A New Way to Show Shades Of Danger

Homeland security is about to get colorful. Next week the White House is planning to announce a multihued threat-warning system designed to alert the public and help guard against terrorist attacks. Starting with green--the most relaxed status--the system assigns blue, yellow, orange and red as the danger increases and offers guidelines on how to respond to each level. When U.S. intelligence receives reliable information about a new threat, Director Tom Ridge's Homeland Security Council will huddle to determine which hue fits the situation. The color wheel is designed to provide some context to what have so far been one-size-fits-all warnings that...

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