if this is the kind of thing we can expect from the new homeland security department, we’re all fucking doomed, ok? Because media broadcasts may spread news too slowly in emergencies, a group of U.S. security experts recommended on Monday that Americans carry government-issued beepers for alerts of pending nuclear attack, biological threat or tornado. imagine with me for a moment here — take everyone within a certain radius of some sort of terror scare. have their cell phones and beepers start beeping ‘alert’. what happens next? can the general public be expected to behave in an orderly fashion? please proceed calmly towards the exits, no shoving, women and children first?
the problem with any sort of alarm system, is the fact that panic can cause so much damage all by itself. and a false alarm could be quite deadly. so let’s say they only send alerts after the act had already been committed. and this would help — how? a bunch of terror beepers beeping — and then what?
the fact that ‘security experts’ are making asinine recommendations like this is scarier than the terror itself. the culture of fear is a fascinating, albeit disturbing, thing to watch.