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The New Normal: Significant Risk of Attack

Sign at Auke Bay, Alaska ferry terminal, August 12, 2009

Sign at Auke Bay, Alaska ferry terminal, August 12, 2009

I took a trip on Alaska’s Marine Highway System back in August and was appalled by this sign. I’m appalled because the security alert system seems to have no off switch. The LOWEST the system is capable of is saying there is a significant risk of terrorist attack? That seems reasonable for Israel, a small place with many enemies. Not a reasonable scale for the United States. Despite recent terrorism scares, there are nowhere near enough terror cells in this country to create a “significant risk” everywhere. Signs like this just does the terrorists work for them.

This post isn’t intended as a knock against the Alaska ferry system. They’ve been stuck with a national alert system. I recommend the ferry to everyone. It’s a great way to travel.

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2 Responses

  1. It’s the “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid” make-’em-herdable approach to public relations. Earlier examples are Cold War rhetoric, and of course, Homeland Security’s introduction of the color-coded alert system. It’s almost never on green, have you noticed?

  2. “It’s almost never on green, have you noticed?” – You’ve seen it green? When?

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