The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror
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British officials are still trying to unravel the plot to blow up airliners headed to the US. Did political pressure force arrests before intelligence agents were ready? Where does Pakistan really stand? Are spies more important than soldiers in the "war on terror?" Plus, an update on the United Airlines flight forced down today over Logan Airport, and deployment plans for UN troops in southern Lebanon.
Terrorism Threat Diverts DC-bound Jet to Boston ()
F-15 fighter jets escorted United Flight 923 into Boston's Logan Airport today. It took off from London and had been headed for Washington, DC until it was diverted because of a disturbance aboard the plane. Peter Howe, aviation reporter for the Boston Globe, says the incident illustrates the tension surrounding airline security as the plot to blow up flights from Britain to the US continues to unfold.
- Peter Howe: Business Aviation Reporter, Boston Globe
The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror ()
A jet plane from Britain to Washington, DC was forced down in Boston today because an "unruly" female passenger caused some disturbance. In Britain, police have arrested a 24th suspect in the airline bombing conspiracy, and they're trying to extradite another suspect from Pakistan. Interior ministers from the European Union met today to discuss their mutual security, and Britain's Interior Minister John Reid described the threat of terrorism "very real." We get the latest on these developments and what they reveal about airline safety and the war on terror. Were British investigators pushed to go public by making arrests before they were ready? Is Pakistan in accord with the West, against it--or both? Is the so-called "war on terror" being fought more by intelligence agents than soldiers?
- Kim Sengupta: Correspondent, Independent of London, @independent
- Gareth Price: Head of the Asia Program, Chatham House
- Ian Cuthbertson: Director of the Counter Terrorism Project, World Policy Institute
- Frank Cilluffo: Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University
French Give Answer on UN Peacekeeping Force ()
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.
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