Department of Homeland Security to Unveil New Terror Alert System

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday his department will unveil a new national alert system in the coming days to reflect the “new phase” of the terror threat.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is seen in an image taken on June 12, 2014. (Credit: CNN)
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is seen in an image taken on June 12, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

Johnson said his department will move to a new system that will include an intermediate terror threat. Johnson said the new alert system will reflect the current security environment when “not having a specific credible piece of intelligence specifying a plot isn’t the end of the story.”

A much-maligned color-coded terror alert system was put in place following the September 11, 2001, attacks and phased out in 2011 under Johnson’s predecessor. It was replaced by the two-tier National Terror Advisory System that has such a high bar it has never been used.

Johnson was speaking at a forum sponsored by the website Defense One.

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