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Police in Britain say they've uncovered a conspiracy to set off "multiple explosions in multiple planes" headed to US airports.  Security measures are in effect all over America.  We have details and learn what travelers can expect at the height of vacation season.  Plus, efforts to save New Orleans criminal justice system, which was left in shambles after last year's hurricane.

Reporter's Notebook The Effort to Save New Orleans' Criminal Justice System 15 MIN

In New Orleans this year there have been 83 murders but just one murder trial--for a killing that occurred before Katrina. This week, Mayor Ray Nagin announced an initiative to replace the cops, prosecutors and defense attorneys who left town and haven't come back. Meantime, judges are releasing suspects being held under deplorable conditions. We get an update and hear about efforts to find prosecutors and defense attorneys before judges let suspects out of jail.

Guests:
Michael Perlstein, Staff Writer, Times Picayune
Eddie Jordan, District Attorney, New Orleans
Pamela Metzger, Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, Tulane Law School

Main Topic Scotland Yard Disrupts Trans-Atlantic Terror Plot 40 MIN

British police have arrested at least 21 people in an alleged plot to set off "multiple explosions in multiple planes" headed from London to the United States. On official described the plot as "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." Airports all over America are on "Orange" or high alert" and almost all liquids are banned from carry-on luggage. For airports where planes are arriving from Britain, the level is "Red." Reaffirming that the US is safer than it was before September 11, President Bush today acknowledged that there are still those who would plot against the American people. It's reported that he and British Prime Minister Tony Blair talked about the conspiracy by telephone this past weekend. Blair is vacationing in the Caribbean. We go to London to update the plot and the plotters and hear what it's going to be like to travel at the height of vacation season.

Guests:
Catherine Mayer, Senior Editor, Time magazine
Dan Ephron, Newsweek/Daily Beast
Dennis Pluchinsky, Consultant, TransSecure
Dan Ackerman, Managing Director, The Ackerman Group
Bill Federman, airline passenger
Peter Howe, Business Aviation Reporter, Boston Globe

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