Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, October 28, 2010


Thursday, October 28, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

No shoes, no belt, no airplane: is it time to think about loosening airport security?

Raising objections on grounds of privacy concerns, fraud and just plain waiting in long lines, European airlines and safety officials began criticizing American airport security standards yesterday, after the chairman of British Airways criticized Washington for not imposing certain safety restrictions on domestic flights that it requires from flights to and from the United States.  Chairman Martin Broughton was especially irritated by the requirement that passengers take off their shoes and remove their laptops from their luggage during security checks and called for the practice to be abandoned altogether, calling it “redundant”.  It’s preaching to the choir to the millions gearing up for holiday travel this season, but can—and should—anything be done to streamline airport security without making it less stringent?  Some European executives yesterday called for more hi-tech scanning machines to replace procedural safety measures like requiring passengers to pack liquids separately—that might not fly in this economy, but is there room to consider an overhaul of the current safety regulation?




Mike Carrivick, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives, which represents more than 80 airlines, including British Airways, Delta and Continental


  • He’s calling for a safety overhaul


Nico Malendes, PIO, Transportation and Security Agency (TSA)



Rafi Ron, CEO of New Age Security Solutions; former director of security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport


  • Ron directed security at Ben Gurion Airport from 1997 – 2001.
  • New Age Security Solutions is a security consulting, design and training firm that specializes in his Behavior Pattern Recognition program.  Among many other airports and clients, the firm has worked with SFO in San Francisco, the Massachusetts Port Authority at Logan Airport, the U.S. Park Police at the State of Liberty, and the New York Police Department Counter Terrorism Bureau.



1:41 – 1:58:30

Should the state be able to borrow from local governments? You decide when you vote on Prop. 22

Filed by an alliance of local government groups, Proposition 22 is aimed at protecting existing funds and tax revenue allocated to local government from being raided by the state, even in times of financial hardship. Those who proposed the initiative and would vote “Yes” argue that the state’s current ability to raid local government’s general funds supports those state leaders who are unable to manage the budget and allows for cuts to important local services such as policing and road improvements. On the other side, “No” voters argue that Proposition 22 will give money to redevelopment agencies as the expense of the state’s budget and other services paid for by the state budget (like public education). So where do you stand on the issue? Patt discusses Prop. 22 with representatives from both sides of the fence and asks YOU to join in the debate.



YES on 22

Chris McKenzie, Executive Director, League of California Cities



NO on 22




2:06 – 2:30

DIS*INTEGRATION:  The splintering of black America

It would be foolish to make generalizations about any group - not all women hate football, not all men like root beer, some Americans actually do believe that we are going to get out of this recession. With that in mind, Eugene Robinson discusses the class and cultural divides within Black America in his new book DISINTEGRATION. Robinson carves out four categories of American blacks, the Transcendent class, the Abandoned class, the Emergent class and the Middle class. Who constitutes the “Transcendent” class and is the political climate so different now than previously that there is decidedly less cohesiveness in the African American community?  



Eugene Robinson, associate editor and twice–weekly columnist for The Washington Post and author of, "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America."




2:30 – 2:58:30

America through Islamic eyes: how the world’s Muslims view our Muslim controversies

The Muslim world has been inexorably intertwined with American society & politics since 9/11, and while stories of intolerance (aimed at all sides by all sides) had seemed to fade away as the country attempted to move past those momentous terror attacks, this past year has brought the theme of a Western-Muslim clash of cultures back into the headlines.  Starting with the controversial plan to build a mosque in Manhattan close to Ground Zero and most recently NPR’s firing of Juan Williams for his comments about being fearful of flying on an airliner with Muslims, the general distrust of Islam as a religion and a culture seems to be back with a vengeance in the U.S.  How does the Muslim world view American Muslims, and how the U.S. government regards Muslim communities both locally and globally?  How do Muslims view an America that offers millions of dollars of assistance to earthquake-stricken Pakistan while also continuously launching missile attacks against Pakistani extremists?  With the help of a State Department special envoy, we look at America through Islamic eyes.



Farah Pandith, U.S. State Department Special Envoy to Muslim Communities; former director of Middle East Regional Initiatives for the National Security Council





Jonathan Serviss

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