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January 27th, 2011
The Color-Coded Terror Alert System Will Be Gone By April

I don't know about you, but the first thing I do every morning is check Homeland Security to see what color the terror level is for the day.  And it's always orange.  Looks like I'm going to have to start changing my routine.

The Department of Homeland Security is announcing today that they're phasing out the color-coded terror warning system.  It will be completely gone by April 27th.

In other words:  Next time you're at the airport, you won't hear a recording of a woman's voice telling you that the current threat level is orange.

Homeland Security will take the next three months to roll out a replacement, which will be called the National Terrorism Advisory System.  Instead of colors, it will notify the public by talking about specific threats, and how they're being handled.

Under the current system, there were five color-coded alerts to describe the different level of a threat:  Green, blue, yellow, orange, and red.  The government hasn't changed the alert level from orange in more than four years.

Representative Bennie Thompson is a Democrat from Mississippi who helped come up with the new system.  Quote, "The old BUSH color-coded system taught Americans to be scared, not prepared.

"Every time the threat level was raised, very rarely did the public know the reason, how to proceed, or for how long to be on alert."   



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