Homeland Security chairman questions value of color-coded threat system

January 9, 2008
Homeland Security News
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“House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has reopened a debate about whether the nation’s color-coded threat advisory system should be overhauled or scrapped. The system, which uses five colors to reflect probability of a terrorist attack, was created in March 2002 before the Homeland Security Department came into existence.

“With minor exceptions, the system has remained virtually unaltered since its inception,” Thompson wrote in a letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “While the system may have been sufficient initially, with the formation of the department and the many developments in the area of domestic homeland security that occurred since 2002, it may be prudent to re-examine the current sufficiency of this color-coded advisory system.” (