Former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik has been nominated to be the new Director of Homeland Security. Tom Ridge, as near as I can tell given my complete lack of information privy, did a bang up job starting up the fledgling department.
That said, the color coded threat level thing has to go. OK, so we’ve got an alert that interior designers can understand, but what about the rest of us? And I guess if you’re colorblind, you may as well go and turn your infidel self over to al-Qaida right now, ’cause you’re hosed under the current system.
Besides, when no information is shared, whatever “level” we’re on is meaningless. If the level is “red”, that means there’s a good chance something could happen. Where? Don’t know. How? Um, got me. Maybe it’s helpful for internal government and policing purposes, but all it does for those of us in the general population is make us duck behind the yams every time somebody in the grocery store makes a sudden move.
Just for the record, if Mr. Kerik does decide to keep the color coded threat level system, I’d only ask that a “lavender” level be added to warn us when the next Liza Minelli wedding is imminent.