The U.S. Homeland Security Department may replace the ridiculed multicolored terror alert system created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Associated Press reports. Critics say the colors are too vague to deliver enough information to be useful. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named a task force to determine in 60 days how effective the current system is.
The 17-member bipartisan task force will be chaired by formerFBI and CIA Director William Webster and Bush’s White House homeland security adviser Fran Townsend. Among other members are Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, former homeland security inspector general Clark Ervin, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, New Jersey State Police Superintent Rick Fuentes, and San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon.