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Possible replacement of color coded terror alert system

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The well-known color coded terror alert system may be seeing it's end. Government officials say the Homeland Security Department is recommending to the White House that the system should be replaced.

Officials want it replaced with a more descriptive way to tell the public about threats. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

It should be noted that the plan hasn't been finalized and other government agencies, including the White House, need to sign off on the proposal.

By scrapping the colors, President Barack Obama would be abandoning a system that critics say is too vague to be useful.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a review of the system in July 2009. The proposal is unrelated to the furor over new airport security pat-downs and body scans.

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