Caught a smidge of Scarbore-oh Country; the goofy hack was claiming no orange alerts this holiday season means Bin Laden, et. al. are on the run.
If you have an ounce of brain matter, you know: [a] Bin Laden is cutting more demo tapes than American Idol these days, he hardly seems inconvenienced by our little war; and [b] there are no alerts because Bush Won!
You will see terror alerts stay stable from here until the run-up to the 2006 elections. The practice of alert level to scare or mute bad news will continue if the Republicans feel any Congressional seat might be safer with a frightened herd.
It will be back in full swing, with heightened warnings timed to political announcements as in 2004, during the '08 presidential election.