Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do you like the Color-coded threat system we have? It's getting replaced this week.

Say goodbye to the old Color-coded threat system, come tomorrow Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will introduce a new threat system. We have been using the Color-coded system for nine years now and it has come under a lot of criticism from both sides. Complaints have been that the old system was to broad of a threat alert, another words the system should of been more specific to certain areas or places with threats. The old Color-coded system was also accused of being used for political gains in order to scare citizens into rallying behind the President. The color coded system consist of five levels the lowest being green and then red for a severe alert.

The new system will have more specific threat alerts for exactly where the threat is thought to be. Not just a general threat for the entire country when they know it's in New york or else where. Republican Rep. Peter King from New york said

"Though the system served a valuable purpose in the terrible days and months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, it was clearly time for the current color-coded system to be replaced with a more targeted system," King said. "I know they have been working on this for a long time. It sounds to me like the changes they are proposing make sense. We will have to wait and see how they implement this new, more targeted system. I expect the biggest challenge for DHS will be balancing the need to provide useful and timely information with the need to protect sensitive information."

From Rep. Kings comments I would say that he is on board with changes and thinks they make sense in regards to being more specific. What do you think of the old threat system?

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