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Thursday
Jan272011

Color-Coded Terror Alerts Retired by Homeland Security 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced Thursday that the color-coded terrorism alert system will end within 90 days. It will be replaced, she said, with a new two-tiered system to provide clear and specific information about terrorist threats and actions people should take.

"Today I announce the end of the old system of color-coded alerts. In its place, we will implement a new system that's built on a clear and simple premise: When a threat develops that could impact you -- the public -- we will tell you," Napolitano said. "We will provide whatever information we can so you know how to protect yourselves, your families, and your communities."

Napolitano called the new threat warning method the National Terrorism Advisory System. Napolitano made the announcement in a speech at George Washington University, where she also urged students to consider a career with the department.

Napolitano said that the new system, unlike the old one, will have specified end dates when there is an alert. Napolitano said that was possible because of better intelligence collection and analysis.

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