Is America Ready for On-Camera Surveillance?
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Within hours of Britain's failed car-bomb attacks, closed circuit TV's had provided thousands of hours of videotaped evidence. How do Londoners feel about that kind of monitoring?
Could we do it here? How did so many doctors get radicalized, and what's the affect on other Muslims in the United Kingdom? Also, severe weather predictions for the Western US and, on Reporter's Notebook, a hostage release in Gaza. What's the lesson about Hamas?
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Heat Warning Issued for the Western US ()
The western United States are looking at record temperatures in days to come and very little rainfall. Texas and Oklahoma are braced for more flooding. It's a bad week for weather. Meteorologist Brian Cordy of the National Weather Service gives us a preview of what to expect.
- Brian Cordy: Meteorologist with the National Weather Service
London Bomb Scare Raises Profile of CCTV's in the US ()
Less than a week after two car bombs were found and disarmed in London and the subsequent attack on the airport in Glasgow by two men in a flaming car, British police are certain they have the main suspects and have lowered the terror alert from "critical" to "severe." As mainstream Muslims have condemned "extremists," police want to know why several highly educated Muslim doctors would try to kill hundreds of people. One of British law enforcement's resources has been videotape from closed-circuit cameras all over the country, especially in London. Would privacy laws allow the US to adopt that technology? Is it only useful after the fact? Would it encourage a "climate of fear?"
- Stephen Fidler: Defense and Security Editor for the Financial Times, @StephenFidler1
- Ihtisham Hibatullah: Spokesman for the British Muslim Initiative
- Amitai Etzioni: Professor of Sociology at George Washington University
- Barry Steinhardt: Director of the Technology and Liberty Program at the ACLU
Alan Johnston's Release and the Role of Hamas ()
BBC journalist Alan Johnston was released yesterday after four months as a hostage in Gaza. Britain's foreign secretary acknowledged the critical role played by Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West. "The international community's support for Mahmoud Abbas as the legitimate President of Palestine should not preclude contact with Hamas" says a motion in the British Parliament, introduced by members of all political parties, including the First Minister of Scotland. Has Hamas earned the right to another look? Conal Urquhart, Middle East correspondent for the Guardian, has just returned from a party for Johnston.
- Conal Urquhart: Middle East Correspondent for the Guardian
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