The Absurdity Of Terror Alerts

Ackerman recalls the paranoid genius of the old Homeland Security Advisory System. Napolitano has revised the system, but Ackerman and Bruce Schneier aren't impressed:

Unlike warning systems for, say, extreme weather, the advisory—now as then—doesn’t tell you what to do in the face of a looming terrorist attack. “For it to be useful,” says Bruce Schneier, a security consultant and vigilant critic of terror hysteria, “the alert would have to say, ‘There’s a terrorist on this corner of this street, right now. Instead of making a left, make a right.’ It’s not going to do that. It’ll be, ‘There’s a terror alert in New York on Tuesday.’ The same bullshit.”