US to ditch terror colour warning system
The United States Government has announced that it will no longer describe its terror-related warnings in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange and red.
The U.S. color-coded terror warning system will be phased out beginning this week, Fox News quoted government officials familiar with the plan, as saying.
An announcement will be made on Thursday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
After a a review of Homeland Security systems, the Obama administration has said that it will take the next three months to roll out a replacement, which will be called the National Terrorism Advisory System.
The new plan calls for notifying specific audiences about specific threats. In some cases, it might be a one-page threat description sent to law enforcement officials describing the threat, what law enforcement needs to do about it and what the federal government is doing, one of the officials said.
The five-tiered color-coded terror warning system was created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was one of the Bush administration's most visible anti-terrorism programs.