September 3, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department says it will
review the multicolored terror alert system that was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 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 to be confusing at times. And critics say the different 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.