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After a seven-year war on terror and the creation of the Homeland Security Department, guest host Lawrence O'Donnell considers whether we're safer now than we were before September 11? With al Qaeda hiding in Pakistan and the Taliban gaining strength in Afghanistan, will we have to re-fight the Afghanistan war? Are Islamic jihadists gaining or losing support in Muslim societies? Also, McCain and Obama suspend campaigning to remember the 2001 tragedy. On Reporter's Notebook, one of the enduring images of 9/11 was the scene of firefighters carrying the lifeless body of their chaplain from the world trade center rubble. Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.

 

Today's WWLA is an edited version of this morning's To the Point

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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott

Main Topic Seven Years after 9/11, How Safe Are We?
Osama bin Laden is still at large and al Qaeda is regaining strength. Are we safer now than we were seven years ago? Has the war on terror succeeded in keeping terrorists away from the United States? Has the Department of Homeland Security strengthened our approach to internal security or simply added layers of bureaucracy? What is the right balance of security and liberty? With the Taliban gaining strength in Afghanistan, will we have to re-fight the Afghanistan war? Are Islamic jihadists gaining or losing support in Muslim societies?

Guests:
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation (@BrianMJenkins)
Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter)
Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics and Politics
Scott Carpenter, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department

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