Homeland Security May Drop Color-Coded Alerts

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The Homeland Security Department is considering doing away with the color-coded terror alert system.
The eight-year-old system was created by former President George W. Bush after the terror attacks on 9/11. It's based on five colors, from green being the lowest threat to red being the most severe.
The Obama administration believes the current system is "too vague" and needs to be more descriptive.
One option being considered is a two tier model with a threat level of elevated or imminent. The department would not say when the new system would be rolled out.

"We are committed to providing specific, actionable information based on the latest intelligence," department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.

*Originally published Nov. 24, 2010.

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