Originally posted by CosmoNut
The increased threat level is three-fold:
1) Increase security to keep any events from happening.
2) Increase awareness in the public to be vigilant for any terrorist tomfoolery.
3) Tell the potential terrorists that we know they're up to something.
It's not a government ploy. It's not the feds just "crying wolf." Remember that every time they increase the level and nothing happens, that's a GOOD THING. Imagine how much worse it would be if we increased the level and we STILL had terrorist attacks.
i agree with #1.
for #2, i don't want a public that iconizes paris hilton or pays money to see rob schneider's latest movie to be on the lookout for ANYthing. we (i.e. your run-of-the-mill working idiot on the street) are not an anti-terrorist outfit as a whole, and unless someone starts posting and reaffirming what constitutes suspicious behavior, we're the keystone-freakin'-cops. but i would like to think that if you DID see anything out of the ordinary, REGARDLESS of alert status, that you'd freaking REPORT IT. not say "well, those people seem to be loading large trucks with palettes under cover of darkness... but the terror alert is green, so i'm sure it's harmless." people also seem to think the terrorists are fools, and they'll just be toting armloads of dynamite and detonators wil e. coyote style all over the place.
#3 -- tell the potential terrorists we know they're up to something... by way of CNN? i don't want the terrorists to quiet down, i want them STOPPED AND CAPTURED. using fox news as your klaxon for perpetual awareness is awfully, um, well, it's just WRONG. hell, by that logic, the terrorists could just say "okay, the plan is set... blow up something big the day the terror alert goes down to green!"
"it's not a government ploy." i agree with you in that i sincerely think the government is trying to stop terrorist attacks and not just covering their ass (it's probably a little of both).
"every time they increase the level and nothing happens, that's a good thing." um, i suppose that's correct. and if i tell myself every day there's a a better possibility that i'll be run over by a car because i am going to walk the dog today outside as opposed to staying in, and i don't get run over because i obeyed that fairly informed logic (stay off streets = not run over by car), then that's a good thing too. but it's an insane way to live. (yeah, i know my example isn't the best in the world, but hopefully you get my meaning). yes, it would be terrible if the terror alert went up and bad things happened, but that does not automatically make the inverse true!