Entering an airport just a little while ago, I was pleased to see that one of the many pointless items of George W. Bush’s Homeland Security routine has been done away with. When I walked through the metal detector, I was told that, as of yesterday, I didn’t need to show the very same boarding pass that I had showed to another security agent just 30 seconds before at the beginning of the line.
The Department of Homeland Security is now willing to trust me that I didn’t use some kind of interdimensional portal to become somebody else while waiting in the enclosed security line. That’s a bit of a relief, but it’s just one little bit of Homeland idiocy down, and about 347 still needing to go.
I’d love to see an official Obama Administration explanation of why the nation’s airports remain at Code Orange, for example. The Department of Homeland Security web site reads, “The threat level in the airline sector is High or Orange.”, but under what definition of the word “high” is the threat in the “airline sector” high?
The Department of Homeland Security admits that “there is no credible information warning of an imminent, specific threat to the homeland.” For those of you who need translation into fear-speak, “the homeland” means the United States of America.
There’s no terrorist threat. There is no… terrorist… threat. So, can we please cut the Code Orange, please? Isn’t it time that we all deserved a little Code Aquamarine, or Code Taupe, or Code Periwinkle?
Memo to America: It’s okay to breathe now.