The National Terrorism Advisory System, established in 2011 to supplant the Bush administration's old and busted color-code scheme, has - somewhat surprisingly - never issued an alert. At all.
Since replacing the old system in 2011, it has not issued a single alert, bulletin or advisory to the American public. NTAS encourages Americans to check its website and social media feeds for "information about threats in specific places or for individuals exhibiting certain types of suspicious activity." But no alert has ever been posted to the website, the Twitter account has never tweeted, and the Facebook page is empty.
That seems kind of odd, given that we've had the Boston Marathon bombings, that we know that Muslims from the Minnesota enclaves have headed to fight with ISIS, and that some are on record with threats to bring the battle to American soil. It kind of raises the question of what, exactly, the 244,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security actually do.
At the same time, however, that Department has, in and of itself, onerous overtones: the "Homeland" is something more often associated with Communist and Fascist governments; it is a term that should never have been introduced and employed by the American government. What's next - references to "the Motherland"?
And with that association comes an oddly un-American mindset, which we regularly see throughout the Departments various arms; most notably at the TSA, wherein DHS employees and members of the political class receive preferential treatment while ordinary citizens are regarded as little more than cattle. These are antithetical to traditional American values and mores.
Notice that NTAS has not communicated with the public regarding ISIS threats to attack subways in Europe and in this country, yet DHS has been "briefing" their counterparts in the metropolitan police departments. The police, like DHS themselves, are "special"; the rest of the people exist only to be herded.