Administration Considers Revamping Color-Coded Warning System
By Spencer S. Hsu
The Obama administration is considering changing a color-coded terror warning system, started after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, that has been much ridiculed, The Washington Post has learned.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to announce today the creation of a task force to issue recommendations for changes in 60 days, as first reported Friday by Newsweek. The task force will gather governors, mayors, public safety officials and academic experts in an effort to create a system that provides more useful information to the public and targeted areas and industries.
The review comes as part of a broader assessment of counterterrorism policies and procedures by Napolitano. The Homeland Security Advisory System -- which stands at yellow, or "elevated risk" of attack, the middle of five levels -- has been criticized inside and outside the government as vague and unhelpful. Between 2002 and 2007, the threat level was raised more than a half-dozen times to orange, or "high risk," a rating that still applies to the aviation industry. In recent years, the government has backed away from making public changes.
July 13, 2009; 7:27 PM ET
Categories: National Security
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