Security in the Air and Murder in Mexico
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The shooting death of a local school official in Mexico brings sorrow to the City of El Monte. We hear from the brother of Bobby Salcedo and others about how the drug wars devastate innocent people in two countries. Also, an LA architect with some thoughts on the world's tallest building. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Yemen is now being described as a hotbed of terrorists, as debate continues over the near-bombing of a US jetliner on Christmas Day. We update the Obama Administration's latest security measures and the political infighting over national security.
The Politics of Security and Terrorism ()
Terminal C at Newark's Liberty International Airport was shut down for several hours last night after a man reportedly walked through the wrong side of a checkpoint. Passengers on aircraft that had not taken off were sent back to the terminal. And today intense new screening has been put into effect for all citizens of 14 nations, including Yemen, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
- Gail Russell Chaddock: Congressional Reporter, Christian Science Monitor, @RussellChaddock
- Paul Pillar: former CIA National Intelligence Officer
- Jennifer Rubin: Contributing Editor, Commentary magazine, @JRubinBlogger
- Spencer Ackerman: Senior Reporter, Washington Independent
LA-Mexico Connection in the Murder of El Monte Teacher ()
At a vigil tonight at El Monte's Mountain View High School, a scholarship fund was announced in the memory of Bobby Salcedo. He was assistant principal at the El Monte High School, a member of the elected City School Board and former president of the Sister City Organization that linked El Monte with Gomez Palacio in Sonora, Mexico. Last week, Salcedo was on vacation there when he was abducted from a restaurant with five other men who were all shot and killed.
Super-tall Burj Tower Opens in Dubai ()
The Arab Emirate of Dubai today opened the world's tallest building — the Burj, which rises half a mile into the air — so high that the curvature of the Earth is visible from the top floors. Scott Johnson is a design partner at LA firm of Johnson Fain and author of Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper.
- Scott Johnson: Architectural Designer, Johnson Fain Partners
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