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We get the latest developments on Britain's investigation into the airline terror plot, and what they reveal about airline safety.  Plus, a discussion about what's bogging down the UN peacekeeping force for London. (An expanded version of this program was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror 20 MIN

A jet plane bound from London to Washington was diverted to Boston today.  It turned out that a woman with claustrophobia had an altercation with the flight crew.  But F-15 fighters were dispatched to escort the plane to the ground. That shows how much tension there is among pilots, airline officials and security personnel since the plot to bomb airplanes was revealed last week.  Meantime, there have been rumors that the US and Pakistan pushed British intelligence officials to make arrests before they were ready.  We get the latest on these developments, and what they reveal about airline safety, and whether the so-called "war on terror" is being fought more by intelligence agents than soldiers. 

Guests:
Frank Cilluffo, George Washington University
Harlan Ullman, Atlantic Council

Reporter's Notebook French Give Answer on UN Peacekeeping Force 10 MIN

Four days after the United Nations' resolution, not one country had formally agreed to send troops into southern Lebanon. US and UN officials have warned that the process is taking too long. France, which has been asked to provide the "backbone" of the force, has been hesitant about a commitment until it knows which other countries will serve. Colum Lynch, UN correspondent for the Washington Post, says other countries have been waiting for France.

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)

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