Posted by: wanda at March 15, 2004 01:55 AM

Orange alerts cost entirely too much money for the businesses in this country, including the airlines. The Bush team will no doubt pull the orange alert again closer to election time, but only for political reasons. I mean, even the fire departments are asking, "What else can we do to prepare with the little amount of money Washington is sending us?" Bush tried to defeat the bill that gave fire departments more grant money, even as he was wrapping his arms around firefighters for his photo ops. (Or in the case of his TV ads, actors dressed up like firefighters!)

Posted by: Honey at March 15, 2004 12:29 PM
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