After DHS Secretary Napolitano announced the new terror alert system, National Public Radio covered the event and called on contributor to Security Debrief Kevin McCarthy to help explain the issue. Here is a brief excerpt from a story. Check out the full story to read more about McCarthy’s comments.

New Terror Alert System Aims For Clarity, Not Color – NPR

The new system of homeland security alerts unveiled Wednesday replaces one that critics said was vague and confusing — but it’s not yet clear whether the simplified version can do any better job of keeping the public safe and informed.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that the familiar red, orange, yellow, green and blue alerts will be supplanted by just two alerts: “Elevated Threat,” warning of a credible terrorist threat against the United States, and “Imminent Threat” for a credible, specific and impending threat.

“Broadcasting a vague warning that doesn’t have specifics on how to react only raises the anxiety level of the general public,” agreed Kevin McCarthy, a private security analyst and former airline pilot.

“Just saying, ‘Oh my God, watch out for this — oh my God, watch out for that,’ doesn’t cut it,” he said.