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Anyone else getting irritated at the relatively frequent new alerts about terrorism threats? I just heard Condi talking about a new one today.

"Nothing specific. No need to raise the alert to the next color. Just telling you that some serious shit could happen! The terrorists are out there and they're planning it."

What's the point - other than to CYA if something serious does happen to go down?

Onward and Upward!

[This message was edited by MBM on November 15, 2002 at 02:55 PM.]

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Originally posted by alex:

As long as you "fear" a bomb, an anthrax attack or some other form of terror attack, they know you won't have your thinking caps on to see what is really going on.



If I were a hardcore conspiracy theorist that would be a pretty profound statement. Maybe if I weren't a conspiracy buff either! eek

Onward and Upward!
What good is the alert system doing for the public who for the most part has no idea of what these alerts mean? I think the average civilian has no idea of what these alerts are for. So if you have an alert yellow, what would you do? Where would you go? What precautions or actions need to be carried out?

It's just an attempt to make the American people feel like the gov't is doing something about things that they can do nothing about.

They ought to give it up and stop wasting my tax money.

Souljah

"Every shut eye ain't asleep. Every goodbye ain't gone"

Lewis Micheaux on the death of Malcolm X
I think the alerts are worth it until we as Americans get an understanding that we are not untouchable. Sept 11th some people got the message but by the 12th it was all about me, me, me. On 10 Sept if the military, CIA, FBI, and so on had asked for a raise or budget increase they would have been laughed off the block. Sept 11th then the first words out of people mouths was why didn't somebody do something?
The alert can be a good thing but I do agree it can be misused as with anything else. Times have changed so people have to realize that we can not go back to the good ole days and we better get used to the fact we are not liked and people will try to harm us.
So what does each code mean? What actions are to be taken? I mean let's be real. We have no real infastructure to deal with terrorist actions quickly and I defer to 11 Sept. So my advice would be the same as they gave in the 1980's about possible nuclear attacks. Go down in the basement or tub or wherever and kiss your A** good bye! What's going to happen will happen and we won't be able to do anything about it. So why worry about it. I certainly don't.

Souljah

"Every shut eye ain't asleep. Every goodbye ain't gone"

Lewis Micheaux on the death of Malcolm X
Don't forget the flashlight batteries and extra blankets; Or better yet since it doesn't bother you stay out of the basement. big grin

We do have the infrastructure to combat future terrorist attacks but that will never be put into action because everyone will have to sacrifice some freedoms, and we know we do not believe in giving up jack scnitz.

[This message was edited by ocatchings on November 17, 2002 at 12:03 AM.]
I don't have a problem with the alerts. I think they're in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation.

If they say something and nothing happens, people will think it's pointless. If they don't say anything and something happens, people will wonder why they weren't warned or accuse them of knowing all along, and allowing it to happen in order to further some other agenda.

Me, I'd rather know of the possibility than get blindsided.

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