I remember, when George W. Bush was President, how Democrats would criticize the color-coded Homeland Security alert system. They rightly called the system vague, arbitrary and unhelpful. If a Democrat was in the White House, they said, a better, more rational transportation security alert system would be put into place.
Well, that Democrat is in the White House now, and has been for a while. Yet, the nation’s airports are still under a Code Orange Alert. That same old color-coded system that was put into place under President Bush is still there, without any changes I can see.
It’s been almost eight years now since there has been an airplane-based terrorist attack. There is no credible information leading the government to believe that any specific plots exist targeting American airplanes.
So, why are we still at a Code Orange Alert? In this old system, Code Orange Alert means that there is a “high risk” of terrorist attack.
We’ve had thousands of days with this supposed “high risk” of terrorist attack, and yet there’s been not even any attempt at an attack. This Homeland Security system continues to be based upon a faith, a belief in a kind of nationalist religious cult, that terrorists on the verge of swarming through airports across the USA.
If people want to engage in this kind of fearful faith, let them set up private churches of fear, where they can drape the altars of the Homeland gods in orange cloth, and place metal detectors at every door.
For the government to continue to support this Homeland cult, however, is a waste of money and a poison to our free society.