No More Color-Coded Terror Threats

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The color-coded terror alert system developed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will soon be a thing of the past.

By the end of April, the Department of Homeland Security will have phased out the system that uses red, orange, yellow, blue and green to measure probable threats to the U.S.

Officials said the new system, to be called the National Terrorism Advisory System, will give specific threats to specific audiences.

In some cases, this might be a one-page threat description sent to law enforcement officials, or an announcement to the media.

The color chart enacted by former President George W. Bush was criticized for being too vague. The current threat level under that system hasn't changed since 2006.

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