AFP
July 14, 2009

[efoods]The United States on Tuesday announced a review of its often-criticized terror alert system created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The system includes a color-coded public warnings, which range from green, symbolizing a low risk of attack to red, which points to a severe threat.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement a bipartisan panel of experts would report on the efficiency of the system within 60 days.

“My goal is simple: to have the most effective system in place to inform the American people about threats to our country,” Napolitano said in a statement.

The secretary — who heads a department also created after the attacks — said she had appointed a senior George W. Bush security adviser Fran Townsend to lead the panel.

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