Thats odd because its well documented as to what each level means and many alerts have had reasons as to why they were authorized. The author doesnt seem to have a curious mind or else he could have easily gone out and even googled what the alert levels mean. Hell our police chief even had a conference on exactly what our city physically does when various levels are reached about a year ago.
And oddly enough, the media stopped showing what the levels were on a normal basis a long time ago! And again, oddly enough, you take strategic planning to be "fear mongering" when in fact, it is simply planning. I suppose you are right when you say the media is causing a lot of problems but your (and the essayists) accusation towards the DHS is false and misleading. This is equivalent to saying traffic lights are fear mongering and that the traffic department is at fault. I think yes, the more accurate accusation belongs with the media for dramatizing car accidents but it is certainly not the traffic departments fault for providing a system to call for physical actions for certain people (stop, try to beat me, and go)