I am posting this in IMHO because I think many people will have opinions on this and I don’t want it to just degrade into a flame-fest about this political party or that political party.
That being said, I will state that I cannot vote (British citizen, permanently resident in the US) but I am not a Bush supporter and further more, I do not like his government much. I am posting this in the interests of fairness so you all know where I am coming from.
So, what is the purpose of the Terror Alert level? I think the only real purpose it serves is to create fear and suspicion amoung the populace.
There have been terrorist threats to many countries for years, even decades, and everyone has managed to get by without a terror alert system. I, as a general citizen, do not need to know every time some intelligence suggests there may be an attack. I expect the government to do what previous governments have done and act on the information to stop the attack without me even knowing that anything was happening. I don’t know exactly what the government expects me to do when they raise the terror alert level other than do what we should all be doing anyway; reporting suspicious activity/packages etc. and getting on with our lives.
There has been terrorism in the world for decades so why do we all need to know about it all of a sudden. If, as the latest alert said, a specific area or building is a “likely target”, does the governemt expect people to avoid the area? Will that help? What are they expecting/hoping for?
Does anyone have any better explaination for all this?