The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror
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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.)
The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror ()
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.
- Frank Cilluffo: Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University
- Harlan Ullman: Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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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