Homeland Security chief may eliminate color-coded alerts system: It’s of ‘marginal utility’

March 24, 2009
Homeland Security News
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Remember all those color-coded threat alerts from the feds on possible terrorist activity that kept citizens and local law enforcement scrambling after 9/11?

Well, new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano doesn’t think they do much good, and they’ve disappeared from the front page of Homeland’s website.

Napolitano didn’t say she wanted to get rid of the alerts altogether, but she told MSNBC Tuesday that the alerts were of “marginal utility” and “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them.” (NY Daily News)