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Terrorism Plot / Airplanes / The Suspects / Air Travel / Clarke Interview #835957

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 11, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The plot to blow up airplanes flying from Britain to the US introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) The trail of terror reviewed; details given of the arrest in Pakistan of Rashid Rauf†, the British ringleader of the plot, who was running the plot via remote control from Pakistan. [Homeland Security Secretary Michael CHERTOFF - says he will not let his guard down.] [On "Good Morning America," homeland security adviser Fran TOWNSEND†- says we are looking for connections.] [The Nixon Center's counterterrorism consultant Alexis DEBAT†- says the dismantled cell was linked to Al Qaeda.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The question of who are the bombing suspects introduced.

(London: Nick Watt) The background of the 19 arrested suspects {some named} examined; scenes shown of police carrying out bags from a suspect's house; photos shown of some suspects; details given about local Muslims's distrust of police & of the release of one suspect. [Two NEIGHBORS - comment.] [MUSLIM - defends the community.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Reagan National Airport: Lisa Stark) The new routines at American airports examined; details given about the times for security checks at five major airports & about the impact on airport businesses, such as cosmetic shops. [Two TRAVELLERS - react to changes.] [Travel consultant Terry TRIPPLER†- questions the security in "sterile areas."] [Air Line Pilots Assn. president Dennis WOERTH†- says we have to get the system {"harassment"} straight.] [Transportation Security Administration director Kip HAWLEY†- defends security.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The question of whether it is possible to make airlines safe from any terrorist attack introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Airplane security, technology & terrorism examined; scenes shown of a test bombing of a plane & of security devices. [RAND associate director Jack RILEY†- likens it to a constant race with the terrorists.] [Representative Ed MARKEY†- says only 10 percent of airports have explosives screening equipment.] [HAWLEY - backs security.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Live interview held with former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke about airplane safety. [CLARKE†- says there are technologies that would make planes safer, it is paid with a tax of airline tickets & the goal is more technology to make security more seamless.]

Gibson, Charles;
Ross, Brian;
Watt, Nick;
Stark, Lisa;
Thomas, Pierre

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