[LINK] Fyi: nationalsecurity.gov.au
stil at stilgherrian.com
Mon Apr 6 10:12:21 AEST 2009
On 06/04/2009, at 8:19 AM, Chris Gilbey wrote:
> I was interested to see when visiting this page that it states that
> current level of alert for Australia is "Medium"
> So does that mean that I need to be "medium" paranoid?
> What if anything does this actually communicate?
It communicates that the government wishes to indicate that it's
While the Alert System may not directly affect your day
to day life, it is important that you are aware that
these arrangements exist. All Australian governments
are committed to ensuring that you can have confidence
in Australia’s ability to respond to any terrorist risk
In a "real" level-of-alert system, each level of alert has matching
procedures or activities which are to be followed.
As a hypothetical example, at a Level 1 alert the gate might be
guarded by two people with small arms who visually inspect ID cards.
In a Level 2 alert, they might carry automatic weapons and phone
through the ID card details across-check. In a Level 3 alert, there
might be six people at the gate, all armed, and the gate will only be
opened once vehicles have be searched and all occupants patted down.
However levels of alert systems with no matching procedures are purely
political. Th number of alert levels was increased from 3 to 4 in
Australia, and 4 to 5 in the US, precisely so governments could "raise
the alert" and make us more afraid while still having room to
manoeuvre at the top level -- i.e. things are getting worse, but
they're not as bad as they could be.
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