In light of the recent foiled attempt at another terrorist threat to the world and more specifically, towards the US, the terror level in the US has been raised to “severe” and the terror level in the UK has been raised to “critical”. What does that even mean? Why can’t they just really say what the situation is when there has been a known terrorist attempt or activity? How about after 9-11, they have a “DTB: don’t trust brown folks (middle-eastern people or those resembling middle-eastern people)” terror alert level, or how about after the recent failed attack, just have a “ya never know, ya never know” terror alert level, because truly, you never really know when another terrorist activity may happen.
The terror alert levels that currently exist are low, guarded, elevated, high, and severe. What the hell? Isn’t this more semantics than anything? Any synonyms they can think of, they add to the levels. How about dangerous? How about fatal? How about meaningless? How about significant? Is it even possible to be any more vague? Can’t you just imagine Bush coming on TV saying, “In leiu of the recent breakthroughs by our government in fighting terrorism, we have lowered the terror alert level to meaningless”. Now when the president of your country tells you that terrorism is meaningless, you feel safe. I mean, politicians are so accustomed to lying anyways, why not put their citizens at ease with significant lies and/or embellishments? Americans in some way want to be lied to, they don’t want to hear the truth about what is going on in the rest of the world, they only want the positive accentuated, regardless of what they say. The compassion of Americans suppresses the truth.