US to drop color-coded terror alerts

US to drop color-coded terror alertsfrom afp: The United States is planning to replace its color-coded terror alert system drafted in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks with detailed threat advisories, media reported Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has drafted a proposal sent to the White House to end its five-colored system - mocked by critics as a relic of post-9/11 frenzy that caused alarm without explaining the reasons for the alerts. Instead, it will provide more clarity and guidance in specific alerts, according to the reports. "The goal is to replace a system that communicates nothing with a system that communicates precise, actionable information based on the latest intelligence," a senior Homeland Security official told The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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