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Industrial Chemicals and Homeland Security

The attacks of September 11 aroused fears that chemical storage sites could be terrorist targets, but new federal rules are being called "flawed" and potentially "harmful." How vulnerable are industrial sites? How great is the risk to the public? Does government or industry know best what needs to be done?  Plus, Iran defies the IAEA and, on Reporter's Notebook, from the tabloids to the battleground, Britain's Prince Harry will be shipping off to Iraq.

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Iran Defies UN Atomic Agency ()

Despite UN Security Council demands to suspend the enrichment of uranium, Iran has increased it. That's the official word today from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA also says Iran won’t allow sufficient inspections to determine if it's pursuing nuclear weapons. Dafna Linzer is National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post.


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Industrial Chemicals and Homeland Security ()

Three recent incidents in Iraq have involved explosives combined with chlorine, which can be toxic and even deadly when it's inhaled as a gas.  Such bombs have US officials worried that terrorists are resorting to chemical warfare. Could it happen here? Since September 11, reporters have been demonstrating the vulnerability of chemical plants, some near major cities.  But the Bush Administration has resisted efforts to impose tough safety measures; new federal rules could undermine efforts by states. How serious is the risk to the public?  Do corporate officials or government bureaucrats know best what needs to be done? We hear from journalists, industry and national security experts.

  • Art Levine: Contributing Editor to Washington Monthly
  • Marty Durbin: Managing Director for Advocacy at the American Chemistry Council
  • Stephen Flynn: Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ron Chittim: Senior Refining Associate for the American Petroleum Institute

Reporter's Notebook

Prince Harry Goes to Iraq ()

Britain may be reducing its troops in Iraq, but that does not mean that Troop Commander Wales--otherwise known as Prince Harry--will be staying at home. Third in line to the British throne, the second lieutenant could become the first royal to see combat since 1982, when his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew Navy helicopters during the Falklands war against Argentina. How close will he get to possible combat? What will his presence mean for other soldiers? Historian Charles Carlton is author of Royal Warriors: a Military History of the British Monarchy.

  • Charles Carlton: Professor Emeritus of History from North Carolina State University

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