US To Get Rid Of Color-Coded Terror Alerts

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

The problem with the color-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 colors and use more descriptive language to let people know what they should or shouldn't do.

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