US To Get Rid Of Colour-Coded Terror Alerts

Looks like the Department of Homeland Security is getting rid of the comical colour-coded terrorism alert system. You know, that five-colour system (green, blue, yellow, orange, red) that vaguely told us how imminent a terrorist attack was.

The problem with the colour-coded system was that it didn't really work! Since its introduction in 2002, we've typically lived in yellow and orange. In fact, the threat level has never even been blue or green (the safe levels). We don't know what the new system is, but the AP reports that Homeland Security will scrap the colours and use more descriptive language to let people know what they should or shouldn't do.

Good change, I say. The colour-coded system was terribly vague in an area where vagueness is well, terrible. [AP via NYT]

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