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New Warnings to Replace the Color-Coded Terrorism Ones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Goodbye Code Orange, Code Yellow. We’ll hardly miss ya.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is set Wednesday to announce the new terrorism advisory warnings that will replace the color coded ones many citizens became numb to.

Authorities said they will include a clear statement on the nature of the threat, and will be defined in one of two ways:which will be defined in one of two ways:

Elevated Threat: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States

Imminent Threat: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.

“The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly over the past ten years, and in today’s environment – more than ever – we know that the best security strategy is one that counts on the American public as a key partner in securing our country,” Napolitano said in a statement

“The National Terrorism Advisory System, which was developed in close collaboration with our federal, state, local, tribal and private sector partners, will provide the American public with information about credible threats so that they can better protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Color-Coded Terror Alerts Might Get Scrapped

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The color-coded terror alerts  that began eight years ago after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks could be headed for the trash bin.

The Associated Press reports that the Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the the five-color coded system, with green representing the lowest threat and red the highest. At airports, the color has been orange, the second from the top.

AP reported that critics thought the colors were too vague and Democrats had complained during the Bush years that it was being used as a political scare tactic.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told ABC’s “Good Morning America” said the administration wants to give the public a better idea of threats and that the colors may be too vague.

“I think it’s something that is under review to make it meaningful and relevant to the American people,” he said. “I’m just not sure how relevant it is.”