Feds Review Terror Alert System

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2009 12:24 PM CDT
Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge unveils the color-coded terrorism warning system in 2002.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Homeland Security Department will review the multicolored terror alert system created in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has created a task force to determine in 60 days how effective the current system is. The system could get an overhaul—or could be eliminated entirely.

The five-tiered system that goes from green, which signals a low danger of attack, to red, which signals a severe threat of attack, has proven confusing at times. And critics say the colors are too vague to deliver enough information to be useful. The 17-member task force will be chaired by former FBI Director William Webster and the former White House homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend.