Homeland Security Finally Dumps Color-Coded Terror Alert System

Finally, we can start to feel like adults again. The Department of Homeland Security's color-coded, Sesame Street-style terror alert system is getting the boot, according to the New York Times, in lieu of a more communicative, clear system.

“The goal is to replace a system that communicates nothing,” the agency said, “with a partnership approach with law enforcement, the private sector and the American public that provides specific, actionable information based on the latest intelligence.”

While it will be nice to be rid of that Bushie relic of ineffectualness, as the Times points out, we have a lot of great jokes to show for it.

Conan O’Brien joked, “Champagne-fuchsia means we’re being attacked by Martha Stewart.” Jay Leno said, “They added a plaid in case we were ever attacked by Scotland.”

Perhaps one day we can look back upon this time with fondness. Read the rest at the New York Times.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 25, 2010, 5:56am

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