The Department of Homeland Security created the Homeland Security Advisory System in 2002. The agency publicized what the risk of terrorist attacks was at any given moment, alternating between yellow and orange sixteen times (and red once, for a three-day period) during its nine-year history. Americans didn’t know how to respond to the threat level, other than be vaguely afraid for their safety.
Since last week, we are facing a new threat to our homeland…
Eight days into a new administration, seeing a barrage of executive actions, we are on edge. The risk of harm to our basic human rights, to our relative peace, safety, and well-being, now, is very real, and we are feeling it.
Threat level: orange.