Review Planned for Terror Alert System

By: Eileen Sullivan AP Email
By: Eileen Sullivan AP Email

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.

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